Virtual Reality: How it Impacts Web DesigningDCI
Virtual reality is the long-awaited dynamic that many people thought would take the world by storm, affecting everything in its path. However, this simply didn’t happen; not until now that is. Virtual reality is set to affect many different elements of web design for a variety of different reasons. Don’t put your polarized glasses away yet because VR is carving a path to the web and is set to affect web design in many interesting new ways.
VR is Integrating with Browsers (WebVR)
WebVR is the open standard that allows you to experience virtual reality in your browser. Many big name web browsers are now on board and in support of the whole WebVR experience. The whole VR experience will be available to the average consumer soon, making it possible to experience VR with just the click of a button, no downloads needed. The WebVR API is now available in several browsers; Firefox Nightly, Chrome 56+ for Android, Chromium for Windows (Experimental), and Samsung Internet Browser for Gear.
VR is Being Developed for Apps
Developers are beginning to create real apps using VR that can be helpful and useful for people. Developers are creating web apps for businesses that allow potential customers to have a virtual experience with a business’s product or service. VR can be helpful when it comes to virtual tours and other simulated experiences that give users a chance to experience something before they actually purchase a product or service.
VR Could be Used for a Variety of Circumstances
WebVR is now being considered as useful in a wide variety of areas. The businessman who wants to give potential customers a more personal view of his services can use VR to give customers an avenue to walk down the halls in his hotel or to try on clothes from his establishment, all through virtual experiences that would closely simulate real life. On the other end of the spectrum, WebVR might even be useful in hospital trials that might experiment with escapists VR as a way of managing pain. The possibilities are endless. There are a myriad of different ways that VR could make using the web easier, more functional, and personal for the user, all while simulating reality closely enough to give the user a real glimpse into an actual experience without having to actually experience it in reality. WebVR would both challenge and expand the job of web designers/developers with all the unique nuances that make up VR.
VR has stepped onto the web, and it looks like the impact may make a pretty big splash in years to come. With VR moving to many popular browsers like Firefox, Chrome, and Chromium, web design is sure to be an adventure and a rollercoaster ride in terms of the way it will stretch and expand to accommodate VR. It’s even being incorporated in the development of helpful apps. VR can be seen in many web based applications and will only continue in its prevalence.