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Ground-breaking uses for VR technology outside the gaming industry

When Virtual Reality technology spanned out of the virtual world and into reality, it promised to change the gaming industry to its core. This gaming revolution is still in the making at the moment, but as VR sets get more and more accessible, its reach is expanding tremendously. So, don’t be surprised when in a couple of years games will be almost exclusively available in VR.

But, while VR expansion in gaming is a stunning process, what we want to tell you about in this article is slightly different. The amazing benefits boasted by VR technology have made it appealing to other markets as well. Moreover, the introduction of VR software in other markets great progress, which is why you should expect to hear more and more about it. Here are only a few examples of industries that you would not normally associate with VR technology:

1. Medicine

The greatest advantage brought by VR in medicine is the ability to create accurate simulations. As such, VR software is now used to train young surgeons, but it is also used by trained surgeons to simulate complex procedures. The software uses real images from diagnostic investigations, such as ultrasounds or CAT scans to recreate the patient’s anatomy. This is why this type of software can be used to make a very accurate diagnosis in sensitive cases.

Another excellent use of VR in the medical field is in the rehabilitation field. Patients recovering from strokes or brain injuries can use the software in their therapy to motivate them to do the recuperation exercises. MindMaze has created a VR technology for this type of therapy and it seems that patients have shown far better progress with it than they did in traditional physical therapy.

2. The Lottery

If introducing VR in medicine is a more palpable notion, linking VR to the lottery may seem farfetched. However, this is not the case, as Canadian lottery operator Loto Quebec has demonstrated. The company has developed a VR software meant to provide support to new lottery winners. When people pay big lotteries such as the US Powerball, they are immensely excited about those huge jackpots, but they are not ready to deal with the reality of being a lottery winner and what comes after it.

The VR software was offered to all winners who got prizes bigger than $250,000 to prepare them for the lotto jackpot aftermath. From overbearing enthusiasm to demanding friends and relatives, the VR soft can show them what to expect in a very real way that can make a difference. Loto Quebec has gotten rave reviews for its VR software, and it is now planning to expand it outside Canada and onto bigger lottery markets.

3. Law Enforcement

During trials, the members of the jury rely on photographs and narrations to understand the outline of the crime they must give their opinion on. Researchers from the University of Zurich have seen the potential of VR for the jurors because seeing a crime in 3D can actually help them get a better stance on the facts.

The researchers have published a paper on how reconstructing events via VR software could improve the efficacy of the jury-based trial system. They stated how this type of interactive technology could make it easier for the jurors to visualize the events of the case in detail. This has the potential to help them make a better decision in regards to the cases they are assigned to evaluate.

These are only some of the industries where VR technology could make a difference. It remains to be seen how much virtual reality will be integrated into processes outside gaming, but the potential it has is simply astounding.  

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