Düsseldorf - From the perspective of the management consultancy PWC, it will soon be normal for many employees to work in virtual reality (VR). By 2030, the number of those who come into contact with relevant technologies in the workplace could increase from currently 15,000 to around 400,000, as PWC explained today.
The company estimates the economic potential in 2030 to be the equivalent of almost 94 billion Euro. Worldwide, "products and services based on virtual and augmented reality" could therefore contribute $ 1.5 trillion to economic output in the same year and affect over 23 million jobs.
According to PWC, the technologies in which users immerse themselves in virtually generated environments using special VR glasses or are shown digital content in their real environment are developing “from niche phenomenon for gamers and Film fans on an influential future technology ”.
"From the health sector to production to retail and the consumer goods industry, all sectors will benefit from virtual and augmented reality", explained the advisors. The now mature technology could "now develop its potential and not only give the economy boost, but also revolutionize the way organizations work". Processes would be more efficient and teamwork in virtual rooms would be easier.
According to PWC, VR applications are already being used in the training of doctors to allow them to take part in operations at first hand without being in the operating theater ". For the retail sector, the consultancy referred to virtual changing rooms or interior designers, "with which users can see before buying what piece of furniture would look like in their home".