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Are you aware that Virtual Reality headsets can result in privacy issues? 

Virtual Reality (VR) or Augmented Reality (AR) are computer-generated technologies which produce realistic images, sounds and other sensations to simulate a real environment. They can be used for many different purposes and are said to have a huge effect upon the recipient, due to its realistic nature.

The technology has been adopted by several industries including:

  • Cinema and entertainment
  • Gaming
  • Finance
  • Retail
  • Medical training
  • Military training
  • Space training
  • Engineering
  • Fine arts
  • Archaeology
  • Architectural and design
  • Health and safety
  • Music and concerts
  • Marketing

VR is most commonly known for gaming, but also serves several other, more important uses such as medical or military training as well as finding new ways to deal with psychological topics or traumas.

But as VR and AR develop, it will begin to change the way in which we complete daily or minor tasks, such as paying for items when shopping or visiting a location and interacting with people without having to move. There are already AR apps which can show what a new sofa would look like in your living room or can make an insect appear as if it were crawling across your arm.

Which is why the issues around VR and privacy are hugely disconcerting and could cause severe problems if sensitive data were to end up in the wrong hands. We are all aware that our phones know things about us that they probably shouldn’t, such as where we live and our bank details.

But knowing how our body physically moves or the brain waves we emit is surely a step too far? Either way businesses are beginning to embrace the technology and are finding new and innovative ways to adapt it to their company.

Inc. magazine found that a university campus has used it to create VR tours of its college grounds, whilst a ticket vendor is using it to allow customers to see their seat through VR before they commit to purchasing their ticket.

What are your thoughts on Virtual Reality software? Would you find a way to use it for your company? Let us know on Twitter @SCSTechnology.

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