Digitimes Research: Growing HMD devices stir up development of professional VR application market

AL Huang, DIGITIMES Research, Taipei 0

While a number of consumer virtual reality (VR) applications for games and video have been developed in 2016, the introduction of more head-mounted display (HMD) VR devices has also brought new aspects to the professional VR application market, according to Digitimes Research.

Professional VR applications apply to a number of industries including aerospace, medicare, CAID (computer aided industrial design), architecture and image production, using VR simulation processes to reduce system risk and to improve efficiency. Professional VR applications utilized Cave Automatic Virtual Environment (CAVE) solutions previously, but the popularity of CAVE systems has been low because they are expensive and also not easy to transport and assemble. However, HMD VR devices are much competitive in price and also portable, luring more professional VR operators to shift from CAVE systems to HMD VR devices, Digitimes Research said.

Additionally, more VR startups have chosen to focus on developing professional VR applications due to the potential production value of the professional VR industry.

Given that there are already fast-growing VR application companies in the medicare, CAID and image production sectors, and some CAVE solution providers are moving to HMD solutions, professional VR applications will in return become a driving force for the growth of the HMD VR market, Digitimes Research commented.

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