Virtual Reality is here to stay, and here are eight things you need to know about Virtual Reality.
1- VR has a history of more than 70 years
First of all, I need to tell you that contrary to common belief that Virtual Reality is a new trend in technology, actually there’s nothing new about it. VR has been around for more than 70 years.
In late 1950’s Morton Heilig built a machine named Sensorama which created an interactive film experience for the viewers. The Sensorama was not widely adopted but the ideas helped to drive future research into virtual reality.
Along the history of Virtual reality,many valuable people have been involved in the development Some of them are Morton Heilig, Douglas Engelbart, Ivan Sutherland and Myron Krueger.
2- The Term VR was coined by Jaron Lanier in 1987
Virtual reality came to the public’s attention in the late 1980’s and 1990’s. This is mostly due to pioneering computer scientist Jaron Lanier who coined the term ‘virtual reality’ in 1987.
In 1992, the film The Lawnmower Man came along and which was probably one of the most popular items in popular culture about virtual reality which tells the story of a simple man who turns into a psychopathic genius through excessive use of supercomputers and virtual reality. The movie has a 5.4 score on IMDB, well maybe it’s not that popular, I liked it, though.
I think that’s enough history lesson for today, and we can have look at current devices on the market.
3- HTC VIVE
Let’s start with the best and most expensive one: HTC VIVE.
HTC VIVE is by far the ultimate VR device you can buy now; for a price tag of &799.
HTC VIVE headset is equipped with sensors which enabling you to reach out and grab objects and even walk around. These features make the virtual experience much superior to other competitors.
There two downsides though: first it requires a powerful gaming PC (which also costs a lot of money btw) and it has a lot of cable running down.
So make sure that clean up your living room, before playing with this amazing toy.
4- OCULUS RIFT
Oculus Rift is another powerful option. Facebook bought Oculus for $2 billion, and a huge amount investment and development is going on on Oculus Rift.
Oculus Rift headset provides an amazing immersive reality as its sensors can track your head moves so that you can lean into objects or look around your environment.
It’s less pricey than HTC VIVE with a price tag of $599 but it also requires a powerful gaming PC.
5- GOOGLE CARDBOARD
Probably easiest and cheapest way to enter VR world is Google’s CardBoard. It’s basically made of a piece of cardboard folded like a pair of goggles with some simple lenses. Then you need to put your smartphone into it, currently, most of Android phones and iPhones are suitable.
Basically, Google Cardboard is DIY device, you need to go to the website follow instructions to build your equipment. There are also unofficial pre-built alternative products too, starting from $25.
6- SAMSUNG GEAR VR
Samsung’s Gear VR is much more sophisticated than Google’s Cardboard. It’s come with a reasonable price of $99. Probably it’s the best mobile VR. The best thing about SAMSUNG GEAR VR is that it’s totally wireless. However, it only supports Samsung phones.
7- SONY PLAYSTATION VR
For a price tag of $399 Sony Playstation VR is the most affordable alternative. All you need is a PlayStation 4 and you’re ready to go. The headset includes sensors so that you can grab objects and interact with your environment. PlayStation also provides hand-controls for VR.
8- VR Will Provide Awesome Experiences
Well probably this is no surprise but with all these gadgets, we should be prepared to experience some amazing stuff in close future.
What excites me more than everything in all this VR trend is actually not the gadgets but the content that will come with them.
VR has many promises in many different areas, not just gaming. Some of the cool things about arrive (some already arrived) include interactive films, live-stream concerts, videos that surround us, ability to design in real 3D, virtual tourism, and technical training in high skill areas such as medicine.