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5 VR Applications that Aren't About Gaming

by Bart Kuipers | July 05, 2016

You would be forgiven for thinking solely about gaming when you think about VR. And while VR promises a great deal of excellent gaming experiences, there are some other fields where VR is being used that are less than obvious. We’ve listed a few for you here. Are there any great examples we've left out? Let us know in the comments!

1. MARKETING

The marketer’s challenge is all about engaging with their audiences while getting their messages across. VR provides a platform that is both engaging and immersive and allows marketers to communicate their message without any distractions so it makes sense that marketers wholeheartedly embrace this new technology. Case in point: Volvo allows potential buyers to test drive its XC90 in VR using Google Cardboard:

 

2. EDUCATION

Virtual Reality has the ability to place its users in certain situations that they would rarely be in in real life. This makes the platform well-suited for education purposes as it gives people the chance to practice how to act in situations before actually being in those situations. This VR experience that teaches medical students how to treat wounded patients could actually end up saving lives:

 

3. TOURISM

Forget about flipping through travel guides and looking at other people's holiday snaps. VR can now help you decide where to take your next vacation by giving you a sneak preview of what it’s like to actually be there:

 

4. ART

VR and art on the surface seem like an odd combination but they don’t have to be. With every new platform that arises people find new ways to both experience and create art with it. Have a look at this virtual tour of the British museum, letting you avoid the crowds altogether:

But Virtual Reality isn’t just for consuming content, it can also be used for creation. Google’s Tilt Brush allows its users to create three-dimensional art all around them:

 

5. SPORTS EVENTS

Attending sports events can be very exciting, but nothing can put you as close to the action as this VR experience. Red Bull mounted a 360° camera at the top of a formula 1 car so everyone can experience what it’s like to be in the driver’s seat.

VR is also increasingly used to allow viewers to virtually attend live events like basketball games, concerts, and music festivals.

Shameless plug: At 5CA, we see huge potential for VR as a customer support channel. Check out our Virtual Reality page to learn more about customer support in the virtual world.

Bart Kuipers

Bart Kuipers

Online Marketing Specialist Bart works from the Netherlands where he’s always on the hunt for that one opportunistic keyword while tweaking his meta descriptions and obsessing over click-through-rates. When he’s not knee deep in Google Analytics data, Bart likes to unwind by going for a run or firing up the PlayStation.

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