Virtual reality is still in its early stages, but the technology behind this media is progressing, thanks in great part to its increasing popularity. Virtual reality has become the richer form of video in the sense that you are no longer merely watching a scene play itself out from behind the screen; rather, you as the user become inextricably linked to the scene – a participant in the events unfolding in front of and around you. VR opens up an entirely new world with a realm of possibilities to explore, and it provides you with ways to dream, imagine, create, and experience the world like never before. With all of this potential just making its way out of the box, we decided to compile a list of some of the coolest ways virtual reality is currently being used.
See your home before it’s built!
Arch Virtual creates VR apps using digital blueprints, allowing the user to see a space that, in essence, doesn’t exist. Similar to games like Sims, you are able to see the interior of spaces, giving you the opportunity for your ideas to come to life in terms of architecture and design.
Ride a Roller Coaster!
No Limits 2 is a roller coaster simulator that places an emphasis on realism and speed. During your experience, not only can you choose your own adventure from the variety of coasters available but you can even build your own rollercoaster to then test yourself!
Be a Virtual Artist!
Tilt Brush by Google gives anyone the opportunity to become an artist. The user is able to create designs in right in front of them, allowing the negative space around them to become the actual canvas. This virtual way of painting gives the creator the opportunity to create works of art they never thought possible – life-size painting with brushes made of ink, fire, snow, and smoke, all in 3D!
Go Virtual Skydiving!
Volo Airsport is a skydiving simulator designed to give you the full experience through carefully crafted design. After being outfitted with a fine-tuned wing-suit, you are then able to completely customize not only your parachute, but the weather as well, before taking a jump into a virtual landscape simulated to mimic the Swiss and French Alps.
Play a Game in a Virtual Haunted House!
A Chair in a Room is an immersive VR experience, complete with different stories that are all horror-related. You can choose your own nightmare-inducing experience, whether that is you being a patient at a haunted institution, a psychologically terrifying experience that leaves you scared to visit the basement of the haunted house, all while solving a murder mystery.
Visit the Inside of the Brain!
InMind, just in case you’ve ever wondered what the inside of your brain looks like, InMind gives you that opportunity. Designed with arcade-like elements with the intentions of entertaining and educating, you get to travel to the innermost parts of the human brain to find the neurons that provide the foundation for mental disorders.
Climb Mt. Everest
Everest VR lets you experience what it’s like to summit Mt. Everest – but without the frigid temperatures and risk of death. Everest VR gives you the whole experience from start to finish, from base camp, through the notoriously treacherous Hillary Step, all the way to the summit. The quality of graphics is second to none, and the series of challenges along the way will leave you feeling like a true mountaineer.