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Does virtual reality (VR) have uses beyond video games?

On Behalf of | Nov 15, 2021 | Emerging Business

Until recently, many of the platforms to experience virtual reality were expensive and out-of-reach for most people. While an interesting concept, early versions of VR had few potential applications.

Now that the technology has gotten smaller and less expensive, it is becoming more common. In the last few years, companies like Oculus started making headsets so consumers can have a VR experience at home.

Here’s what you should know about some of the other applications for virtual reality.

Medical applications

Getting a medical education can be challenging since hands-on experience can be hard to come by. Virtual reality can help students get realistic experiences without needing contact with an actual patient.

Patients can also benefit from virtual reality since these virtual experiences can help patients with anxiety, pain management and physical rehabilitation.

Remote training

As times have changed to adapt to remote and home offices, there is greater demand than ever for virtual training. Rather than requiring a trainer to travel to multiple locations to train new employees, virtual reality can allow trainers and new hires to work together in a virtual environment.

Employees (both old and new) can learn and get accustomed to new equipment through virtual reality, rather than needing to share or risk damage to a specific machine.

Fitness

One advantage to games in virtual reality is that many of them require the user to move. This is where fitness and gaming experts began collaborating on activities that feel like a video game but have the benefits of exercise.

Virtual reality can make an exciting gaming experience, but it also has many uses across several industries.