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United Solutions Explores a New Frontier: Virtual Reality

Last week, Covalent, held a presentation at Tech Forum 2016, a CUSO focused conference showcasing all the new and exciting technological opportunities emerging in the financing industry. The event was held in a state of the art data center which was recently established by United Solutions.

Our visionary leader, Thomas Jackson, presented to an audience of Credit Union professionals to explain the concept of Virtual Reality (VR) as a significant value proposition to their businesses. Throughout the forum, everyone was welcome to experience VR at the Covalent 3D & VR display. The presentation, as well as the tech on-hand, left quite an impact on many participants! The entire Covalent team, Filiz Aktan, James Parsons, Brandon Yockey, Louis Hernandez, ranging from PhD candidates to Computer Scientists and I.T. professionals, came together to show the world that VR is no longer a pipe dream, but finally here to stay.

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The event participants enjoyed the innumerable applications VR has to offer: viewing New York City from the top of the Empire State building, interacting with aliens on a distant planet, and even a bone chilling personal experience with a T-Rex. In other words, VR allowed them to experience the impossible by tricking their eyes and brain into thinking that they were somewhere else. It gave them a link to an alternative reality, and they were all in! Virtual reality completely immersed their senses.

The VR Experience

What VR users looked like to bystanders:

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Bystanders see the user wearing the headset waving their hands, trying to touch something that is not there, or laughing for no apparent reason.

What the person actually saw:

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Even though the person wearing the headset may look precarious, they were completely transported into another world, where they interacted with their environment in a way that is not yet possible with any other medium.
Unfortunately, there may be some side-effects to using VR. While some can feel motion sickness or nervousness, most do quite well. It is known that VR may cause headaches or queasiness, but the VR possibilities and benefits outweigh any adverse side-effects. Nothing comes
without a price, including this technology (which is still in its infant stage).

If you have not tried VR yet, I strongly encourage you to do so! You will be surprised how awesome it is right now and how easy it is to immerse yourself in an experience you may have never even imagined. I can honestly say that after decades of failed attempts, VR is much more than science fiction… VR is the REALITY!

Author: Filiz Aktan PhD Canidate, Special thanks to James Parsons for editing.
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