Virtual Reality! It was everywhere for a while and now it’s coming back, in the form of virtual reality headsets. HTC & Valve, Facebook and Sony are all expected to launch virtual reality headsets in 2016. This new technology is likely to impact on many areas of our lives from entertainment and communications to learning and the workplace. We take a look at how VR headsets will be used in these areas:
VR has the potential to make a big change in education, allowing a more immersive learning experience. How much more fun would a history lesson be if you were able to interact and explore a virtual representation of that time period?
Staff training could see a big change. If you are training somebody in customer service, it would be more convenient and time-saving to give the trainee a VR headset with a programmed list of customer service scenarios that they can act out in a virtual world, whilst the employer uses that time to focus on other areas of the business.
The technology can revolutionise the game industry more so than the introduction of the Nintendo Wii, a system that required the user to actively move rather than sit on a sofa holding a controller. Watching TV or a movie could become a whole new type of 3D experience. Instead of looking at a 42 inch screen, VR headsets can provide users with a 360 degree visual allowing users to be completely immersed in the virtual world.
In an age where it looks like social media can’t be stopped, it certainly can be changed. What many people love about Skype/Facetime is that you are able to see the person you are talking to. VR can expand on that allowing you to be in the same virtual world as that person.
VR will change how many people do their jobs. Engineers, architects, interior designers and landscapers can all benefit from VR. A 3D representation will be much more insightful than what an image on a computer screen can show. Job interviews that have to take place on video chat can take place in a virtual reality, allowing the interviewer to create several scenarios and monitor how the candidate acts in certain situations.
The possibilities in virtual reality are endless and 2016 will see the introduction of this potentially game changing technology. In our next blog we’ll explore how VR headsets are starting to be used for social good and supporting vulnerable people.