HTC Vive is looking to push the positive uses of VR further with a new partnership with the World Economic Forum (WEF).
VR is already having a huge impact as a force for good in the world and HTC is now taking its own contribution to the scene, the VR/AR For Impact initiative, forward by collaborating with VR and AR leaders in the UN with the help of the WEF. Announced last year, the $10 million program seeks to discover and support content and hardware that supports the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
As such, six VR experiences are being shown off at the World Economic Forum at the UN’s Sustainable Impact Hub in Switzerland today. They include familiar projects such as Tree, the VR experience that lets users embody a tree in a rainforest, and LIFE, a mobile and VR platform that trains health works in medical emergencies.
Elsewhere, there are new initiatives that sound like they make innovative use of VR. OrthoVR, for example, uses VR and 3D rapid prototyping tools to increase the capacity of clinical staff and even get prosthetists and orthosists to developer skills inside virtual environments.
Expect more experiences like these to spring up in the coming months as the result of today’s news.