When you think about emerging virtual reality technology, you might envision video games that allow people to feel like they are flying around in spaceships, or cool programs that let you experience the sensation of flying. While these are definitely great features of immersive virtual reality (VR) technology, there are also more practical ways to use VR in ways that help save valuable time. Check out the ways VR allows people to use their time more efficiently:
Discover Your New Luxury Home
Traditionally, shopping for a new home has involved spending a great deal of time on the road driving from Home A to Home B to Home C. Now, VR tours that are available from a number of realtors, including Sotheby’s International Realty, help you to find a new luxury home from the comfort of your current home. Using Sotheby’s Virtual Reality Tour and a compatible mobile device, like an Android phone paired with a VR headset, you can tour luxury properties and feel like you are right there walking around the living room, bedrooms and bathrooms. Thanks to the latest mobile processors found in smartphones, like Snapdragon mobile processors, people can enjoy immersive VR experiences on their mobile devices, along with long battery life and fast charging. You can also use VR in case you are planning on building a home from the ground up; for example, Arch Virtual is a company that makes VR applications for homes and buildings. Using computer models, Arch Visual can develop an immersive VR animation of the interior of the home. With a VR headset, you can see what your new kitchen or state-of-the-art movie room could look like and even get a sense of what colors you want on your walls.
Decide Where You Want to Go On Vacation
When it is time to take some much-deserved time off, VR can help you decide where to spend your vacation. While you might not have the time to visit multiple websites poring over photos of resorts and scenic attractions or schedule a lengthy appointment with a travel agent, you can use VR to check out different destinations. The latest virtual reality headsets can transport people to just about anywhere in the world, and provide you with a 360-degree immersive experience. You can feel like you are walking around different destinations checking out the sights; this can definitely help you decide where you want to book your trip.
Visit College Campuses
If you have a high school junior or senior at home who is pondering where to go to college, you can use the power of VR to tour college campuses. Instead of scheduling numerous trips out of town or going on long road trips with your teen, use the YouVisit program to check out hundreds of schools. You and your teen can use either a Google Cardboard or Oculus Rift VR viewer to walk around and enter buildings, including dorms in some cases. Once your teen has narrowed down his or her college of choice to a couple of campuses you may still want to schedule in-person tours, but the VR option can really help you cut back on trips and expenses.
As time goes on, it will be interesting to see how else we will be able to use VR for not only recreational but also more practical purposes. Who knows — maybe one day we can test drive a car with a VR headset, complete on-the-job training and more — stay tuned!