Until very recently, if you ever found yourself talking about virtual reality, it was probably because you were cornered by a wild-eyed science fiction enthusiast breathlessly describing the holodeck on the USS Enterprise, the light cycles in the Tron mainframe, or dodging bullets in the Matrix. You almost certainly werenâ€™t talking about business, and, letâ€™s admit it, you were probably trying hard as possible to politely escape the conversation. But times have changed. If you think virtual reality is still just for sci-fi nerds and gamersâ€“ think again.
Imagine sending your clients on an incredible journey they wonâ€™t ever forget. Virtual reality for business means that instead of telling clients how your product or service meets their needs, itâ€™s now possible to show them.
From healthcare to entertainment, take a look at our top 11 favorite virtual reality experiences. Be inspired by how different industries and big name brands are using virtual reality.
1. Suzuki â€“ Himalayan Driving Experience
Feel the intensity of a Himalayan driving experience in a Suzuki Swift.
2. Sacramento Kingsâ€™ Arena
Arch Virtual partnered with Sacramento Kings to allow fans to experience the new arena before it was built.
3. Shell â€“ Unlock More Energy
Shell Global uses virtual reality to help scientists and engineers discover new oil and gas resources.
4. Beck Concert
Virtual reality made its way to Sundance when Beckâ€™s concert was transformed into an interactive web experience.
5. HBO â€“ Game of Thrones â€˜Ascend the Wallâ€™ Experience
At SXSW, Game of Thrones fans had the chance to put themselves inside the show.
6. Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT) â€“ Treating PTSD
Currently, thereâ€™s a ton of research going towards using virtual reality to treat PTSD patients.
7. Warner Bros. â€“ Into the Storm Movie Experience
During Comic Con, Warner Bros. immersed people into the world of its new film, Into The Storm.
8. Nonny de la Pena â€“ Immersive Journalism
Nonny de la PeÃ±a and her team at University of Southern Californiaâ€™s Annenberg School of Journalism are leading the path towards immersive journalismÂ by placing people into the center of the news using virtual reality.
9. Swedish Internet Provider â€“ Living With Lag
A Swedish Internet provider created a Oculus Rift-based ad, that went viral, on living with lag. Watch the ad here.
10. Oakley Inc. Motocross Experience
11. PETA ‘I, Chicken’
PETA recently launched â€œI, Chickenâ€ to promote the vegan lifestyle on college campuses.
Bonus virtual reality application
Craving more virtual reality inspiration? Our team has been working on a Guided Meditation virtual experience.
Need 10-minutes of zen? Enjoy the tranquility of walking on the beach while you watch the waves gracefully hit your feet.Â More information and download link here.