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Immersive Virtual Reality

Immersive virtual reality (VR) is a computer-generated simulation of an artificial environment that is experienced using head-mounted displays. The simulated environment could be stylized or photorealistic, and the user can interact with it by moving their head or hands which are monitored by the head-mounted display.

VR can be either fully immersive, meaning that the user can see the real world around their head, or non-immersive which has limited interaction. This is what happens for console video games. Fully immersive VR employs a head-mounted display to show slightly different images to each eye which creates a stereoscopic three-dimensional effect with input tracking to create an immersive experience that feels authentic.

VR is often used to train for simulations and rehearsals. This could be part-task procedureal training (such as ‘buttonology’ in which surgeons are taught to push a button for certain tasks) or full motion simulation which trains police, military or pilots in scenarios that are risky to train on actual equipment and ordinance.

Immersive VR technology is incredibly effective. It’s important to keep in mind that while it’s commonly used in entertainment and games (the most recent Fortnite game grossed 1,25 billion dollars for Epic) However, its capabilities isn’t limited to soaring in an XWing flight or shooting enemies from behind the dumpster. VR is also becoming more popular in the business and industry, especially where the ability to test products or ideas in a safe and non-risky manner is invaluable.

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