Blog post #5 Answering my Main Inquiry Question

For capstone you have to make a essay on your research it was pretty easy because all you had to do was make it on all of your research in it. here is my essay and it is really long.

What are the Main Uses of Virtual Reality?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

By Henry      

                                                                    

 

What is virtual reality? According to a blog on the website “newgenapps,”Virtual reality (VR)  is a way to create a computer-generated environment that immerses the user into a virtual world.”  To use, someone needs to have a headset hooked up to a computer. How is VR used today? According to Alayna Mansell, a Digital Marketing Specialist, the five main uses of virtual reality (VR) include: military, sports/fitness, mental health, medical training, and education.

 

Military

       The military in the U.K. and the U.S. use VR in army navy and airforce. The U.K. and the U.S. have both started using virtual reality in their training as it allows them to be able to train in different situations like being attacked by other people in a war, or flying an airplane, or even throwing a bomb.

Sports

VR is revolutionising the sports industry for both players and viewers. It is helpful for the players because it can get them in shape.

VR helps the viewer’s experience because they can watch the game they want to watch on the headset. This is helpful because if you did not get a ticket to the game you want to watch you can just watch it from your headset, it is also much cheaper then buying a ticket to a game.

VR changed fitness because you used to only go to the gym, but now you have another option you could play Virtual Reality. There are games like Box VR, Knockout League and more. Going to the gym is still better, but playing Virtual Reality Is more fun. The top sports that are benefiting from VR are

  • American Football
  • Nascar
  • Soccer
  • Basketball
  • Poker

 

Mental  Health

It has also been used to treat anxiety, phobias, and depression. Virtual reality technology can provide a safe area for patients to come into contact with things they fear, while staying in a safe environment because they can’t get hurt in VR.

VR has become a primary method for treating post-traumatic stress. Using VR exposure therapy, which is a therapy that helps people calm down with visualization, a person enters a re-enactment of a traumatic event. It has also been used to treat anxiety, phobias and depression.

 

Medical Training

        Medical and dental students will be able to train when they are in VR. For example they could perform a surgery or pulling out a tooth. This is good because if they mess up, it will not harm anybody. They are also able to practice as long as they want to.

 

Education

         Virtual reality has been helping in education for teaching and learning situations. Students are able to interact with each other within a three dimensional environment. This helps students with their social skills.    

        Students can also be taken on virtual field trips. For example, with VR, students can take tours of the solar system and go back in time to different eras.

Students with special needs, such as autism, are also using VR technology. Research has found VR can be a motivating platform to safely practice social skills for children. A company called Floreo has developed virtual reality scenarios that allow children to learn and practice skills such as pointing, making eye contact, and building social connections. Parents can also follow along and interact by using a linked table. This helps students with their social skills. The subjects VR help most in are

  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • History

 

          In conclusion, VR is more than just gaming. VR is an inexpensive way to virtually travel to places that people are unable to visit. Doctors can train for surgery while using VR. Mentally ill people can use VR to calm them down. Military and educators can train soldiers and students with VR. Using VR is a great way to exercise too! I hope that many of you will use VR more often because VR has so many options!

 

      

 

 

 

Blog post #3 Interview

For my capstone I am interviewing  Aaron Stanton who is the Director of Virtual Reality Institute of Health and Exercise. I am interviewing him because he looks like he has good experience in the Virtual Reality field. The Virtual Reality Institute of Health and Exercise is in California. At the Virtual Reality Institute of Health and Exercise they have Virtual Reality games that help you with fitness some of the Virtual Reality games they have are Knockout league, Electronauts, Cricket Club, Gorn, and much much more. If you want to see my interview questions for Aaron Stanton look down below.

 

  1. What is your experience with virtual reality?
  2. Why did you decide to work in the V.R industry? How long have you been in it for?
  3. What do you like most about your job?  What do you find the most challenging about your job?
  4. What do you think about VR fitness in general?
  5. What do you think is the best VR fitness game? Why?
  6. What is your favorite fitness VR game? Why?
  7. What is your experience with VR goggles or other VR accessories? (There is a picture of a man wearing a SFSU t-shirt with a mask on this face. How does the mask help the VR experience?)
  8. Your website says you rate games based on MET.  I did a little research and found it stands for metabolic equivalent, but I’m a bit confused because the description sounds like calories burned. Please describe this in simple terms.
  9. Do people only use the games you have at the Institute or can they borrow them to use at home?
  10. Are all the VR games single player or can some be multiplayer? If it can be multiplayer do all the players have to be at the Institute or can some players be at a different location?
  11. How else is the value of the games you use at the Institute assessed? For example, do some games make a player want to play longer which means they get more of a workout?  Or, do some games help a player build on a skill like get better at boxing?
  12. What are the advantages of using VR for fitness?
  13. What are the disadvantages of using VR for fitness?
  14. How has the cost of VR fitness changed over time?
  15. How has VR has revolutionized fitness?
  16. ges of using VR for fitness?
  17. What are the disadvantages of using VR for fitness?
  18. How has the cost of VR fitness changed over time?
  19. How has VR has revolutionized fitness?

 

And yes this took a long time.