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Virtual reality is a reality

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Virtual reality is a reality

Virtual reality is a bit of buzz term at the moment, and there’s a lot of good reasons why. This technology represents a shift in the way we interact with each other and with the world around us. It’s something that seems so futuristic that it’s hard to believe that it’s actually happening now.

While we’re still in the early stages, the industry is progressing rapidly. This means that our everyday lives are going to be redefined by some major advancements in the next few years. The ability to inhabit a virtual space means that we can go anywhere, be anyone, or do anything. It’s exciting stuff, and it’s going to change everything.

What This Means For Business

One of the main area’s that virtual reality is going to transform is the business world. In business of any sort, communication is key. Emails, meetings and memos are standard operating procedure when it comes to internal communication within a business. However, in a few short years these practices might start to seem as outdated as sending a telegram.

Virtual reality will allow people on the other side of the world to sit together and talk in the same room. It will allow people to inspect and test new product concepts or designs without having to physically produce them. It will allow people to take virtual tours of a business environment and it will change the way we hire and train employees.

These are just a handful of the potential business applications for VR and the possibilities for innovation are limitless. The fact that this technology is only just starting to emerge means that businesses that jump on board early are going to reap the rewards when things really start to take off.

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VR For Everybody

This all sounds pretty exciting, and the best part is that you can get involved right now.  Virtual reality has been available to the average joe for a while. Companies like Google and Samsung have released low cost products that allow you to turn your smartphone into a virtual reality device.

Google cardboard and the Samsung Gear VR are two products that provide a perfect introduction to the capabilities of VR. You currently have access to a huge library of virtual reality apps and games built specifically for your smartphone.

If you want to know more about these products then check out our ‘Virtual reality in your pocket’ blog post here.

What's next?

So you’re probably pretty intrigued about this VR revolution that’s just on the horizon. Even though we’re only at the foot of the mountain, we’re going to start seeing big advancements as early as next year. In fact, predictions point towards 2017 being the year VR really starts to make waves.

So here’s a couple of big things happening in the VR world in 2017:

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The new Blade Runner sequel will be released in virtual reality.

Virtual reality represents an unprecedented level of immersion and engagement. So imagine being able to experience a movie in this way. The long anticipated Blade Runner sequel is going to be released in virtual reality in 2017. This is a first and it’s highly likely that in the near future we will be experiencing most of our movie and television media in VR.

Microsoft will release Holographic Shell technology.

If there’s any indication that we’re living in a futuristic world then this is it. Holographic Shell Technology will be included in a 2017 Windows update. This means that with a pair of VR goggles you will be able to work from a virtual office in your own home. It’s difficult to convey the amazing reality of this concept in a short paragraph, so here’s a link to Microsoft’s official demo of the update for you to wrap your head around.

 

Every few years we see a new emerging technology that flips the world on it’s head. Advancements like smartphones have forever changed our everyday lives, and now it’s virtual realities turn.

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