The advent of virtual reality technology has undoubtedly left its mark on the world. As more and more affordable VR headsets flood the market, it won’t be long before practically anyone owning a smartphone can have access to virtual reality technology and its many iterations. The year 2017 in particular is predicted to be the year when virtual reality becomes real; meaning the amount of innovations the technology is likely to undergo would be far more substantial in comparison to previous years.
The following are some of the likeliest VR related trends to occur this year:
Serenading the Senses
Virtual reality technology fundamentally works by providing simulated environments to ‘trick’ the human brain into believing that we are on a different reality. This immersion can be achieved with the help of a VR Head Mounted Display (or VR Headset) which almost completely cuts off the our sense of sight and hearing from the outside world. This isolation enables us to be fully immersed in a virtual environment and experience an alternate reality.
Next generation VR headsets however, are set to immerse us further into what virtual reality technology has to offer by providing stimulus for our other senses. Haptic feedback through the use of VR gloves and other wireless accessories are predicted to reach widespread use in the year 2017, effectively catering to our sense of touch. Furthermore, VR developers are actively working on ways to incorporate inputs which will appeal to our sense of smell as well. This is of course highly probable in theory and would make for an awesome immersive experience.
Being a socialite in a virtual age will certainly offer some advantages. At least that’s what we think is the reasoning behind Mark Zuckerberg’s decision to acquire Oculus Rift for the modest price of USD 2 billion. Taken at face value, Oculus Rift’s acquisition definitely raised more than a few sets of eyebrows as there weren’t really any direct correlation between social media and virtual reality.
While Zuckerberg’s decision to acquire Oculus Rift may not be initially understood by some, it clearly indicates Zuckerberg’s vision of virtual reality technology merging with social media in the near future. It’s safe to say that we can expect revolutionary and exciting features being incorporated into the world’s premiere social media network in the year 2017.
Even with the current high end VR headsets doing reasonably well on the market, the year 2017 promises an exponential growth of virtual reality technology gaming. Expect VR game developers to come up with even more ingenious ways of immersing gamers into the the VR gaming experience. Both free and premium VR games and apps are becoming more and more abundant nowadays, which inevitably serves as a testament of how far virtual reality technology has progressed.
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