Traveling … without leaving the house!

* versiunea in limba romana mai jos!

Is it possible? Probably not, it is the answer that comes instinctively. But…
The idea of this article came to me while I was sitting at home thinking how all this craziness with the coronavirus stopped the trips. I’m not saying it’s not a rational, welcome reaction, just that the frustration of those who love to travel exists. And suddenly I remembered that I had a virtual reality headset in the house.You probably have experienced virtual reality or if not, you definitely know what it is. In short, virtual reality refers to artificial environments created on the computer that offer a simulation of reality so successful, that the user can get the impression of almost real physical presence, both in certain real places and in imaginary places. And when I say physical presence, it’s just about the feeling that you’re there. When playing a game of formula one (well done, on high quality equipment) in virtual reality, the immersive experience is so strong that at the first turn you will feel exactly what you feel in reality.

This is because our brain, in certain situations, is very easy to fool. The visual stimulus is so real that the brain is convinced that it is a turn and somehow produces the sensation produced by the effect of the centrifugal force, although this force does not exist. And, believe me, at the first turn I almost fell off the chair from which I was “driving”. It is the same with the feeling of height when you are in a tall building or that of dizziness when you are on a roller coaster.

And look like this, the clear answer from the beginning of the article, that you cannot travel home, it is not so categorical.Virtual reality offers you countless possibilities: there are many 360 degree VR videos from all over the world, many hotels have created 360 degree VR tours, there are softwares that allow you to visit famous museums or see different places.You can easily, without leaving the room you are in, reach a beach in Maldives, fascinating Singapore or picturesque Bali … It is true that you will not feel the white sand, the moisture in the air or the smell of sticks. But at the moment your brain will not realize that they are missing! It’s more than anything. I say it’s worth a try .. 🙂

Calatorind… fara sa iesi din casa!

Este oare posibil? Probabil ca nu, e raspunsul care vine instinctual. Dar…
Ideea acestui articol mi-a venit in timp ce stateam acasa gandindu-ma cum toata nebunia asta cu coronavirusul a oprit practic calatoriile. Nu spun ca nu e o reactie rationala, binevenita, doar ca frustrarea celor care adora sa calatoreasca exista. Si dintr-o data mi-am adus aminte ca am in casa o casca de realitate virtuala. Probabil ca ati experimentat realitatea virtuala sau daca nu, cu siguranta stiti despre ce este vorba.Pe scurt, realitatea virtuala se refera la ambiante artificiale create pe calculator care ofera o simulare a realitatii atat de reusita, incat utilizatorul poate capata impresia de prezenta fizica aproape reala, atat in anumite locuri reale, cat si in locuri imaginare.  Si cand spun prezenta fizica, este vorba chiar despre senzatia ca esti acolo. Cand joci un joc de formula unu (bine facut, pe echipamente de o calitate ridicata) in realitatea virtuala, experienta imersiva este atat de puternica incat la primul viraj o sa simti exact ceea ce simti in realitate. Se intampla asta deoarce creierul nostru, in anumite situatii, este foarte usor de pacalit. Stimulul vizual este atat de real incat creierul este convins ca este vorba de un viraj si produce cumva senzatia produsa de efectul fortei centrifuge, asta desi aceasta forta nu exista. Si, credeti-ma, la primul viraj aproape am cazut de pe scaunul din care “conduceam”. La fel este cu senzatia de inaltime cand te afli pe o cladire inalta sau cu cea de ameteala cand esti in roller coaster.Si uite asa, raspunsul clar de la inceputul articolului, acela ca nu poti calatori stand acasa, nu mai este atat de categoric. Realitatea virtuala iti ofera nenumarate posibilitati: sunt foarte multe videoclipuri 360 de grade pentru VR de peste tot din lumea asta, multe hoteluri au creat tururi virtuale 360 de grade pentru VR, exista soft-uri care iti permit sa vizitezi muzee renumite sau sa vezi diverse locuri.Poti foarte usor, fara sa parasesti camera in care te afli, sa ajungi pe o plaja in Maldive, in fascinantul Singapore sau in pitorescul Bali… Este adevarat ca nu o sa simti atingerea nisipului alb, umiditatea din aer sau mirosul de betisoare. Dar pe moment creierul tau nu o sa realizeze ca acestea lipsesc! E mai mult decat nimic. Eu zic ca merita sa incercati.. 🙂