Let’s admit it, we do wait. We wait for doctors to see us, for flights to board, for business partners to start a meeting. There are unofficial statistics saying that an average person can spend as long as 6 months of their lifetime waiting.
Unfortunately, even with the most careful planning and the most thorough time management, waiting cannot be avoided.
There are always some unexpected factors that can interfere with the best-planned schedule. Flights are delayed, important team members get stuck in traffic, the previous patient’s appointment takes longer than expected.
As a result, we not only lose valuable time that we spend waiting, we also lose the positive attitude. When your day is filled with appointments scheduled back-to-back, watching time slip through your fingers can make you angry, irritated, and less efficient.
If you are waiting for a doctor’s visit that makes you anxious as such, your anxiety will grow with every minute. If there are children that are forced to wait with you, for example, at an airport, they get bored and restless and can cause trouble both for you and for everyone around.
How can virtual reality make a difference?
Virtual reality can turn your waiting time into true quality time. Its ability to immerse the user into other worlds with dynamic, interactive experiences makes time fly. Both adult and young users will find the things they do and learn in VR useful and fascinating.
What can virtual reality offer?
Instead of being bored by long waiting, users can transport themselves to any number of virtual worlds where they can find relaxation or education. Professionally developed VR applications for waiting areas can help achieve various goals:
- Relaxation. An escape from the reality of an airport lounge or a hotel lobby to an imaginary world filled with beautiful images and sounds can be a welcome change in a hectic day.
- Prayer. For many people of faith, praying at a certain time of the day is a mandatory routine. This practice is especially common in Islamic countries where prayers need to be said several times during the day. A VR headset with appropriate visual content and audio can become a private space where the person can be alone with God.
- Education. Virtual reality can be a medium of learning about the country, its culture and traditions, its religion and history.
Where can virtual reality be used?
Speaking of waiting areas, they can be found everywhere. Any customer- or patient-facing institution can benefit from a VR solution. Consider, for example, the following use cases of virtual reality for waiting areas:
- Office buildings. No matter how carefully the appointments are planned, delays happen. People come at the appointed time but need to wait. Another use case is offices that see people on the “first-come-first-served” basis. Such offices often have queues where people wait for their turn. Equipping the waiting areas with VR headsets might, first of all, relieve the tension that can eventually build if people are forced to wait long enough. Offering relaxation through immersion in a virtual world can make visitors more friendly and cooperative.
- In addition, offices can offer VR to their employees to use during breaks. Employee relaxation in a virtual environment can help them restore their potential and become more efficient. Besides, such a “happy work” attitude strengthens the bond between the employee and the company and increases employee loyalty.
- Doctor’s offices. People visiting a doctor are already anxious, worried, and sometimes outright scared in the first place. When they are forced to wait for the doctor to see them, their fear and anxiety grow. A VR headset in the waiting room can reduce anxiety, especially in young patients. Children tend to be scared of doctors as such, but an exciting virtual adventure can make them more relaxed. Sometimes, children can even look forward to their next visit if they can have more virtual experience there.
- Car Dealerships. Some routine car maintenance operations, such as oil change, change of tyres between seasons, wheel alignment, and so on, do not take long. Drivers usually remain at the service with about an hour of time on their hands. Car dealerships often offer some entertainment which usually consists of a coffee machine, a choice of magazine and a television. A VR headset with relaxation content can create a recreational break in a customer’s busy day recharging them for the moment when they get behind the wheel again to continue their work.
- Hotels. Sometimes hotel guests need to wait until the check-in time in the lobby. Usually, the entertainment options are limited to a bar and a magazine rack. Adding a VR headset can become a feature that makes the hotel stand out from among the competition by increasing customer satisfaction. The content can introduce the tourists to the country and city they have arrived in describing the signature attractions and helping the guests plan their visit more efficiently.
- Airport lounges. Passengers wait for boarding all the time, and if the flight is delayed, the waiting becomes truly annoying. Airports offer lounges to make waiting more comfortable. Adding VR headsets to the choice of lounge services can make them more attractive. The VR content offered in airport lounges can be of a relaxation nature or invite the user to a short journey over the country they are in. In addition to making the passengers more comfortable, such a service may attract more tourists.
What can VRwecare offer to hotels, airports, office buildings, and hospitals?
With VRwecare, businesses in the Middle East can count on getting top-quality VR content tailored to their requirements and specially created for their audience. We start with a thorough business analysis of the client’s vision and business goals to make sure that the content we develop is attractive for the target audience.
We can build both interactive and non-interactive immersive experiences depending on the goals that the VR app needs to achieve. Also, we pay special attention to the cultural and ethnic specifics of the Middle East, for which we build our VR content for waiting areas as well as to other local characteristics.
Another service that we offer is a VR headset lease. We work with global leaders in the VR hardware industry and guarantee the superb quality of the equipment we can provide.
Interested in cooperation?
We are looking forward to establishing relations with businesses in customer-facing industries.
If you feel that your company can benefit from implementing virtual reality to make your customers’ waiting time more comfortable, contact us for more details and to request a demo. Our consultants are always happy to assist you.