It wouldn’t be the end of the year unless we could have some fun speculating about what next year will hold for the world of tech.  We’ve already delved into wearables and location-based apps in previous articles, but we think that 2015 is going to be an even bigger year for virtual reality.  Not exactly a controversial statement as the Oculus has already been one of this year’s most talked about innovations, but virtual reality isn’t anywhere close to reaching its full potential.

Consumers are ready for a fully immersive, 360-degree experience, and development companies are scrambling to have their virtual products make the biggest splash in the very real marketplace.

Entertainment might be the most obvious application for VR technology, but we’ve already proven that augmented reality applications have a place in education (through our ARchive LAPL app), so VR won’t be far behind.  But back to entertainment.  VR has the potential to make use of both traditional media like movies and video games, but could also unlock new modes of entertainment never-before-seen with applications like chose-your-own-adventure types of storytelling.

Stepping away from entertainment, VR is already being utilized for travel, allowing people to experience destinations they may never get the chance to actually step foot in.  Hell, it may even make them more likely to want to experience the real deal and spend the cash to get to the actual place after taking a virtual reality test drive.  It also has major application for trade shows, concerts, festivals, and sport games where users could have real-time immersive experiences without the crazy price tags.

One of continued innovations in the world of virtual reality is in audio.  Developers are finding ways to move sound throughout their devices so that it hits your ears in a similar way as if you were actually in the environment.  It’s all about recreating realism.  And speaking of that…

The real innovation to VR in 2015 will most likely be in human interaction.  VR isn’t going to be some lonely new tech that keeps users immersed in their own private world and locked away from society.  Soon, it will be used for teleconferences and engaging with clients.  Social media interaction could soon be a 360-degree experience.

One thing is for sure, VR tech is moving in leaps and bounds and there’s no indication that it will slow down next year.  So, see you in the future!

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CEO and Co-founder of Rootstrap Ben Lee is the co-founder and CEO of Rootstrap, a digital development agency with a mission to destroy the development model and rebuild it from the ground up. After a brief correspondence with Fidel Castro at age nine, Ben decided to start doing things his own way, going from busboy to club manager at a world-class nightclub before he turned 18. Since then, Ben has founded or taken a leading role in 5 businesses in everything from software development to food and entertainment.