VR Technology and how its expansion and adaptation will help in an ever-changing world.

Hello again, I’m sure that many who read the Mass blogs are tired of reading about or hearing about COVID-19 and what needs to be done to allow us to either adapt to our new normal or weather the storm well enough to return to life as it was before.

 

Unfortunately, this blog will somewhat discuss the current lockdown situation, but more positively, it will go over how existing technology can be used to help the issues caused by the lockdown.

 

The technology is VR, as I’m sure you’ve inferred from the title of this Blog. This technology as a whole is currently used in very few applications, and from my experience, the most successful implementation of it is as a gaming medium, either for PC or for PlayStation 4.

 

However, the reason I wanted to talk about VR is about how it can be used and adapted for our changing environment.

In the current lockdown environment in which we are living there are ramifications on the mental and physical health of people, as well as their ability to work. In my last blog, I talked about how many communication technologies are aiding people with working from home and how companies are shifting to a situation that allows people to work from home.

 

However, there has been an unintended side effect as a result of the communication technologies, one which we probably wouldn’t have seen without the unintended mass social testing that is happening at the moment. And that is the psychological problem of people who are utilising communication technology to talk to others, but because it isn’t happening in person and there is no feasible feedback from the others, people are finding that isolation is creating higher levels of depression no matter how often they are talking to others via communication technology.

 

VR as a whole could be utilised to overcome this, there are already Virtual chat rooms in existence, though I wouldn’t recommend a lot of them as they tend to be rather toxic at times, the idea is sound. Within a virtual environment imaging software (a camera for example) could be used to create virtual facsimiles and allow people to communicate in an environment that would aid the issue around depression.

 

And it isn’t just mental health, it can also be used due to the way that VR works, that it could create a virtual GP office. There are limitations, but the expansion of haptic feedback gloves for VR created within several universities means that pretty soon we could have a situation where local doctors can work from home or their office and see patients virtually.

 

This can be further pushed, to the point that this could be applied even after the lockdown is finished. Though we as a society tend not to think about it, some disabled people ultimately may not be able to leave their home. Virtual Technology means that they will be able to have an increased level of social contact and be able to do things like see a doctor without having to have the doctor find a particular appointment time for a callout.

 

Another example of how it could help would be for creative or engineering work. Though I can use CAD to a reasonable level, I still find that attempting to visualise the plan as a 2D format vs what it will be as a 3d building is not the easiest thing in the world. For a VR environment, the building and its plans can be created in full as a fully interactable 3D environment, which can also be a forum like room for other engineers on the project to be brought in around the world.

 

I’m sure that I have largely bored a lot of you with my theorising and hypotheticals, but if there is one thing that can be brought about as a success within this current situation, the potential expansion of technologies to increase our ability to collaborate with others around the world and to bring us closer together as a species is I think a very good thing.

 

Finally, I want to reiterate what many people are saying now, stay indoors unless you have no choice otherwise, think of others as much as you can, make sure to keep everything going, and finally be sure to do what you can to keep yourself sane and happy in these difficult times.

 

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