Virtual Reality is a Business Reality
Virtual worlds that allow us to explore faraway places without ever leaving our chairs seems like an extreme fantasy. Yet, it’s not so irrational of a thought. The extreme virtual reality possibilities shown on television and in the movies aren’t real, but it is true that we are getting closer. No, we can’t go into a holodeck and play like in Star Trek, but virtual reality does exist. Someday the extreme could just be. In the scientific and engineering worlds, virtual reality is used to visually explore and study. Engaging a tool as it is has proven to be, business organizations are adopting this technology. Virtual reality has reached far out from just the gaming worlds. Virtual reality is now being embraced by more and more businesses. “As virtual reality becomes easier and more accessible, companies of all types are taking advantage of this technological breakthrough,” (unknown, 2004). It can reduce costs, improve products, and increase decision making capabilities – all providing the ever so wanted competitive advantage. Some of the successful applications of virtual reality have been product design and modeling, employee training, data visualization, and management decision-making aids. For corporate America and the business world over, the application of virtual reality is no longer a far stretch. Virtual reality is a powerful tool that is grasping the business world.
Whenever I hear the words virtual reality I think of science fiction and fantasy. Movies and television shows like the The Matrix and Star Trek that create an imaginary escape. Creating virtual worlds that allow us to explore faraway places without ever leaving our chairs seems like an extreme fantasy - maybe something like seen in the hit television show Dr. Who. Yet, it’s not so irrational of a thought. No, we can’t go into a holodeck and amuse ourselves, but virtual reality does exist. No one can really say that the...