The VR industry in Singapore has been flourishing over the past couple of years. There are now several VR companies indigenous to Singapore in operation, not just in Asia, but in other parts of the world. There are also non-indigenous VR companies in Singapore. Each of these companies caters to various aspects of virtual reality, from VR content creation to the production of VR headsets.
A good number of these companies are VR entertainment companies and are focused on immersive movies and games. But there are several other applications of virtual reality in Singapore. Check them out below.
The health care sector is a sector that will benefit immensely from virtual reality technology. There are several ways VR can be applied in medicine. But the most important is the ability to plan for complex operations using 3D models. These 3D models can be viewed with VR headsets enabling the surgeons to interact with the 3D models and view the organ from different angles.
Another way VR is used in the health industry is in treating chronic pain. There are several studies that have proven that virtual reality can reduce both acute and chronic pain in adults and children.
Security & Counter-terrorism
Another area of virtual reality can be applied to is counter-terrorism. With virtual reality, it is much easier to simulate various forms of terror attacks. Formerly, to train for such scenarios a training set has to be built first with targets placed around. The training exercises, though effective to an extent aren’t usually realistic and comprehensive enough.
With virtual reality or in this case augmented reality, it is even possible to train with other teams several kilometers away. Singapore has begun using augmented and virtual reality to simulate terror attacks to train its security forces. In May 2018, they launched a simulation centre for training commanders in incident management and operational decision making called Home Team Simulation Centre.
Education has seen a lot of improvements due to technology. There are several devices and software applications that have been used to significantly improve the quality of education. But most, if not all of these improvements are focused on making access to information easy. Virtual reality provides an opportunity to make a difference in how knowledge itself is assimilated.
VR enables knowledge to be learned by experience. With its immersive characteristics, you can learn about the solar system or the human anatomy with VR experiences that simulate these scenarios, and feel like you are actually in these scenes. Knowledge gained this way is easier to recall than those gained through conventional ways. They also engage the students better and keep them from getting bored easily.
At the SG: Digital Wonderland 2019 event held in Singapore in May, a VR experience called An Excavation Through Time was showcased at the event. This VR experience allowed users to excavate life-like artifacts. Through this VR experience, the users could learn more about Singapore’s history, and understand the process an archaeologist undertakes in unearthing artifacts.
These are just a few of the many applications of virtual reality. Virtual reality is especially more popular in the entertainment industry and a lot of VR gaming arcades have set up shop in Singapore. As time goes by, we would see more applications of virtual reality crop up.
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