There has been quite a significant improvement in how we are utilising technology for entertainment. One of them is of course, the development of virtual reality. VR affects our way of seeing entertainment significantly, especially since its aim is to “manipulate” our sense of reality and making us feel the different kind of reality as we knew it. The pioneers of this technology has been constantly working hard to improve its quality and features, making it feel “realer” than one dared to imagine before. This begs the question though, how can virtual reality deceive our mind and how come a mere Virtual Reality feels like it’s the real version of reality? Well here in this article we are going to discuss about that one magic spice of virtual reality and everything else you need to know about this whole amazing technology!
Your Presence Matters
Or rather, your view of presence matters. A good virtual reality should be able to deceive our brains so well that it feels like we are elsewhere in a whole new different reality than the ones we are supposed to be in now. This affects both aspects; how your brain perceive your presence in this alternate reality, and how the brain reacts to the suggested realities imprinted on your mind. This relies on a complex set of conditioning as well as some other elements, and the amazing minds behind VR technology creations are still actively improving and integrating these complex elements to better the quality. Presence isn’t made easily, there are lots of ways to destroy our sense of presence. The Samsung Gear VR is among the early instalment of VR headsets that people can buy in order to immerse themselves in virtual-reality experiences. But the process of creating this “realness” is not easy, and the technology itself is still very far from perfect. But what substitutes our sense of presence? We are going to find that out to reveal how the magic spice of virtual reality works.
What Makes “Presence” Right
Our brain is the one who’s in charge of perceiving realities, and there are many ways this process can happen or triggered. The most obvious element lies in our five senses. We perceive realities with the help of these apparatus. Our eyes see things, our ear hears voices, our nose smells smell, our skins feels touches, and of course, our tongues tastes flavors. So it depends on affecting any of these senses to trigger our brain’s perception of reality. The first aspect that needs to be paid attention is how the images our eyes perceive looks right or looks good enough to be right. When a spatialized sound is added into the mix, our brains will be more convinced that you are actually present somewhere else. There are some other elements that should present, but these two are the basic ones. After all, we rely on seeing and hearing sense a lot in order to make sense of a reality surrounding us.
Four “Foundations” of Creating “Presence”
There are at least four foundations of creating presence. The first one is the illusion of the person being in a stable space. This means how you are able to perceive and see the world all around you, and today’s virtual reality headsets and displays nailed that one down. Another magic spice of virtual reality is the illusion movement or self-embodiment. We have to feel that we are moving in a concrete spatial space in order to deceive our brain that it is real. This is another thing which are developed by virtual reality technology. Things like tracking down our body movements as well as having the illusion of using our body parts are the details that go a long way. Whenever you have your VR helmet on, you will able to see a whole new world you can’t see with your regular eyes. Sure, they might dissipate when we tried to touch them, but it’s the feel that matters in our virtual realities. The next spice is the illusion of our physical being interacting with stuff. This will include holding an actual, real props in your hands while your eyes are seeing it as the thing from the virtual space. Also, the illusion of social collaboration is something that affects our sense of reality. This is an actual cutting-edge things, as it is capable of bringing social interactions to a whole new level.