From VR Pride Parades to Virtual Running Challenges

By: Ellen Smith - May 15, 2017
Socially conscious VR technologies have begun to emerge, responding to critics who view the technology as socially isolating or damaging. After becoming popularized through social media platform Snapchat and smartphone-based game Pokemon GO, these entertaining technologies have led to critics asking if the isolating requirements of the technology, regardless of its innovative qualities, do more harm than good.

As innovations continue, scientists, designers and researchers alike are able to collaborate in developing virtual and augmented reality technologies which contribute to socially progressive initiatives like community building, social justice, skill training or more accessible therapy.

Applications like 'Facebook Spaces' lets you connect and socialize with other users, while innovations like 'Virtual Rehab' help inmates prepare for life after prison. Other technologies have successfully led to queer and feminist activism.

Through virtual reality's broad reach, the general public have been granted ability to learn, develop skills and gain confidence in a comfortable and safe learning environment.