Virtual reality (VR) is the use of software and devices to simulate a 'real world' environment in which the user feels completely immersed. Often, this includes not just sight, but sound and gestures.
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Real World Applications
Virtual reality and augmented reality can be used for various forms of simulations and entertainment. Here are just a few examples of practical/educational uses:
- Archaeology: Walk around 3D visualizations or reconstructions of archaeological sites.
- Architecture: Build 1:1 models of rooms or buildings and interact with them.
- Art: Visit museums, view artwork from different angles or up close, or create original art.
- Engineering: View designs in 3D and gain a better understanding of how they work.
- Journalism: Immerse in the stories being told.
- Medicine: Practice surgeries or other procedures; visualize anatomy up close and in 3D.
- Psychiatry: Run simulations to help reduce anxiety.
- Travel: Visit ocean depths or outer space.