October 21, 2019

Bearcats Strike for Climate -

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

A Personal Account On Vaping -

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Girls Water Polo Resumes Winning Ways -

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Running into the 2019 season -

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

How Media Affects The Mind -

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Matilda Provides Hope -

Monday, October 14, 2019

Mock Trial: Murder Trials, New Captains, and Autonomous Vehicle Accidents -

Monday, October 14, 2019

SMHS Starts the Year Cellphone Free -

Monday, October 14, 2019

SMHS’ Boomwhacker Club -

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Questioning the Ethics of Unconventional Childbearing -

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Don’t Blame Video Games -

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Why Disney Won’t Stop Remaking Movies -

Thursday, October 10, 2019

The Versatility of Virtual Reality -

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Pondering Yondr -

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Mr. Shea: The Meme King -

Thursday, October 3, 2019

#AHistoryofBadBoycotts -

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Increased Regulation is Necessary for Homeschooling -

Thursday, August 29, 2019

An amazing year for the wrestling team -

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

My Experience at the Women’s March -

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

El Regreso Del Racismo -

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

The Versatility of Virtual Reality

Only a decade ago, virtual reality was a fantasy only found in science fiction books. Now, virtual reality has become a large part of the gaming world and many people enjoy playing video games with virtual reality headsets. While this technology is mostly used for entertainment, not many people consider the practical applications of virtual reality and how it can be used to improve our world. 

Virtual reality is already being used for more than just playing cool games; it is already being used in countless industries, such as healthcare. Surprisingly, the retail industry has also started using virtual reality to improve people’s shopping experiences. In 2018, eBay partnered with the Australian retailer Myer to launch the first virtual reality department store so the possibility of shopping via virtual reality is closer than you might expect. Some sports channels are using virtual reality to broadcast live sports events and people are starting to train athletically with virtual reality simulations. Architects are also using virtual reality to analyze their models in depth to find any faults or areas they can improve. 

Additionally, virtual reality is being used for more than just business-related industries. Law enforcement is already using virtual reality for training officers for situations that are hard to replicate in real life. By using this technology, officers are able to experience a realistic simulation of situations that train them to respond quickly. Virtual reality is also being used for wellness and meditation. “Guided Meditation VR” is slowly gaining popularity because of its combination of calming 360 degree images combined with soothing music to create an  immersive meditation experience. 

These applications are not talked about often but people who have used virtual reality for gaming or entertainment already have an idea about the capabilities of this technology. Daria Akselrod, a sophomore at San Mateo High School, has played video games with a virtual reality headset. 

When asked about the potential of virtual reality, Daria commented, “Virtual reality could be used productively to improve the world, such as virtually create a visual of a solution to a problem, or have a virtual space for all ideas to ‘come to life.’ I think in the future, virtual reality could be a part of everyone’s daily lives, helping people do basic tasks and maybe even changing how the education system works.”

Of course, virtual reality has not been perfected yet, but as it is rapidly improving, more and more industries are starting to use this tool to improve their business. There are plenty more applications for this tool than the ones mentioned and the capabilities of virtual reality are still being explored today.

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