Smart technology, particularly Virtual Reality (VR), is now advanced enough for it to be utilized in various industries. VR has made huge strides since the time NASA first used a headset and gloves to create a tactile interface using rudimentary graphics. Today’s VR has the ability to vividly simulate different scenarios in “virtual environments” that serve to elicit real human responses and emotions. More and more companies recognize its potential and are applying the tech into their operations and services. As a result, the VR market is expected to grow from an estimated $2.02 billion in 2016 to $26.89 billion by 2022. At this rate, you can expect VR to become a permanent fixture in different aspects of our lives in the years to come.
- Treating Disabilities and Disorder
One crucial sector that VR is working to improve is the healthcare industry. Duke University’s Walk Again program recently used VR tech on paraplegics who lost motor functions due to traumatic accidents or strokes, with the goal of improving muscle recovery and stimulating motor skills. In the program, patients were provided with VR headsets, an exoskeleton, and a brain-interfacing machine. The VR set-up put them in an environment where they could play soccer. The brain-interfacing machine revealed that this stimulus awakened dormant nerves among the test subjects, with paraplegics gaining more muscle control.In addition to studies like these, VR tech has also been known to help treat people with severe trauma. Doctors are now using an upgraded version of exposure therapy for their patients using VR. In these treatments, PTSD veterans are exposed to virtual environments designed to look similar to the ones that caused their trauma in the first place. Patients then verbally recount this virtual experience to their doctor. Patients’ exposure to these triggers is easier to handle because the conditions are controlled and can be stopped at any time.
- Designing Virtual Weather Forecasts
The Economic Times reports that IT firm Accuweather recently launched its Weather for Life app. Designed specifically for the Samsung Gear VR, this piece of tech literally takes its users to the heart of incoming weather conditions. Users can find themselves in the middle of a raging storm or even a large twister. The system has a complete library of different weather conditions to experience, allowing users to accurately prepare for various weather conditions that they can observe closely from the safety of their homes. According to Steven Smith, Accuweather’s digital media president, you’ll be able to get the precipitation levels for wherever you’re located with precision. Best of all, this is one of those apps that’s available for mass consumption through the Samsung Galaxy smartphone or tablet, which is compatible with the Samsung Gear VR.