Virtual reality is an application that gives you the best experiences right at the comfort of your home. Such as watching a movie in a theatre vs. watching a movie in a theatre-like room with decorations to look like your house. This gives you the cinematic feeling, but it also makes you feel as if you never left your home. Virtual reality can come in a form where you wear a device that is mounted to your head or sit “in a cave-like room where all the walls show the graphical environment” (Sartain).
The App I Used
The application I downloaded was Oculus and used the form of virtual reality where it gets placed on my head. The cell phone is attached to the end of the device and you place it onto your head as if you are wearing glasses, making sure it is adjusted perfectly. The application that I used is considered virtual reality because as stated previously, virtual reality is creating another life in a virtual world where all your fantasies regarding technology come true.
What I like about the VR is that I can easily have a safe and comfortable experience of a movie theatre/roller coaster or horror video game right in the comfort of my home. As well as being able to control what I am watching and take a break in between, allowing myself to relax my eyes before continuing to the next activity.
What I do not like about the VR is that my eyes started to hurt after a while and makes me feel dizzy, as if I am about to throw up. Another thing I do not like about the VR is that it will not centre right away in the spot you are sitting, you need to physically get up and move to how the VR is set up. Lastly, since I wear glasses, it is hard for me to clearly see what I am doing on the VR so if they had a way I could use it with my glasses, that would be pretty cool.
We are far from achieving this state of make-believe, but “what would be really compelling is something that stimulates all of our senses” (Sartain). I think the VR could be improved by introducing more senses to the platform, such as smell, touch and tasting. For example, there is an app on the VR where you are simply on a roller coaster and if they added the feel of wind on your face or the smell of the location, it would enhance the experience of the user.
Personally, I do not see a future for this app because there is a limit as to what mankind can accomplish and in my opinion, does not have the proper resources to further expand on this app. There are a lot of ways to enjoy fun activities in life and VR just happens to be one of them. If you would like to install this app, you can go to iTunes or the playstore or click this URL https://www.oculus.com/experiences/gear-vr/ to experience what virtual reality is for Oculus.
Future for Oculus?
Oculus is an app for most people to enjoy the simple things in life right at the comfort of your home. I would not recommend installing this app to anyone with bad eyesight or someone who easily gets nauseous. It does not satisfy you with the virtual aspect to the activities that you can easily do outside of the VR.