What is Virtual Reality, and why is it important?
Virtual reality refers to creating illusions of a presence that isn’t really there within an environment, with the use of technology. Virtual reality basically plays a hoax with our brain and senses such as hearing and sight, and fools our brain into having a virtual experience of something that isn’t really tangible or materially present.
Literally, the meaning of virtual reality can be derived from the literal definitions of the words virtual and reality. Virtual refers to something that is real and reality is what we as human beings experience and undergo as first hand observers, hence, when put together, virtual reality means something that is close, near to reality, or something that is an imitation or emulation of reality.
Virtual reality works to create an artificial environment with the help of technological software and technical equipment to completely astound and suspend the viewer and manipulate his/her senses into accepting it as a real environment. Let us know take a detailed look at how virtual reality works to manipulate our senses and brain into accepting a computer generated virtual environment as real.
Our five senses, sight, hearing, smelling, taste, and touch, along with the cognitive perception systems of our brain dictate our interaction with our surroundings and environment. Aside from the basic five senses that our controlled by our basic sense organs, the human bod has several other important senses, for instance, the sense of balance, the sense of intuition etc. that also influence our decisions and interpret whatever information is collected by our brain. Hence, our entire experience with reality is actually what is interpreted by our senses and the brains’ processing mechanisms. Virtual reality works by presenting our sensory organs and brain with a virtual image that is accepted by our brain through a process of interactivity.
Virtual reality works by generating artificial environments by the help of technology and computer software, these experiences primarily involve the receptivity and activity of our two basic senses, sight and hearing. The generation of virtual images involves a complicated and complex technological process that requires the use of advanced computer software and modern technical equipment that are specifically designed to create virtual reality environments.
The simplest and widely used from of virtual reality is a 3-D image that basically allows the content of an image to in any direction or simply zoom in and out. It can be easily created on a personal computer or laptop and does not require much complex equipment or technology. More advanced and complicated virtual reality environments include, rooms augmented with wearable computers, haptics devices that allow viewers to feel the images and wrap-around display screens among others.
With the continuous and rapid evolution of technology, virtual reality has taken over our lives not only in the consumer world for commercial endeavors, but also in the fields of medical science, education, military, aviation, entertainment and much more. Virtual reality has not only revolutionized gaming and films by enhancing the content and presentations of videos, but has also made an impact on enhancing training and learning experiences in countless professions.
Virtual reality has made marked improvements and led to the development of extremely beneficial application that aid the following spheres:
- Psychological treatments and rehabilitation
- Media, films and fashion
Whatever seems to unpractical and unachievable has been made possible and attainable with the advent of virtual reality, all our experimentation have been made successful as by carrying virtual experiments we can identify with the virtual risks, and hence, we can effectively eliminate these risks in reality. From trainee fighters, pilots, surgeons to engineers, architects and businessmen, virtual reality with his productive and efficient application allows us to enhance our knowledge, improve our performance and the productivity of our efforts and resources.