As virtual reality (VR) gains momentum in various fields, it continues to break the novelty stereotype that was often associated with it. VR allows users to experience a real environment in an immersive way. Designers behind the VR can manipulate physical surroundings and apply new filters so that users feel as though hey’re in a real-life surrounding.
Some of the fields that have taken up the use of VR technology including medicine, manufacturing, architecture and business. However, how are these sectors using VR to save millions of pounds? This amount of money may seem like an exaggeration to some, but VR can truly save millions, especially if it’s in the right sector. Utilising VR technology to a business advantage is a savvy and interesting way to save money and still improve future developments.
The corporate sector has benefited from this revolutionary technology, with some companies now recruiting and training their workforce using VR. The magic of VR means that employees can face real work challenges and scenarios, from the comfort of the office. The use of VR allows potential employees also to have a feel of a typical working environment. Plus, companies can now train their workforce from anywhere in the world without being in the same physical location.
The healthcare and retail sectors are utilising VR for training in the most beneficial way. Particularly the healthcare sector, who now train future nurses, doctors and surgeons through VR as it doesn’t put anyone at risk or break health and safety rules.
Investment and real estate
Investment companies are now starting to use VR to show potential clients their new developments. This is especially helpful for investment companies who specialise in off-plan properties which are yet to be started. It is often used as a sales pitch or to current clients to show them construction updates. Those such as RW Invest have been using VR for a number of months and see the vast increase in customer interest. This could be due to being able to see a property for all it will be, whether that is virtually adding walls or even just furnishing an apartment.
With more workplaces embracing virtual sharing, it allows employees from all over the world to collaborate on assignments without relocating or getting to a physical location (which can cost a lot of money). Teamwork is essential to a company’s success, which means VR makes it easier to work together when needed and save a tonne of money. From video conferencing to deliberating issues, VR gives companies the ability to consult each other without meeting face to face.
Medicine widely uses VR technology as a way to manage patients pain while they are undergoing treatment. Each treatment comes with a series of pain that can be managed through VR, meaning the patient has a better experience. For example, cancer patients can be helped and managed through their chemotherapy treatment. Many patients prefer this form of pain management rather than drugs. Other high pain treatments such as high degree burns, broken limbs and open wounds benefit from the use of VR and pain management. Patients can wear the VR headsets to distract their brain and confuse the pain pathway by drawing their minds away from the suffering.
Author | Emily Forbes |
An Entrepreneur, Mother & A passionate tech writer in the technology industry!