One of the most talked about budding technologies is VR, or Virtual Reality, which allows users to interact with an infinite amount of environments and situations in a virtual world. The VR movement, which is headed by companies such as Facebook owned Oculus, Samsung, HTC, and Google, has received most of its attention from video streaming services and members the video game community. However, this technology has significant implications outside of the entertainment industry, specifically for educational institutions and businesses. Furthermore, with VR now having have finger-level precision and constantly improving performance, as well as the public release of VR headsets, many believe that a Virtual Reality driven world is closer than ever, meaning that these implications could come to fruition very soon.
Virtual Reality will also be significantly useful in business applications as well, much for the same reason that it was useful in education. By using VR headsets, companies will be able to hold meetings, interview candidates, or meet with important clients without all parties being in the same physical location. This will be extremely useful, especially for international companies, as it will not only make scheduling significantly easier, but eliminates a great amount of time and budget that is currently being spent on travel as well. VR would also allow companies to provide new employees with more in-depth and hands-on training sessions by using the headsets. New employees could complete their tasks in a virtual world while they are learning in order to master the skills, without risking that they mess anything up if they make a mistake. This will likely lead to more efficient employees in many cases, improving the overall performance of companies. Perhaps the most interesting prospect of using VR for a business, however, is the ability to test a product in a virtual setting. Companies could test their product in its early stages, ensuring that it performs well and is safe, without spending any additional money. This advance will lead to cheaper initial production costs and more consistent final products, something that it is very important for any business. By implementing VR technology, businesses will have a clear advantage over the way any current business runs.
While I do look forward to VR headsets for the entertainment value that they will provide, I am also very excited for their implications for businesses and education. I agree with the articles I read in thinking that VR technology will better our society as a whole through its various benefits in these fields.