Not all that long ago, virtual reality was a mere dream perpetuated by science fiction novels and almost-forgotten shows like The New Adventures of Jonny Quest. Nowadays, however, that dream has become true, and it has evolved surprisingly well since it was introduced in its current form to the general public.
Naturally, with new technologies also come great benefits. And, oh boy, does virtual reality deliver or what? From the medical field to education, to criminal psychology, entertainment, business, and so forth, VR has the potential to deliver some much-needed changes. Let’s look at some of them right now.
1. It Revolutionizes Medical Training
It’s no secret that medical students need to practice a lot until they are qualified to become nurses, doctors, or surgeons. However, that training can be quite complicated, especially if we’re talking about surgeons. With virtual reality, you can transport students inside the surgery room so they can practice without having to cut open a living being.
2. People With Mobility Problems Can Attend Their Favorite Events
The sad reality is that we’ve got a long way to go until we can make most of society accessible to wheelchair users. Until then, we can give them the next best thing, namely the possibility to participate in events from the comfort of their own home. There are a plethora of expo stand examples that organizers can choose to make their presentations and products as accessible and attractive as they possibly can.
3. Travel and Interact With People Worldwide (Yes, Even During a Lockdown)
Everyone saw how hard isolation can take a toll on the human psyche. And no amount of Discord calls can make isolation more bearable compared to meeting actual, real people. However, the next best thing when you have no other option but to stay at home is to interact with people in the virtual space. It doesn’t exactly “feel” real, but it’s at least ten times more immersive than looking at others through a computer screen.
4. Architecture Can Become Less of a Hassle
Designing stuff, in general, is quite hard, but architecture alone is truly a pain if you don’t have the right tools. Luckily, VR can help out future architects with some amazing features, such as the ability to test out the layout of a building by actually walking around through it. It’s one thing to view rendered sketches in AutoCAD and other similar programs, and it’s a whole different thing to experience it for yourself.
5. Sales People Have a Lot to Learn In VR
Having a well-aggregated sales department is of utmost importance in any company. However, training the next generation of salespeople is no easy task, especially when you have social distancing rules set in place.
No matter how much you try to make them adapt to certain scenarios, the best teacher is experience. And with the next generation of advertising just around the corner, VR is the perfect place to teach them both new and old techniques alike.
6. Easier Access to Mental Health Tools
Virtual reality exposure can be used to recreate traumatic events so that the person in question can cope more easily with the circumstances. So far, it has proven that it has great potential to treat people with PTSD, depression, and other common mental health problems.
Furthermore, meditating in VR can be quite useful if the place where you live isn’t exactly suited to proper meditation. This way, you’ll be able to manage stress more effectively and learn how to deal with what bothers you in a more practical way. Not to mention that you can come into contact with things that you fear in a safe environment so that you can more easily prepare mentally for potential dangers that you might face down the line.
Virtual Reality, Palpable Benefits
While we still have a long way to go when it comes to developing virtual reality programs, there’s no doubt that the benefits are highly palpable even at this relatively early stage. We’re curious to hear your thoughts as well, so leave us a comment down below.