Virtual reality technology has taken our fantasies and tried to make them real or at least as real as a computer can simulate them. Being able to stand (or sit) in your own living room and take a virtual tour of Ancient Rome or have your golf swing analyzed is just a technological marvel.
Today’s scientists are working to develop the most realistic simulated 3D worlds using virtual reality technology. Computers, in combination with special interface peripherals, can simulate any written environment in their programs.
Basically, the requirements of said simulated environment require that the computer and its peripherals can project a 3D world that seems as real to the user as possible.
The technology used in virtual reality has been used profitably for many purposes. Virtual reality techniques are widely used to develop entertaining games for people. Practically real platforms help people to participate in situations that they cannot normally attend.
For example, not everyone has the time, energy, will or desire to be mountaineers in real life. But you can easily be a climber in an environment that is virtually real. You may need to wear glasses to feel part of a mountaineering team and feel and see the snow-capped mountains around you.
Today’s virtual reality technologies are based on ideas that go back to the 19th century, almost to the beginning of practical photography. In 1838, the first stereoscope was invented, in which double mirrors were used to project a single image. This eventually became the View Master, which was patented in 1939 and is still produced today.
However, the use of the term “virtual reality” was not used until the mid-1980s, when Jaron Lanier, founder of VPL Research, began to develop the equipment, including the use of glasses and gloves to experience what he termed “virtual reality”. Previously, however, technologists developed simulated environments.
If you just sit on your couch at home and have nothing to do, you can ride a roller coaster. Yes, it’s very easy if you have your own VR headset! Feel the force of gravity as the mountain rotates and turns upside down.
There are many VR headsets with built-in games where you can experience an extreme roller coaster. With a real golf club, the user feels it in their hands, but what they see when they look at it will be a virtual representation of the golf club. The peripherals used in virtual reality technology are becoming an important factor for the user to interact with their 3D world.
Written by: Idorenyin Effanga