Technological leaps can alter the way we live our lives at the flick of a switch. The Internet wasn’t just a huge game changer, but a life changer in the 90’s and virtual reality is presumed to do the same to the way we experience the world. The market for VR-equipment has been booming in the past year and while the technology becomes more available, users and industries are embracing it with excitement.
For a reason or another Finland has been at the pole position when it comes to developing VR-technology. Finland has for long been known for its success in the IT field and it’s technological know-how that allowed big players such as Nokia to arise in the 90’s. Even after Nokia, this technological expertise is still highly valued and the country is willing to pour resources out to educate top-notch engineers to keep the industry, not only alive, but always one step ahead.
Through firm knowledge this small country in the cold north has become a solid forerunner in the virtual reality business, even keeping well-known tech-countries such as China at bay. Finland currently teems with start-ups that work in in the VR commerce as well as in gaming. Two of these start-ups, which have completely exploded the markets after their launch, are Rovio and Varjo. The latter is a newcomer currently working on releasing VR glasses, which are able to display image with a resolution similar to the human eye. These codename “20/20” glasses will surely challenge both Oculus and HTC in the market and give a serious boost to exploring the not yet discovered possibilities virtual reality has to offer.
Harnessing such technology to the use of the gaming industry has already opened up new doors allowing the gaming experience to take new turns. One of the gaming branches extremely interested in using the potential of virtual reality is the gambling industry. Online casinos have been experiencing rapid growth during recent years, and it is of no surprise that the possibility of using virtual reality to upgrade the gaming experience appeals to the industry.
The world gambling is known to be especially innovative and bold when it comes to designing games that bring something previously unseen to the table and evoke interest in players. Equipping the player with VR-glasses gives a whole new dimension to rolling some free spins in the comfort of one’s living room or sitting down at a poker table. Especially live games can turn the VR frenzy to account by transforming whichever space to a high-end casino and offering games, which blur the line between live- and online gambling.
Finland is an interesting factor in the VR field, not only because of the technological pioneering, but also because the Finnish gaming- and VR industries walk so tightly hand in hand. Being a country of only 5,4 million inhabitants, the crème de la crème of tech tends to know each other well across industry borders. It can therefore be expected that these firm allies will be able to bring out news to the gaming field where virtual reality is a deeply thought through element and not just an add-on.
The turnover of the virtual reality market is estimated being as high as 108 billion euros in 2021, which further underlines the vast potential it has not only in entertainment, but in other sectors of the society as well. The fact that little Finland is a forerunner in developing VR-technology gives the whole Europe a vantage in bringing VR to the daily life of every person, whether it be in entertainment, education, engineering or in healthcare.