Since its beginning, Virtual Reality developed to a point at which what was once known for being a strictly gaming-related technology now has become something that could be applied to applications and software which are used on a daily basis. With many new peripherals available and with the whole mobile sector taking over, let’s analyse the matter in more detail.
SLAM: The Next Big Thing
Simultaneous Localization And Mapping is something that many are actively looking after, both from a development point of view and from a strictly “investment-related” one. SLAM is a piece of software which automatically translates the data coming from the real world (gathered via a peripheral or a trigger) to then translate them into a virtual environment. Given the fact that the process also works in the opposite way, it’s quite easy to see its development into apps like Google Maps and related ones. This is due to the fact that, having an interactive, perfectly looking projection would definitely boost the overall user experience, which is something that Google is actively looking for.
Training: Virtual, but Real.
It has been recently announced the fact that many medical startups want to implement Virtual and Augmented Reality into their training tools for surgeons and doctors all over the world. Given the fact that Virtual Reality has reached the pinnacle of its graphics and realism, this is a piece of exciting news especially for those surgeons who want to practice risky procedures or experimental ones.
Of course, Virtual Reality won’t leave the gaming sector, given the fact that, currently, Virtual Reality is the most prolific part of the whole gaming industry. With millions of peripherals sold, ranging from HTC Vive to Oculus Rift and PlayStation VR, Virtual Reality is the main focus in gaming development within many triple-A companies like Bethesda and Rockstar Games. We can safely say that we won’t need a controller anymore in the next couple of years.
Although these are the biggest sectors in which Virtual Reality will approach us, consumers, there are many more that will be impacted in the near future. This is definitely a fantastic opportunity for developers, creators and Virtual Reality savvy people to impose themselves on a fertile market, especially if you can combine these skills to both iOS app development and Android app development.