Just like the robots I talked about yesterday probably becoming the next big thing to impact our society, I think virtual reality is going to be another thing that will make a big change to our lives. It is already starting to emerge with Google cardboard and Oculus Rift, but I think that there will be more practical uses for it in the future and not just be for fun and games.
A Sort of Virtual Reality
One of the newer apps that I have been playing around with that got my attention is one that allows you to place certain things in pictures to allow you to see how it looks. This is especially handy if you are trying to decide if you want to go through with a certain project of some sort or not.
I recently used this app to “virtually” change my back yard around and see what I thought about it. I have been debating whether or not to clear out some old pine trees in my lawn and replace them with something newer and brighter. So instead of taking the risk of not liking my decision, you can upload a picture and add in whatever you are thinking and decide this way which is exactly what I did.
After loving what I saw, I followed my parents footsteps and hired a company found here for tree service Tulsa and showed them exactly what I wanted done to my lawn and trees.
Instead of trying to act like I knew what I was talking about and try to explain what I wanted done, I simply pulled up the app and let it do the explaining for me. They knew exactly what to do and began pruning trees down to make them look like what I pulled up on my phone. Because of this app, I avoided the high tree removal cost because I did not like what I saw and could see exactly how bare and boring my yard was going to look.
So even though I don’t really consider this a form of “virtual reality,” I do think that these sort of virtual simulators is some of the most useful technology that is available to us today and will only be gaining popularity as time goes on.
So a few days ago I talked a little bit about my parents being new to this whole technology thing and how amazed they are by all of it. If you missed it, my parents had to have some repair work done to the roof of their house and like myself, my father doesn’t know the first thing about any sort of construction work like this and had no choice but to hire outside professional help to do the work for them.
So what do you do when you are in need of such services like this?
You use your smart phone of course!
Nothing New To Us
Using our smart phone apps or computer is nothing new to people of my generation and most of us couldn’t even imagine not having access to these resources in our every day lives. My parents however are still ranting and raving about some of the apps I showed them that helped find a reputable company around them right on their phones. Some of the apps that are available to us would have been thought to be witch craft if you would have showed them to my parents generation just 20 or so years ago.
Spreading The Word
Coincidentally enough, my aunt and uncle were in somewhat of the same boat as my parents except they are building a new home from scratch and wanted to get a second opinion on some of the work that has been done so far and guess how they did it.
Yup, they used the same app and immediately found the closest roofing company to their house at http://www.dillonsroofing.net/roofing-tulsa/ and were just as amazed as my parents.
I don’t want to make my parents feel ancient so I don’t ask but I really do wonder what they did before all of this was available to us. When they used to have to go to the corner hardware store for everything, now my aunt and uncle can just pop out their phones to look up the price for gaf shingles or a metal roof cost without even leaving their chairs.
I really can’t wait to see what the future holds for this kind of technology.
In addition to apps being incredibly fun with the vast selection of games that are available to their users, they are also very useful in everyday life and I know that various apps have made my life a whole lot easier.
Does this make me lazy? I am going to go with it makes me efficient.
I know that I touched on this a little bit a few days ago in regards to my development team not having the slightest clue on how to do any building repair work and how we really had no choice but to hire outside professionals to take care of our problem for us. Back in the day before technology was so easily accessible, people had a much harder time searching for companies or outside help and apps have made this easier than ever.
They are like me and don’t really know the first thing about doing any home improvement work so they just went straight to the app and did a quick search for a number of different professional companies around them and they were all loaded with reviews to help them find the right one.
With just the click of a button, a roofing Rockford company was on the phone with them and setting up an appointment to come out and fix up their house. My parents generation are especially blown away by how easy these apps are to use and how many of them there are. One minute you are skimming through your favorite old school Nintendo game, the next you can use to search for residential roofing services and you never even have to leave your chair.
Back when I was working with my development team and had our building work done, we didn’t have as many apps available to use so we went with the standard search on the computer to hire a commercial contractor. Not that I am complaining or anything, but the fact that we can do all of this right on our phones these days is just amazing to me.