November 29, 2022

Time to feel wholesome: how VR is making people feel alive again

VR might not be a househould thing yet, but it's a gateway to the world for people who can't explore the real world anymore.

Let's say you love driving cars.

Besides an everyday family car, you have a second car that you treat like a puppy.

You take her out for rides on the weekend. Pet her. Polish her. Cherish her and the time spent together.

For you, there's nothing better than cranking Boston's "More than a feeling up" to 11, squeezing that steering wheel, and attacking those corners on bendy country roads.

But then, one day, you get diagnosed with a neurogenerative disease.

You go through tens of surgeries.

You survive and manage to get by somehow.

But you can't drive ever again.

Not only has your health taken a hit, but your life has been altered forever.

The thing you enjoyed the most has been taken away from you.

You can't enjoy it ever again.

What do you do?

You can pity yourself and give up.

Or, you can fight such health-bound limitations through VR, as one lady on Reddit posted.

She used to live an active life.

But then got diagnosed with a neurological disorder and can't enjoy any of that.

And got jailed inside her own home.

But then she got a VR set from her son.

And now she goes driving, walking, climbing, roller coasting in VR.

Thanks to VR, she feels like she's alive again.

"All of those things my physical body can't longer do, I can do here in this virtual world.

This gives me an opportunity to be around other people when my mind and body might not give me the ability to do that." she said

And this is something all the people dissing metaverse and Zuckborg miss.

Yes, holding work meetings in the metaverse is stupid.

No one wants to hang out with their boss's avatar.

Or even meeting up with friends who live just a drive away is stupid.

But it can be a gateway for people who physically can't go to places.

So they don't feel isolated and alone in this precious life.

So here's an idea: VR rehabilitation.

VR programs/communities/worlds built for disabled people to live their life to the fullest.

What's great about it is that it doesn't just offer these people an opportunity to feel alive.

But to connect with people in the same situation.  Like therapy.

It brings together people who face the same struggles and understand each other.

It helps the people for who it's tough to go out and meet friends, find new friends, and connect.

Massive VR opportunity to improve mankind. Riches are in the niches.

As VRverse for regular people might not be an attractive thing yet, it definitely already is for disabled people.  

So much so that this could soon even be part of national health programs.

At least in, let's say, Europe. For obvious reasons :).

Vixus is a mediatech content hub covering stories from generative AI to VR and beyond.

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