Technology continues to grow in unimaginable ways, and one of the ways in which technology is breaking different boundaries of what we can do is the growth of Virtual Reality. VR technology is a groundbreaking technology that is next to building a whole new world like earth; imagine the number of opportunities we can do in this new world. One of the uses of VR that is not common is a location-based ball (LBE). LBE has a great potential as an immersive content for all kinds of experience, be it music, gaming or experimenting.
It is exciting to develop content for the VR space right now, but the VR space is not ready for games and movies. It is a growing market that is still small for these two industries to gain any interest in developing content. This makes it a good space for companies who want to try out developing content to be used by people who have VR sets.
The starting phase of VR development is passing, and users have started to appreciate this new environment in different industries. The acknowledgement of this environment is creating excitement around VR because creators are now coming up with content that is not only for an experiment but for users to consume. The beginning of the mass adoption phase is starting, and it is getting better.
Let us check out some of the uses of VR that have not been deeply explored.
7 Uses for VR That We Haven’t Deeply Explored Yet
1. Training dentists
Dentist’s training is very hard. Lucky for them, VR can make the experience much more accommodative and realistic so that it becomes easy to model the same practice to their patients. The benefits of using VR to train dentistry lies in the ability to simulate tools that can be used in a controlled environment, which instructors and trainees can use in sessions.
The VR environment is a space where testing can be done safely, and the after-effects of dental treatment can be simulated to see the solutions. Dental trainees can also see various skills alterations, and the instructors can also assess the performance of the trainees. Trainees will also learn how they can manage the results of their training procedures in a safe space.
2. Revolutionizing architecture
In architecture, space is the most important commodity, and it is the ground where the anatomy of a structure springs from. When VR was introduced to architecture, it brought the sense of viewing the entire design before it is complete. It also provides a chance to create a 360-degree panorama that clients can use to view a simulation of their structure before the actual work begins.
The cool thing about VR in architecture is that when the client views the simulated structure, it is possible for changes to be made in real time on the simulated structure. When these changes are made, the client can see the impact of the changes immediately. Once the final design is set, the transactions can be completed through e-commerce.
The beauty about VR is that you can see the impact of changes made as if they were already done in real life. This makes it easy to take on suggestions and make an easy decision without the risk of thinking about the net effect of some decisions because every decision can be simulated.
3. Aggressive preparation
Soldiers usually engage in war games to prepare for battles, test their war tactics and get ready for combat. The only downside to some training exercises is that they can get expensive and dangerous in some cases, but VR can change all that.
In the British Armed Forces, they use VR to simulate flights, medic training in combat, simulate the battleground, simulate agents and train recruits. VR is a safe environment where aggressive training of the military can take shape.
There is still a lot of room for cerebral animation which is a complex subject to simulate. It can help in testing agents and soldiers, to see if they are well prepared for different scenarios.
4. Interplanetary and international travel
Discovery and Google have teamed up to create a VR series that has 38 parts, and it is called Discovery TRVLR. Using Cardboard headsets and Google Daydream, viewers are taken on a journey through space.
There are quite a number of VR apps that are free, which allow people to take a journey and see the marvel of our universe; the travel is cheap, and it is safe. There are many more adventures that users can be exposed to. One example is scuba diving or the analysis of ruins which may not be easy to come by. One can appreciate the wonders of the wonders of ancient fallen kingdoms through a reconstruction of these historic sites in VR environments.
There is an opportunity that lies in VR that travel companies should take advantage of, and that is using it to provide users with a feel of the destination packages being offered by the company. This can be a great way to sell products to customers.
5. Revamping Retail
There is a wave of changing the retail landscape of cities going on in countries like Singapore. This shift is going to change the shopping experience in different retail stores. For instance, Swarovski partnered with Mastercard to create a VR shopping environment where shoppers can experience the products that were being sold by Swarovski.
In another VR adventure, Mastercard has also partnered with ODG and Qualcomm to create an arcade environment where customers can buy products through iris recognition. The future of creating an environment where merchants can accept payments using any payment platform online, in-app, in-store or in VR and VR will change the way we make purchases of products.
6. Analytic Therapy
VR technology has no boundaries; there are developments on how VR is being used in PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). War veterans and other survivors of traumatic incidences can take advantage of this technology. VR can be used to place the victims of PTSD through the events that trigger PTSD and therapists can provide them with ways of coping with these memories.
The traditional way of test driving a car is going to a dealership and take the car for a quick spin on the track you will be provided with. But in the VR space, there is no limit on how you want to test drive the car. You can go to the desert and drive it in dunes; you can test drive the car through terrains, swampy places and even hills or rocky places.
- The car company Audi has developed a VR environment called SandBox to test drive their vehicles using a pair of pedals, a council wheel and a headset (VR). More is being done to help young and new drivers to learn about the dangers that absent driving poses on the road.
It is important that people in different industries appreciate the power of VR because we are still unaware of how immersive this environment is to us. There are various debates about its impact on children, and how it can create new opportunities for learning and doing business, but we are just getting to see the capabilities of VR. We can only learn more about it and see what the VR space has in store for us.