Virtual reality is not new. In fact as most our readers know it has been around for over 20 years, used by various industry sectors from the military to health. However arguably it’s the last five years that have seen the greatest increase in the developments of VR. Companies such as Facebook are spending billions on this technology and if the super-power of online is doing so then there’s got to be something in this – right?
Facebook invested in virtual reality through the acquisition of Oculus however outside gaming there are plenty of other areas where virtual reality is being utilised to great effect. In fact in 2015 over $380m was invested into virtual reality across multiple sectors. Here in this article we’ll look at three areas and would encourage you to further research this online to see how VR will change our lives.
Placing patients suffering from certain psychological illnesses into virtual worlds can be very effective. Certain phobias such as claustrophobia can be treated by creating real-life environments, helping people get over their fears. Recently a psychology professor from California has created a number of different environments (such as a bustling bazaar or Iraq military checkpoint). This enables those who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder to re-immerse themselves and confront difficult memories … this time controlled by a professional healthcare team.
2) Real estate
Creating and constructing buildings can be a very costly project so it’s no surprise that virtual reality has moved into this area. Imagine if you’re a company looking to invest millions. In the past you would have had to rely on pen and ink drawings. However with the advent of VR customers can now get a realistic walk-through of their project and make changes before anything has even been created.
Defence has always had huge budgets thrown at it by world government and there is now increasing investment in the virtual reality world to help out defence. Imagine recreating battle scenarios and placing those responsible into these situations without the chance of any human casualties. Some projects where VR has been used include training military personnel to detect and deal with explosive devices and training personnel for control and command tasks. The Oculus has even recently been used in recruitment programs to give those thinking of joining the military a taste of what’s it’s like.