I was very honored today when someone reached out to me on LinkedIn to interview me about my experience with VR. He asked me the following questions, which I really enjoyed answering:
1. What is your involvement with VR?
I am currently working as a VR (and AR (augmented reality)) developer. That basically means that I create VR/AR applications for the various devices that currently exist. For example, in fall 2018 built a VR simulation of a casualty care point. This involved taking 360 degree videos of actors pretending to be treating patients who have just been injured, putting those 360 degree videos into Unity (a game engine), and programming a user interface that gamifies the VR experience. I hope to continue working as a developer and creating more applications in the coming years.
2. How did you get involved in VR technology?
I first got involved with VR out of a love for filmmaking. I am still a filmmaker at heart; however, I realize that the entertainment industry is starting to embrace immersive technologies like VR and AR. Senior year of college, I started to acquiant myself with these technologies and was amazed with what I found. I realized that VR/AR are going to be so much more than simply entertainment mediums and that they are truly going to have a profound impact on the way we perceive and interact with data in the coming years. I began working as a developer after college and hope to create visually compelling VR/AR experiences.
3. What are you most excited for with the future of VR?
I am most excited for the creation of a widely used metaverse. If you haven’t read about metaverse theory, I would highly recommend doing so. The basic idea is that a new digital dimension to reality is emerging through VR and AR. I am unsure of exactly what form that digital dimension will take; however, I hypothesize that it will primarily exist as 3D data superimposed on top of existing reality accessible to us through AR lenses. The emergence of a widely-used metaverse will carry with it countless benefits that will provide humanity with clearer access to the data that we now rely on. This has the potential to improve medical care, data visualization, and the quality of digital entertainment.
These are some important fundamental questions with answers that I really hope to continue refining in the coming weeks/months/years.