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What Is Virtual Reality?
Virtual reality, or VR for short, means virtual reality or a computer-generated world. With VR, users can immerse themselves in this special world by putting on VR glasses. The technology reacts to the user’s interaction. If he turns his head, for example, the movement is simulated by the glasses. Controllers can be used to carry out interactions with the hands in the virtual world. Virtual reality is to be distinguished from augmented reality (AR). The difference between AR and VR is that with AR, reality is only extended by computer-generated objects. In most cases, augmented reality additionally displays information or visual representations that the user can only see via his or her image of reality. VR has long since ceased to be a niche product and is of great benefit in many areas. In the following article, we describe the areas in which virtual reality is used.
In Which Areas Is Virtual Reality Used?
Virtual reality in the field of gaming is probably the best-known application. VR glasses have now also made it into some living rooms for home use. With VR, players can immerse themselves in a game much more deeply than ever before and experience it from a new perspective. Today, there are hardly any developers, such as HTC or Sony, who do not have VR titles in their portfolio. However, most of them are hybrid titles that can also be played without VR glasses. Pure VR games are being developed more and more, but so far only a few have made the breakthrough. The technology is constantly being developed further so that the fun of playing can be made even more intense. Further accessories, such as gloves with integrated sensors or even full-body suits that transmit haptic feedback to the body through electrical stimulation, are the first ideas of this further development.
Industry and Product Development
Anyone who talks about Industry 4.0 can hardly avoid Virtual Reality. Industry 4.0 stands for the increasing networking of people, materials and machines. Already today, VR applications can be found in the planning phase, the visualization of work processes or the production and control of products. Virtual reality facilitates work in industry and product development enormously. Companies can work in a virtual environment and save a lot of time and money. One example is VR prototyping. In the virtual world, products and processes can be visualized that do not yet exist in reality. This enables engineers, but also designers, to test products virtually and check for errors. The product has thus already been viewed from all angles and optimally worked out before it is actually completed. This saves on physical prototypes. Virtual reality can also be used to virtually simulate entire production processes. This makes the process more efficient and speeds up production. Automobile companies, for example, use VR to reduce the working time between the initial design and physical modelling from weeks to days. There are more and more discoveries with virtual reality in product development, and there seems to be no end in sight.
Virtual technologies help students and doctors with their training. They can participate in operations up close without having to stand in the operating theater themselves. They can also practice performing surgeries in a virtual environment. In the health sector, there are many ways technology can help people. For example, it is used to help patients with anxiety disorders and phobias to overcome them more easily. VR is also used to treat phantom pain in amputation patients. However, this treatment is not offered in Germany. These are just two examples of the application of virtual reality in the health sector. Not only doctors can improve their skills with VR. Pilots, astronauts and train drivers can also train through simulations.
In architecture, buildings can be simulated in a virtual world. It is possible to involve customers and users and thus obtain completely new information. Even before the building is completed, parameters such as acoustics, light, materials and the reaction of people can be experienced. Virtual reality is changing the construction industry. Many new opportunities are arising, also through the planning method Building Information Modelling. When planning with BIM, the data can be used one-to-one for a VR simulation. This allows clients to walk through the building and select furniture, fixtures, floor coverings or wall colors to see which variant they like best.
Virtual reality offers great potential in education and training through interaction possibilities and spatial worlds of experience. In this way, content and contexts that need to be explained can be vividly conveyed. Theoretical basics are practically applied in a virtual environment. In this way, employees can operate equipment and machines virtually before they get to know them in real life. VR is particularly suitable when real training is hardly possible because it is too expensive or the risk of injury is too high. VR can also be a great help with sensitive equipment. Training can be carried out as often as desired until safe handling has been achieved. Examples of learning with Virtual Reality are operating all kinds of machines or performing operations. In the virtual environment, no mistakes with serious consequences can occur.
Our VR Training Courses
We have also discovered the potential of Virtual Reality for ourselves and created something new. Our virtual training on the planning method Building Information Modelling makes it possible to learn more about the subject in a small group. And, all this from your desired location. This saves you time that you would otherwise have spent travelling to the training location, because the VR glasses are sent to you with all the necessary materials. By putting on the glasses, you are immersed in a virtual world in which your focus is only on the subject of BIM.
Virtual reality is versatile for businesses. A virtual world can be integrated into almost all business models to offer customers a special experience. The next few years will show how much influence the technology will have on our everyday lives. One thing is certain, the technology is still in its infancy. The potential has not even begun to be realized. So we will be able to experience the development of VR for many years to come, and we will also be involved in it ourselves.
That is why we have taken advantage of this versatility of VR and created our virtual training on BIM. Invest in the future with us and immerse yourself in our virtual BIM world. Sign up now and learn more about the planning method in a way like never before.