5 Reasons Why You SHOULD Get Your Kid a Virtual Reality Headset
1. It’s interactive.
Virtual reality gives users the unique ability to respond to their environment in a way that has never been possible before with films, video games, etc. Spending just a few minutes in Valve’s “The Lab” with an HTC Vive will show you just how immersive these platforms are. VR allows users to interact with objects using just their eyes through a feature known as “gaze.” This essentially recognizes when you look at an object with intent and allows you to initiate commands. Most of the major VR platforms also have hand controllers for added flexibility including the Vive, PSVR, and newly announced Oculus Touch and Google Daydream.
2. It prompts learning and discovery.
One of the most rewarding (and envious) parts about watching younger kids play in a VR space is how easy it is for them to discover new abilities and features so intuitively. This is actually pretty natural, as older generations seem to have a harder time freeing themselves to experience the full liveliness of virtual reality. To them, they are controlling a character in a game, which is exactly what the VR industry has worked so hard to change. Children, on the other hand, don’t just treat it like a game — they make the system more human by letting themselves be human inside of it.
3. It’s active.
It’s pretty easy to assume that Virtual Reality is just another video game outlet that will lock your kid in a beanbag chair forever. But that’s not necessarily the case with VR. A lot of the experiences being made for VR actually require quite a bit of Physical activity. This is the Wii on Steroids. Virtuix’s Omni Directional Treadmill as well as VirZOOM’s stationary bicycle show how physically intensive some of these platforms can be.
4. It’s social.
Another misconception is that VR is another way for kids to be anti-social. It’s quite the opposite actually. There’s a reason why Facebook and other social media giants are getting involved in this industry early. VR allows you to connect with anyone around the world in an immersive and intuitive way. Check out Mark Zuckerberg’s recent demo of Oculus Social VR to see how this would work in practice. AltspaceVR provides another VR hangout space where you can socialize with friends, meet people, and explore the virtual environment.
5. You’ll like it too.
Okay, this one is definitely a cop-out, but you really will love it.