2017 is poised to become the year when virtual reality becomes, well, real. The number of VR users is over 43 million and the virtual reality market is expected to be worth $30 billion by 2020. Now that fast-processing compute power and the ability to load imagery through SSD have finally caught up with the vision of VR pioneers, virtual reality is moving beyond hardcore gamers and into our everyday lives.
One area that’s already being disrupted by VR is healthcare, and while the large, flashy virtual reality head mounted displays may get most of the attention, it takes PCs to power these devices, and most medical establishments will need to upgrade before they can fully integrate virtual reality into their training and practices.
Virtual reality calls for real power
VR in healthcare has a number of uses. Virtual surgery allows a human surgeon to manage a surgical procedure through a robotic device from a remote location. Post-traumatic stress disorder simulations help doctors and psychologists to provide simulations aimed at patients suffering from PTSD. Even phobias are being treated through virtual reality simulations.
But in order to fulfill the promise of VR, healthcare industries will need powerful components inside their PCs to support the popular head-mounted displays. A high-end graphics card, a powerful CPU, lots of RAM, enough storage for all of the information and a Windows operating system are just some of the tools you’ll need to get started.
At Ingram Micro, we offer products from partners that provide awesome processing power; astonishingly intelligent graphics that give the most true-to-life VR experience available; and SSD and HDD storage, which can work for even the largest healthcare institutions. All of this combines to create a seamless VR experience that adds great value to doctors and hospitals and the lives of those they treat.
A healthy niche
The number of active VR users is expected to reach 171 million by 2018, so resellers will want to ensure they’re prepared to meet end-user demand with the most intelligent configurations possible, especially those in the healthcare space. While a game that lags may cause motion sickness, a laggy experience for a surgeon would be much worse! And with more and more hospitals, doctors and educators incorporating virtual reality into their practice in the form of simulation-based training, active diagnoses and even administrative functions, healthcare is carving out a sizable portion of VR’s multi-billion dollar industry.
Are you ready to learn more about virtual reality? Ingram Micro’s technical support team offers specialized technical support and pre-sales engineers who are ready to discover your needs and help you build a customized solution to meet any challenge. Get started by calling us at (800) 456-8000 or visit us online.