Between the pandemic and the fact that people are getting more and more accustomed to tech entertainment, the past year has seen VR become a reality that everyone is being drawn to. The industry as a whole is growing at a fast pace: the global VR market size is projected to increase from less than five billion U.S. dollars in 2021 to more than 12 billion U.S. dollars by 2024. This has led to a more diversified approach and use of VR applications that has attracted numerous industries. From medical, architectural and industrial, fashion and beauty sectors, we constantly find examples of virtual reality in everyday life: and at the top of the list, the entertainment industry (and gaming at No.1) is definitely the most popular.
If you want to check what’s going on in the VR industry while comfortably sitting in your living room, you can use most VR apps on any Apple handset model from the iPhone 5 to the iPhone X and beyond, including the iPhone SE. Moreover, your iPhone can work with a variety of VR headsets and goggles, such as Google Cardboard, Merge VR, Noon VR Pro, and one of the Homido headsets. Here are our best picks and apps you can download from your iPhone that will allow you to dive into excellent simulations, while accessing the immersive virtual space.
1.Masterworks VR: For history lovers, this immersive reality application transports you around the world, letting you explore three continents rich in history, for a journey to some of the most beautiful and enigmatic places around the globe. With Masterworks you can delve into more than 3,000 years of history: travelling to the pre-Peruvian temple in the Andes, visiting the cave dwellings of Native Americans in Colorado, or analysing the statues of presidents carved in Mount Rushmore in South Dakota, the list is long. The app works with Oculus Go, Rift and HTC Vive headsets.
2.In Cell VR: This app was born as a video game, but it can also be seen as an educational app, as it immerses us in a journey into the human body in 3D virtual reality. Defined as an “action / racing VR game” based on a mix of strategy and science, where the more cells and components of the organism you discover, the more points you earn and progress through the game, the app is fascinating and super amusing. And it’s great for testing the functionality of your VR headset as well.
3.VR Roller Coaster: A virtual reality roller coaster is a unique experience, merging the adrenaline of the race and the singularity of cyberspace – it’s not surprising that it is, in fact, one of the most popular games, with nearly 10 million downloads. The app is available for both Android and iPhone smartphones. For those who own a 3D Virtual Reality viewer, it will be like truly experiencing the thrill of this attraction.
4.Within: Within is a real platform that offers content to be experienced with viewers or devices that support Virtual Reality, such as Play Station, Android and iOS. From documentaries on nature, to current news, to animated content, to concerts, to horror. In fact, some of the organizations that have collaborated with the platform include some world-famous film companies, but also radio and television media such as NBC and CNN.
The list of entertainment you can find scrolling around its catalog is solid and worthwhile: and it’s aiming much higher than the usual bits of VR shovelware. Recent releases include Tokyo Light Odyssey, Dolphin Man, Asteroids, and Look But With Love.
5.NASA Exoplanet Excursions Virtual Reality App: NASA also produced its virtual reality app, created two years ago on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the launch of the Spitzer Space Telescope, from whose incredible images the application was built upon. Exoplanet Excursion VR allows you to take a tour of the Trappist-1 planet system, discovered by the incredible space telescope, but too far to be explored and studied, and to learn through data and images about these seven Earth-size planets.
6.YouTube VR: last, but not to be underestimated, is the experience offered by YouTube VR. In fact, directly from the application it is possible to take advantage of this mode to watch all the content on the platform, in 3D. By exploring the works created by the creators of YT from the inside, you can visit cities, play extreme sports, participate in concerts, all for free: just download the app.
Virtual and augmented reality, AI, immersive technologies constitute the new frontiers of software development, now within everyone’s reach: they are opening up many new possibilities to optimize resources in the most varied industrial sectors. Keep an eye on them, and enjoy the journey!