(Since this article passes the 750 word mark, I fear it officially qualifies as a Long Read – my apologies for that in advance – but they are Five. Neither Four, or Six. But Five.)
It’s difficult to escape the mention of Virtual Reality when you’re out and about. There is hardly a single newspaper, popular magazine, news bulletin or tech-savvy blog that hasn’t devoted one or more articles to it. We’ve all Heard about it – Virtual Reality (and in its wake perhaps, Augmented Reality) is set to change the world. It’s an exciting new technology, being promoted by the technology enthusiasts and creating a buzz wherever you go.
But what IS it, really – and what does VR, as it is usually abbreviated, mean for you and your life? Well, as with most technological developements, from the Internet (which celebrated its 25th birthday – sort of, kinda – a few weeks ago) to Mobile telephones and especially the development of the smartphone, it usually takes some time for inventions to go from the lab/kitchen table/garage to the hands of the mainstream consumer. In fact, most technologies and inventions go through very distinct phases – and sometimes not reaching the consumer market at all.
At The Reality Lab, we believe that VR is way too powerful to leave it out there in the ‘Through of Disillusionment‘ (more on that in a later article). We need to get this technology out there, and allow people everywhere to experience and use it. And that’s why we defined a number of objectives that we would like to achieve – stuff that we want to get done at the end of the day. We call them the Five Stages of VR – they are the five ways by which we want to make VR accessible to you.