What is Virtual Reality?
Virtual Reality is a simulated environment that resembles reality by creating artificial sensory experiences including sight, touch, hearing and smell, with the help of high end technology. Using hardware called Virtual Reality (VR) Headsets, and sophisticated software applications, technology has changed the way users perceive an environment.
Virtual reality can be divided into:
- Simulation of a real environment for education and training purposes.
- An imaginary environment for gaming or storytelling.
Why Virtual Reality?
- 75 percent of the Forbes World’s Most Valuable Brands have created some form of virtual reality or augmented reality experience
- Thomas Cook reported a 190 percent increase in tours booked to New York City after offering a virtual reality experience of the city in their stores
- Virtual reality hardware market size worldwide in 2018 ~ 7.3 billion U.S. dollars
- Virtual reality software market size worldwide in 2018 ~ 4.8 billion U.S. dollars
- VR can greatly contribute in learning & development using controlled simulated environments.
How Virtual Reality Works?
In a virtual environment, a user becomes unaware of the real surroundings and gets immersed inside the imaginary world. Components of virtual reality and how they work:
- VR Headsets or Head Mounted Displays (HMDs) that use a pair of glasses worn like a helmet to block outside view and focus on the VR screen. These devices use sensors that change view when user moves, thus offering a multidimensional experience.
- Audio Units: Three dimensional or omnidirectional sound allows users to detect sound as if coming from the side, or above, or below (mimicking how we perceive sound in real world).
- Gloves: Sensory gloves make the virtual experience a lot more interactive, using magnetic tracking systems that determine the location of hand with respect to the virtual scene.
- Software applications: Highly sophisticated software systems when paired with these motion tracking, position tracking, head tracking and eye tracking hardware systems – together constitute a true virtual reality experience.
How to make Virtual Reality?
Virtual Reality training is the next big thing, as it has a huge scope in various industries including travel, education, space explorations, healthcare, engineering & design, hospitality etc. Incorporating VR into your business model can be transforming, as it creates experiences like never-before. Industries across different verticals are experimenting with VR, and hence looking for professionals who are well versed with the concepts of making virtual reality experiences for them.
A Virtual Reality training course on Virtual Reality with Unity Engine, Google Cardboard and Oculus Rift can help you get started in the right direction.