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The Five Stages of VR

(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.

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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.

So what’s up with Virtual Reality?

ExperienceIf you have visited our page, you are likely already well aware of what Virtual Reality is. With the use of a head-mounted display, your brain is tricked into believing that it’s standing in a completely different environment. By having the camera match the user’s head movement and with the addition of peripherals to interact with the world, the user can experience a reality unlike our own.

It’s just an amazing concept. Much like how Star Trek predicted the mobile phone and tablets, it was definitely on to something when the series introduced the Holodeck. We can go to different worlds, do things that we normally wouldn’t do or even be able to do. Shoot at robots as a space pirate, or become the main character in a story where you are entering an alien world to rescue your twin sister. Prepare for an important presentation by acting out the whole thing in a room filled with virtual people. Do your daily office work on a space station overlooking the Earth. Talk with friends on the other side of the world around a campfire. Or simply watch a movie in your own private cinema.

What I’m talking about here is not sci-fi. It’s already here. I’ve done all the above, some on a regular basis. We can already experience it. So why hasn’t it caught on yet?