Immersive technologies have the potential to change society in a number of ways. In fact, it already does.
Entertainment and media: immersive technologies are creating new ways for people to consume and interact with media. For example, VR can allow people to experience movies and games in a more immersive and interactive way, while AR can enhance live events such as concerts and sports.
But Immersive Technologies are not only an entertainment tool. We can also use the to change the way we work and collaborate with others. VR allows remote workers to feel like they are in the same room as their colleagues, and AR can provide workers with real-time information and instructions, for example.
Applying them to enhancing healthcare is already helping us to diagnose and treat patients, providing doctors with real-time information about a patient’s condition during surgery, or even using VR to treat conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
And in the field that concerns us, we are already using immersive technologies for improving education and training models by providing new ways to educate and train people. We can allow students to practice and experiment in simulated environments, that are too costly or too dangerous to replicate in the real world, turning the learning path into an experience and making it something unforgettable and easier to learn at the same time. This can improve students’ engagement and learning outcomes by providing them with hands-on experiences and reducing the limitations of traditional classroom settings. Immersive technologies can also provide access to education in remote or underserved areas, creating virtual classrooms that connect students and teachers from different locations
The possibilities are limitless, and our desire, and even our responsibility as software developers, is to bring new technologies to the mainstream of society in order to take advantage of them.
Overall, immersive technologies have already started to transform the EdTech ecosystem in several ways and we are only beginning to scratch the surface of their possibilities. As these technologies continue to evolve, we can expect even more innovative applications in education.
Are you ready?