Virtual reality is becoming a game-changer in all kinds of industries from real estate and gaming to healthcare and travel. Virtual reality (VR) uses digital environments with headsets like Oculus Rift or Samsung VR and users can immerse themselves in high-quality sound and vibrant images. They can even experience physical sensations in this new virtual world. Here are a few ways that VR will change industries in the coming year.
The Gaming Industry
Because gamblers love live casino action, expect to see more casinos offering VR capabilities to gamblers. Consumers who want to get online and play their favorite slots can head to a virtual version of Las Vegas and walk from one casino to the next. They can collect bonus money, talk to live casino hosts and enjoy their favorite table and slot games.
Players can also gamble with real money or play money if they want to try a few hands of Texas Hold ‘Em or Omaha Hi-Lo. Expect to see more casinos integrating with virtual reality to give gamblers more access to their favorite casino games.
The Healthcare Profession
Virtual reality is being integrated into cognitive therapy. It’s helping soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and those suffering from phobias and anxiety disorders. Therapists can use VR headsets to help patients work through their anxieties and nervous feelings. They can discuss how they feel when faced with a virtual crowd of people, for example, or some other trigger-enabling scenario. Expect to see more healthcare providers and therapists offering online therapy that integrates with VR headsets.
VR headsets are being used to train emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and fire and rescue personnel. Because they can see sudden traumas and real-life emergencies close-up, the immersive experiences can help them with making fast medical diagnoses when time is of the essence. Look for more medical practices and healthcare providers integrating VR headsets into their teaching and lectures.
Real Estate and Interior Design
Realtors have a new way to showcase homes. Potential buyers can take tours of a new property and instead of video tours that quickly go room by room, they can navigate their environments just by turning their heads. A potential home buyer can view floor plans, check out the attic space and basement and tour a new potential neighborhood. Expect to see more real estate companies with VR capabilities as a new way to draw in potential homeowners as virtual tours become the new norm.
Even home staging and interior design have changed dramatically. Virtual staging is becoming an affordable way to stage a property for potential buyers or tenants. With interior design, sites like Matterport, Houselens and iStaging let users view how spaces might look after new interior designs have been completed. It’s anticipated that VR will continue to make strides in this area. More designers are looking for ways to compete with rivals and win over customers with their virtual showrooms.
Virtual reality is making innovative changes in several industries as it lets users immerse themselves in new environments. Sales for VR headsets will likely increase as more businesses offer VR capabilities to consumers and integrate VR into everything from coursework and shopping to travel websites. Virtual reality is impacting the way businesses are run and the activities they plan. This prevalent medium will dominate in the coming year as its interactive capabilities continue to revolutionize how people view and interact with the world around them.