We all have come across the term Virtual Reality in present times. Virtual Reality is popular amongst gamers on platforms such as Sony PlayStation VR and Oculus Rift. But the application of Virtual Reality stretches beyond gaming and it is now being used in diverse industries. So what is Virtual Reality and how can it be used in existing industries?
Virtual Reality is a computing platform capable of creating three dimensional and fully immersive virtual environments. By using a Virtual Reality headset (HMD’s) and haptics, an individual is able to interact inside the virtual environment with six degrees of freedom. A person using a VR headset can look around, move in all directions and interact with objects inside the VR experience. Hi-tech haptics, combined with full VR headsets, are also capable of stimulating human senses such as touch, smell, vision, and sound. The feeling of immersion and presence is what sets apart VR from other computing platforms of our time. The users are literally teleported to the virtual world, in which they become a part of it.
Advances in the technology and decreasing cost have enabled application of VR in many industries. Some of the current use cases and success stories have emerged in the following industries:
Many countries are adopting VR technology to train their military personnel in using new weapon systems before they are actually introduced. Training is given virtually and military personnel is able to use the new systems in the virtual world. Users can be given training on upkeep, handling of new machinery, and deployment. This drastically decreases the chances of accidents and mishandling of new equipment and machines in real life. VR technology was first introduced in defense by Thomas. A. Furness in 1982.
VR has proved very beneficial in the healthcare industry. Training for surgeries and life-threatening treatment can be carried out without risking the lives of a real patient. A virtual environment simulates actual conditions and trainees can feel and act as they would have acted in real-life scenarios. Virtual reality now brings the operation theater to the classroom. Interactive environments not only put you in the center of the action but also allow the user to use their limbs and movement to carry out a virtual surgery.
Real Estate Sector
Construction of houses and settlements is as old as the human civilization. It’s a basic necessity and thus plays an important part in one’s life. At the same time, it is costly, time-consuming and confusing to build a house. VR now provides a chance to bring your imaginative house to real life. By using VR solutions, a user can build an entire house according to his or her choice of design, material, finish and financial budget. VR provides an extremely reliable and easy way of building your new house with the flexibility to choose from unending options. Not only this but a user can also check out dimensions, interiors and other facilities of an already constructed house that he or she plans to rent in the future. VR gives you the power to choose the smallest factor that can influence your living space.
What we see is what we learn! Learning and teaching methods have been constantly evolving. From blackboard to smart mobile apps, the learning experience is constantly shifting to visual and interactive ways that have resulted in higher student engagement and memory retention. VR is just the perfect tool to impart lessons with appealing content and coursework. VR stands out as it gives an active approach to learning as compared to conventional methods. Why just learn about the Taj Mahal from a book when you take a virtual tour.
Try before you buy is not just applicable to shoes and clothes anymore. VR enables users to check out hotels, places of interest, and important information before they buy flight tickets. Virtual Reality has already proved beneficial with big brands such as Marriott, which already understands the potential of this technology. Tourism boards and hotels worldwide are now adopting VR as a medium of communication to showcase places and facilities.