VR has been around for a long time. We have heard the promises, listened to the dreams, and in the end, it hasn’t been all it was cracked up to be.
With a worldwide pandemic where travel is limited and many destinations are closed, has VRs time finally come? What about those of us who are limited in the amount of travel we can do, or have other issues that prevent us from physically going to the natural and cultural landmarks that make our planet such a rich place?
The first thing you will need is a VR headset. For a decent viewing experience, it’s actually quite affordable. A simple device like the Google Cardboard headset will do just fine, pairs with a cell phone you already have, and costs as little as $15. There are other, more expensive, headsets that work better for gaming or other, richer, VR experiences, but for simply viewing famous landmarks and other cell phone based VR, Cardboard works just fine.
So what is out there to look at?
Google Earth is a great place to start. Here is a short list of places to check out:
- Ducie Island
- Your home
- New York/Statue of Liberty
- Meteor Crater
- Sedan Crater (the aftermath of the Sedan nuclear test)
- Theme Parks
- Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (you can go to the ground on a 1:1 scale and stand on this statue)
- Mt. Fuji
- The Great Barrier Reef
- Rome / The Colosseum
- Palace of the Sun King in Versailles
- Shibuya in Tokyo
This should be a good start. I’ll be back with more VR experiences in the future. Remember, just because we are at home doesn’t mean we can’t explore!