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USE OF VIRTUAL REALITY

Updated: Aug 25, 2021


1. Military VR

The military UK and the US have embraced the use of virtual reality in their training as it allows them to undertake a wide range of simulations. VR is used in all branches of Service: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. In a world where technology is adopted from an early age and children are used to video games and Computers, VR is proving to be an effective educational method. VR can transport a trainee to a range of different situations, locations and environments for a variety of educational purposes. The Army uses it for flight simulations, battlefield simulations, doctor training, vehicle simulation, and virtual boot camp, among other things.


VR is a fully immersive, visual and sound-based experience that can safely repeat dangerous training situations to prepare and train soldiers. So soldiers are trained without risk until they are ready for war. It could likewise be used to teach soldiers some softer skills, including communicating with local civilians or international colleagues while in the field. Another of its uses is the treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) for soldiers returning from war and needing help to adapt to normal life situations; this is known as virtual reality exposure therapy (VRET). A major benefit of using virtual reality technology in the military is the reduction of training costs. Another of its uses is the treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) for soldiers returning from war and needing help to adjust to normal life situations; this is known as virtual reality exposure therapy (VRET).


A major benefit of using virtual reality technology in the military is the reduction of training costs. Another of its uses is the treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) for soldiers returning from war and needing help to adjust to normal life situations; this is known as virtual reality exposure therapy (VRET).

2. VR in sports

VR is revolutionizing the sports industry for players, coaches and spectators. With virtual reality, they can be used by coaches and players to train more efficiently in various sports, as they can watch and experience certain situations over and over again and evolve each time. It is essentially used as a training aid to help measure athletic performance and analyze technique. Some say it can also be used to improve the cognitive abilities of athletes when they are injured, as it allows them to experience game scenarios virtually. Similarly, VR has also been used to enhance the viewer's experience of a sporting event. Broadcasters now broadcast live games in virtual reality and sell virtual tickets so that anyone from anywhere in the world can 'participate' in any sporting event.

3. VR in mental health

As mentioned briefly before, VR technology has become the primary method for treating post-traumatic stress. The person using VR exposure therapy engages in re-enactment of a traumatic event with the aim of coming to terms with the event and recovering from it. It has also been used to treat anxiety, phobias and depression. For example, some patients with anxiety consider meditation using VR as an effective method to manage stress responsiveness and increase coping mechanisms. Virtual reality technology can provide a safe environment for patients to come into contact with what they fear, while remaining in a controlled and safe environment. This is just one of the ways in which virtual reality can have a really positive impact on society.


4. VR in medical education

Due to its interactive nature, medical and dental students began using VR to perform surgeries and procedures, and as a result provided a free learning environment, thus eliminating the risk of harm or error when practicing on real patients. Virtual patients are used to allow students to develop skills that can then be applied in the real world. Using VR technology in the medical industry is not only an effective way to improve the quality of students in education, but also a great opportunity to optimize costs, especially as healthcare is constantly under pressure with narrow budgets.

5. VR in education

VR uses for education do not stop in the military or medical field, but extend to schools with virtual reality, which is also adopted in education for teaching and learning situations. Students can interact with each other and in a three-dimensional environment. They can also see sandbox trips, such as attending museums, solar system tours, and going back to different eras, for example. Virtual reality can be particularly beneficial for students with special needs, such as autism. Research has found that VR can be a motivating platform for children, including those with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), to practice social skills safely. The technology company, Floreo, has developed virtual reality scenarios that allow children to learn and practice skills such as pointing, making eye contact and making social connections. Parents can also follow and interact using a linked tablet.

6. VR in fashion

A lesser-known use of VR is in fashion, where it actually has quite a profound effect. For example, virtual simulations of store environments can be extremely useful for retailers to design their signage and product displays without fully committing to the structure, as you would in the real world. In the same way, appropriate time and resources can be allocated for the creation of the store layout. Some popular brands that have started implementing VR in their business include: Tommy Hilfiger, Coach and Gap. VR uses for these big names include providing a 360-degree fashion show experience and getting customers to try on clothes virtual.



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