Lately, almost everyone is talking about Virtual Reality. Especially after the release of various headsets, every other day we learn the new features of VR allowing users to reach different experience. The popularity of such experience is increased within the last years; however, the evolution of VR dates back to 1930s. We decided to dig more into the VR world in order to find out what kind of possibilities out there to create memories and to relive past experiences.
Precursors, Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality.
The evolution of Virtual Reality has three phases – precursors, Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR). Precursors was an early technology that blurred the lines between the real and virtual worlds. On the other hand, Augmented Reality technology added virtual elements into the real world sceneries. Later on, Virtual Reality has evolved into a technology that allows users to experience a fabricated reality. Basically, you can wear a VR headset and experience a 360-degree field-of-view no matter where you are. Most of the users use the VR glasses to play games. But, other than gaming, how far one can get with the VR experience?
Climb, Fly or Dive.
You can find thousands of 360-degree online videos and applications that are compatible with most of the VR glasses. For instance, Fulldive VR allows you to explore games, video and other VR experiences. But also, YouTube is a great source of options designed for 360-degree VR videos. Were you always planning to try climbing? With VR videos, you can experience climbing! Depending on the quality of your glasses, the experience becomes almost real. Same goes for flying, diving, and many other extreme sports for people who enjoy this kind of activities, or for those who couldn’t do it in real life. Isn’t it amazing?
Learn and Explore.
Virtual Reality experience is not only for those who are into extreme activities but also those who want to learn new things and to explore the world. You can watch documentaries and video journals that are specially designed for the 360-degree field-of-view VR experience. If you are into arts and culture, Google’s eponymous app takes you to various historical locations of arts and design. For instance, you can visit Van Gogh Museum to see “Starry Night” while sitting on your couch.
Perform with Cirque du Soleil.
The VR experience also includes experiencing the past performances. One of them is Cirque du Soleil‘s fascinating performance “Zarkana” which is available and specially designed for the VR glasses. You can watch the performance in a 360-degree piece, while the performers move and dance around you. The best thing is, the experience allows you to try something that you wouldn’t be able to do in real life, like jumping into the Cirque du Soleil show. Cool, right?
Watch your Memories.
Trying extreme sports, joining artistic and cultural tours, and watching fascinating performances… How about reliving your own memories? If you are already into taking photos and videos or collecting your childhood memories, you can use your VR glasses to watch them via your smartphones. For now, there are only some rumors that the VR experience will become a way to go back to our memories and relive the moments as if we are there, but we need to wait and see how the idea evolves within an advanced technology.
Virtual Reality is evolving fast and the experience is already very interesting and popular. Seems that, with the future advancements, the VR experience will become an exploration of the things and places that users have never seen or been, and will become a part of the memories we create everyday. Our memories are precious and should be kept special. Here at PastBook, we care about memories. That’s why turning your great memories into a beautifully designed, hardbound photo book is a wonderful way to keep them special. If you’re thinking about collecting your memories of a specific year, you can start creating your photo book – only with one click!