VR and AR are established in a range of industries, including architecture, healthcare and education. Mixed reality technologies have promising applications that are beginning to see adoption.
VR experiences have revolutionised the architecture industry by offering the opportunity to explore conceptual buildings. Whereas clients might previously have had to travel long distances to see a 3D model, anyone with a headset and a “key” to the virtual building — that is, access to an app and the project — can experience the site virtually. AR allows people to make virtual changes to their real living spaces: You can see what new furniture would look like in your sitting room or what different colours of paint might do to your space.
In healthcare, virtual reality allows for aspiring surgeons to see the process through the eyes of more experienced counterparts, while scripted scenarios can prepare surgeons for surprises and allow them to practise their reactions. MR also has broad potential applications in healthcare, allowing surgeons to use MR-powered X-ray vision to see under a patient’s skin to blood vessels and bones during surgery.
All three technologies enable immersive educational experiences, making classroom learning more engaging and creating expansive training opportunities in a variety of settings.