With the introduction of the groundbreaking Virtual Reality (VR) technology, professionals and entrepreneurs are taking advantage of this opportunity to grow their businesses.
Michael, who has more than four years of experience in integrating the VR technology in applications and currently teaches people his skills, says that “virtual reality has created several opportunities for developers, support teams, and entrepreneurs.”
In this article, we’ll explore the prospects of the wonderful Virtual Reality technology.
What is Virtual Reality (VR)?
Virtual Reality is the simulation of a real-world environment, which is generated by a computing device.
VR technology allows users to immerse themselves in different environmental settings while blotting out the outside world.
Virtual Reality transports the user into a simulated world, different from the physical surroundings by letting them walk around freely, explore new things, and experience distinct events.
VR technology is achievable through integrating sophisticated video engine applications, incorporated with 3D models that create immersive capabilities.
There has been a misconstrued concept that VR is only used by gaming companies.
However, the technology cuts across various sectors as it is constantly transforming how people live—from health to leisure to the conventional workplace.
Opportunities Open to Virtual Reality
Here are 7 prospects that exist thanks to VR technology.
1. Evolving VR Technology Firms and Developers
The future looks promising for people looking to invest in VR development as there would be a rise in the number of VR software development firms.
An increased number of Virtual Reality entrepreneurs are having their trust in the growth and success of the technology, and are putting their money into it.
With the growth of VR, the industry will see a rise in demand for software developers, and the unfounded skepticism about its prospects will be a thing of the past.
2. 360-Degree View Videos
With the rise in popularity of 360-degree videos, the entertainment and movie industry would continue to grow because of the increasing accessibility of Virtual Reality devices globally.
The 360 videos are a HIT with consumers since the experience does not require pricey headsets and PCs.
On the other hand, producers find the production of 360 videos to be inexpensive compared to the fully immersive videos.
Thus, Virtual Reality is creating new market opportunities for 360-degree video companies as there is an increase in the need to produce amazing contents for consumers.
3. VR Consulting for UI/UX Designers
The satisfaction users derive from interacting with a mobile or desktop application is crucial to the success of any software.
The same goes for User Interface (UI) which refers to how the application is engineered to maximize the User Experience (UX).
As more software developers embrace the VR technology, there will be a surge in the need for UI/UX designers to enhance the pleasure the apps will give to users.
As a result, more VR consulting firms will crop up to provide specialists that would satisfy the need for UI/UX designers.
4. Virtual Reality Therapy Centers
Imagine a world where anxiety disorder and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) patients are under proper management despite the traumatic experiences they had gone through.
A world where your loved one can comfortably face and confront their fears.
That would be such a relief!
With Virtual Reality, the use of virtual therapy is now achievable. With about 8% of adults in the U.S. alone suffering from PTSD, the burden carried by health teams in managing these patients is huge.
The VR technology can expose anxiety and PTSD patients to their biggest fears and the trauma faced in the past, triggering them to get over their experiences before treatment and therapy are administered.
With the fast growth of Virtual Technology, VR therapy centers fully equipped with VR hardware for ultimate treatment and management of mental disorders will soon be available at a facility near you.
5. Treatment Centers for VR Addicts
Technology is good. In fact, it can be so good that you overindulge in it and impair your proper functioning in the real world.
For instance, as a VR user, you could become so engrossed in the experiences of living in the virtual world to the point of addiction.
This immersive experience can be so captivating that you always want to live for it, which could be a huge problem.
In fact, various sources have compared VR technology to hard drugs due to the similar addiction patterns VR users and drug addicts exhibit.
In 2014, BBC discussed the addiction possibilities of VR users, which could soon be a reality.
However, when this happens, it will be an opportunity for opening treatment centers for such VR addicts.
6. Virtual Reality in Payment Systems
With the advent of social media and e-commerce, in-house purchases are quickly declining as customers now find online purchases safe and convenient.
Also, people are increasingly embracing blockchain technology and virtual currencies, such as Bitcoin, for completing online transactions.
New opportunities are now available for payment systems that incorporate Virtual Reality with e-commerce.
A good example is the VR Pay recently introduced by the Alibaba Group.
7. Law enforcement in the Virtual World
As people seek immersive virtual experience and move towards the virtual world, there will be need to ensure laws and regulations are applied in virtual products as they are in the real world.
The virtual world boom would come with challenges such as licensing, copyright issues, and patents.
For instance, music production, logo creation, or unique artwork for the virtual world would also need patent enforcement to prevent people from infringing on rights and illegally acquiring others work.
This would bring about the need for legislation to protect and manage the virtual world.
With the current technological advancements, it is expected that new industries will spring up, paving the way for fresh opportunities to stakeholders and entrepreneurs.
And, it will be exciting to see how virtual reality will change our lives in the coming years.