Virtual Reality (VR) is the technology that is on everyone’s lips at present; a simulated environment is created by using computer technology, enabling the user to actually get inside an experience. Whilst traditional technology is simply viewing a screen, with VR, users can fully immerse themselves in 3D worlds. But, aside from the obvious gaming industry, just which five industries will take VR by storm?
With online gambling experiencing a monumental boom in interest and participation, Virtual Reality appears to be the next, natural step. Stepping into that virtual casino or online bingo games, headset adorned, spending money from the comfort of your own home and without any surrounding pressure is only going to be met with popularity from bettors.
The global online gambling market is likely to be worth around $94 billion by 2024 – over double the $46 billion that it is currently worth now. So, whether it be casino, bingo, slot or just everyday betting related, VR will surely be a part of the gambling world far and wide in the near future.
Virtual shopping is a concept that is slowly becoming more and more developed. Of course, retailers want to increase profit and attract customers and VR technology can go a long way to enhance that. Over two-thirds of customers state that they are interested in virtual shopping – essentially, customers could try on clothes at home or decorate a room that isn’t even real yet.
The likes of IKEA and eBay have developed their own concepts of VR. For example, IKEA enables customers to take a tour of a virtual kitchen whilst eBay enhances customer experience with an interactive, personalized catalog from which to choose products.
Amazingly, VR can aid in the realm of healthcare, for both patients and doctors. The use of VR applications in therapy can help people overcome fears and phobias whilst virtual surgeries, emergency training and even VR anatomy apps aid doctors in sharing experience and educating others.
With medicine and healthcare as well as technology expanding realities over what is possible, the opportunity in the health industry is limitless. Who knows, years down the line, operations could be done by robots from the comfort of your own home.
Ford was the company that came up with the idea of designing a manufacturing line that was based on virtual data. Its Immersive Vehicle Environment combines groups of engineers from various nations to work together on the design and simulate assembly work whilst also honouring employee safety.
Volvo took this a step further, offering customers the chance to use their smartphone to take a virtual test drive.
Sport is watched by millions of people around the world whether via TV, the internet or live. And, with VR, that excitement of a live event can be achieved from the comfort of your own home. Some services broadcast live events with 360 cameras, providing the viewer with an incredibly realistic experience.
But, even professional athletes use VR and more will use it in the future. The US Olympic skiing team used virtual sessions to prepare for South Korea’s Winter Olympics in 2018.