Virtual reality is the latest technology to have come to the fore in recent years, with major electronics companies investing hugely in developing this sector of the market.
Virtual reality is the latest technology to have come to the fore in recent years, with major electronics companies investing hugely in developing this sector of the market. At the moment the principal focus has been on video games, with VR headsets being used as an accessory to gaming consoles or PCs so as to provide an enhanced gaming experience. However, the possible applications for virtual reality are almost limitless, and are only just beginning to be explored. Let’s take a look at some of the industries where virtual reality is likely to have a major impact.
While video gaming has been identified as the immediate market for virtual reality tech, the mobile casino industry is also a prime candidate to take advantage of this technology. Many online casino sites have already invested in virtual reality, whereby players can enter a virtual lounge to play on a selection of slot games.
It surely won’t be too long until all the major slot games launch their own VR elements, for fear of losing out to competitors. As virtual reality headsets become more affordable, it is hoped that they will be used in conjunction with mobile devices to encourage casino players to enter a virtual betting environment. There are certainly opportunities to integrate live dealer game play with virtual reality, to try to accurately recapture the sights and sounds of a visit to a casino. While that may be a little while away, the possibility to play in poker tournaments using your avatar in a virtual environment is a more readily achievable goal.
Tourism is another sector which could benefit from the use of virtual reality tech. The ability for travel agents and booking sites to provide their potential clients with a virtual preview of their holiday could prove to be a valuable tool.
Customers would have the option to check out the view from their hotel room, to have a look at the cars available for rent or to take in a preview of a potential destination. There are some tourist destinations where the public are not permitted to enter, such as protected buildings or ancient sites like Stonehenge. In these cases the use of VR headsets could reproduce the experience of visiting the site without any risk of damage. Who knows, in future perhaps future destinations will take their holidays in their front rooms thanks to sophisticated virtual reality tech!
Another type of business which could easily incorporate virtual reality is the property market. Rather than taking clients on tours of prospective houses or apartments to rent or buy, how much easier it would be to slip on a VR headset instead.
The customer could quickly and easily check out a number of potential locations before identifying one which merited a visit. Clients buying properties from overseas could rely on VR to check out the building before buying so as to ensure that it matched their expectations. Plans for renovation and redesign could be formulated using VR tech which could change the colour of walls or add furniture and decorations in different locations.
The fitness industry is one where there are many potential applications for virtual reality. The idea of visiting a gym every day is just too much of a grind for many to consider, but the application of VR could change their perspective.
Adding a VR headset could turn your tedious fixed bike riding into a stage of the Tour de France. Rather than hitting a heavy bag, you could practise shadow boxing against a virtual opponent. Take to the virtual river on your rowing machine or transform a run on the treadmill to a cross-country jog in beautiful surroundings. You can even turn the boring ‘plank’ exercise into a thrilling flight through the air with the aid of virtual reality. We can certainly expect the gyms of the future to look very different to the way they do today.
As you can see, there are an almost boundless ways in which virtual reality technology can be integrated into different situations. Other examples could include learner driver training, or more advanced pilot training. The military could also use VR headsets as a training device, as could sports teams. And of course it is possible that we could be watching movies and attending concerts using VR devices in the near future. With so many different potential applications it is no surprise that major companies are pouring funds into developing the best possible versions of virtual reality. It is possible to envisage a future in which the lines between virtual reality and physical reality become blurred or even disappear, even if for the moment this remains science fiction rather than fact.