It goes without saying that virtual reality and augmented reality are not only quickly becoming the way of the future, but they are, at last, the present. With the emergence of easily accessible virtual reality devices, such as Google Cardboard, and Google Daydream View Headset – both very affordable – it is no wonder that web developers are scrambling to find new ways to implement virtual and augmented reality features into their websites and mobile applications.
There are do-it-yourself classes popping up all over the world where people with little-to-no programming experience can quickly put together a mobile app that interacts with virtual reality products. As mobile development continues to go far beyond our wildest imagination, the addition of virtual reality and augmented reality devices has created a new level of engagement that developers are pretty excited about.
Like never before, websites can bring our digital world into our world and help us bring our imaginations to life. Developers are working fast to learn the newest technologies, and educational institutions are rushing to find experts (someone with some kind of experience, because it’s all so new!) to teach these skills to those looking to get into this emerging field.
In addition to virtual reality and augmented reality, is a growing conversation surrounding machine learning. The ability to integrate virtual reality with a program that can capture data from individuals and then turn it into data that can create something new, or be the basis of something new, is wildly exciting. The addition of machine learning to a virtual reality experience could create limitless possibilities for the tech sectors of the world to grow even more.
As the cost of doing brick and mortar business rises, and the cost of technical devices decreases, the technology sectors are only bound to grow. Given that most people spend the majority of their time on their mobile devices, it is only a matter of time before people are walking around with headsets, living the lives they always wanted. Have you come across teenagers who walk and talk with friends and they all have their headphones in their ears? Imagine if those headphones had view panels attached to them. This isn’t just fiction in a movie anymore: we are living these lives now.
Developers need to stay on top of what’s hot and what’s not. And with the aggressive integration of virtual reality into the technology industry, developers need to learn to work with the newest trends and preferences for their end users. The difficulty for them is finding time to learn new technologies as they continue to perform their day-to-day jobs. As such, quick and dirty boot camps are popping up all over the planet to get these developers trained as fast as possible to bring the possibilities of tomorrow to life, today.
Imagine what websites are going to look like once everyone has a virtual reality headset sitting next to their computers. In the meantime, web developers have to start planning for new age virtual reality websites, while still developing websites that the non-techy can access and experience. As with all technology, the stage of “rock and a hard place” will take years to overcome, but it will come. It always does.