Prof. Samir Mukherjee, the Head of the Department of Emerging Technology & VR/AR/MR/XR, MAKAUT and also an international expert in this field stressed on the importancc of enhancing the technical skills of the students in this area.
The biggest uses of VR technology today are in the military, education and gaming. However, as 5G communication evolves, it will proliferate into many areas. In fact, VR needs to move beyond devices and content; i.e., it should be used as a computing platform. The VR platform of the future must allow people to multitask efficiently, navigate apps seamlessly and connect with others easily. Tomorrow’s VR platform should improve upon the tools of today, but more importantly, it should enable an entire new way of working. The ideology of this subject is to provide a flexible and infinite workspace that will allow teams and individuals to define their computing environment from anywhere in the world.
We are seeing some incredible uses for virtual reality in healthcare services. It is being used for pain management and to ease anxiety in patients with severe and chronic conditions. It is also being used by medical service providers, including doctors, to develop an idea about what patients experience (e.g., during a seizure) to create more empathy and understanding. These uses could dramatically improve the patient's treatment experience in many ways.
Virtual Reality is highly effective for learning because it writes to our brains like a real experience or memory. VR has countless uses, but one inspiring example is helping paralyzed patients heal. In one study, it is revealed that a VR programme helped patients regain their ability of movement and sensation. This demonstrates how advanced this medium is, compared to older methods. This has been made possible, as VR technology relates to how our brains respond to stimuli. The successful application of this technology in the treatment of paralyzed patients will no doubt have far reaching consequences in medical science. At the same time it will show the path of successful career building to the experts in this field. Our future generation can no doubt choose this emerging field in their career-path. Start-ups in this area will also be a lucrative option for the young entrepreneurs.
VR is already being used in the fields of manufacturing and energy production. The concerned technicians can make use of VR integrated with machines, like Tony Stark in Iron Man. They can use VR to visualize how to move dangerous radioactive or contaminated materials around them, by using robot “hands”—with a far lower risk of an accident.
One of the best applications of VR technology is in helping people understand what they are afraid of. Usually, VR can help people return to situations that could not be replicated otherwise, understand their fears and really beat them. It is possible, as VR can replicate the real world as closely as possible. It is an amazing thing that was impossible before the advent of VR technology.
6. Remote Training in the Manufacturing Industry VR is becoming a technology for reaping the benefit of competitive advantage for manufacturing services providers. Remote training applications of VR help engineers, as companies expand by adding locations through scale advanced electronic manufacturing technologies. Subject-matter experts across the enterprise can deliver training in virtual manufacturing classrooms quickly, efficiently, cost-effectively and with minimal disruption to operations.
VR and/or mixed reality (MR) can be used in industrial settings to help visualize complex configurations of manufactured items in real space. Business-to-business organizations that sell big, complex products need to be able to ensure that the configuration meets customer needs. VR technology can be applied in order to get to the right configuration quickly and easily to remove friction in the sales process. It is digitally transforming the entire sales process.
8. Construction Site Collaboration
The latest application of VR or MR is in Microsoft HoloLens 2-based tool combined with their Trimble Connect software. It allows multiple number of people to collaborate in a construction job on-site, during actual construction, with plans overlaid onto the unfinished project site. It is incorporated into a hardhat i.e., an industrial safety helmet.
9. Training Frontline Workers in Safe Environments
Now-a-days VR technology is made compatible with different Head Mounted Display (HMD) for Business. Organizations onboard can configure and manage different VR headsets, as part of their established unified endpoint management infrastructure. Public Utility Companies in different countries use VR devices to train frontline workers in safe environments to troubleshoot the problems of faulty equipment.
10. Social Change
VR is a powerful tool to help evoke empathy. The United Nation VR (UNVR) Initiative is giving prominent decision-makers, business leaders and citizens entirely new insights into the world’s most pressing problems by pushing the bounds of empathy. By amplifying the voices of those unheard, UNVR is bringing a deeper level of understanding of the intricate issues, the earth faces.
11. Virtual Exhibitions, Conference and Entertainment
VR is useful for different kinds of entertainment and tourism, such as for remote showings of places—like virtual visits to museums and exhibitions.
12. Gamifying Fitness
VR has enormous mainstream potential, but its isolated gameplay makes it challenging from a consumer’s perspective. Physically intensive games like Box VR, work because so many people exercise alone. Like wearables, they gamify fitness in dynamic and insanely funny ways.
13. Mission Training
Special operations—especially direct-action missions of the army—are characterized by achieving dominance through surprise, speed and violence of action in highly dynamic environments. Often, the smallest mis-step can be fatal in these environments. VR-assisted “after-action reports” allow each team member to replay training missions using video taken from a 360-degree video camera.
14. Business Cards and Promotional Items
The best way for a VR company to show its product is to start using it themselves. VR business card can be very impressive and prompts one to check the business. The possibilities are limitless. The same concept could be used for business promotions such as pamphlets, brochures and promotional items.
15 . Real-Time Medical Education
Real-time medical education is possible through different projects in which physicians can aid and train, in real time, during an active surgery. It is by far the most valuable use of VR that has real-world impact. But many other examples exist within healthcare, such as VR gamification of medical rehabilitation, as done by many VR companies in Europe and others. The future of medical science will be the ability to practice everywhere through VR.
In fact, there has been a sea change in the ways in which medical education can be imparted. This has not only been through the use of internet and mobile phones, but through immersive technologies including augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR). VR in particular has been adopted across medical and nursing fields. VR involves the user putting on a VR headset to become completely immersed in an interactive virtual environment. When used with appropriate educational software, this allows the user to learn from experience in the virtual world.
The use of Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) is growing across sectors by leaps and bounds. The organizations and institutions involving entertainment, media, education, retail, real estate, automobiles etc are using these technologies to involve their core audience, customers or users. The faculties teaching in different colleges can never keep themselves aloof from this emerging technology, as they are the key persons entrusted with the task of nation building and influencing the minds of the young generation. In fact, VR/AR technologies are becoming more and more important as media of instruction in the teaching-learning process. It is needless to mention that through this mode of instruction the learner can penetrate in the subject matter lucidly and vividly. So MAKAUT wants to be the pioneer in gearing up the students in this direction by setting up the Centre of Excellence.
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