VR is seemingly the future of digital technology. The gaming world has been waiting seemingly forever for VR technology to reach the stage we envisioned it in movies and TV shows. While it still has a fair way to go, the current state of VR tech is very impressive.
And another bit of future tech that has finally materialized into the commercial world is drones. Before the idea of drones was reserved for the dystopian visions of a cyberpunk future. Now anyone can walk down to the mall and grab themselves a powerful drone equipped with high-quality cameras and responsive controls.
Someone posed an idea to me the other day. What if you were wearing a VR headset and had a drone following just above your head. Then if you connected the drones camera feed to the VR headset you would essentially be living life like a third-person video game.
It would be an odd experience. The human mind is not used to experiencing reality in any other format than the first person. And VR technology on its own can be a huge adjustment for people. I have watched plenty of people trying to lean against virtual walls only to fall on their asses.
So we imagine that anyone using a drone to live in third-person would find themselves very disorientated and nauseous.
The Other Uses
But gimmicks asides using a VR headset at random with a drone has plenty of other advantages. As we all know, drones are great for photography, but as it stands at the moment photographers are limited to watching the camera feed through their phone screens or the screen on the remote control.
Using a VR headset would allow people more control over their drone photography. They could really study the subject of their photo and better navigate around the area.
Using drones to film movies is another use that has become extremely popular in recent years. In fact, we are already seeing entire movies shot with just drones. And using a VR headset would allow for greater control over what is being shot. It would also offer a unique experience for people to create VR specific movies.
The biggest use of VR technology and Drones is, of course stimulating flying. And we don’t mean flying in a plane. We mean super-powered flying. By linking your drone to your VR headset you can move with it and feel like you’re flying. VR headsets have an odd effect on the human mind. As the VR world moves around you, you feel yourself being pulled around. Despite your body staying perfectly still.
As we mentioned, VR specific movies could be made. These movies could be used to simulate different flying experiences and trips. This would be fantastic for the travel industry. Imagine instead of having to travel abroad you could simply simulate flying through the hills of the Netherlands. Or soar along Route 66.
This would also be fantastic for accessibility. Sadly there are a lot of people with physical restrictions that struggle to travel abroad or take part in a lot of fun experiences life has to offer. So these VR simulations could provide them with the same chance everyone else has.
In conclusion, VR headsets and Drones seem to be a technological match made in heaven. The possibilities are seemingly endless. The only issue at the moment is the price tag attached to both these products. But, as with most tech, eventually, the price will drop and make it affordable for the general consumer.