Virtual Reality at Home: 4 Ways You Could Use VR in the Future
Virtual reality has been a big buzzword for the last few years. There are a ton of companies, including HTC, Oculus, Sony and Google, trying their hand at creating the best simulated reality at a reasonable price. Virtual reality is well-known in the gaming industry, however, more industries are seeing the benefits of creating an alternative reality for their consumers. Virtual reality has been used to treat social disorders, help paraplegics regain motor control, and provide a competitive edge for architecture firms. Pretty soon the beauty and wellness industries will be following suit. I have my own theories on what the future holds for virtual reality but what exactly is virtual reality?
Virtual reality, or VR for short, is a computer generated environment that you can explore and interact with. Most VR systems targeted for consumer use include a goggle-based headset and may require your phone for visual input. When you strap on the headset, you’ll see an artificial environment in the space surrounding you. When you move your head or walk around, the virtual space moves with you, changing your field of view. You’re officially in an alternative reality!
So back to the real matter at hand: how can virtual reality help you be awesome-er? What does the future of VR hold for us wellness junkies? Virtual reality is still making its way into mainstream culture but I can think of a few ways it could be useful to you, in the near future:
1) Cooking 101
Ever come home from a long day at work, open up the fridge ready to cook a meal that will satiate your appetite only to find a few random odds and ends that just don’t seem to come together and form a legitimate meal? I know I have. Usually I end up doing a web search for recipes (“chicken kale recipes”…..ANNND *fingers crossed* GO) or even worse ordering food for delivery because I’ll starve before I go out in this -10 degree weather.
Instead of googling keywords and praying you’ll find a not-so-boring recipe, imagine slipping on your stunner shades (aka VR goggles), telling your personal chef what ingredients you have and watching as your kitchen becomes a virtual chef’s kitchen fit for Gordon Ramsay himself.
What would be even cooler is if the VR system was a pseudo-reality where it could recognize the food displayed in front of you and provide instructions as you sauté away. Virtual Ramsay would be like: “take that onion and mince it” and then it would scold you for not making even cuts. Ok, so that would entail some serious upgrades but I have a non-cooking friend or two who could really take advantage of this kind of technology.
Would you love to have an assistant in your kitchen?
2) Guided Meditations
Imagine you’ve had a stressful day and you just need to relax so you pick up your VR headset and gear up for your guided meditation voiced by Drizzy himself. Within a matter of minutes you’re walking along the shoreline of the beach, listening to the seagulls cawing above you, fully immersed in your virtual surrounding.
As your mind drifts off wondering what sexy things Drake would whisper in your ear, you bring your attention back to your surreal environment and sink deeper into your relaxation. Sounds pretty relaxing to me!
Guided meditations would be a great use for VR systems. You could meditate on that stressful flight or on the train ride home from work. It could be particularly useful to beginner meditators who have difficulty visualizing and immersing themselves into a meditative state.
Know of any meditators who could use this technology?
3) Personal Trainer
I’ve got a secret to share with you…I haven’t worked out in a realllllly long time…like months…ok maybe years. *Shhh*. Just don’t tell anybody!
Fitness took a back seat when I started grad school and even though I graduated this summer (just got my diploma! YAY ME!!) Iit’s been hard getting back into it. When I WAS working out my favorite way to do so was through group exercise classes. The loud music, the hot sticky air, the grimaces I shared with my fellow companions… sounds like when you’re in a crowded club and the DJ just switched the song for a third time in 2 mins but I digress.
What if you could get that same experience (not the club but the workout) in your own home! Similar to my first point, having a simulated intructor barking orders at you and joining other VR avatars may be the thing you need to get moving. Work out videos may not work for you but joining a virtual environment that imitates real life conditions and offers senory feedback may just motivate you enough.
4) Harmonize Your Home
Fluff up some throw pillows and glamify your bedroom. As I mentioned earlier, architecture firms are taking advantage of the benefits of using virtual reality to showcase their designs to prospective clients. Well, imagine (I know, I know, you’re doing a LOT of imagining but stick with me) if that could be taken a step further! Say you’re looking to spruce up your bedroom and want to add a few nice pieces like a new headboard. Welp, in comes your personal interior decorator to help you out! Just strap on your VR headset, tell your virtual decorator what you’re looking for and be shown a slew of headboards from your favorite stores right there in front of your eyes! Think of all the time and stress it would save you wondering if it’s too big or the right color. Bonus points if you can even buy it right there through VR!
Could you use some help decorating?
So tell me what you think. Do you like these ideas? Which of these would you use? Are there other uses for Virtual reality you’d like to see? Let me know in the comments!!
Until next time,