Are you ready for the latest technology? What used to only be possible in Sci-Fi movies has become the norm. AI robots augmented reality, and virtual reality is all part of our daily lives.
While some everyday tasks continue to be boring, others are turning into the most exciting experiences ever. In this article, we’ll go through some examples of what were once mundane tasks, that are now exciting – all thanks to virtual reality.
1. Medical training for future doctors
It takes at least four years to finish an undergraduate program, then another four to get a degree, and after that, it takes at least three years to specialize in a chosen field. All these years might be exciting from time to time, but most of it it’s studying Latin words for body parts that most people didn’t know existed until they started learning about surgery.
The problem here is that no one is going to let you cut a live person open just to learn how it is supposed to be done. Students practice on corpses or puppets. This is where VR comes into play.
Virtual reality software for students in medical schools allows them to cut open patients and practise performing surgery. Whether it’s in class or at home as a part of a homework assignment, the students can perform surgery 24/7, and learn all about the human body, without worrying about hurting anybody.
2. Helping disabled people
How about helping disabled people walk again? The Project VITALICS from Limbic Life showed excellent results in this field. It is a project in which patients who were tied to the wheelchair got VR headsets and special equipment that enabled them to walk again.
The VR system allowed them to feel the joy of movement again. They know it is only a virtual reality program, but the feeling of being able to walk again, even if it is a simulation, made them feel amazing.
Doctors and experts are now trying to understand if this can turn into a standard form of therapy? Is it going to be beneficial for the overall health of patients? It’s well known that along with physical impairments come mental issues too, which are sometimes even harder to overcome.
3. Test-driving vehicles
Have you ever been on a mission to buy a new car? Going from one car salon to another is exhausting. Driving every vehicle is a must to be sure which one is the best choice, but who has that kind of time? Virtual reality statistics show that 42.9 million people use this technology every month. How many of those are about to buy a new car?
The good thing about cars is that the experience of driving happens through the windshield, which pretty much looks like a computer screen. If you put on a headset and turn on a VR simulator, you can get the exact same image you would see while driving a car.
The better program developers make, the better and more accurate experience customers will have. Test driving a car from the comfort of your own home will boost car sales. This is great both for the customers and for the car companies. It’s also great for the environment as new vehicles are less-polluting.
4. Real estate tours and buying from home
Just like with cars, it’s so annoying when you have to drive from one part of the city to another just to see a “cool” house that is an absolute disaster — wasting three hours of your life for nothing.
What about spending a couple of seconds on this? Real-estate companies who manage to put their properties on a VR software and present them to customers from afar will surely be beneficial to companies and clients alike.
Imagine what it would be like? Instead of driving for hours, you can just open the page and see if you like the place or not. It takes a couple of seconds to understand if you see something through the VR software that is interesting or to establish that you hate the whole place.
If you decide that it’s worth your attention, you can still go and visit it later. If you think it’s not for you, then you simply close the program and go on to look for something that better suits your needs.
5. Elementary school lectures
For kids, doing homework and listening to boring lectures about the Aztec civilization is a nightmare. But, offer them some VR on the same topic and see what happens!
How will lectures look if you let kids walk through the lands of South America where they can be one with the prehistoric Aztec and Inca tribes? Will they remember the information they learn? You bet they will!
It’s hard to keep children’s attention. It is especially difficult for today’s generation that is so dependent on high-tech gadgets, smartphones, and apps. The world is evolving, generations are changing, and the way our children study and learn must change also.
These are five situations and opportunities where VR is thriving. In the future, you can be sure that the world will be even more obsessed with virtual and augmented reality.
The technology is still not developed to a level that we all wish it was, but even now, it’s exciting to see how many possibilities it offers in various fields of life.
Author bio: With a degree in transport and traffic engineering, Marko Miljkovic is a digital marketing expert, financial enthusiast, and entrepreneur extraordinaire. He takes joy in analyzing economic trends and translating them into engaging articles. He is a fitness and nutrition expert who loves spending his free time cooking for friends, playing basketball, and enjoying his favourite 90s tunes.