Reality Essay

This essay has a total of 584 words and 3 pages.


Virtual reality has promise for nearly every industry ranging from architecture and design
to movies and entertainment, but the real industry to gain from this technology is science
in general. The money that can be saved examining the probability of experiments in an
artificial world before they are actually carried out could be great, and the money saved
on energy could be even greater. Virtual reality is something that personally excites me
because uses and benefits of it are never ending.

The best example of how virtual reality can help science is that of the "molecular
docking" experiments being done in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Scientists at the
University of North Carolina have developed a system that simulated the bonding of
molecules. However, instead of using complicated formulas to determine bonding energy or
stick drawings, the chemist can use a high-tech head-mounted display. With this they
attach their bodies to an artificial arm from the ceiling. This system is so easy to
operate that children could learn to form bonds using a trial and error method.

In another field, architectural designers have also found that virtual reality can be
useful in visualizing what their buildings will look like when they are put together.
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