Virtual Reality – Applications Beyond Entertainment

Virtual Reality is the simulation of a realistic interactive environment with the use of computer technology, allowing a person to be a part of a three-dimensional world. While its use has been largely for entertainment, virtual reality has applications in the fields of medicine, architecture, the arts and sports. In medicine, it is used as therapy to help people get over certain fears such as fear of flying or claustrophobia and as a training tool for surgeons.

In sports, application of virtual reality includes playing against an opponent thereby, improving one’s performance. In architecture, the three-dimensional effect helps bring out the design making it easier for both, the architect to explain and sell his product, and for the consumer to understand it better.