The virtual reality industry is booming and is still projected to grow. The future of virtual reality is undoubtedly bright.
According to a 2018 IDC Research, the VR and AR industry will be worth 15.5 billion euros by 2020 – that is almost 21-fold what it was in 2018.
Virtual reality provides hundreds of opportunities in different industries. From training to therapy, VR has taken over the majority of the fields today.
VR and Disabled People
When it comes to disabled people, VR can be considered a game-changer given its immersive nature. It can help people with disabilities enjoy the world as a normal person would. It also helps create safe spaces and promote empathy.
Following are some of the key ways virtual reality can impact the disabled community:
Safe spaces are important for people to feel comfortable, especially for those with autism and other mental disabilities. Virtual reality can be used to help them develop social skills, without being threatened.
VR gives a way for people with physical disabilities to experience the world again. Through an immersive simulated environment, they can navigate the settings without any constraints. For instance, a person in a wheelchair can experience driving through the streets.
One of the biggest advantages of virtual reality is a risk-free experience. The users can live through a simulation before going out into the world, to get an idea of how it would be. It allows for easier adaptability to the new settings and helps the users acclimate to the new environment.
Another great impact VR can have on disabled people is personalized learning. Everyone has his/her own pace of learning, especially people with mental disabilities. VR provides a way to control environmental triggers and promote a convenient and helpful way of learning.
Virtual reality has great implications, not just for the disabled community but also for other people. While it provides an easy way for disabled people to experience the world, it also allows people to understand what a disabled person feels and the limitations he/she bears through.
Further, it allows for a better understanding of the disabled community, allowing it to grow.
VR and AR are the ultimate future. Research in the field is being done across the globe to pave a way for a better future for the physically or mentally challenged population.
It engages both the mind and body of the user and allows for a more enjoyable and effective experience.