Virtual Reality

Virtual reality is an impressive technological feat. It has been in the minds of dreamers and developers for decades but had hit monetary and technological hurdles along the way. It has allowed for us to be completely immersed in a digital landscape, exploring the world in a completely different way. The term virtual reality comes from exactly that - a computer-generated, virtual version of an alternate reality emulation. It creates a frameless, 3D digital world that we are able to interact with and explore, to an extent. Virtual reality can utilize up to 4 of the 5 senses, including touch, sight, hearing, and sometimes even smell.  Because of the unique way of immersion, VR can trick your brain into thinking you’re in that world. 
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In education and training, virtual reality has changed the way students can experience and learn information. Never before has such an immersive, thorough way to learn been accessible to teachers and professors. Virtual reality makes learning more visual. 90% of the information that our brain receives is from vision. VR training creates an exceptional visual environment to stimulate visual learning and increase retention of information. In addition, VR learning can actually be extremely affordable. The price is initially steep, but with future development, tons of engaging, educational applications will be released to make the price per experience/class very low. Virtual reality learning allows for students to explore the world of different subjects in a way that, beforehand, was not possible without great cost.

 

Virtual reality makes training much safer and less costly than onsite training, especially in the oilfield and natural gas industry. Many types of training are dangerous and can cause injuries and fatalities if trainees do not know the environment well enough. Virtual reality training allows users to be completely immersed in a recreated job training site while being able to use sensory learning and staying safe. Trainees can make mistakes in VR that could otherwise cause damage to the people and worksite. In addition, virtual reality can bring people from around the world to immerse and interact in one space. This saves time and money from traveling. Not to mention, virtual reality job training is interactive and similar to video games.

Students will feel as if they are playing video games at school, and those who are job training will be more prone to remembering safety protocols and guidelines, for they act as “rules” in the VR gaming environment. All in all, the use of virtual reality simulation in the entertainment and learning/training industry has created an entirely new way to interact with a virtual environment, resulting in a broader sense of understanding of the world and the advancement of technology.

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