Whilst the concept of virtual reality has been the staple of science-fiction for many years, it seems that this incredible technology is starting to become part of our regular lives.
From the introduction of virtual pop stars to startling VR online gaming options, it seems that 2016 could be the year where all of our lives become a little more virtual.
We’ve already featured how 3D holographic kits are becoming consumer items, and it seems that many of our entertainment stars such as Michael Jackson, Tupac Shakur and Chief Keef have used holograms to beam themselves across America.
And the arrival of artificially-created 3D environments has also held tremendous appeal for film-makers too, with acclaimed director Spike Jonze releasing the first virtual reality newscast of the Millions March protest in New York City.
But it’s not just in America that we’ve seen some startling VR innovation, as Japan has got the headstart on personal virtual reality pleasures with their fairly weird VR sex innovations, but thankfully they’ve also offered some more wholesome entertainment with the introduction of a PlayStation VR gaming booth in Tokyo.
The possibilities of virtual reality gaming are truly immense, as countries such as South Africa have been pivotal in allowing brands such as Springbok Casino to develop authentic simulations of the live gaming experience so that players can access games of blackjack, slots and roulette from a mobile device.
With such impressive developments, it can only be a matter of time before we see the first VR casino, particularly as the Rainbow Nation has an impressive reputation for developing digital currencies such as PayPal, and introducing wide-ranging digital payment systems such as Snapscan that can allow for people to pay for goods via Bluetooth.
The virtual reality retail experience has also been benefitted from the likes of the popular New Zealand Swggr app that allows users to create their own personal wardrobes and looks on their mobile. And even the process of putting on make-up has been given a 21st century update thanks to the Canadian Modiface app that provides an augmented-reality beauty experience.
Living our everyday lives in a virtual world has also become an increased possibility with tech brands such as Magic Leap showing how easy it is to blur real and artificial environments. And with the advent of virtual reality hospitals, there’s always the possibility of living in a virtual reality afterlife!