As you inch your way towards the ledge of the mountain your heart races and you start to experience a dizzying sense of vertigo. You’ve nearly forgotten that the thousand-foot drop that lies ahead doesn’t actually exist, and that your feet are firmly planted on a carpet. You are in a virtual reality simulation, but it feels very real.
In 2014, 22.5 million people in the U.S., from 12 years old and up, needed treatment for a drug or alcohol addiction, but only 11% of them (2.6 million people) actually received treatment at specialty treatment programs. Recent technological advances have begun to supplement treatment; from apps to VR, technology has began to make treatment more accessible to those suffering from addiction.
Are you waiting for the full virtual reality experience? Upset you can’t drive a flying car yet? Still want a hoverboard that actually hovers?
Let’s take a look at the types of digital realities that currently exist, and how they differ from each other. Currently there are three major types of virtual experiences: virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and mixed reality (MR).
If you are looking to dip your toe into the world of Virtual Reality development, Google Cardboard is the logical place to start. The Unity integration is easy and the headsets are cheap– if not free, if you eat at McDonalds (and live in Sweden). Without a ton of work you can get a VR app running on a iOS or Android device.