Dusk til Dawn
2015 thru 2019
Virtual Reality makes a comeback
Enormous strides in computing power are making it possible to create exceedingly lifelike graphics, animations and 3-D environments. At the same time, super-fast broadband is opening up new frontiers in cyberspace and enabling the development of so-called “Web 3.0”.
This, combined with developments in on-person hardware and sensory devices, is leading to a rebirth of Virtual Reality. Having been something of a gimmick in the 1990s, it is now becoming a serious tool for business, leisure, education and training purposes. For the rich, some of the most advanced options for this form of technology now include pod-like structures which are fully enclosing. Much of the content in these simulations is user-generated, and there are many online communities for sharing and exchanging virtual objects, buildings, avatars, etc. The most impressive creations are rated and promoted in a manner similar to YouTube.