When we talk about trends in the tech world, it’s not so much whether or not things are happening. The real prediction is about what activities with a certain type of technology are going to become commonplace and well utilized across various applications and audiences.
VR is here and we all know it in a few common ways. From gaming to watching entertainment streaming apps, there are ways we use VR now that just scratch the surface of what the tech can actually do. If you’re curious about where virtual reality is heading, then you’ll want to watch these trends coming in 2022 and beyond.
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Virtual Reality Trends Coming in 2022
So here’s the cool thing about VR; the ways in which we use this immersive technology are always changing. They’re likely going to adapt a lot in the next year thanks to recent breakthroughs that push the medium to new heights. Here are just a few places experts believe we’re going to see expand the use of VR in everyday life.
One thing that the COVID-19 pandemic taught us in 2020 is that virtual experiences aren’t just placeholders for in-person experiences. They’re a totally different, and vastly expanding, way to interact with the attractions and places we love. Virtual museums developed at record speed during 2020 and continued into 2021. In the upcoming year, these are going to continue to grow as well.
From the art galleries we love to engaging exhibits students can utilize in a classroom without traveling to another location, virtual museums offer what we love about these institutions and provide us new tools and technologies to explore from our homes, classrooms, and offices.
Dynamic Meetings that Go Beyond a 2D Screen Experience
We all know the virtual video conferencing apps well by now. As many in-person meetings and gatherings got canceled and moved to online platforms, we saw a lot of people learn about video chats and have one major takeaway: they’re pretty boring.
Virtual reality offers the ability to host VR and AR meetings that do more to conduct meaningful conversation and interactions thanks to the expansive technology virtual reality offers. There are a lot of things you can’t do in a 2D meeting, and one of the ones people often think isn’t possible is a dynamic interaction with others. Things including movement, digital objects and tools, and even avatar-based conversations are all possible with VR. Better yet, they’re a better way to host everything from a meeting to a family reunion.
VR on the Go
The VR industry isn’t just about getting everyone to buy a headset. The world of VR mobile apps is changing what we know is possible in virtual reality. Rather than needing to buy a headset for hundreds of dollars, you can use your mobile phone and inexpensive peripherals instead and get the same great experience.
For the most part, mobile VR apps are becoming more immersive than ever. While you might still want to buy a headset if you’re serious about the hobby, you’ll want to make sure you start with mobile apps to see if you’re really interested or just curious about the technology.
Are You VR Ready for the Future?
You don’t need the latest and greatest tech to take advantage of VR applications. In fact, mobile solutions make it easier than ever to use these exciting virtual reality programs with few additional purchases to what you already own.
The key is to be ready to try new and bold opportunities in the digital space. With VR, anything is possible and 2022 is going to show that more than any year prior.