What I Have Learned about Virtual Reality

Along with the rest of the Virtual Reality team, I too made my own video explaining some of the most important things that I learned from the investigations my group and I have done on VR and AR. Extending beyond some of the basic information about virtual reality that you can read on Wikipedia, I hope this video will make you think about the ways that we use these technologies in our everyday lives. Hope you like it and please feel free to leave a comment below with any questions or criticisms.

, , , , ,

5 Responses to What I Have Learned about Virtual Reality

  1. Gregory Medina November 18, 2016 at 4:39 pm #

    It is great to see that years of pioneering science and technology are beginning to become staples in modern society, such as virtual and augmented reality. Moreover, I did not know that virtual reality actual began in the 1960’s with head mounted displays. It is nice to see that the basis of what virtual reality has become is way more versatile than what was originally made. Due to such, it is not surprising for the advancement of technology to continue to progress as things get smaller and more tactile than ever before. Today, people walk around with computers in their pockets that carry more power than what was launched into space for the Apollo missions. Processors continue to get more efficient in their craft as well as smaller. Thus, I cannot wait to see what new inventions may appear in a decade from now.

    Today virtual reality has been taking strides to create a higher appeal to realism. For example, in the west coast of the United States, specifically California, studios are being made to host gaming events where the player is immersed in a virtual world with virtual reality and 4D effects. Such improves the individuals gaming experience where they can now actually be a part of the game. Moreover, new games are beginning to use the virtual reality medium such as various horror games or puzzle games. Phones are also getting into the market of virtual reality, such as Samsung, HTC, and the like, all provide virtual reality headsets for watching videos or playing games with apps. Forms of art are also taking advantage of virtual reality with short films such as Mr. Robot, the cast of Suicide Squad, and many more. Overall, virtual reality is well established and actually growing as an industry.

    On the other hand, augmented reality still has a way to go when it comes to feasibility. For example, Google Glass attempted to introduce the world to augmented reality; however, it was considered weird and impractical to society. To contrast, Google Glass did set a precedent that augmented reality, or reality infused with software aid, was possible. The process of making augmented reality a thing, on the other hand, is still a way from practicality. Modern science can possibly use science fiction as an approach to augmented reality. For example, in the video game Deus Ex humanity has become infused with technology and robotics. Due to such, augmented reality is a real thing aiding people in life, especially the military and law enforcement. In such a case, people use contacts in their eyes to create the augmented reality; moreover, in some cases the whole eye is replaced by a cybernetic organ that creates the reality. Overall, like all science, inspiration can come from science fiction itself.

    Nevertheless, as humanity continues to explore new ways to enhance technology, it is safe to say that technology will be more involved with everyday life. Already, virtual reality is beginning to amaze people with its advancements from the 1960’s. Due to such, augmented reality is a possible thing that is being worked on. Only the future can really tell what is to come to fruition.

  2. Jesse Klarfeld November 18, 2016 at 6:58 pm #

    Virtual reality is one of the coolest and yet versatile inventions being implemented into society today. Along with self-driving cars, domino delivering robot, and AI fighting crime, this creation and development of next generation technology is outstanding. I am a tech savvy person myself, and I frequently keep up with the main stream technological advancements and upcoming releases. As I was already aware of the VR and AR presence in society today before this video, I grew great knowledge of other uses and benefits that virtual reality has to offer. A main concept in this video that I find very interesting is that virtual reality is not only for reasons such as “creating a virtual world that looks like the physical world, but to simulate experiences in a virtual reality to increase the convenience of the user.”

    I like this video because it was very informing. I now know this invention is not only used for video games, but could also help for military training, psychological illness, and doctors in med school. These uses are ultimately not for entertainment, but for training purposes to help better the world. These uses also help the learning process become much smoother and easier as prepare people for real life situations or overcoming illnesses. Although gaming is fun and all, the bigger picture of how incredible useful these headsets could be is phenomenal.

    Technology is surprising me each and every day because companies continue to strive. I really appreciate the behind the scenes workers coming up with these ideas and getting them out to the world quickly. These innovations and progress occurring is really going to help advance the world. Sometimes the best ideas are mistakes, and as far as the Oculus, HTC Vive, and Playstation VR, these were meant for gaming use, but transitioned to be used for a plethora of possibilities. An interesting fact that Ross provided was that 52 million units of VR will be used and sold in the United States in the year 2020. Moreover, the mini lesson on the FAIR framework was something that I had never heard of and admire as it was created by my own business law professor John Shannon. Being flexible, adaptive, imaginative, and resilient are definitely key characteristics to be successful and I love how it is mentioned in this blog.

    As far as the structure and details of the video, I would say that I loved the transcript and the information provided. I found it intriguing and quite professional, however, there could be some adjustments made to the blog post that could make it outstanding. For instance, as constructive criticism of course, I would say maybe next time look at the camera instead of making it obvious that you are reading. Also the only other thing I would say is to sound a little less monotone as you have very good knowledge and have done intellectual investigations with your group. All in all, this was a great blog and I really enjoyed it as I learned a lot about a subject that I am very interested in.

  3. Hakeem Marshall November 18, 2016 at 8:07 pm #

    VR (virtual reality) is absolutely incredible. It is one of my, if not my favorite, up and coming technologies. Its possibilities are absolutely endless. Those that see this groundbreaking technology as nothing more than a video game enhancer are not thinking big enough at all. They are small minded (at least in this regard) and need to be taken out of their tunnel vision. Those who are afraid of VR and express apprehension should go live amongst the Amish and other technophobes. That kind of regressive thinking is just as simple minded but in a different sort of way as the former line of skeptics. VR will make our lives better, there is no mistaking that but the scope of how VR plans to do this is something I find to be exciting and something I believe we should be putting active resources into.
    When I was first experienced VR, my first thought was this could be amazing for video games. The reason I thought this was because I am a dork who needs to get out more. Virtual Reality can turn video games from being a great hobby into a lived experience. Imagine being at the snowy mountain tops of Skyrim from the visage of a VR Helmet. I am sure you could just imagine how immersive that would be. It would create a world that you might never hope to leave. There is a downside to VR Gaming however. For one, VR does not respond so well with everyone’s vitals. VR helmets, while amazing create fatigue in long uses. Also, they can be expensive and they are definitely a time sink for those wanting to program with the device.
    The most obvious use of VR, is in my opinion, education. Whether it be academic or technical, VR gives a way for teachers to make education so much more interactive and by extension helpful. You could have a teacher tell you everything you need to know on a particular topic. This would certainly be helpful to a student but perhaps not the best way at getting someone to retain information. VR provides a way for students to get hands on experience with a given topic and actually experiment with it. Imagine a student doctor getting to interact with virtual organs and seeing the reactions would be a potentially incredible teaching tool. The problem with this comes from how well the models are done. If the models are done poorly, the students retain poor information on the given topic, leading to lesser performances. When it comes to hands on teaching, you always do it with a teacher present, otherwise you only learn your mistakes.
    VR potential as a therapeutic device is something that often goes unmentioned in discussions regarding it. Imagine being under stress due to a variety of issues in your life. Now imagine being transported to a temple in Tibet, meditating at peace. This would certainly improve one’s mental state. Experience traumatic events in life, retold through VR can help those who are struggling get through their ailments. People with phobias can get have their mental image envisioned and worked on in real time. VR has the potential to make medicine work better for all of us. That is amazing.
    Something that did not occur to me on the benefits of VR is planning for building projects. This seems like another practical application of VR but it did not occur to me until further research was done on the topic. VR would allow planners for buildings and other physical objects to see their work come to life in real time in a very meaningful sense. They can pick apart their errors in real time and makes things better on the spot. Models would become much more accurate then they currently are and that would/will make us all better off.
    VR will be one of those great technologies pushing us further into a happier, healthier existence.

  4. Javon Diggs November 18, 2016 at 8:22 pm #

    Virtual reality may be one of the most influential innovations the world has ever seen. It has produced some amazing forms of entertainment that will probably to entertain people until the next big innovation comes about. Virtual reality can be found in many forms of entertainment people use today, ranging from the video games consoles that people play suck as Xbox and PlayStation, the games on your cell phone, television, and movies. Now, as I’ve just learned from the video, it seems to be taking a much deeper meaning than just simply pure entertainment. Now its purpose is being expanded to include military training and medical practices. Based on my experience with virtual reality in gaming and how intense that can be, I can only imagine how a simulated military combat scenario would play out, and the practice of curing a virtual illness.

    For myself personally, the idea of virtual reality has always intrigued. When it comes to playing video games, it’s the experience of being put in another world where you get to see, feel, and experience everything that is happening in it, whether it be joy, tragedy, fulfillment, or even (fake) death. I always wondered where the idea for all of it came from. And when it comes to watching television programs and movies, I always had an underlying appreciation because I got to feel for the characters and get into the story, trying to imagine myself in these scenarios and seeing how I would handle it differently. The best (or worst, depending on how you look at it) part is, that these experiences feel completely realistic, especially with games and movies implementing more 4-D and allowing you to put yourself in them, it’s a thing to marvel at.

    Furthermore, people need to consider how it effects other as well. Everybody is unique in some way, and outside of their social interactions, everybody has their own individual life problems and experiences that no one else has. Virtual reality simulations such as games and television offer somewhat a temporary escape from the real world and all its troubles. It puts people in a whole new environment in a whole new world, and they get to experience on connection on a personal level with the story and its characters. It also gives them a chance to imagine themselves as someone that they’re not, and play out that experience. For example, in the first person shooter genre of gaming, it allows people to control a character that does all of these death-defying and insane stunts, feats that could not be performed by a normal person. Virtual reality lets you experience thrills and excitement that you can’t usually get from normal life, and that is what drives people to it the most.

    Virtual reality, along with the rest of digital technology, seems like it’s here to stay. And for good reason. The thrills and excitement that come with imagining yourself in these insane, life-threatening situations is, simply put, incredible. And for me personally, I like to imagine if I would have handled the situation differently if I was put in that character’s position. And now, with it being added to military training and medical practice, further innovations seem to be at hand. It can allow soldiers to experience a lifelike military conflict without the actual threat of dying, giving them better mental preparation for any possible struggles. And it can allow doctors to search for the best ways to operate and cure sick patients with lard to cure diseases, allowing for safer and more efficient medical operations.

  5. Vannesa Martinez December 9, 2016 at 8:40 pm #

    In the 21st century, technology has been perversely active in our culture and it does not look like it will be stopping anytime soon. Our lives have become so interdependent on technology that they now make up our day’s basic essential. With anything we do, we are always connected on the web, the main way in which now our society operates by. No more pen and paper, everything and anything can be done electronically, which is just the beginning of it. Virtual reality is the topic at hand in which the article, or rather the video, describes the basics of virtual reality and the big overall impact of how it will come to effect society in the future.
    Virtual reality is a digitalized world that is a replica of the human world from a realistic and video-game point of view. At first its establishment was difficult due to the lack of technology available to help progress the functioning of this product. Fast forward many years later, and now due to our wild advances in technology, it has now been able to fully function and slowly integrate itself into society, I thought that the inclusion of background of how virtual reality came to be is extremely important to inform the reader of the strides that had to have been made to get to the point in which we are now at today in concern with virtual reality. Before reading the articles on ShannonWeb, I had no idea what virtual reality was and it has been interesting to learn about what it entails of and how it will be found more in our society in the future. I believe that technology that can be used for the good and improvement of society and people’s lives will always be a plus. Our lies revolve around it so much, having virtual reality could well as be another thing that can help us improve in a certain aspect of our society. Even though I am not the type of person who is a fanatic of videos games or games that do have the potential of including such technology more in the future, I am definitely looking forward to seeing and wanting to try it to see how it works and its multiple uses.
    The student in the video introduces a good point, which everyone needs to realize that this concept of technology will be introduced into society and will not be slowing down anytime soon. It is up to everyone to be open-minded and accepted and be active participants. Technology will be involved in everyone’s life more and it is not a matter of it, it is a matter of when. It is something that either we all need to learn to adapt to whether the advances in technology is not something we like or not, but it is going to be the cornerstone of how our world evolves. People will need to learn to be okay with this or stay behind and fall behind from the rest of society. At the end of the day, new innovations of technology are waiting to be introduced so the best way to go approaching this idea is to be accepting and see the benefits of these things that will be invented to help us in our everyday lives.
    In the 21st century, technology has been perversely active in our culture and it does not look like it will be stopping anytime soon. Our lives have become so interdependent on technology that they now make up our day’s basic essential. With anything we do, we are always connected on the web, the main way in which now our society operates by. No more pen and paper, everything and anything can be done electronically, which is just the beginning of it. Virtual reality is the topic at hand in which the article, or rather the video, describes the basics of virtual reality and the big overall impact of how it will come to effect society in the future.
    Virtual reality is a digitalized world that is a replica of the human world from a realistic and video-game point of view. At first its establishment was difficult due to the lack of technology available to help progress the functioning of this product. Fast forward many years later, and now due to our wild advances in technology, it has now been able to fully function and slowly integrate itself into society, I thought that the inclusion of background of how virtual reality came to be is extremely important to inform the reader of the strides that had to have been made to get to the point in which we are now at today in concern with virtual reality. Before reading the articles on ShannonWeb, I had no idea what virtual reality was and it has been interesting to learn about what it entails of and how it will be found more in our society in the future. I believe that technology that can be used for the good and improvement of society and people’s lives will always be a plus. Our lies revolve around it so much, having virtual reality could well as be another thing that can help us improve in a certain aspect of our society. Even though I am not the type of person who is a fanatic of videos games or games that do have the potential of including such technology more in the future, I am definitely looking forward to seeing and wanting to try it to see how it works and its multiple uses.
    The student in the video introduces a good point, which everyone needs to realize that this concept of technology will be introduced into society and will not be slowing down anytime soon. It is up to everyone to be open-minded and accepted and be active participants. Technology will be involved in everyone’s life more and it is not a matter of it, it is a matter of when. It is something that either we all need to learn to adapt to whether the advances in technology is not something we like or not, but it is going to be the cornerstone of how our world evolves. People will need to learn to be okay with this or stay behind and fall behind from the rest of society. At the end of the day, new innovations of technology are waiting to be introduced so the best way to go approaching this idea is to be accepting and see the benefits of these things that will be invented to help us in our everyday lives.

Leave a Reply