How virtual reality is augmenting our reality
Virtual reality was once something that only existed in sci-fi or our imaginations. But today, it's becoming a reality. VR is finding its way into multiple sectors and verticals including entertainment, communication, the workplace, and education. It's changing the way we do things and is set to revolutionise our society in the future.
The way we are entertained
VR has found a solid home in the entertainment sector. One particular application making waves is when VR is combined with watching films or series. The use of a VR headset can immerse the viewer into the media, giving them an unparalleled and interactive experience. VR is also being used to transport culture fans into some of the world’s most famous museums and galleries. Even without a headset, viewers can gain access to sites like The Louvre, the MET, and the National Portrait Gallery, without leaving their homes.
Perhaps the most obvious application of VR in the entertainment sector is in gaming. VR can take the player into the game and allow them to interact in a completely different manner. It’s also starting to be used in online gambling which is enjoying a period of growth due to its adoption of various emerging technologies. When it comes to NetBet casino operators already boast a solid technological offering, with table games like blackjack or roulette, as well as gameshow-themed titles, occupying a firm place among their selections. Available on any device of the user's choosing, such games sit at the forefront of what technology is able to offer them.
But of course, these providers will also be looking to add to their portfolios by introducing even more high-tech offerings into their sites. This will help them engage a demographic of gamers and players, that is keen for a more technologically advanced gaming experience. This can and will include a variety of different emerging technologies including VR, AR, blockchain, crypto, IoT, and more interactive, higher-quality user experiences.
How we communicate
Over the last years, the way we communicate with each other has become increasingly digitized. Video calls and streaming are fast becoming one of the most preferred ways to work and stay in contact with friends and family. VR has huge potential within this sphere. It can take the way we communicate beyond just a screen and speakers, taking us into the conversation and making us feel like we are experiencing it in 'real life'.
We don’t need to rely on VR headsets for this either. As mobile technology advances, we can use our mobiles to do this. The way we communicate, particularly in groups or webinars, online conferences, etc can be significantly revolutionised through the use of VR.
How we learn
Professional training is embracing VR with a growing number of providers adopting the technology into their operations. VR means those on courses can travel into specific professional settings and simulations. They can interact virtually with other trainees or colleagues and learn through doing, rather than just listening or interacting in two or three dimensions. VR is also practical in training individuals and groups on soft skills.
In certain subjects such as medicine and veterinary, VR can be used to provide trainees with a virtual ‘hands-on’ experience. This gives them more opportunity to learn realistically, instead of watching videos or reading in textbooks. It also means they can learn at leisure, visiting the VR environment, whenever they want and for however long they choose.
The possibilities VR possesses are almost endless. In the coming years, we expect to see it becoming a part of many facets of our lives, supporting the way we work, interact, and relax.