Ever Heard of VR? No, it’s not a disease. It means Virtual Reality and it’s fast becoming the “in thing” these days. VR games and VR videos especially are catching on fast.
In fact, there are now sections for the ultimate VR experience in many movie houses and my excitement level about it is on the high.
Just the other day, while waiting in line for my movie ticket at the cinema, I heard a high-pitched cry. Of course, I was curious as to what was happening, so I left the line and decided to investigate. The cry was from a child, who had on a virtual reality device. My interest was aroused. So, I stood there watching the child who was now laughing. She was watching a VR video. The same contraption she was sitting in was equipped to support VR games as well.
Unfortunately I didn’t get the chance to experience what the child as well as a very long line of others there enjoyed, because my movie had started. But I decided to share my thoughts about virtual reality, while introducing you to Virtual Reality headsets and hoping you find them as exciting as I did. You see, in order to enjoy VR games and VR videos, you require a VR headset.
Virtual reality (VR) has been a long time coming, but now it is easier than ever to get an immersive experience and take your first VR steps at home.
All About VR Headsets
The VR Headset is a head-mounted device that provides a Virtual Reality experience for the wearer. VR headsets are widely used with computer games but they are also used in other applications, including simulators and trainers. They comprise a stereoscopic head mounted display; providing separate images for each eye, stereo sound, and head motion tracking sensors which may include gyroscopes, accelerometers, structured light systems, etc.
There is a wide range of VR headsets available, but which one should you choose?
Modern VR headsets fit under one of two categories: Mobile or tethered. Mobile headsets are shells with lenses into which you place your smartphone. The lenses separate the screen into two images for your eyes, turning your smartphone into a VR device.
Mobile headsets like the Samsung Gear VR and the Google Daydream View are sold for $100, that’s NGN36,100 and because all of the processing is done on your phone, you don’t need to connect any wires to the headset.
Here at MobilityArena, we have played around a bit with VR headsets. Have a look at when we put on a VR headset for our first steps in Virtual Reality.
Beyond VR Games And VR Videos: VR Training Too
The great thing about VR is that its use is not limited to entertainment. It is already being used as a means to train medical students for surgery. It allows them to perform essential procedures in a virtual, controlled environment. It is a particularly useful tool for training soldiers without putting them in harm’s way.
Of course, pilots and astronauts have been using a form of VR in flight simulation modules for years.
But for consumers like me and you, VR videos and VR games are the most common use case. We love our entertainment.
How excited are you about VR?
How excited are you about virtual reality? Have you had any experience with it? Let us know what you think in the comment section below.