Virtual Reality is just in its infancy but the technology is already being expanded to areas far beyond gaming or movies.
The latest application of VR comes from archaeologists. These researchers wanted to study the remains at the famed Plain of Jars in Laos but were hindered by the massive amounts of unexploded ordinance left over in the wake of American bombing during the Vietnam War.
In order to really examine the sites, detailed survey data was combined with comprehensive video from drone flyovers to produce an all new kind of archaeology. At a purpose-built facility in Australia called Cave2, a 360 degree virtual reality version of the sites has been recreated.
This provides a chance to really get up close and personal to the Jars, which number in the thousands in the area, and played a part in burial rights for ancient man two and a half thousand years ago.
Apart from being much safer it’s also easier than going out into the field, and could get better results as more scientists can examine the area rather than just a small team. It is hoped that some of the footage will be made available to the public in the future, so make sure to get your own Virtual Reality headgear which you can find at Harvey Norman.