What to Expect When Using a Virtual Reality
Headset For The First Time
Virtual reality is still a very unique experience for many. Some are barely familiar with it, only vaguely aware of the concept thanks to science fiction movies and television. Others are very aware of the technology but have never had the chance to try it.
If you fall into either group but you’re ready to give VR a go, what will you experience? VR is really incredible technology, but it can take a bit of getting used too.
There are a few things to be aware of to make your first experience as comfortable as possible, and a few tips that may come in handy. Let’s take a look!
Warning One: VR Sickness
Sounds scary, but really it's not that bad. Unfortunately, your body might just be the biggest problem you face when using virtual reality for real estate tours. You see, with the screen so close to your eyes and filling your peripheral vision, your brain gets the idea that you’re in motion. Your inner ear, on the other hand, tells your brain “No we’re not. We’re sitting still!” The confusion between the two can give you a form of motion sickness, and so it can do what it might do if you were on a boat on the ocean..
Tip One: Bucket
Occassionaly, someone using VR tech for the first time might feel like throwing up. Because of that, it might be a good idea to have a trash can, a bowl, or a plastic bag nearby that you can use just in case of an…emergency.
Warning Two: Walls/Furniture
One of the most reported problems using VR is that of self-injury. Some devices, like the HTC Vive, have features that let you know when you’re close to running into something. Others? Not so much. So you need to try and be aware of your surroundings while also remembering that you’re not going to be aware of your surroundings. This is easy to avoid with some pre-planning.
Tip Two: Clear Your Area and Sit Down
The easiest way to avoid injuries? Make sure you can’t run into things. The easiest way to do this is to not move by sitting down. The second easiest is to move the things out of the way, when possible.
Warning Three: Solo Play
The potential issue with this is what happens if you ignore one and two. If you happen to trip or knock something down or drop something, you won’t be able to recover that easily by yourself. In fact you may sustain some sort of injury, not cool without the proper help. Or, you know, break your TV or sound system.
Tip Three: Bring a Friend
Why? They’ll be able to give you a hand setting things up and putting them back. They’ll be able to watch out for you (and vice versa) if you fall over or bust your head. They’ll protect your TV!
Heed these warnings, young VR adventurer. You’ll soon be a VR pro!
Please note: This is a tongue in cheek article! While there are some drawbacks and occasional bumps in the road with vr technology, it's usually smooth sailing.
We can send you a free VR headset to try out before taking the plunge if you'd like.