With quarantining, social distancing, and school/work being held virtually it almost feels like we have migrated to a sort of ‘virtual reality’, right? I would have to agree but then again, Virtual Reality(VR) is SO much cooler.
“The incredible thing about the technology is that you feel like you’re actually present in another place with other people. People who try it say it’s different from anything else they’ve ever experienced in their lives.”- Mark Zuckerberg
So what is this Virtual Reality that everyone is claiming to be so cool and innovative? Well, here we go.
Virtual Reality is “the use of computer technology to create a simulated environment.” Joe Bardi, What is Virtual Reality (Find Full Article Here) To experience VR, one puts on a headset or helmet and steps into a whole new world. VR allows us to step into a video game as a character. Video Game? Character? Did I lose you? Think about Mario Cart except YOU are Mario in the car driving down rainbow road. This is Virtual Reality.
As cool as it would be to have a Mario Cart installment in VR, this technology is actually doing some groundbreaking and innovative things for so many industries.
Medicine, Entertainment, Education, and Architecture are a few areas taking advantage of this technology. From virtual tours of museums to practicing heart surgery virtually, the possibilities seem endless. You can do tours of sites overseas and walk through an experience as if you were there in your living room.
It is incredible that medicine is doing so many amazing things with virtual reality. It allows doctors to get hands-on experience without someone’s life and body on the line. This has so many benefits to the world. Doctors get amazing practice and patients get the best care. Below is a picture of an example of being in the operating room, practicing a procedure, perfecting the art of medicine.
During this time of online learning, virtual reality should be relied upon. If in-person activities are not possible, a virtual reality simulation is the next best thing! If you only take one thing out of this blog just know, VR is totally rad!