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What is Virtual Reality and Its Uses in Real Life

Virtual reality (VR) is a computer-generated simulation of a three-dimensional space into which users can step within the boundaries of the digital environment and interact in a way that is similar to the real world. VR lets the user plunge into a fictional world by withdrawing his visual and auditory perception and substituting them with virtual images and sounds.

In order to start their VR, users have a Head-Mounted Display (HMD) strapped on which takes up their entire vision and in result cut out real-world stimuli. The HMD has 3D stereo displays for looking around the world of virtual reality that can move by moving the user’s head. The HMD along with others like hand gloves are also sometimes accompanied with devices fitted with sensors to track hand and finger movements. The communications devices are used to monitor the movements of the wearer and to modify the virtual environment accordingly, thus creating an illusion of being in the virtual space physically in the user’s brain.

The haptic VR systems are no less than the pieces of multisensory equipment, offering users a supreme reality experience that encompasses both visual and audible cues, and may add tactile and force feedback. As a particular example, gloves and suits having the actuators strategically constructed can be used to signify such phenomena as touch, pressure, texture, or vibration. Likewise, omni-directional treadmills allow users to explore the environment by walking or running in place while keeping coordination with the virtual environment.

The publicly available software that VR runs on is dedicated to deliver real-time, with impressive 3D graphics that resemble the real world. It may create a virtual world from nothing but blanks, or else base it on real-world data, such as architectural plans or geographical information. The level of realism of a virtual experience depends on factors like screen resolution, the available computing power, and the graphics settings that the device supports. Most applications have their level of simulation of physics, ensuring that their virtual objects behave realistically, concerning for instance gravity or momentum.

Uses of Virtual Reality

VR technology is not confined to the fields of entertainment and simulation anymore as it is gaining popularity in various other industries, including gaming, engineering, education, healthcare and the military.

  • Gaming: VR in the field of gaming is probably the most widespread and it is mostly used in adventure action games like driving simulators, and first person shooters. VR gaming gives you an under-sensory experience with a high degree of interaction. Having Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo the prime players on the market nowadays, they have their own VR gaming systems for gamers.
  • Entertainment: The movie industry pioneered VR incorporating in the filming process creative new ways to engage spectators. Theme Parks and cinemas will feature VR roller coasters and walkthroughs to attract audiences. Artists, through VR, develop a new form of artistically visualized songs, even performing their concerts in the virtual world.
  • Healthcare: VR training gives surgeons the experience just as they would have if the patient were in front of them, but without the risk to the patients. VR Technologies are used as a tool by therapists to treat panic disorders, phobias and post-traumatic stress disorders through the technique of systematic exposure therapy. VR-driven distraction therapy is given to patients daily during the treatment process, rehabilitation and physiotherapy. Furthermore, scientists are also exploring the integration of VR into their therapy programs for those with sensory and motor dysfunctions.
  • Education and Training: VR helps students to understand complex concepts through different educational simulations such as the historical events, internal processes of the human body, physics experiments, space exploration and many more. The scenario is reproduced in VR for the benefit of military recruits and pilots who usually put their lives at risk in real life so this technology can be helpful.
  • Engineering and Design: Through building plans being virtually walked through, architects can help clients visualize the project. Car and plane designers with engineering backgrounds apply VR testing to their designs to make them more humanized and optimized. A VR simulation will also allow the engineers and designers a chance to create and manipulate three-dimensional models of products before manufacturing.
  • Remote Operation and Telepresence: Rather than person-to-person contacts, the doctors can have the patients in distant areas examined using the same Virtual Reality helmet and robotic surgical equipment. VR is technology that helps bomb disposal technicians to gain visual knowledge such as recognizing the kind of explosives and defusing them safely. Moreover, scientists usually resort to virtual tours to observe dangerous locations like inside volcanoes and nuclear power companies.

Virtual reality gradually grew from a scarcely-used technology to a universally-acknowledged platform that encompasses an even larger range of sectors for further revolution in the future. At the same time, VR with AI, AR and 5G technology is next in line, introducing more intricate and networked virtual environments. While hardware costs continue to drop and continuous development of applications will be known to expand the reach of virtual reality.

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Kiran Mhargude

Finishing the quality work within timelines remains Kiran's specialty. She holds a BE degree in information technology from Indira College of Engineering and Management. Her other interests are in the healthcare and social media domains. Her humble and calm nature is her primary mantra to live a happy life. She has good leadership qualities, which makes her a true team player.