What do you think of when you hear virtual reality (VR) and Augmented reality (AR)? Most people would think of gaming. The gaming industry has embraced the technology and made it popular. However, the applications of VR and AR go beyond that, and it has multiple applications ranging from healthcare to business.
Difference between VR and AR
The distinction between the two is not apparent because VR and AR are often collectively discussed. However, the difference is quite simple.
As the name suggests, virtual reality creates a virtual space for us to immerse ourselves. The alternate reality that is thus created replaces our natural environment. On the other hand, augmented reality augments or adds to our natural environment. AR adds virtual elements to our view of the real world.
Applications of VR
Now that the basics are out of the way, let’s look at how VR and AR can change the world. As mentioned earlier, virtual reality is no longer limited to the gaming industry. There are countless applications for the technology, from healthcare to skill training. The list may only grow in the coming years.
The following are some applications of VR:
- Skill Training
Now let’s take a closer look at these.
- Skill Training
It is not always easy to master a workplace skill. Think of pilots or astronauts or any job requiring a unique learning environment. VR can create a simulation to aid skill training in such cases.
The significance of visual representation for better learning is undeniable. VR provides students with an opportunity to interact with their study material. It is a powerful learning tool that can aid conceptual understanding.
As mentioned above, skill training and education can be enhanced through VR. The same goes for the healthcare industry, where medical students can be trained and educated using VR. It can aid in the study of human anatomy. Many universities have already started replacing cadavers with 3D renderings of the human body created by VR.
For instance, when studying human anatomy, the shortage of cadavers becomes an obstacle. According to the Medical Council of India (MCI), 10 MBBS students must have at least one corpse for study. At present, 25 to 30 students share one body. This challenge can now be overcome through VR.
The pandemic and consequent travel restrictions have confined us to our homes. However, there is good news for travel buffs around the world. VR can now help you travel wherever you want.
Now you can travel without thinking twice about your budget or taking time off from work. And if you are an introvert, ‘to travel from the comfort of your home’ sounds quite tempting, doesn’t it?
Haven’t we all hesitated while picking out an outfit online? What if it doesn’t fit me? What if the color doesn’t suit me? Yes, the what-ifs are endless. But with VR, you can try out the outfits and make your choice.
Technological advancements have made our lives convenient, and VR is no exception. With the growing investment in the sector, it will become accessible for more people one day. And when that day comes, it will change our everyday life.