Our first guest VRTGO blogger is Daley Johnson from Coatsink

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Over to you Daley…

Working closely with Virtual Reality is really exciting. I feel like I am lucky to be a part of the birth of a new technology, a new form of entertainment that will hopefully take the world by storm. I often think about the capabilities and possibilities that Virtual Reality presents us with, and over the past year, my thoughts have branched out beyond simply seeing VR as a form of entertainment or a novelty. At the moment I believe that in the public eye, Virtual Reality is viewed as just that; a novelty where you can briefly get up close and personal with a T-Rex.

I attended VRTGO last year and meeting so many like-minded fans of Virtual Reality was one of the catalysts that helped my views blossom into a plethora of ideas and hopes, beyond those of riding dinosaurs. I have no doubt that we’ve barely scratched the surface of the potential VR presents, which further fuels my excitement and curiosity.

I think Virtual Reality can not only be entertaining, but beneficial, helpful and educational. In particular, I have put a lot of thought into how VR could be used to aid people. The potential for Virtual Reality to be used commercially isn’t a new idea within VR circles, in fact I would say it is one of the things we can probably expect to see quite early on. Virtual tours of houses, visiting a virtual car showroom, virtual shops where you can “view” the product. These things would be great, not only for those who want to view houses in other countries without travel, or those who simply want to go shopping from their sofa, but for those who physically can’t go out to view a house or pick out a new bed.

Virtual Reality will not only be able to take us to places that would have been otherwise impossible or very difficult to visit, it has the potential to improve the quality of people’s lives. Viewing houses and visiting a virtual shop may seem like very simple ideas, but that’s exactly why it could be brilliant. Some people are unable to do the simple things in life that many of us take for granted.

In terms of education, I feel that if VR is embraced, school is going to become A LOT more fun for the future generations. Imagine actually visiting a volcano in VR for your geography lesson or studying the anatomy of an actual elephant standing in front of you for biology. The possibilities are endless really, there is so much potential for Virtual Reality in an educational environment.

I have no doubt that developers for Virtual Reality will utilize the endless possibilities that VR has to offer in order to create experiences that will be beneficial for everyone. It’s one of the things that makes Virtual Reality almost magical. It’s capable of changing and improving lives.

Here at Coatsink we are all really excited about what the future holds for Virtual Reality and it’s users. Our first VR project (and launch title for Gear VR), Esper, was announced as a launch title for the Oculus Rift at their E3 press conference this year. We’ll be bringing it along with us to this years VRTGO, so please come and say hi!

Daley Johnson – Coatsink Software

Note from VRTGO

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