Virtual reality is becoming part of our daily world. Initially designed for entertainment purposes, virtual reality is being adopted across multiple industries for various purposes. Let’s walk through an overview and some virtual reality use cases on how this technology can be used.
What is Virtual Reality?
Virtual Reality (VR) is viewing or interacting in a completely virtual environment via fully computer-animated or live-action filmed in 360°. In comparison, augmented reality is viewing or interacting in actual reality, via live or through a camera. Lastly, there is Mixed Reality, also known as “XR.” This term refers to both virtual reality and augmented reality.
Virtual Reality Training Example
In healthcare, there are numerous VR training solutions for the medical industry. This technology is used to help participants become familiar with the equipment and react to realistic situations with patients.
Furthermore, in Psychology and Counseling landscapes, VR is being used as a form of therapy. Because of the realism virtual reality delivers, VR is being tested and used as a form of exposure therapy to treat patients with phobias and PTSD trauma.
“Utility organizations (i.e., oil, electric, and gas companies) have adopted virtual reality to focus on safety for high-risk jobs.” VR is being used to train technicians to replace high-voltage powerlines 30 feet in the air but do so in the comfort of an office setting.
Another industry includes Emergency and Response organizations such as the police, fire stations, EMT, and the military. Like medical training, VR can put a police officer or soldier in the middle of a tense situation to apply de-escalation skills or know precisely what to do in an active shooter situation. The advantage of VR is that it increases the user’s emotional responses compared to watching a video or using a simulation app on a PC.
Virtual Reality Example for Conferencing & Design
Social networking and virtual meetings are highly adopted in today’s world. Imagine being able to meet with co-workers and clients in a virtual space station. With virtual reality, the sky is the limit.
Virtual reality and augmented reality have been used for several years for designers to view and experience their creations in a 3D space. With the continuing development of XR headsets, solutions are becoming more affordable and easier to implement.
Implementing Virtual or Augmented Reality
New Era’s team of talented engineers will evaluate the space your organization is interested in implementing virtual reality. Below are a few ways to implement XR that New Era will consider:
Projection: Virtual projection systems can be created out of multiple, edge-blended projectors displayed on a curved 180 degree surface or sometimes a flat projected display on three or four walls.
LED Displays: LED Displays are created out of a curved or flat wall or panels. The advantage of LEDs is that there is no need for a perfectly flat surface or hide projectors. However, alignment, pixel pitch, and power management are essential factors New Era will consider.
Domes: Designed to be a quick setup for virtual reality content, domes are a foldable rig with a stretched canvas with an ultra-short and wide-angle projector. These are often used in museums and tradeshows.
Headsets: One of the most popular solutions for viewing VR/AR content, headset viewers can range from a simple smartphone to a wireless PC backpack .
Does your organization have an interest in virtual reality? Contact one of our talented team members to learn more about this solution today at firstname.lastname@example.org.