Will Virtual Reality Disrupt the Education Sector Anytime Soon?
Virtual Reality has generally been associated with the gaming industry but with the advent of the many VR products that are currently flooding the market that perception may change soon. The VR age may not be upon us just yet but it is certainly starting to show signs of an industrial revolution all its own.
Education is one industry where Virtual Reality is already leaving an indelible mark.
EON Reality, a company that provides virtual 3D solutions, points out that interactive 3D solutions increase student attention levels by 92% and increase test scores by 35%. Cognitive learning requires the human brain to acquire and process information both consciously and unconsciously and there is no better way to accustom your brain to acquire and process information than to interact with the learning material in real time.
This is where Virtual Reality steps in and exponentially broadens the scope of learning. There are several Virtual Reality start-ups that are adding value to the education sector by focusing on distinctive yet engaging new methods of imparting education.
Rothenberg Ventures backed River is an accelerator focused exclusively on Virtual Reality start-ups. And it is doing a splendid job helping VR start-ups create groundbreaking VR products and services. If there were ever any doubts about VR being a technology suited only to gaming industry these new developments should put them all to rest.
The likes of Oculus VR and HTC Vive are already taking the VR experience to the next level. While these revolutionary products are yet to be fully integrated in an educational setup, the fact that these products already provide the most incredibly immersive VR experience that one could hope to have says a lot about their potential.
These sci-fi looking headsets can one day be used for educational training. When it first launched Microsoft’s HoloLens seemed straight out of George Lucas’ vision of the holograms from Star Wars, but this was no science fiction flick and the HoloLens became the first product ever to fully realize the potential of holograms. There is no reason why teachers and students can’t collaborate using similar holographic imagery to understand a subject while at the same time interacting with the objects required for the class. All of this virtually of course.
Like any emerging technology, Virtual Reality will likely transform the education sector in times to come; until that happens we can remain amazed at Jake Sully’s adventures in Pandora, convincing ourselves that the concept of Avatar is far too unrealistic to ever be realized. That’s what they said about holograms and Princess Leia’s message to Obi-wan Kenobi.