Look no further – the future is already here. The fresh concepts from sci-fi movies have left the big screen and the realm of our collective imagination, and are becoming a part of our reality. VR technology is garnering the most attention and excitement. The possibilities of its use are endless and mind-blowing even.
Of course, everyone is expecting it to change the video game industry forever, but VR is far from just a stunt that can only be used for fun. Here are just a few fields that we can expect will be transformed with virtual reality’s rising popularity.
The best way to learn is to experience something firsthand. Up until now, there have been too many things that just weren’t accessible to students, but that’s all changing. Last April, thousands of people around the world saw Dr. Shafi Ahmed removing bowel cancer from a patient.
However, it was not just a live stream; they felt like they were indeed sitting next to the operating table. Just think of how priceless that experience is for medical students. Every corner of our planet will become readily accessible, and the world’s knowledge will be within arm’s reach.
One of the first to ride the wave is museums. It’s mind-boggling that in the very near future we will be able to visit any city or natural wonder we wish, or even look down on Earth from the International Space Station. Most importantly, future professionals will be able to simulate situations that they wouldn’t usually come into contact with.
Large companies like IKEA have already recognized VR technology’s potential in the field of marketing. It makes sense. Online shopping has seen a huge surge in the past years, but what better way to sell something than to let the customers try it out? Real estate, for instance, could profit greatly from virtual home tours, and car sellers could offer test drives without any of the risks associated with them (just think of the lower insurance costs!). Tourist agencies will be able to provide a much more enticing preview of their locations and hotels than mundane pictures. Imagine being able to walk along a gorgeous, white-sanded beach at sunset, or standing in the middle of the rush of Times Square. Who wouldn’t want pay immediately to get the full experience? Every innovative digital advertising agency and far-sighted company right now are thinking up new ways to make use of VR technology and reap the benefits from what is sure to be a new Gold Rush.
The medical community has been at the helm of innovative uses of VR technology for a while now. But the obvious application – doctor and nurse training – is far from being the only one. Virtual reality is also changing the face of diagnostics, and will slowly remove the need for invasive diagnostic procedures. The greatest minds in the world are experimenting with VR applications, and are coming up with exciting results. For instance, early studies show that virtual reality could help paraplegics retrain their nervous systems to regain some limb control. In psychology, it is already being used to treat PTSD and phobias through exposure therapy, as well as to spread awareness and understanding of autism.
While many people are still not aware of the tremendous advances in virtual and enhanced reality, the technology is not only functional; it’s already being used for exciting purposes. With technology as revolutionary as this one, there is no doubt that it will offer a huge leap, and create a significant shift in the way we live.