7 Surprising Real-World Uses for Virtual Reality

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Medical training, try-before-you-buy vacations, and PTSD therapy prove that VR isn't just for gamers.

The virtual reality (VR) market is expected to reach nearly $34 billion by 2022, and global shipments of VR devices, excluding mobile ones, are forecast to grow by 75% this year to 5.1 million units. 

Many people assume that VR is just for gaming, or watching movies, but there are plenty of companies, researchers, and technology developers using VR to improve the quality of life for many people, make products better, and undertake new scientific research. Here are just a handful of real-world uses for VR that are already in existence.

Helping people with autism improve their social skills

A 2016 study from the Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas found that some individuals with autism spectrum disorder were able to improve social cognition skills and even reported better real-world relationships after participating in a VR training program. 

VR software allowed the users to be immersed in social situations -- such as a job interview or a blind date -- to practice their skills in a safe environment. Some of the benefits of the training included improved emotional recognition, understanding others' perspective, and increased problem-solving.

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