Virtual Reality Definition = The computer-generated simulation of a three-dimensional image or environment that can be interacted with in a seemingly real or physical way by a person using special electronic equipment, such as a helmet with a screen inside or gloves fitted with sensors.
This is one of the fastest growing sectors of technology this year. What was a year ago something in SciFi movies is now available to anyone and has become quite affordable. But are virtual reality devices just for video games and videos? For now it is but it is a matter of time before VR (Virtual Reality) gets applied to websites.
Imagine a general contractor giving his site’s visitors the ability to walk through a home they completely renovated. The user would have his 3D VR headset and be able to see from the home transformation from beginning to end as if they were actually there.
VR could also be applied to moving from page to page, navigate content, view a photo gallery, and much more.
We are all familiar with online meetings during which you can see and hear other attendees. If you recall this was not common 10 years ago. Now imagine how much better it will be when you can see the attendees in 3D as if you were all in the same room.
VR technology is here to stay and will continue to gain market share. The discussion is now on how to apply this type of digital reality to websites to make them more interactive and interesting to their visitors. This will most likely have coding implications just like those we saw for mobile devices like phones and tablets. Websites’ code had to be adjusted so that websites could display nicely on mobile devices. The same will happen very soon for virtual reality compatibility. The big hurdle as of today is the manufacturers of these devices. We, as website developers, hope they will agree to a common operating system base for websites. If they do not, your programmer will have to create multiple codes to cater to different VR devices just like they had to do for mobile devices. We are excited about the upcoming changes.
“Adaptability is about the powerful difference between adapting to cope and adapting to win.” – Max McKeown
Let’s choose to adapt to win!