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58 Unexpected VR Applications

From Virtual Reality Campus Tours to VR Vending Machines

— September 6, 2015 — Tech
As virtual reality technology expands to become more accessible to the average consumer, various VR applications speak to the potential future uses that may not have seemed obvious to everyone.

'The Trip' is an immersive virtual reality-powered spinning class created in collaboration between Les Mills and 24-Hour Fitness. The high-intensity class features a large cinema-style screen at the front of the class that helps transport riders to a tranquil, scenic bike path.

Meanwhile, the British Museum has partnered with Samsung to feature a Bronze Age experience that is supplemented by artifacts in the Museum's collection. The experience is the first offered by the British Museum and took place over the first ever Virtual Reality Weekend event for guests.

Finally, Deakin University in Australia is using virtual reality to give prospective students and their family a bird's eye view of the campus. The footage was produced using a drone with a 360-degree camera attached and is an example of VR applications that seek to bridge the gap of proximity.
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Intense Racing Simulators
Intense Racing Simulators
Castrol EDGE Tests Driver Matt Powers with a Racing Simulator
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57
Virtual Field Trip Platforms
Virtual Field Trip Platforms
WildEyes Captures 360 Degree Videos of National Park Destinations
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56
Virtual Reality Cockpits
Virtual Reality Cockpits
This Invention Offers Consumers the Thrill of Flying from Your Desk
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Virtual Reality Sports Ads
Virtual Reality Sports Ads
This Interactive Ad Promotes Nike's Hypervenom Phantom II Kicks
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54
VR Addiction Treatments
VR Addiction Treatments
A Study Suggests Virtual Reality Has Applications in the Recovery Process
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53
Mountainside VR Videos
Mountainside VR Videos
Mountain Dew's Backcountry Boarding is an Epic Virtual Sports Experience
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52
Virtual Reality Campus Tours
Virtual Reality Campus Tours
This University Engrosses Visitors with a Flying Virtual Reality Tour
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51
Inflight Emergency Simulations
Inflight Emergency Simulations
This Virtual Reality Training Simulates a Sudden Plane Landing
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50
Assembly Line Simulators
Assembly Line Simulators
Chrysler's Virtual Reality Experience Shows How Its Cars Are Made
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49
Virtual Shark Swims
Virtual Shark Swims
Samsung Uses Its Gear VR to Offer a Thrilling Swim with Sharks
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VR Social Media Platforms
VR Social Media Platforms
The Swerve App Lets People Monitor Twitter Feeds in the Virtual Space
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47
Immersive Virtual Reality Cars
Immersive Virtual Reality Cars
Ford's Immersive Vehicle Environment Generates a 3D Car
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46
Galactic Virtual Therapy
Galactic Virtual Therapy
NASA is Developing Multisensory Experiences to Keep Astronauts Sane
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45
Virtual Space Travels
Virtual Space Travels
Earthlight Lets You Virtually Explore the International Space Station
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44
Simulation Construction Sites
Simulation Construction Sites
This Construction Simulation Uses a 360-Degree Training Dome
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43
Virtual Ride Simulators
Virtual Ride Simulators
Kingfisher's Roller Coaster Simulator Took Fans on a Virtual Ride
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42
Virtual Skateboarding Simulators
Virtual Skateboarding Simulators
Mountain Dew Lets People Try Out Virtual Reality Digital Skating
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41
Virtual Reality Film Festivals
Virtual Reality Film Festivals
The Kaleidoscope Film Fest Will Show 20 Virtual Reality Short Films
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40
Virtual Car Chase Games
Virtual Car Chase Games
Nissan's Chase the Thrill Immerses You in an AR Car Chase on Foot
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39
Virtual Reality Social Media
Virtual Reality Social Media
AltspaceVR Lets People Engage Socially with Media in a Virtual Space
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Virtual Reality Photojournalism
Virtual Reality Photojournalism
The Getty Images VR Database Will Be Accessible with Oculus Rift
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37
Property-Exploring Headsets
Property-Exploring Headsets
This Cardboard VR Headset is Bringing Virtual Reality to Real Estate
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36
Psychedelic VR Experiences
Psychedelic VR Experiences
Leap Motion's Collider Moves You Through a Tunnel of Colors & Music
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35
Virtual Reality Pop-Ups
Virtual Reality Pop-Ups
The VOID Center Gives Participants a Full Body and Mind Virtual Experience
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34
Virtual Furniture Retail
Virtual Furniture Retail
Vizera Labs Uses Augmented Reality to Sell Furniture to Consumers
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33
Virtual Reality Concerts
Virtual Reality Concerts
Visualise's 360-Degree Virtual Concert is Headlined by Kasabian
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VR Football Training Technology
VR Football Training Technology
The Dallas Cowboys to Use Virtual Reality to Train Quarterbacks
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Virtual Dementia Simulators
Virtual Dementia Simulators
This Vitrual Reality System is a Learning Tool for Dementia Caregivers
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Virtual Reality Swimming Pools
Virtual Reality Swimming Pools
The Swimarium Allows You To Swim Alongside Virtual 3D Sharks
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29
Virtual Reality Swing Sets
Virtual Reality Swing Sets
The Swing Virtual Reality Program is Used While Riding a Swing Set
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Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy
Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy
An Immersive Form of PTSD Therapy Gets Veterans to Relive Trauma
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Virtual Reality Sports Events
Virtual Reality Sports Events
The 2015 U.S. Open Will Be Streamed in VR Technology
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Surreal 3D Paintings
Surreal 3D Paintings
This Recreation of Magritte's Work is a Stunning Virtual Reality Painting
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25
Virtual Bike Race Technology
Virtual Bike Race Technology
VeloReality's Indoor Cycling Videos Let Riders Race in Cold Weather
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Augmented Reality Holograms
Augmented Reality Holograms
Microsoft's Windows Holographic Brings New Dimension to Virtual Worlds
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23
Virtual Reality Brewery Tours
Virtual Reality Brewery Tours
'Meantime' Brewery is Creating Virtual Tours for Festivals & Events
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22
Virtual Museum Exhibits
Virtual Museum Exhibits
The Virtual Reality Weekend Transports Museum Visitors to the Bronze Age
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21
VR Shooting Simulators
VR Shooting Simulators
VirTra Helps Law Enforcement Improve Shooting Accuracy, Virtually
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20
Omnidirectional Virtual Treadmills
Omnidirectional Virtual Treadmills
The Kat Walk VR Treadmill Allows Greater Freedom of Movement
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19
Virtual Reality Surgery Videos
Virtual Reality Surgery Videos
French Surgeons Are Recording Surgery Videos for the Oculus Rift
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18
Virtual Reality Television Experiments
Virtual Reality Television Experiments
The Oculus Rift Voice Experience Allows You to Judge
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17
Starry Simulation Drives
Starry Simulation Drives
Mitsubishi's Virtual Experience Takes Drivers to the Stars
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16
VR Spin Classes
VR Spin Classes
'The Trip' from 24 Hour Fitness and Les Mills Introduces Immersive Cycling
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Theme Park Simulators
Theme Park Simulators
Samsung's eMotion Project Prescribes Virtual Reality as Medical Treatment
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14
Virtual Reality Command Centres
Virtual Reality Command Centres
The Portable Command Centre is a Virtual Military Command Post
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13
Virtual Festival Tours
Virtual Festival Tours
Field Trip's Music Festival Experience Entertains with VR Between Sets
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Virtual Reality Hospitals
Virtual Reality Hospitals
The Miami Children's Hospital is Experimenting with Virtual Reality
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Virtual Reality Sneaker Apps
Virtual Reality Sneaker Apps
Lacoste's LCST App Shows Off Its New Line with Augmented Reality
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10
Virtual Reality Airlines
Virtual Reality Airlines
Qantas and Samsung Collaborate to Offer Virtual Reality in the Air
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9
Virtual Decorating Apps
Virtual Decorating Apps
Furnish's Augmented Reality App for Interior Design Makes Choices Easy
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8
Virtual Reality Car Dealerships
Virtual Reality Car Dealerships
The Audi VR Experience Serves as a Mobile Car Dealership
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7
Nature Walk Simulators
Nature Walk Simulators
Merrell's Virtual Reality Experience Highlights the Beauty of Nature
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6
Immersive Virtual Reality Installations
Immersive Virtual Reality Installations
'The Origin of the World' was Created by Miguel Chevalier
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5
Virtual Technology Shops
Virtual Technology Shops
Google's Virtual Shop Simulates its Branded Retail Space in London
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4
VR Vending Machines
VR Vending Machines
The Acure Drink Dispenser Mimics a Store Shelf to Provide Product Info
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3
VR Real Estate Tours
VR Real Estate Tours
Harrods Estates Provided Comprehensive Tours of London Apartments
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2
Virtual Reality Home Gyms
Virtual Reality Home Gyms
Icaros by HYVE Provides a Stimulating and Entertaining Way to Work Out
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Virtual Reality Horror Films
Virtual Reality Horror Films
With Oculus Rift, You Can Watch a Horror Movie in First-Person
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