By Gemma Morris
12th July 2017

Virtual Reality (VR) is taking many industries by storm. From gaming companies to film makers, VR is revolutionising the way we view the world. While Virtual Reality is being incorporated into the way companies are working and creating new products, it can also change the way we live.

VR headsets may not be accessible to everyone (yet) we wanted to take a look at the potential of Virtual Reality and how it may change the way we live.

At home

The most obvious place we see the application of Virtual Reality is at home. With businesses like Samsung and Facebook already selling headsets, this market is only going to grow. At the moment VR in the home is allowing users to ‘experience’ new things, from riding rollercoasters on a gaming app, going on safaris or even stepping back in time.

Once VR starts to develop, the headsets could allow for even more, meaning people with connected devices can actually communicate through Virtual Reality. In 2014 Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote “imagine enjoying a courtside seat at a game, studying in a classroom of students and teachers all over the world or even consulting with a doctor face to face… This really is a new communication platform.” This style of Virtual Reality could really change the way we communicate with our family and friends.

At work

This could be where the most interesting developments happen in VR; could it become a necessary tool in the workplace?

We’ve previously written about how Virtual Realty can help analysts visualise data to help to tell a story to non-technical business people, but we believe it could do much more. VR could help many companies with health and safety training, it can place the employees in certain situations and train them in they ways to deal with these situations without any ‘real’ implications at the time, not only could this be a new way for people to learn but also save time, money and resources. We know a ‘shopper marketing’ company who produce all of their client demos in VR now, allowing them to see their proposed store layouts as if they were actually there.

Similar to at home, VR could also be used for communication in the workplace; it could bring a new dimension to video conferencing, placing everyone in the ‘same’ room.

The potential for Virtual Realty to change the way we live and communicate is high. While at the moment even playing games on a VR headset seems new and revolutionary, it will be interesting to see how far this technology will go and how it is going to change the world around us.

Will Virtual Reality change the way we live?

Are you excited for the future of Virtual Reality? Where do you see the biggest development? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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