Technology is lovely in the sense that we can use it to make our everyday lives better. Some people prefer technology because it helps them do their everyday chores much faster, while others love it because they can actually use it to do the work they love, also faster. Some indulge in it because of entertainment, just think of all the videos you can watch with your mobile phone. Some people use it to experience the world in a different manner. How, one might ask? Well, through virtual reality, or VR. How can you explore the world through VR? It depends, but most of the time, by using goggles or a headset, and a pre rendered environment. It also means that experiencing history and historical events is possible through the use of VR. This is how you can experience the world with VR.
The World Through VR – A Unique Experience
VR works differently to the technology we already know. If we are going to simply watch a video in VR, then that presents no issue to our hardware. It just needs to buffer the video and we can watch it, something which happens every single time we watch a video. This isn’t an issue, but scenes which need to be rendered live, are an issue, especially with terrible hardware.
Bad hardware can lead to headaches and nausea, none of which you want when exploring something, or ever, for that matter. VR has its own problems, which are mostly related to hardware and accessibility (special equipment is required). But, once you get over those obstacles, you can experience something wonderful, a world of its own, almost like the real one.
VR History Tours – Real and Video-Like
To make a real history tour in VR, one would need to make it almost like a video game, interactive and realistic. That takes time and effort and it needs to also make money. Yes, some people would do it out of the kindness of their hearts, but VR experiences are not easy to make, especially interactive ones.
A video tour, in VR, on the other hand, is a different story. Adjusting an already existing video for VR takes a lot less effort and time and thus, it is much more economic. You could have your history lesson, albeit, it would be more of a video, much closer to you, much more realistic, yet still a video and not an interactive tour.
What is the Best for You? – Videos or Tours
If you would like to have a tour in VR, you would have to find a museum or site which offers one and those are not everywhere, nor are they cheap. Videos which you can watch through VR are aplenty, and for a history lesson on the go, a cheaper one, you would be better with a VR video.
Experiencing historical events is possible through the use of VR technology, yet it is still limited in its availability and widespreadness.