Five Uses For Virtual Reality That Aren’t Gaming

virtual realityVirtual reality is getting crazy realistic, and it’s getting more accessible to the average consumer, thanks to headsets like Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive. With developments happening so fast in the industry, they’ll only get more impressive and more affordable.

And if you think virtual reality isn’t for you because you’re not into video games, think again. Virtual reality can make lots of other tasks and industries more interesting, and here are a few examples of that.

The News
Every single publication in the world is fighting for readers, and that usually means having a top-notch website that brings something new, unique and engaging to the table. Virtual reality is a key component in that, and media outlets like the New York Times are looking at experimenting with it to bring their readers a truly immersive experience.

Health Care
Both virtual and augmented reality can do so much good in the field of health care. Whether it’s treating psychological disorders like anxiety and phobias, or using it to help doctors practice procedures, virtual reality is only going to become a more important part of modern health care.

Religion
It might seem like an odd marriage, but virtual reality can help people interact with their faith, too. It could give churches the capacity to set up virtual churches and help people who are unable to attend services feel like they are a part of their parish’s community.

Exploring Space
Even though space exploration has made some serious leaps and bounds over the past few decades, it’s unlikely that most of us currently living on Earth will ever get to experience space travel. But thanks to virtual reality, NASA can make you feel like you’re on Mars, and students can better understand what the solar system actually looks like.

Museums
Time travel is also not yet a reality, but museums like the British Museum are using virtual reality to take people back to the Bronze Age and other virtual exhibits. Museums will be able to transport people to existing historical landmarks that they might otherwise not get to see.

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