Virtual reality (VR) has dominated tech headlines in recent years with its ability to immerse its users in a virtual, yet safe, world. Gaming is one of the more well-known uses for VR but its potential doesn’t stop there. With the advancement in display, sensing and computer technology, it gives the user a new VR experiences which are more realistic and immersive for different VR applications. VR can lead to new and exciting discoveries in different fields. Here are some ways VR technology can be applied in other fields:


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The military in the UK and the US have both adopted the use of virtual reality in their training as it allows them to undertake a huge range of simulations. This is used in all branches of service.


The potential of VR in entertainment is clear and huge as the entertainment industry is a multi-billion dollars and consumers are always interested on its novelty.
The VR video game world was popularized already by the Disney Movie Tron in 1982. Today the video games are explored in large and realism world through an avatar. In VR games, gamers can look in any direction or walk through the scene.

Hollywood movies offers increasing degrees of realism to make user feel like they are part of the scene. They let the user totally immerse in computer generated world with the help of HMD that supports a stereoscopic view of the scene accordingly to the user’s position and orientation enhanced by audio, haptic and sensory interfaces.

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Some companies have embraced virtual sharing to allow personnel to collaborate on assignments without relocating to one physical location. For example, where a company has remote workers from different geographical locations, it is necessary that they coordinate and complete tasks on time.

Since teamwork is essential for a company’s success, VR technology makes it possible for workers to hold meetings through video conferencing and deliberate on issues. With this technology, employees can gather in the same room and consult without meeting face to face.


Virtual reality has been adopted in education for teaching and learning situations. Students are able to interact with each other and within a three dimensional environment. Students can also be taken on virtual field trips, for example, to museums, taking tours of the solar system and going back in time to different eras.

Students with special needs, such as autism, are also using VR technology. Research has found that VR can be a motivating platform to safely practice social skills for children. A company called Floreo has developed virtual reality scenarios that allow children to learn and practice skills such as pointing, making eye contact and building social connections. Parents can also follow along and interact by using a linked tablet.

Here at FDM we’ve also been embracing VR. Last year we gave our Summer Intern team an exciting digital project to work on: creating a 360° virtual reality video that could be used at University recruitment fairs. The virtual reality headset enables students to immerse themselves in the FDM office and experience the organisation in the digital world. Click here to view the video they produced.

VR is still in its early stages, it will be interesting to see how it evolves in the years to come as the technology is becoming cheaper and more widespread.

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