There is a silent revolution going on in the world and if you don’t pay close attention, you may not even feel it. Virtual reality has finally gone mainstream and is ready to make its mark in many fields. Although VR may feel like a thing that only gamers enjoy, there are many ways in which the simulated reality can enhance our living. Here is a short list of things that VR can improve.
Visiting distant places
Did you ever want to ‘visit’ Mars or explore the depths of Jupiter at your own pace? VR can help you do that. The exploration is not limited to pictures in a book or a slide on the screen, but as a fully immersive VR experience. If space exploration is not your thing, you can try underwater exploration. Walk on the ocean floor and watch a school of fish swim past you or explore the coral reefs at leisure. Your VR headset doesn’t even need an air tank when you drop into the blue waters.
You can also explore the jungles of Africa while sitting in your living room. All this is possible, thanks to VR.
Doctors and surgeons are making use of VR in their medical training. Surgeons in training get to operate on a simulated patient to help them improve their skills. In the past, trainees could only operate on anatomically accurate plastic dolls and bodies donated for research. It was hard and presented with limited opportunities for practice. With VR, it will become easy for the students to perform multiple ‘operations’ to perfect their skills.
Apart from surgery training, they also have a facility where doctors and nurses can interact with a patient despite the distance problem via the VR setup.
The Military was one of the earliest adopters of VR technology. All the three branches of the military have invested heavily into VR setups. They use VR to train soldiers in war games, medic training, pilot training, weapons training and even for rehabilitation. VR has proven to be a very effective method to help injured soldiers deal with their PTSD issues.
Why is the military so interested in VR?
Because simulated drills are cheaper and consume less time and resources for the training. Airborne training is very expensive and having flight simulators help new pilots learn their key skills without the cost of actually flying a plane. Plus, they can be exposed to dangerous situations in the simulation with no chances of actual harm.
Professional sportsmen and women have embraced VR as one of their training tools. Athletes use VR to hone their skills, improve biomechanics and implement new strategies even when they are not in a stadium. Apart from the performance improvement, VR is also bringing the fans closer to their favourite sports. Many sports now offer VR walkthroughs and tours of stadium, factories and facilities to the fans to improve the connections with their core audience.
And the VR revolution is just getting started.