Can you imagine virtually watching an NFL game from the 50-yard line, while sitting on your couch at home, or "attending" that sold out concert that's half way around the world? We are still in the early days of Virtual Reality, but these scenarios will soon become reality.
The problem with Virtual Reality is that until you experience it, you don't "get" it. Watching videos isn’t a good representation of how immersive it is, and reading an article won’t do it either. The high demand for specialized devices and steep price tags made me wonder if they were worth the money. But then I found Google Cardboard, and bought a viewer on eBay for under $5. It’s basically a piece of cardboard with two plastic lenses that you put your phone into. Mine came in the mail, and it was simple to assemble.
I went to the Google Play store, downloaded an app, and put the cardboard up to my eyes. I was immediately transported to another world! I was speechless, well actually I was saying, “Wow!” At one point, I was inside the Royal Palace in England. It felt like I could just reach out and touch what I was seeing, like I was standing in that room. With the addition of an earpiece and a microphone, I used another Virtual Reality app to join real-time chat rooms with real people from all over the world. From my same couch I was transported to a space station, or the side of a mountain, with no aliens to shoot, no candies to crush, just me and some other people "communicating" together.