There are many potential uses for Virtual Reality and in many different industries. Whether you are a surgeon, operate training camps for military exercises, or you own your own fashion retail shop, there are viable ways that you can implement VR into your business in order to benefit clients, trainees, and your own business. While you should always ensure that there is a useful and profitable need for the implementation of technology like VR, the affordability of some headsets and the freely available development software means that the technology does have surprising uses and benefits.
1 – Entertainment
We start the list on entertainment because it is this area that will pique the interest of the average user, and this is likely to be the one industry that really pushes the boundaries of what VR has to offer. Entertainment obviously covers a broad range of activities, but immersive films and games are at the forefront of current development, while VR has already been implemented in simulators and even used to enhance some cinematic experiences. Expect further developments to come, especially as Sony and Microsoft are gearing up to release their own console specific headsets. If you are looking to develop an app or game for entertainment purposes, you can buy existing 3D models from sites like Best 3D Model in order to reduce production time and speed up the development process.
2 – Healthcare
Healthcare is one industry where the use of VR really is burgeoning, and it offers a number of very specific benefits. Surgeons can practice complex and unique procedures, while there has also been some success in dealing with the phantom pain that presents following amputation. Virtual Reality also offers an affordable and viable means of training doctors and surgeons without having to throw them in at the deep end.
3 – Real Estate
One of the core components of the real estate business is showing potential tenants and potential buyers around the properties that they are interested in buying. Open house viewings and individual showings both take time, and not all potential buyers are available at convenient times or even live in the area. VR not only enables these potential clients to look around an existing property, but with the right software implementation, it is also possible to allow clients to add their own furniture, redecorate the rooms, or even make major renovations. By allowing them to alter the property in this way, you are encouraging them to become more engaged in the property and allowing them to see themselves living in the house, which will serve to increase the likelihood that they will want to make an offer on that property.
4 – Tourism
Selling holidays means asking potential clients to imagine themselves in a specific location. No amount of photos and words can really portray what a location is like, and if you want to show off all of the amenities and local sites and places to visit, then VR basically offers a viable and affordable means of doing exactly that. You can allow your potential customers to look around the hotel, tour the local area, and they can choose where they go and what they look at. A really good and wholly immersive VR experience will not only sell them on the idea but will leave them wanting more so they will be inclined to purchase right away.
5 – Fashion
Fashion is a big budget industry, and clients and customers could potentially spend large sums of money on buying the right outfits. There are actually a number of possible VR uses within the fashion industry. Allow customers to sit at the side of some of the biggest catwalks or visit and experience fashion shows and exhibitions around the world.
Alternatively, offer virtual mannequins. The Virtual Reality experience will basically take a three-dimensional image of the client, and this can be dressed and redressed with different items. No need to spend hours in the changing rooms, and they can also see how they will look without even having to be in the vicinity of the clothing itself. You could open pop-up virtual reality fashion stores, without the need to hold and carry stock and provide them with a means of trying on a whole catalog while sat at the pop-up shop.
6 – Retail
Fashion is only one area of retail that can benefit from the use of VR. Companies selling interior design items could offer their clients the opportunity to virtually clad their properties in designer finishings and fittings, before creating exactly the look they want and then spending the money. Other retail businesses can also benefit in similar ways. The key to using VR in this way is to provide something that really is useful, rather than just gimmicky or innovative. The VR experience should immerse the user because this will give them greater reason to want to buy.
7 – Education
There are many benefits to experiential learning that are not typically enjoyed in the classroom. Field trips, weekends away, and other class trips, for example, are not just a great excuse to get out of the classroom for a day, they create memorable experiences, and this means that students are more likely to remember the things that they experienced first-hand during their day.
8 – Tradesmen
Skilled trades, such as woodwork and metalwork, are old trades and, in some areas, they are dying out but there is still a need for this type of professional tradesman. To start the journey towards becoming a master craftsmen, the individual needs to be able to master the basics and learn some of the more advanced techniques. Using VR it is possible to train using materials and equipment that are hard to come by, that are usually too expensive, or that you simply don’t have access to. You can still learn the skills that are required but without having to spend over the odds.
There are many uses for Virtual Reality and, as the technology advances and the hardware and software becomes more readily available and more affordable, it is likely that we will see it implemented in an even wider range of facilities, businesses, and even shops.