This was in reference to the new and the exciting at ISTE 2015 . Would love to try out the VR headsets and saw that on Google the prices are affordable. The article talked about a keynote speaker who used them help students better understand specific careers. This sounded interesting, maybe something similar to a day in the life of a veterinarian or some other profession. The supplemental link didn’t provide the information related to this, but I could imagine that it would be something similar to traditional method such as a cameraman following the daily routine of a doctor, and another half that would allow a person wearing the headset to make choices such as where to go and possibly communicate with computerized characters or with real people in avatars such as in Second Life.
I’ve seen how other industries have thought about potential uses for these. One was a travel agency that would allow customers to get a 360-degree view of a particular travel destination. Recently when I visited Hawaii, one of the things that I noticed was a gap that occurred when reading about a place and then travelling there. This occurred when my gf and I stayed in a residential area called Aiea, which was arranged through AirBnb. From the website you could see pictures of the room, the house, and its location from Google Maps. By going directly to Google Maps you could see what the neighborhood looked like through the street view. The gaps that I noticed were the pictures of the room looked nicer than what it really was. And the neighborhood was nicer than the impression that I had from the images on google. It was quiet and safe, and this was a bit surprising because the houses looked old and seemed like where lower income families would live. So the VR headsets may provide the answer. Websites provide lots of data and descriptions like the history, housing prices, demographics, and news and weather to help with understanding. But the other half occurs through our senses such as hearing, seeing, feeling, and interacting with people. Could VR headsets simulate this process and provide a more accurate representations of a particular geographic location? It would be useful for someone like me who is planning a big move back to U.S. from South Korea but in an unfamiliar section of the U.S (southwest). Maybe they could apply it to students who want to visit a particular university and connect portions of the virtual with the reality.
Note: next time you travel, collect as much data as possible about the place, go there and see if your perception of the place is accurate, and then make note of the results.