Virtual reality (VR) may seem to have been created by the gaming industry, but it's bound to change the everyday lives of everyone – not just gamers – in mind-bending ways.
Computer-generated simulation of a three-dimensional image or environment – whether it's the real world or fantastic – with which people can interact using electronic equipment, such as helmets with screens and gloves with sensors, certainly makes things easier. like killing zombies in haunted houses.
However, you already have other valuable and far-reaching applications – they are coming to a room near you.
Relive the dreams while you're awake
Our dreams while we sleep can be funny, horrifying, stimulating and sometimes fantastic.
However, how would you experience your own dreams, or those of another person, while you are awake?
In Atlanta, Georgia, in the United States, a trio of performance artists came up with just that idea in mind.
Kris Pilcher, Kevin Byrd, and Dale Adams started the Dream Collection Agency as a performative art project, but quickly turned into a viable business.
They used virtual reality as a way to visually reconstruct real dreams, with volunteers recording detailed descriptions of their dreams – right after waking, while still vivid – that are then recreated as an RV experience.
A collection of agency "RV dreams" can be selected and experienced by people through the use of virtual reality headsets in their dream innovation experience center.
You could take that idea a little further too, so in the comfort of your living room you can experience what it is to score the winning goal in the final of the FIFA World Cup, or explore fantastic forests and intricate mazes on planets aliens
Become a Martian
Speaking of experiences out of the world, it is already possible to visit Mars, all thanks to virtual reality.
Access Mars, a browser-based VR web-browser experiment created by NASA, the US space agency, along with Google, lets you traverse the surface of the red planet thanks to 3D models built based on some 200,000 images taken by Jet NASA's Rover Curiosity Laboratory Propulsion.
The car-sized vehicle landed on the Mars Welsh Crater on August 6, 2012 as part of a two-year mission to investigate things like the Martian climate and geology and signs of environmental conditions conducive to microbial life, but was extended indefinitely.
The site is being updated as Curiosity Rover gets more images.
That idea could have more local applications as well.
As the cameras become smaller, lighter and easier to use, you can explore some of the world's most remote places without leaving the couch.
Using VR, you may be able to experience Kenya's Great Gnus Migration in real time, travel through the Amazon rainforest or even climb the Himalayas to the 8,848m summit of Mount Everest – all from the comfort of your own home.
DIY Interior Design
VR is also able to assist with your interior design plans.
The TrueScale application helps you create a real-scale virtual model of your living space – then try it firsthand.
The interior design tool developed by a Polish company, Immersion, and launched in partnership with the Vive Studio virtual reality system – an initiative of the Taiwanese electronics company HTC – allows to create 2D floor plans, 3D models and finally range, which you can explore using a VR headset.
In addition to helping designers create better, real-time working spaces while virtually exploring them, TrueScale, which is available on the digital distribution platform through Steam and the Viveport application store, will also help untrained people design and design. creating your virtual dream home.
You can even add furniture and other real-world objects to your creation, thanks to the 3D models of the online shopping platform Wayfair.
An application like TrueScale has a lot of potential.
It may not take long until you can print your home in 3D by ordering what you design in e-commerce companies such as Amazon, Taobao, Wayfair and even the Swedish retailer Ikea.
The ready-to-assemble furniture company is halfway there: it already offers web-based tools designed to help you plan your office, kitchen and bathroom, though it's far from perfect at this stage.
Game by invention
Fantastic Contraption emerged in 2008 as an online physics game that involved creating its own gadgets and devices to solve puzzles.
However, it was limited to 2D because its creators could not figure out how to do it in 3D. The emergence of virtual reality has changed that, and now the vivid interaction of virtual reality takes you to a large-scale grassy island where you can imagine and build imaginative gadgets that will help you reach your goals at levels over 40.
It's easy to see how Fantastic Contraption could expand beyond the game to provide solutions to day-to-day problems.
Soon you'll be able to meet in your living room using your VR headset to create a virtual widget that caters to all your home needs.
Antidote for Aspirin
Taking a pill to fight a throbbing migraine, or to cushion the pain of a slipped disc, can become a thing of the past thanks to EaseVR.
The idea of appliedVR, this tool will work with the Oculus Go VR all-in-one headset. EaseVR, to be launched in 2019, will combine virtual therapeutic experiences, game-based training, and educational tools to help fight insomnia and help people cope with chronic pain problems at home without the need for opioids or other medications to the pain.
It's still in the pilot phase, but so far so good: the headset has reduced pain between 31% and 52% and anxiety in 24% in people during random tests.
Can you imagine coming home from work with a pounding headache and coming to your VR googles instead of aspirin?
One thing is certain: my virtual reality glasses will not replace my glass of wine at night anytime soon. – South China Morning Post