Virtual Reality (VR)
What is VR?
Virtual Reality is a simulation of a real or imaginary environment or surroundings by a computer system using interactive software and hardware. The user interacts with simulated objects in real time. When used together with interactive hardware like a VR headset, the user is totally immersed in an imaginary world. Sensors can also be placed on the user’s body which then are interpreted by the software as movements in the simulated world.
How does it work?
In short, it’s computer created material doing its best to trick your brain. A virtual reality headset shows you an image. As soon as you move your head, it modifies that image to make it seem like you’re really there. 3D audio can also enhance the experience and make you forget your physical surroundings. You get totally immersed in a virtual world.
Where can it be applied?
Videos and gaming are obvious options, but virtual reality has a slew of other possible uses. It can be used for training and education, industrial design and architecture, medicine, scientific visualisation as well as for visiting and exploring e.g. a factory or museum etc.
Below is a video clip from the VR tour in a VEO hydropower Plant. It is an incredible feeling when you are totally immersed in such a VR tour.