Typically, when we think of Virtual Reality, entertainment is the first thing to come to mind—being able to play games, watch videos, and more on a VR device. However VR expands further than that; there are currently apps on the market that allow users to watch live sporting events or concerts in virtual reality, as if they are actually there. VR also lets users travel the world, without ever having to leaving the house. The ability to virtually transport users to new locations can further education as well. Students can travel back in time to past eras in history classes or can travel today’s world to learn current events. Virtual Reality can even aid in job training, specifically, in the military and in healthcare. The Army can utilize VR in combat training for soldiers without them being in a dangerous environment. In healthcare, doctors and surgeons can practice techniques in VR without having to operate on a live patient; Virtual Reality can even help with those suffering from PTSD and certain phobias. Virtual Reality also has plans to break into the real estate market in the near future, allowing users to virtually walk through homes and “visit” homes that have not yet been built. By 2018, Virtual Reality is expected to reach 171 million users and by that time, there are sure to be even more advances in what we can do with VR.
Below is the full infographic by VR Bound: