Virtual Reality

 

I'm a few posts behind due to some recent travel, however, I thought our patrons could benefit from learning about a technology that has been gaining steam - Virtual Reality, otherwise know as VR. The big buzz in the recent past was PokemonGo which is in itself a form of VR known as Augmented Reality (AR). AR systems layers virtual information (ex. Pokemon) over a live camera feed into a headset or through a smartphone or tablet device giving the ability to view three-dimensional images.  VR is the next evolution in interactive computer-generated experience(s) that takes place within a simulated environment (ex. deep sea diving, war zone games,  visiting real-life locations around the world, playing a Batman game, and more...). In a nutshell, a person using virtual reality equipment is able to look around the "artificial world" , move around in it, and interact with virtual features or items. Really neat stuff. Some things you might have seen that utilize a flavor of some of this technology is when you visit a 360 degree view of a home. In the last three weeks, I witnessed VR gaming experiences available in a library within a 55 and over community in AZ (sessions are held every Friday and are booked two months in advance) and on the boardwalk in Ocean City, NJ. Essentially, its not just for kids, its just not for kicks (ex. simulations are used to train soldiers & pilots), and it is becoming more and more accessible to all of us. If you have an interest in owning your own VR system, you could always start off with a more affordable option like Google Cardboard, or expend more and purchase products like Samsung Gear HTC Vive or Oculus Rift. As you would expect, there is a range of options and price points. Minimally, take advantage of an opportunity to experience VR when you can. Its only a matter of time before VR/AR becomes part of the fabric of our day-to-day lives. Feel free to schedule time with me on a Wed. (at the library) if you would like to explore options or simply learn more about the technology. If you would like to learn more about the available applications, here is a link you might find useful: https://www.digitaltrends.com/virtual-reality/best-virtual-reality-apps/

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