If you still think The Matrix won’t happen, in our generation, you probably haven’t looked inside a VR headset yet. This remarkable piece of technology works with LCD display, head and motion tracking, and soon, eye tracking to immerse a user into a roller coaster, or freakin’ real estate property. With a predicted value of 33.90 billion, our laziness has unleashed many uses for VR that won’t stop growing as research and development continues to fascinate us. The race to dominate the market still seems unclear, but VR has landed into the hands of some of the biggest powerhouses in the world, paving its way to become mankind’s next giant leap.
VR is more than just a gaming console. From real estate to the medical field, the core of this technology won’t be limiting its involvement in our everyday life. With modern development barely hitting the 3 yr mark (more like 50 years), content creators are steering the purpose of a virtual reality to become one that aids people physically, professionally and even mentally. Here’s a baby glance of where it’s going so far.
-You’ll soon be able to experience film with VR in theaters.
-How we watch sports: NCAA March Madness Live VR for the Gear VR
-The workplace, manufacturing, and job training will incorporate augmented realities.
-The useless one so far…the online gambling industry.
-Patients and doctors are also taking advantage and reaping the techy fruits.
-From business travel, to planning your next vacation.
It’ll eventually become affordable enough and become a staple in every household. Like the telephone, VR technology will continue endlessly advancing, and reality of it all will seem far more ‘surreal’. Will it end up influencing how our brain interacts with the environment it’s presented with, in a negative fashion? Will we get a Truman Show starring a kid born into a VR headset? Or will it just make choosing a new sofa for the living room a lot easier? Whatever the case, you can now immerse yourself into a new environment, and expose your senses to an alternate reality. Mankind has finally started it’s next chapter, and it’s already so much fun.
Jasmine Palacios is a performer/writer born in Dallas, TX. She studied at the Austin School of film, Institution Theater and Coldtowne Conservatory. With upcoming projects in Los Angeles, New York and Dallas, she's based herself in Austin, TX, pursuing all that is entertainment. Some of her biggest influences include Jim Carrey, Black Sabbath, and Paul Thomas Anderson!