Erin Martucci could feel her body relaxing at the sight of the serene landscape. The gushing waterfall is music to her ears. And just as she begins to lose herself amongst nature’s bounty, her gynecologist pulls her headset off, dragging her back to the ‘real’ confines of the hospital room with doctors preparing for the birth of her first child.
Muhammad is Acrophobic (fear for heights). His pulse races, his heart thuds against his chest, he clutches on to his sides as the realization that the world is dropping below his feet hits him. His head begins to swim, his vision blurs and the familiar feeling of nausea sets in. He pulls out his headgear and is relieved to find himself back into the safe confines of his living room.
Marlene feels a sense of doom as she is thrown out from her home onto the streets and then herded like cattle amongst helpless people into an unknown journey that seems harrowing and hopeless – the exact feeling that Elise Ogle, manager of Homeless projects, want his volunteers to feel – to empathize and change the way people think and act about the homeless.
From distracting women in labor without epidurals to conquering the worst fears- Virtual Reality is beyond gaming as it finds a strong foothold in the ‘real’ world. Be it the #BeFearless Project, Project Homeless or Google’s Expedition program – a journey that spans from Great Barrier Reef all the way to Mars – a feel of a virtually real experience is just a headset away!
I wonder if VR will find its use in the judicial system where rapists can be sentenced to a virtual session of being raped?
VR could come in handy for some political superpowers to experience what it feels like to be an audience to their hilarious debates, atrocious speeches, and impromptu decisions – or better still -getting to be a virtual citizen of the country that is ruled by them!
What do you think?