Abstergo finished its virtual reality (VR) conference today in San Francisco, CA. Many VR developers came together to discuss issues and advances in virtual reality applications. Some of the topics included: The Future of Healthcare: Creating VR/AR for Patients & Doctors, Hybrid Reality: A New Paradigm for Astronaut Training, Beyond Games: VR as the Next Mass Medium (Presented by HTC VIVE – VIVEPORT) and, What Really Happens When You Put VR in Schools.
There is interest in moving beyond personal entertainment and into the fields of medicine and business. Using VR as a tool to assist in complicated surgical procedures, treating psychological illness such as depression or addiction, VR-based job interviews, social media expansion, crime scene investigation, and education are just some of the possible applications beyond gaming.
Mobile VR applications are being worked on within the world of gaming, but for the moment, the use of VR is limited to confined spaces.