The uses of virtual reality (VR) are still predominantly contained to gaming fields. As we become more familiar with how virtual reality operates, wider industries are starting to realize how it could expand our capabilities and change how we work.

Serving as an advanced training method, closing the distance between worldwide companies, and streamlining design processes, VR is an indispensable tool for businesses in a wide range of fields.


One of the most impactful and fascinating uses of VR is as a practice tool for medical professionals. A surgeon is able to put on a VR headset and carry out the exact surgery they are hours away from performing on a real-life patient. It presents an opportunity for surgeons to rehearse surgeries without any patient to put at risk.

VR can also be used to speed up medical innovation. Revolutionary surgeries can be tried out with a headset, again with no risk. As a result, new and life-changing surgeries could come into the mainstream quicker.

VR could revolutionise the teaching of medicine. It provides a risk-free environment for medical students to practice their techniques. It works by recording high definition video of intricate surgeries and combining with CGI models of the human body. This produces immersive and interactive training experiences. The technology has the capability to remember different pathways and outcomes. It, therefore, provides an educational tool that can be used over and over again.


Within the construction industry, VR means people can walk through their designs before beginning any physical work. An architect can create a virtual drawing to tweak and troubleshoot before building anything concrete. This could save endless amounts of time and money that would before have gone to waste on failed designs and wasted materials.

With the ability to rectify possible faults and construction errors during the building process, there could be a rise in customer satisfaction. Able to better troubleshoot projects while they are being built, the chances of the client being happy, and the finished result labeled successful, increase.


In manufacturing, VR revolutionizes the prototyping process. Like construction, products can be built virtually to assess their successes or failures. Eradicating waste materials, VR means the design process can be more thorough and less likely to create failed products.

With both construction and manufacturing, VR closes distances and streamlines work processes. Teams are able to work in real time on the same projects from opposite sides of the world. This reduces the need for being in the same office at the same time. Time zones need no longer factor into project timescales as individuals can pick up the project independently of other team members.


VR has the potential to completely change the ‘try before you buy’ mentality. With the high street suffering, VR offers a new way to approach the retail industry. Shops can incorporate VR headsets to present more stock to the consumer, reducing the space needed in-store. It also presents an opportunity for the consumer to have the immersive retail experience from the comfort of their own home.

Also beneficial for training purposes, VR headsets can provide a way for sales teams to practise their customer interaction. Able to experience different scenarios virtually, VR makes for a new way to train retail staff.

VR has already far exceeded its beginnings in gaming. Businesses within all industries can utilise and enjoy the technological advancements of VR. Healthcare, construction, manufacturing, and retail are some of the industries already experimenting with VR’s capabilities.

If you want to learn more about how virtual reality can help your business, get in touch with Antycip Simulation.

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