Through Virtual Reality (VR), one can explore various exciting and fun tourist destinations without having to be in a crowd.
The Corona Virus Pandemic (Covid-19) has a big impact on all lines of human life. The impact is causing economic collapse and global tourism. All activities involving large crowds are postponed until an undetermined time. Many tourist trips are forced to fail because a number of countries decide to lockdown by closing access in and out of the country.
No need to drag on, because in the era of digital technology sophistication, all problems can be solved. Through Virtual Reality (VR), one can explore various exciting and fun tourist destinations without having to be in a crowd. No need to use expensive VR glasses, just through a smartphone VR tourism sensation can still be felt.
VR technology was first initiated by Morton Heilig in the 1950s who planned to create a cinema that involved all the senses in an effective way, thus attracting viewers into screen activities. In 1962, Heilig made a prototype of his idea, which was named Sensorama. In 1968, Ivan Sutherland and Bob Sproull created a tool known as the predecessor of VR.
VR Work System
The basic principle, the user will see a pseudo world that is actually a dynamic images of computer simulation results. With the help of other technologies, users can interact with the artificial world and get feedback that seems real, both physically and psychologically.
VR technology has been used to facilitate human activities. Among them are making building designs, aircraft flight training, and entertainment such as games and tourism. However, some people may feel a loss of reality and feel isolated and socialized if they use VR too often.
Tourism with VR Technology
Nowadays VR technology has been widely used by tourism developers in Indonesia and the world. Some tourist attractions in Indonesia have been equipped with VR which can be accessed via smartphones in their respective homes. Here are some of them.
- National Monument (Monas)
- Presidential Museum Balai Kirti
- Indonesian National Museum
- Youth Oath Museum
- National Awakening Museum
- Fort Vredeburg Museum
- National Gallery
- Sangiran Ancient Man Site Preservation Hall
- Borobudur Conservation Center
- Basuki Abdullah Museum, etc.
VR International Tourism
- The Berlin Philharmonic
- Seattle Symphony
- Detroit Symphony Orchestra
- Musei Vaticani – Rome
- Museo Arceologico Atene
- Louvre Museum
- The British Museum
- Van Gogh Museum
- Musee d'Orsay Paris
- Georgia Aquarium, etc.
The first step to get into the VR world is to first enter artsandculture.google.com or the official sites of these destinations. Choose a destination to visit and can already feel the thrill of VR travel only through a smartphone in your hand. Distribute this information if it is useful. Remember to stay home!
Source – 2020-04-02 06:00:00