From a purely entertaining perspective, nothing currently rivals VR, and VR is more often presented in the form of games and video to the public. The entertainment industry has greatly boosted the development of the VR industry, but the development of VR technology goes beyond entertainment.
In a VR game called "Sea Hero Quest VR", you might walk on a frozen lake or feed a monster, which may sound fun. But behind every design of play, there is a serious purpose: to help brain scientists design a new test for Alzheimer's disease and collect data.
There are people fighting over Alzheimer's disease all over the world. Glitchers, a London-based game design company, recently partnered with universities in England and Switzerland, as well as charities dedicated to helping people with dementia and Alzheimer's disease, to create "Sea Hero Quest VR" in the hope of collecting data to study dementia disease. The game logs in for free on Tuesday to the Samsung Gear VR and Oculus Rift, funded by the German mobile operator Deutsche Telekom AG.
When people play games, anonymous data, such as the specific actions they make, the direction and length of their looks, are collected and stored on the server. Players can also selectively upload more detailed information, such as age, gender and geographical location.
VR game is being used more and more in treatment, such as helping to treat PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), amblyopia, to reduce long-term pain, to help sleep and so on.