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What are some future applications of virtual reality?

ENTERTAINMENT

  • Gaming
    There is no need under this black starry sky to remind the red-eyed gamers that the Virtual Reality is at their door. They are already outside their doors, panting with their tongues sticking out and drooling as they look at the bright moon of Virtual Reality. The moon which would transform them and their world.
  • Movies
    Virtual Reality is going to literally rewrite the scripts. Unlike a regular movie where a director has the control of making you look, VR gives you the freedom to tilt your head wherever you like. This could influence how the story unfolds. To be in the midst of all the chaos would be such an overwhelming experience.
    And this is not the talk of future. This is happening. VR works are already being showcased in various film festivals. Directors of the likes of Ridley Scott, Steven Spielberg, and Jerry Zucker are working on VR projects.
    When would a VR cinema be within your reach? Soon enough!

MARKETING

  • Real estate
    Nobody builds a home every day. When someone does, every small detail is important to them. They want to understand how big their bedroom is going to be and how the sunlight would flow in the big hall. All of this can be shown to them through an immersive VR experience before their home is built. Not just that, if you want to buy a home in California sitting in New York, you can literally explore all the homes available there with nothing but a head mounted display. VR is a necessity for an industry like real estate.
  • Automobiles & heavy equipment
    How simple it would be to explain the complex parts of your new machine through a VR demo! A demo in which the machine would disintegrate into parts and let the customer understand the technology involved in that machine. Such an immersive experience would definitely help the customer realize which machine would be the best fit for the kind of job that he needs to do.

EDUCATION

  • Learning
    We all have seen animated videos which help us comprehend concepts so quickly and easily. Imagine if you could have immersive environments to teach you; what a walk in the park studying would become! Molecules floating in space to help you understand their structures. A human body unraveling itself into parts to reveal the internal organs so that you can look and see what’s where. And you could explore and touch anything you like. There couldn’t possibly be a better way to learn.
  • Language
    I tried to learn Spanish once. I downloaded this cool app which gave me exercises daily; I tried to follow the course sincerely, but it was so difficult to retain everything as I didn’t have anyone who could interact with me in Spanish. If only I could live in a Spanish town awhile, I could learn this beautiful language. VR could easily solve my problem; it could create an immersive Spanish town simulation and give me an avatar of an Indian guy trying to converse in Spanish. How incredible would that be!

GOING PLACES

  • Tour the world
    Google Street View is such a great tool to visit places around the world. How Virtual Reality would enhance this is unfathomable. You could be wherever you would want to be. You could be in your cold dark damp room but yet be sitting in the breathtakingly beautiful Barcelona.
  • Down the lane of the past
    With VR, you could sit in a concert that has happened already and feel the rush. The vibes which would give you goosebumps all the same. I can’t imagine being able to attend all of Coldplay’s concerts.

TRAINING

  • Engineering and manufacturing
    While developing engineering products, VR would let the employees work in a simulated environment where they could tackle their product’s pieces and experience how the final product would look like.
  • Healthcare
    Nurses and doctors could be trained to tackle different situations through virtual simulations. Also, with 3D models of a patient’s anatomy, it would be easier for doctors to diagnose and treat. Patients could be trained to do their exercises through games in VR. Stroke and brain injury victims can be treated through VR therapy. VR offers the luxury of experiencing without consequences and hence can be used to treat phobias. Such a therapy would be quite helpful for them to win over their fears.
  • Mining
    Besides safety, VR can improve trainees’ efficiency in the site, especially in operating mining machines. Mock-ups of the equipment along with the computer-generated environment helps operators perfect their work in no time. This eliminates the chances of any basic training-related incidents and removes the need for any dedicated training environment or equipment.
  • Space and military
    Both in space and a battlefield, one is required to exercise extreme caution. VR can help in the training by simulating the environments. NASA researchers have been able to simulate a walk on Mars to prepare astronauts for a potential human landing. For the military, various kinds of games have been developed to help soldiers train for battles.
  • Emergency situations
    VR can help train a workforce for a range of scenarios they haven’t witnessed yet, but which would require an immediate action from them. The trainee’s response can be conditioned for such environments. Allowing a trainee to experience a real accident would be a valuable teaching tool. Such simulations can help assess potential prevention strategies.

Note: This is from my blog post, APPLICATIONS OF VIRTUAL REALITY, on EchelonVR.