Virtual Reality, in reality, is not a new term. The technology has actually been around for a very long time; the first VR headset, called the Sword of Damocles, was created in 1968 by Ivan Sutherland and Bob Sproull. The applications for VR are literally endless – from the obvious uses involving video gaming and electronic entertainment to the not-so-obvious uses like retail, real estate, and healthcare. In almost every industry, there will be some commercial or consumer use for VR applications. Goldman Sachs, Global Investment Research group composed an equity study, which estimated the VR/AR industry will generate a base-case of $80 billion in revenues by 2025.
The technology is, of course, emerging and unstoppable. As the technology advances, the expectation and excitement surrounding potential applications are reaching new heights.The only thing we need to do is to explore its potential as much as we can.
Use-Cases of Virtual Reality
Architecture requires a bigger level of analysis and study as, how a building will be designed, keeping in mind space and surroundings. VR allows architects to not only see their design before it’s constructed but also to create 360º panoramas that they can share with clients. VR also help to see the effect of a particular project after it is implemented, so suggestions can be taken on board with ease.
Google has collaborated with Discovery to create a 38-part VR series called “Discovery TRVLR.” Viewers are taken on a virtual travel experience with the help of Google Daydream and Cardboard headsets. There are a number of free VR applications that allow users to explore this mysterious planet of ours.
VR has been employed in all three branches of the British Armed Forces i.e. Army, Navy and the Air Force. Its current uses include flight simulation, combat medic training, battlefield simulation, vehicle simulation and training recruits in a virtual boot camp.
How about replacing your traditional methods of learning driving with the help of Virtual Reality? There was a time when if a person wanted to learn driving, he has to hire a dealer, a car, and learn driving. But, now Virtual Reality is making it possible for people to learn driving without a dealer. Audi has created a simulated VR experience called ‘SandBox’. This simulator allows users to test drive an Audi Q5 using a VR headset, a steering wheel and a pair of pedals.
Virtual Reality is not restricted to gaming and entertainment. It is beyond this and all help in making our society better. There has been significant research into the potential clinical uses of VR.