Virtual reality, augmented reality and mixed reality are applications that are still babies in the perspective of their growth as technologies. However, they are certain to have an impact on the future of technology and the world.

VR trends are changing the way customers and designers interact, making communicating more effortless and effected, creating more accurate data and improving on-the-job training. The following are five recent stories about these technologies that show how they are shaping our future.

Building Design Boosted by VR

Phil Bernstein is a fellow at Autodesk, and he sees virtual reality playing an important part of how building design is evolving. VR makes for a more immersive experience, and it allows designers to make decision based on data long before any foundation has been put in place. The behaviour modelling applications can produce some incredible information that helps designers see how a building will be utilized.

Japanese Starbucks Creates Style through VR Design

Starbucks has been open in Japan for two decades, and over that time, the company has worked hard to fit in with the local culture and preferences. They have developed buildings that don’t stand out as being too western, and their drinks have been carefully crafted to suit Japanese tastes. The company’s designers operating in Japan have had some problems communicating their designs to their American counterparts, and they often have just a mental image to go on. However, the use of detailed VR models allows them to show exactly what they are wanting to do and to get past the language barrier entirely.

Humans and Machines Working Together

The Autodesk director of emerging technology, Brian Pene, says that humans and machines can work together more efficiently using VR, AE and MR technology. There is a gap there between them, and it is something that these technologies can bridge. The VR can make the 2D models into 3D models, making them easier to understand. It can change the way that work is done, and it will require smaller and smaller machines to do the same jobs as before. The humans and machines should be able to better translate digital information into more effective manufacturing and production processes.

Healthcare VR Improves Treatment and Education

VR’s uses go far beyond just industry and civil engineering. It can also be used to provide better education to healthcare workers. The VR tech can be used to create 3-dimensioanl human models that provide more accurate details for medical students. They can also be used to create surgery simulators without using a cadaver or a living patient. Patients will also be able to utilize VR to rehabilitate faster and to receive better therapy.

Construction Uses Augmented Reality for X-ray Vision

AR is now allowing construction companies to see through walls, thanks to its implementation in the DAQRI Smart Helmet. This helps the workers to judge the distance between spaces better. It also cuts down on errors and MEP clashes. The helmet allows engineers and builders to bring their BIM models onto the construction site and work in a detailed 3D environment.