Given a day of leisure, how would you see yourself spending it? Why not go around the world? Go for a walk in all the places you want to be. Why not shop until you drop? Why not try to set up your own business? Build a restaurant and earn a thousand bucks! Why not grab a pal and plan a plot to rule the world? Start up a strategy that will crown you as the king. All these and more, would you believe, you can do in just a day? Thanks to the birth of virtual reality!
The words “virtual” and “reality” are commonly known as two different concepts going in opposite directions. It might sound ironic that the two are coined together to mean an environment created by computer technology where people could immerse themselves and perform like the way it is in real life. In simple terms, it is like being engaged in a role play wherein you could do anything as is in the normal world, the only difference is you are inside a machine.
At present, most people are introduced to this cyber reality through computer games. However, virtual reality does not end there. Geographical barriers are expected to vanish as people from different parts of the world communicate and become friends. The virtual world is now considered the best way to communicate with friends, as it has more personal touch than chat and electronic mail. However, chat is coping now as fashionable avatars sprouted to represent oneself.
Aside from this, developers are making it more productive as technology advances. In a few years from now, this cyber environment will form a part in the progress of tourism and industry. Virtual malls are being eyed, as well as virtual representations of the world’s landmarks. Either avatar assistants or voice assistants are programmed on the machine to help out with the shopping and viewing.
Though virtual reality is commonly attributed to entertainment and games, it is also being considered as a training ground for operators of dangerous tasks and as learning aids for students.
Examples of the former are aviation, medical, marine, space, military, architecture, and any other office that poses danger to amateur operators while in training. With the help of the virtual office, not only safety is being observed but the cost as well. There is no need to waste funds for expensive equipment; just a single database in a computer server is needed.
As for the latter, learning would become easier if educators could immerse the learners in the world that they are trying to explain–be it as to how the Earth revolves, how the human body works, or even how a tornado develops. Learning would be universal as one server could feed education for everyone.
The cyber world’s potential to contribute to the betterment of the real world has a long way to go. The virtual environments might not be as smooth and perfect as the world we live, but continuous efforts are being exerted to make it more of the real than the virtual.
In this case, the entertainment, learning, social, and training contributions of this widely accepted technology will be more efficient than ever. So stay put and get ready to view the whole world in no time with virtual reality!