Experiencing nature has a positive impact on our mental health. Researchers found that being surrounded by nature is an important reason why people that live in rural areas are significantly happier than city residents. Yet with more research showing this link also works through simulated nature experiences, many practical applications arise. Like Virry Health, a company that provides nature experiences in VR, specifically to boost mental wellbeing.
The virtual, mixed and augmented reality (VR, MR & AR) industry grows extremely fast. Where traditionally the association of these mediums was closely associated with gaming, other uses are rapidly being explored and expanded upon. Think for example about job training, brain exercises and health applications, like physiotherapy. It would not be surprising to see many traditional aspects of life be replicated in simulated realities in the coming years, some with undoubtedly more success than others. Are you ready?