When most people think of ‘virtual reality’ the next thought is often associated with games and gamers. A natural thought process as it’s been a very active and passionate group rallying around VR since the introduction of head mounted displays for gaming in the 1990s. This has magnified in recent years with more headset options and more games for all interests and ages.
Seeing the impact and benefits VR has made to the gaming world, many innovators have realized that virtual reality can be applied to their own industries. It provides a unique and immersive experience that is helpful in many areas. VR has become far more mainstream than most realize. So, what can virtual reality be used for? The list is a long one.
Enjoy TRAVEL in VR
Now you can get a preview of a place before booking the trip, “try before you fly” as many call it. If you are deciding between multiple locations, this can help you explore firsthand and prioritize plans. VR is also a great option for people who want to experience a destination, but can not travel due to physical or financial limitations.
Uses of Virtual Reality in MEDICINE
VR creates a controlled environment that allows doctors and medical students to practice surgeries and procedures in a safe environment. It can also be a diagnostic tool by recreating a medical scenario and its symptoms. On a more personal level, VR helps train doctors to interact with patients and families in different and challenging situations.
ARCHITECTURE, DESIGN, and VR
With vCAD, it is incredibly easy to convert CAD models to a VR experience (as well as a 3D fly-through experience in non-VR mode). This allows users to explore the design from every angle and better understand the space. Experiencing a design before it is built allows users to efficiently and accurately make changes to a model. This saves time and costs around rework - especially later during the construction phase.
VR Uses in BUSINESS
The goal of most companies and professionals is to increase efficiency while decreasing time and cost. In steps virtual reality. Virtual conference rooms allow people to connect and collaborate remotely. VR eliminates the need to travel for meetings, tours, training, and interviews (just to name a few) which saves time and money.
VR for GOOD
Empathy is important to understand and connect with people. VR can increase empathy by literally allowing you to step into someone else’s shoes. One program allows users to experience the world as a person with autism to understand their point of view and abilities. Many charities utilize VR to show what the world is like for the people they are trying to help (and have seen donations rise as a result).
Uses of Virtual Reality in EDUCATION
Teachers are using VR to better engage students across a variety of subjects - history, biology, anatomy, astronomy, literature, geography, and geology are a few areas of note. How incredible and impactful for students to step inside and experience a lesson, not just listen to a lecture on the subject. Additionally, students can use VR to visit renowned museum and take other field trips that would otherwise be out of reach.
TRAINING Improved With VR
This applies to any industry with new hires or new skills for employees to learn. Creating a standard demo and training experience in VR is an easy, low cost, and consistent way to train a team. Additionally, it is a very safe and effective way to demonstrate how to handle new situations, environments, and equipment.
Virtual Reality THERAPEUTIC Uses
VR has proven to help people work through situations that scare them. Being able to recreate the situation and talk through it with a trained therapist is a method that helps those suffering (from PTSD, anxiety, stress, and more) to identify triggers and work towards a resolution.
VR as a TOUR Guide
It’s amazing that you can tour a building, grounds, or facility and feel as though you are roaming around in person. This is especially beneficial for someone who needs to tour many places - such as a prospective college student considering different schools, or a real estate investor surveying different properties - and wants to do so quickly and inexpensively. vCAD offers this in both VR and non-VR mode.
Virtual Reality Uses in the MILITARY
VR provides a variety of simulations to help train members of the military. Servicepeople can experience and navigate a wide range of situations they might encounter, exercises they need to complete, and master equipment they need to be proficient on. This helps military members prepare for very real and very serious scenarios.
Virtual Reality Use in SPORTS
Athletes can use VR to create real game-like situations and work through drills, hone in on particular skills to improve their performance, as well as test new gear and equipment. This is literally a game changer in the sporting world.
Experience HISTORY with VR
For teachers, students, historians, and dabbling historians curious about a particular event: you can now travel back in time and witness select historical events and places firsthand. Stroll through Paris in a different time period or walk around Pompeii pre-eruption for a completely immersive, unique, and educational experience.
VR and FASHION
Virtual reality and its uses now include strolling around a store and shopping as though actually there. However, there are no crowds and you can do so from the comfort of your own home. You can also tour a showroom, attend trade shows, and watch fashion shows in VR for the full experience.
The sky’s the limit for VR uses other than gaming. Literally. You can even explore outer space with virtual reality (which is just not possible for most people otherwise). What an adventure! It will be interesting to see how many new uses for virtual reality develop as the industry continues to evolve.
We invite you to try VR (or non-VR mode) in vCAD and share your ideas and feedback!