Unquestionably, technological advances have always helped travel. From the first automobiles which allowed families to travel longer distances than they ever had before, to television which showed the fanciful stories only before heard on the radio and read in books. Technology moves people. We live in such an interesting time that most children could not even fold a map anymore (I actually remember a high school geography teacher lamenting this fact in the late 90s and had us all fold maps for over and hour!). A drastic change is coming soon to how we will comport ourselves. Much in the same way the internet drastically changed travel, something even more momentous will be obtainable in the next while with virtual reality. See for yourself…
What will the world of nearly perfect virtual reality have on the pursuit of travel? With the consumer version of the ‘Oculus Rift’ nearly here. I am reminded of Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg’s words on acquiring Oculus VR. He wrote:
“They build virtual reality technology, like the Oculus Rift headset. When you put it on, you enter a completely immersive computer-generated environment, like a game or a movie scene or a place far away. The incredible thing about the technology is that you feel like you’re actually present in another place with other people. People who try it say it’s different from anything they’ve ever experienced in their lives…Imagine enjoying a court side seat at a game, studying in a classroom of students and teachers all over the world or consulting with a doctor face-to-face — just by putting on goggles in your home.”
You could visit far off places without even getting off of the couch. We already can do this to some extent, with resources like Google Earth, but never with such detail and immersion. What do you think? Will VR stimulate travel, or perhaps allow us to find more excuses for never leaving the house? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!
One thing is for sure. VR is coming. The question is, how can we cope?