How VR and AR are Disrupting Industries
The real new world is all about VR and AR technologies aiding in how we assimilate information and acquire education. From surgeons to pilots, VR and AR are taking us further through simulation as a way of learning and acquiring new skills. These two are the forces shaping our future as our children grow up with virtual and augmented reality as a way of life.
With augmented reality, you can see your real-world environment at home, work or play, and even though virtual reality is associated more with the gaming world, it is aiding in job training and classroom settings. With time, we can only expect the machine learning algorithms to continue improving.
Four different ways virtual and augmented reality is disrupting everyday life.
Doctors have turned to virtual reality to help amputees cope with the loss of a limb and the accompanying pain known as phantom limb pain. This is according to a study by the Medical Journal Frontiers in Neuroscience. The patient participates in a virtual reality game and in it, they have a virtual limb. The therapy concentrates on the brain receptors that show the patient’s reflexes like clenching and relaxing of the missing limb. Using the virtual limb in the game, they learn how to control their motions and relax their missing body part resulting in less pain.
VR therapy has also been used to treat patients with conditions like fear of flying or heights or public speaking. Using virtual reality simulations, psychiatrists walk their patients through their emotions and help them with coping mechanisms that they can use in real life situations.
Augmented reality allows doctors to diagnose conditions that previously needed invasive methods like endoscopic cameras using only augmented reality glasses. There are AR apps that doctors can now use to show the impact of a disease helping their patients to understand their health better, and the best course of treatment or prevention.
Learning is transforming from cramming sessions where a load of information is fed to kids to enjoyable learning opportunities that encompass developmentally challenged kids as well. Now kids can relate to a real-world elephant because an AR device shows a visually enhanced elephant along with the trumpeting sound it makes. Such interactive learning gets the kids more involved in acquiring education and identifying what they are passionate about at a young age.
AR is also available in museums with easily downloadable mobile apps that allow the exhibits to provide a more interactive experience.
Virtual reality also allows students to build or explore historical venues without even leaving the class to enjoy a virtual field trip. This is especially important for children with special needs who may find it easier to learn using immersive educational games.
Manufacturing and retail
Manufacturing industries are benefiting greatly from projection AR, which helps them create a project on a digital canvas before it is actualized. Using augmented reality, which has become a standard on many plant floors, experts can find flaws faster and improve the overall quality of the product reducing chances of accidents and liabilities.
Manufacturers relying on old skills like welding for their product can use virtual reality to train their staff to perfect their craft without spending on practice materials. Virtual reality lets the trainee repeat the process as many times as they need to until they get it without costing more.
In the retail world, your customers can try on products using AR. In some stores, you will find AR powered personal shopping assistants while in others, using augmented reality the store can engage with you about their physical products. With virtual reality, you can have a comprehensive tour of a store.
Our Future with AR and VR
Industries like real estate, automotive, entertainment and even the military are finding a future with AR and VR more interactive, lucrative and safer. As we become more reliant on AI, AR and VR, there are fears of loss of jobs. However, these sectors also offer incredible opportunities for growth and innovation.
The change is here, and we have to appreciate how efficient and productive life is with AR and VR even if it calls on us to change our mindsets.