We all know that virtual reality is taking over the gaming industry. But there are a number of other businesses and beyond that are using VR in creative ways. You might not immediately associate some of the following industries with VR, but they are using VR tech to change the way these industries function — likely, forever.
It can be really expensive and time-consuming to travel to—and attend—a live sports event, let alone one that’s 3,000 miles away. Why not give VR a shot? Many businesses are now offering consumers a chance to attend a game virtually, for a fraction of the cost. Think about it: you can get an almost identical experience, without the hassle of long lines, travel time, or traffic.
For example, Strength in Numbers, produced by m ss ng p eces, allowed viewers to experience the 2017 NBA Finals in virtual reality. If you missed the experience the first time around, you can relive the final game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors as long as you have a VR headset. Not only can you watch the game as if you were there, but the feature also includes behind-the-scenes extras, interviews, and court-side views. This is only the beginning—this type of VR experience is guaranteed to change the sports industry forever.
With Juventus VR, the Italian soccer team’s virtual reality app, you can see far more than you could if you attended a live game, or even if you stayed at home (and watched non-stop sports coverage). You’ll be able to explore Juventus Center, explore the team’s history, experience the game from the players’ perspective, roam around behind the scenes, and watch your favourite players train. Not only can it cost a lot of both time and money to attend a game, but you still might not get the type of VIP experience that VR offers.
Virtual reality has a number of benefits to the classroom—whether that classroom is physical or virtual—offering virtual lectures and interactive experiences that you are likely unable to have otherwise. VR also will be able to offer students a new way to engage with their studies. They may soon be able to gain more insight into various historical events, or speak with Einstein about his scientific theories, for example.
Currently making waves is Immersive VR Education, which is a valuable educational supplement. The Engage platform allows you to hold virtual lessons, meetings, or presentations with anyone around the world. The company also offers Titanic VR and Apollo 11 VR, which are great tools for teaching about the devastating first voyage of the Titanic or the moon landing, experiences guaranteed to impress children and adults alike. They’re also helping to change the healthcare industry through their ER VR, which allows medical students and professionals to simulate new, state-of-the-art procedures or effectively handle traumatic situations.
Google Expeditions, on the other hand, offers a slightly less specific VR learning experience for the classroom. No need to worry about funding for a school trip, or relying on pictures of faraway places to get the message across. Take your students on virtual trips to nearly anywhere in the world, visit a museum, or help them to see what the eye of a severe hurricane looks like. No matter what you’re covering in class, there is likely a virtual experience waiting to accompany your lesson.
Can’t make it to Las Vegas? Soon you’ll be able to get the same experience without even leaving your home. PokerStars and Lucky VR have teamed up to launch a VR poker game later this year that will introduce you to a new way of playing virtual poker. The game is free to play and lets you play in various exotic locations. This is just another example of how various industries are creating true-to-life virtual scenarios that strive to merge the excitement of a trip or experience with the convenience and affordability of a VR platform.
PokerStars VR offers visually-incredible and immersive gameplay with players from all over the world. You can chat with your opponents in real-time, smoke cigars, buy drinks when you’re feeling generous, and even misbehave if an opponent gets on your nerves. Just like real-life poker, you’ll be able to study your opponents to see if they have any tells. Even though you won’t be able to see their eyes, there are numerous other ways opponents can show their hand.
The official release date for PokerStars VR has yet to be announced. It is currently in a closed beta version that’s only available to a select group of players. After the full release, it’ll be available on Steam, Oculus Rift, and HTC Vive. Support on other VR platforms may be available at a later date.