Virtual Reality (VR) is changing fast, and Apple’s new Vision Pro headset is a big part of that change. The headset costs around $3500 and is like wearing ski goggles.
It’s a new step in VR technology, which has been around for more than 40 years. In the past, VR was seen in movies, TV, and games like the Nintendo Power Glove. But now, VR means different things to different people.
In the early days, VR was thought to be an alternate world, but opinions have changed. It was exciting to show people VR back then because it was so new.
Now, Apple is using VR in their headset, showing people experiencing VR for the first time.
Apple has been a big name in tech since the 1980s, so their entry into VR is important. They once worked with a startup on VR, but now they’re doing it themselves.
VR has many uses. It’s used in industries like vehicle design and surgery training. It’s also used for exploring things like consciousness and relationships.
The big question is: What everyday uses will VR have?
Gaming is one option, but it’s not perfect for VR. Apple’s Vision Pro apps aren’t fully exciting yet, but practical uses for VR are expected to grow. You might use VR to learn about a place you’re visiting or to put together furniture.
There are two types of VR headsets. Some block out the real world, which is common in gaming. Others, like Apple Vision Pro, mix the real world with VR. This can be done with cameras or advanced optics.
Camera-based VR is easier but can cause issues like your hands not lining up with your eyes. It’s also worrying because it can alter reality, which can be deceptive.
Social media today is often about getting attention with alarming content. Luckily, Apple doesn’t rely on this model. But VR experiences from different companies could still be upsetting.
For a long time, creating VR content was hard, which limited its use. But now, things are changing with AI, making it easier to create VR content quickly. This could lead to more practical and spontaneous VR apps.
VR lets you experience being different creatures and change your perception of time. It can be a way to understand consciousness. But the best part of VR might be when you take off the headset and see the real world anew.
For Africans, VR could open new ways of learning, working, and exploring. It could help in education, making complex ideas easier to understand. It could also assist in designing and planning projects.
But the cost of devices like Apple’s Vision Pro is high, so more affordable options need to be available. VR has the potential to greatly impact Africans’ lives, but it needs to be accessible to everyone.