VR is a fairly new thing on the market, so there are a lot of people out there that haven’t used it before. A lot of my friends have never tried VR, and I wanted to share what I know about virtual reality with them. So I decided to write this article for people who want to know more about VR; and how to use it correctly.
I’ll be writing from the point of view that you’ve never used VR before. While there are many ways you can get started with virtual reality (such as Google Cardboard), most people want something more powerful than what they can find in any store or online; such as an Oculus Rift or HTC Vive. VR in healthcare is growing, and it’s becoming very useful in medicine.
If you’re like me, you might be a little overwhelmed at the thought of ordering a high-quality VR headset. The good news is that there are a lot of options out there for virtual reality headsets that are fairly priced and will work great (you can find some on Amazon). There are also some free virtual reality apps that you can download to your phone. If you do order a headset, I’d recommend buying an HMD (head mounted display) with built-in head tracking; this way, it’ll know where your head is going, which will make for an even better experience. Many people think that the best way to use VR is by placing the HMD on their head and strapping it down with Velcro straps or something similar; however this isn’t ideal: when using VR without built in head tracking (such as Google Cardboard), there’s nothing holding the headset up except what’s resting against your face! This means if someone bumps into you while walking down the street or knocks into something while playing games etc., they could end up bumping into your face too! So if you plan on using VR often outside of home or office setting, then I’d suggest getting one with built-in head tracking; otherwise get one without built in tracking.
If you’re planning on using VR without built in head tracking, you might want to get a stand for the headset, with something soft like a memory foam or pillow to help keep it up. Also make sure the headset is strapped down so it won’t fall off your face while using it. Try to use it as much as possible in an open area where you have enough space around you; and try not to play games that require lots of movement; such as boxing or sports games (like soccer or baseball). If someone bumps into you while playing these kinds of games, they could bump into your face too! You should be fine just about anywhere, except for maybe football fields.
Now that we’ve covered how not to use VR headsets, let’s talk about how best to use them… We’ll start with Google Cardboard. Cardboard is probably the easiest way for someone new to virtual reality get started with virtual reality: all they need is their smartphone! Google has made a bunch of different “Google Cardboards” (you can find a list here), and all of them will work like normal ones do: They’ll hold your phone in front of your eyes and display what’s on screen onto the lenses inside so everything looks three dimensional when playing VR apps or watching movies/videos etc. There are a lot of different apps you can download on your phone to use with Google Cardboard. I’d recommend downloading some VR games, or VR apps that let you watch movies/videos in virtual reality.
If you want to go all out and buy a really high-quality headset, then I’d suggest getting the Oculus Rift. The Oculus is amazing! Its HMD has built in head tracking, so it’ll accurately know where your head is and will move your view accordingly; which looks really cool: as if you were actually moving through the scene yourself! If you’re interested in buying an Oculus Rift but still aren’t sure, there’s a demo version available called “Oculus Rift Demo” on Steam (it’s free). It’s basically the full app bundled into one big file that lets you try out some different demos of what Rift is capable of; it also has “Toybox”, which is basically just like Minecraft except for virtual reality (you can find an article about Toybox here). If nothing else, I’d say Toybox alone would be worth trying out even if it was just for fun once or twice (I highly recommend playing this game!).
If neither of those options work for your budget but still want something good enough to get started with VR then try Samsung GearVR.
You’re probably thinking, “Why would I want to use virtual reality? What’s the point of it? It sounds like a waste of money to me.” Well, you can think what you want. But virtual reality isn’t just for fun: there are many different uses for VR. It’s not just games and movies either; there are tons of business and education uses as well! There is so much potential for VR, but we’ve only begun discovering its true potential. Virtual reality is an awesome technology with lots of possibilities in our near future (including medicine).
If you’re one of those people who thinks that VR is only used for gaming then let me tell you something: every time we get something new (such as smartphones) people always say that it’ll never be able to do anything besides call/text other people or play games; but then eventually they do more and more things with their phones over time! Same thing with TVs! And this will happen with virtual reality too! There are already many things that can be done using VR in 2017 – such as using them in a classroom environment or while playing video games – but I’m sure there will be even more ways we can use virtual reality soon enough…