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5 Hot New Applications Of VR

Virtual Reality, or VR, is the use of computer technology to create a simulated environment. In recent years there has been a surge in the quality of VR software and hardware, as well as in the variety of uses for VR in both professional and recreational contexts. Here are some of the most exciting recent applications of virtual reality.


1. Robotic surgery

Virtual reality is not just for entertainment, and VR actually has numerous applications in healthcare. One of these is robotic surgery, where a surgeon controls a robotic arm to perform complicated surgery, as opposed to using their own hands to operate on the patient. Using a robotic arm leads to smaller incisions, which means reduced blood loss and a faster recovery time.


2. Medical training

Another medical application of virtual reality is in the field of medical training. Companies have developed VR training products to provide future medical professionals with an immersive and highly detailed educational experience. This enables a host of benefits, including the ability to film real-life surgery from multiple angles and combine the videos with digital models of the anatomical parts which are being operated on. Virtual reality anatomical models can also be used to educate patients about the procedures they are about to undergo, as well as to demonstrate the functioning of new medical equipment.


3. Group gaming

Single-player VR gaming consoles have been around for a few years now. The principle is simple: you choose a specially designated VR videogame, pop a VR headset on and are transported into a virtual world which looks incredibly realistic. The recent innovation in the field of VR gaming has also meant that attractions such as a VR Escape Room London can allow groups of people to play a variety of VR games, such as zombie shooters, fantasy adventures or haunted house scenarios in groups, rather than single-player VR experiences at home. This has enabled VR to become a lot more sociable in regard to gameplay and the opportunities to experience VR outside of the home.


4. Aerospace design

Virtual reality can also be used to help aerospace engineers visualise the detailed geometry and performance of their designs. This technology has been incorporated into UK institutes, such as the AeroVR system, to help aerospace engineers gain a better virtual environment to design and test their technology. The expansion possibilities are also optimistic, as VR may then be able to go on to compare the performance of different engines and make recommendations in terms of repairs.


5. Military training

Training of soldiers may now be revolutionised by VR, through the use of virtual reality headsets and omni-directional treadmills in order to train soldiers how to move on different terrains without the need for a harness or specialist footwear. A mixed-reality VR system has also been used for combat training for the army.


In conclusion, the UK is currently at the forefront of using virtual reality in a wide variety of settings, both professional and recreational. The VR field is expanding at an exciting rate!