What is Virtual Reality?

Illustration by Naomi Alessandra

Virtual reality (VR) is a term generally used to describe three-dimensional computer-generated environments that can be explored and are interactive. Virtual reality represents an extraordinary shift in the way humans experience the digital realm. VR experiences are simulations that can be similar to or completely different from the real world. The interacting person is immersed within the artificial environment, where they can look around, move around, interact with virtual features, manipulate objects, or perform a series of actions. VR uses a host of technologies to achieve the goal of immersion and is a technically complex feat that can influence our perception and cognition. Currently, standard virtual reality systems use either virtual reality headsets or multi-projected environments to generate realistic images, sounds, and other sensory material. Additionally, haptic technologies, such as VR gloves or full body suits that simulate users’ physical p

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Illustration by Naomi Alessandra