From artificial intelligence (AI) and automation to virtual reality (VR) and its cousin, augmented reality (AR), 2019 is poised to be a fantastic year for tech. As these technologies change the way humanity lives, works, and socializes, they will advance even faster.
Perhaps most exciting are the implications for VR. Whether it means exploring fully immersive computer-generated worlds like something out of “Ready Player One” or overlaying graphics atop our real-world view, these advances are nothing short of mesmerizing. Over the next year, they will become more sophisticated, more powerful, and become capable of displaying better visuals.
Below are three VR trends you should pay attention to in 2019:
VR Enhancement with AI
Of course, no list of trends would be complete without mentioning artificial intelligence (AI). In just four letters of abbreviation, VR and AI have the potential to be the most world-changing duo in history. Though 2019 is still in its infancy, this trend is already making appearances with general consumers.
Those cute dog faces and funny filters on apps like Snapchat and Instagram are a prime example. Their popularity shows just how powerful the combination of AI and VR can be.
A more scientific example is Google’s upcoming machine learning microscope. This tool can highlight tissue that is suspected to be cancerous while a pathologist looks at it in real time.
VR and AI are a perfect match. They compliment and enhance each other perfectly. Expect this power couple to make big moves in 2019.
VR Hits Mainstream Consumer Entertainment
Consumers familiar with the Oculus brand have likely noticed a partnership between the VR brand and the NBA. In essence, users can sit “courtside” while wearing their VR headset to watch almost any NBA game that is nationally televised.
As more and more VR headsets become free-standing and users are untethered from expensive computer systems, the technology will become more accessible. TV watchers and gamers alike will enjoy entertainment in VR like never before.
Besides big names like Oculus and Vive, there are plenty of startups out there promising to be the next big thing in VR consumerism. Who knows what the next big innovation will be?
VR Will Be Used More For Education and Training
In the workplace, education and training are some of the most costly and dangerous (in some cases) exercises. However, using VR technology can drastically cut back on costs in the long run, give employees better training, and decreased risk.
A few examples of this in action include Wal-Mart employing 17,000 Oculus Go headsets to train employees in customer service. Or, the U.S. Army using Microsoft HoloLens technology to give soldiers real-time readings on their environment.
This year will certainly be not only exciting but also ground-breaking for advanced technologies such as virtual reality (VR). Integration with artificial intelligence and the continual optimization of semiconductors and motion sensors will see new horizons for the industry as a whole.