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7 Ways Virtual Reality Will Change The Future.

7 Ways Virtual Reality Will Change The Future.

Technology has improved a lot over the past 15 years, and lots of new gadgets are coming in the market these days. One of the latest and the coolest technologies that has emerged in the market is virtual reality. This fast growing technology is attracting lots of audiences, and now more and more gadgets are using it to increase their sales.

Initially, VR was used to improve gaming experience and to enhance audiences with better movie encounters. But, with the rise in its popularity and craze, big companies like Sony, and Facebook started investing in it. And now a lot of experimentation and exploration has begun in this field.

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So naturally we expect VR to be a big part of our future. With so much investment of time, workforce and money in this technology, expectations has increased and here are the seven ways in which VR can affect us and can change our future:

Gaming

Virtual reality gained its popularity because of gaming. Imagine your a counter strike game in 3D. VR has already started conquering this field, and many more companies have begun building new games according to the VR technology. Not only this, gaming companies are working on the idea of VR gambling to enhance the user experience.

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Movie Experiencing

Till now, 3D movies were rocking the theaters. You can experience 3D for now. But that’s not the real one. Real 3D will be based on VR technology. In real 3D, you can see yourself as a part of the movie. You can feel the film from your choice of angle, not from the camera’s choice. You can feel colors and can get a better view. Developments have already started, and one cinema hall of this type has launched in Amsterdam.

Travelling

Virtual reality can make you travel the world without leaving your home. Yes, VR technology can get you to travel from your house to a whole new place. You can go shopping, traveling, or socializing without going out of your house. VR technology is based on ”being there without actually being there.” So it is expected that we can see the waves of the ocean in our home, experience the sun and beach in Miami, and much more. With this technology, places that are far off will become your next door neighbors.

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Work more comfortably

Working from home is always more comfortable and productive. With VR technologies, we are expecting the development of virtual offices. With this technology, one can work from anywhere. Connected digital printers, uninterrupted tasks, etc. are the additional features that can be expected with this concept.

Better view of products and services

Virtual reality can provide a better real-time experience of services and products that we may plan to purchase. Right now, we have to judge anything from its 2D picture for example a hotel room, or any traveling destination. But with the introduction of 3D virtual reality, you can view and feel the place before the actual arrival. You can judge the feel of the place before actually going there.

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Learning field

With the help of virtual reality, the quality of learning will improve a lot. Practical learning is always better than the academic knowledge and with the support of VR technology, actual exposure will increase.

Surgeons can perform virtual surgeries for practice; pilots can feel the pressure before actually facing it and much more. With this technology, we can learn from experts. Concepts like a virtual library have already come into existence (EON Reality has developed one), and big companies like Google are already seeding schools with 1lakh VR headsets.

Improved quality of life

With the enhancement in virtual reality, our life will become better. VR technologies will make smartphones smarter, and many more smart tools like VR goggles, VR devices will flood the market. With VR, we can enjoy history (which is boring theoretically), can explore the space (from Earth), can see the surface of the moon in 3D and much more. All areas of our life will become better and more practical.

Featured photo credit: vrworld via vrworld.com

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Last Updated on February 15, 2019

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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