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Virtual Reality (VR): Tech in Everyday Life

Virtual reality (VR) is a computer-generated environment that simulates the physical presence of a user within the real world. The VR industry is growing rapidly, and digital realities are finding applications in everyday life. While most people think about video games and movies when they consider virtual worlds, the implications are far-reaching.

VR Devices

There are many different types of VR devices, but the most common is the smartphone-based headset. These can be used with your existing phone and are affordable. They are also small and portable, so they are easy to pack for travel.

Another type of VR device is called an HMD (Head Mounted Display), which includes goggles that you wear over your eyes like a mask or helmet. These are larger than phone-based headsets but tend to be more immersive because they have integrated headphones and have better graphics resolution than most smartphones can handle. Some HMDs are made specifically for gaming while others are designed for watching movies or playing video games in virtual reality environments.

VR for Healthcare, Education, Business, and Travel


Surgeons rely on this type of technology to do procedures such as gastric bypass. Other healthcare uses include the treatment of phobias, such as fear of heights or public speaking. Doctors use VR to enable patients to experience these situations without the associated risk of physically participating in the feared event.


Teachers rely on VR to provide students with immersive experiences they may not otherwise be able to enjoy. Since today’s students were raised with technology, they lack the tech skepticism of their parents and grandparents, which makes them more prone to adopt digital education tools.


The real estate industry was early to adopt this type of technology, employing virtual tours for properties, often employing drones in the process. By donning a VR headset, prospective buyers can tour a property without ever leaving their homes. This concept grew in popularity during COVID-19, which limited travel. However, the business implications of VR are not limited to real estate. Consider the ability of a furniture retailer to incorporate VR tours of their showrooms. Some other entrepreneurs are experimenting with VR training of their employees.


Prior to booking an expensive cruise or tour, potential tourists can tour regions to make sure they know what to expect when they arrive. For example, several cruise lines offer virtual tours, which help passengers choose their births before arranging their trip. Tourism marketing is a growing market.

VR is an exciting technology which has a huge potential to change the way we live. It's not just about entertainment – VR can also be used to improve healthcare, education and even our relationships with each other. The future is bright!

In the real world, 208Geek just received our 300th Google Review! We thank our customers for expressing their appreciation for our work. We count it a privilege to serve Treasure Valley technological needs.

About 208Geek in Meridian, Idaho

Owner/Operator Jacob Van Vliet began building and repairing computer systems for friends and family out of his home in 2001. Jacob was receiving so many requests for computer repair, that in the Fall of 2005, he opened 208 Geek with the vision of providing outstanding service and peace of mind. He has committed 208 Geek to delivering unparalleled, friendly, and professional service, with a 100% satisfaction. Our new hours include Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. as well as 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.


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