Virtual can't describe it, you have to experience it.

  • Date: July 31, 2017
  • Author: Josh Peldo - Network Analyst

Tech Chat with Josh,

Hello again.  My name is Josh Peldo and I am an IT Analyst at DRN Readitech. I have been here for 11 years and from the day I started technology has been fun for me.  I have blogged about it in the past so feel free to check it out, here.  This time the topic is How Businesses Will use Virtual Reality in the next 5 years.  

If you have not seen a virtual reality headset or video demonstrating virtual reality or augmented reality, take a 5 minute break before continuing and YouTube it. Just a tip, search scary VR games and watch the reactions.  It’ll be a lot more fun than reading this but come please back and finish reading.  5 years ago at CES in Las Vegas I sat in front of some of the best 3D televisions you couldn’t even buy yet.  At that time 3D was the big push and all the TV vendors thought every home in the world will end up with one.  While I did think they were cool, I couldn’t see every home and more specifically, every user using 3D glasses to watch Breaking Bad or Mad Men.   Now, VR and AR is the next high tech push sweeping into the market. 

The impressive thing about VR is that you can get devices for $15 and if you’re convinced you like it, the high-end devices like the Oculus Rift or PlayStation VR bundles will run you around $800.  The million dollar question is how will VR affect businesses?  The options are endless and the best part is, it’s already affordable and the technology is rapidly getting better. 

Here are some ideas how you could use VR for business.

Nursing Homes, Hospitals, and Home care facilities could use it to give users the chance to experience the world without going outside.  It’s a fun way for them to dive into the ocean, ride a roller coaster, or climb the Eiffel tower. 

Training simulations allow users to train for programs, flights or even surgical procedures. 

Attend a conference from anywhere. 

Shop for houses without leaving your couch.

Test drive a car from your chair.

How would you like to go to the mall without dealing with the ugly crowds? New augmented reality apps allow you to take a scan of yourself and try on clothes with a touch of your finger.

Personally, I would love it if NASA would create an app that would allow me to ride with an astronaut into space.  To see what he sees and to experience the journey through his eyes would be amazing.  I can’t wait to see what the possibilities will be in the next couple years.