1. What is Virtual Reality (VR)?

Virtual Reality (also referred to as VR) is a technology that allows you to immerse yourself in a remote location. Another way to describe it: Consider television – It allows you to view an image. VR allows you to feel like you’re inside the place you see in the image. You can look around, and explore it from within.


2. What are the uses of VR?

As of now, VR is used for mostly entertainment purposes. It’s a great tool to augment the immersive capabilities of a video game or movie. It doesn’t mean innovative new uses aren’t currently in the works though! Imagine the time you can save being able to look around a prospective new house, or exploring hotel rooms you’re interested in staying in without having to go there. These are a few of the many new ways technological innovators are looking to utilize VR. Non-VR variations of these features already exist (like the “virtual tours” you see on the internet), but these can always be improved on.


3.  How does it work?

The way VR works is that you put on a mask of sorts. This mask, such as the “Oculus Rift” contains a screen on the inside. The mask (along with other devices like a controller) acts as your input device. The program being run will react to your movements – so if you turn your head left, it will allow you to see what is to your avatar’s left in the virtual environment.


4. How do I use it?

How one uses it is to start a game or application that is made for VR. When you put on the Oculus Rift and ready any other extra controllers you may use – you can move around and do things. Not every game or application has to be an active experience. There are also times where you can just enjoy a scenic environment.


5. Is it harmful to the eyes/health?

Among the top concerns of VR is the health risk. Looking at a VR screen is no different from looking at your computer screen or mobile phone. Just make sure to watch your surroundings and don’t bump into anything! Some people have experienced motion sickness when they move around a lot in the virtual environment while sitting still in real life. The body tends to adjust after a few times though.


6: Can you die from virtual reality?

Another concern is whether one can actually be scared to death by what they see in a modern 3D or Virtual Reality setup. This has not happened, but it’s important to remember that binge gamers (exceedingly long play sessions, some have surpassed 24 hours) have died of exhaustion after failing to attend to their basic needs. Those with health issues and other risky predispositions could be at risk of triggering a health emergency (like a heart attack). This is definitely something to keep an eye on as technology improves, because developers are creating increasingly realistic virtual environments.