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5 Ways The Sharing Economy Changed Your Life

Have you ever rented someone’s apartment in the summer? Taken an Uber home on a Saturday night? Maybe washed someone’s car or mowed someone’s front lawn?

Technology has made sharing and selling so simple. It has never been easier to take part in the sharing economy. Networking technologies like social media, apps or forums allow any type of transaction possible.

Do you know what the sharing economy is? It is as simple as renting a holiday house from someone. If you have rented an asset owned by another person, the sharing economy has entered your life.

Through this culture shift, giants like:

  • Airbnb allows you to rent property from a stranger.
  • Airtasker lets you complete stranger’s chores for money.
  • eBay lets you buy and sell second-hand goods.
  • Uber orders a person to pick you up from the location of your choice.

Will you get in a strangers car?

Are you a frequent Uber user? Car sharing platforms have flipped the taxi industry on its head. People have jumped into their cars and become their own taxi service. The sharing economy is taking the power away from the big businesses. People are using their assets to help other people for money. This is the sharing economy in full force.

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Uber Driver

Skills to pay the bills

Do you have skills that are being wasted? Do you love mowing the lawn or planting flowers but have no garden? Airtasker allows people to complete day to day tasks for anyone. Whether it’s teaching, fixing, building or digging, your skills are required. If you have a unique skillset, Airtasker will give you the opportunity to use it.

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Skills to pay the bills

Shelter

Would you like to be a local everywhere you go? If you plan a beach holiday or travel through countries, you need a roof over your head. The streets are not always so kind. Airbnb and Couchsurfing give you that feeling of living like a local. You can rent apartments or sleep on strangers’ couches to have that authentic, interesting experience.

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Pet Sitting

Do you love pets but cannot afford or do not have space/time to look after one? Now you can with Mad Paws. This is obvious for every parent, you need to feel safe with your babysitter. But what happens when you go on holiday without your pet? I see my dog as a family member and Mad Paws gives me the security knowing that my dog is safe. That a stranger will open their home for my dog.

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Foodies

What does an authentic Italian pasta taste like? What about a delicious Indian butter chicken? Do you love local cuisines but don’t have time to travel? Chefly is about people cooking local delicacies for strangers to buy. This is a perfect example of people sharing their skillset with one another.

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Before technology became such a powerful force, the concept of a sharing economy seemed impossible. With such efficient networking technologies, the options are endless. These days if you feel like, need or want anything, an option is not far away.

 

If you are thinking of creating a sharing economy app, whether it’s for travel, food or leisure, get in touch with Launchpad for a free quote.

 

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Are you yet to experience Virtual Reality?

Virtual Reality is one of the greatest upcoming technologies. It’s taking leaps and bounds in its advancements. But is it the future, or just a fad?

 

I play games and watch a lot of entertainment, so it appeals to me. But does Virtual Reality appeal to others? What are the other applications of Virtual Reality to ensure its accessibility and longevity?

In this blog, I’m going to discuss the current and developing applications of Virtual Reality. I’m sorry about all the images, but this is a technology that has to be seen!

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Entertainment

 

Let’s start with the most obvious application for Virtual Reality, entertainment. Poised to turn the entertainment industry on its head. Virtual Reality brings us the immersion in entertainment.

 

Gaming has been one of the most adopted points of Virtual Reality. Headsets mainly designed for gaming like the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and PlayStation VR.

Gaming

Gaming with Virtual Reality takes a first-person experience and immersion to a new level. It allows you to fill the shoes of the game character and control them as you like.

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Social

Facebook funded the Oculus Rift VR headset. Meaning it’s very likely we will see Virtual Reality chat rooms and experiences. Meaning you can stand there, see your friends and interact. All done over the internet. Alt Space VR already has released a social experience, allowing you to chat, interact and play games with friends.

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Sports

With Virtual Reality, viewers can feel as if you’re sitting courtside at the game. Or have the view from the player’s perspective, ring or goal post. It might seem counter-intuitive, but this presents a big opportunity for stadiums and sports organisations. If you sell these VR experiences per ticket or even a year of VR experience in a stadium. You may sell to someone that was never able or interested to buy a ticket.

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Live Music

Next VR already offers the ability for you to experience a live music event. From you can see in the image, on stage is a 360 camera rig. So you can experience whatever live music, wherever in the world, whenever you want. All minus the sweat of a mosh pit and the next day ear-ringing. Virtual Reality will be able to offer you something better than the front row seats.

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Movies

This might sound lame, but I’ve used it and it’s pretty cool. I haven’t used it enough to decide if it’s just a gimmick. But, some VR apps offer the feeling of sitting in a cinema or random lounge room and watch whatever you want. I mean, it’s better than sitting in an actual cinema with people on their phones.

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Tourism

With Virtual Reality, you can experience wherever you want in the world! Only if someone has made the experience. Without the 20 hour flight and boiling weather, all from the comfort of your couch. This technology will be used to sell holidays to places you didn’t even think of going.

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Education

 

Education experiences have been shown to be incredibly effective in Virtual Reality. With retention rates through VR education higher than traditional teaching. This could be due to immersion or gamify an education experience.

Storytelling

Imagine every time you were bored in high school from the story your teacher was telling. Now the teacher could put you into the experience. Like a history lesson from the middle of the castle. You could immerse yourself in what you are being told.

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Military

This level of immersion is used to train people in extreme situations. Situations that people in the military can’t experience until they are faced with it.

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Disaster Response

Unfortunately, many more than just the military are faced with extreme situations. Those in the police force and emergency services regularly face these challenges. LAPD, FEMA, OEM already use virtual reality to train their employees.

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Design

Virtual Reality is being used to help create designs in a 3-Dimensional world. Adding depth and the ability for someone to stand in the middle of the artist’s vision. This allows the artist to offer an experience that hasn’t been done before.

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Engineering

With a virtual reality headset, you can view your 3D designs in a 3D world around you. Giving you the ability to really dive into how things work and function. The ability to practice and test things, without consequence.

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Advertising

A problem with advertising products is that the customer doesn’t always know, or believe what they are going to get. However, with Virtual Reality, you essentially try before you buy.

Product Demonstrations – Now you’ll be able to test and see things in ways you never could before. With virtual reality, you could look down and see what the clothes will look like on you. Or you could see what furniture will look like in your apartment, making it easier to match. How about what it’s like sitting in the car of your dreams? These experience may make a sale, and looking forward they will only get better.

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Immersive Content Marketing

Companies like JauntVR offer immersive content like games and 360 videos, that help sell a product. Like a virtual reality trailer for a movie or video game.

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Health Care

Exposure Therapy

PTSD, phobias and anxieties can be helped through Virtual Reality. All done without actually exposing them to their fear. It offers them a safe, yet realistic environment. While still a realistic enough experience to be considered exposure.

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Surgery Training

Training doctors and surgeons. So they can face scenarios through virtual reality to help them be prepared for anything.

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Real Estate

Soon you’ll be able to explore homes and cities like never before. Given the ability to fly through the city and build the city as you please!

City Planning

VU.CITY is a program that offers incredible levels of city detail. Designed for city planning, VU.CITY lets you feel as if you are walking in the city. On which you can look at proposed developments and city boundaries. Look at the protected views and study traffic. It’s being used to improve city design and flow.

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Purchasing Homes

Try before you buy, but for homes! You’ll be able to visit a home. Even before it’s built and take a walk around the generated design. Imagine one day designing your home in VR, then having it built. The ability to see what it will look like inside and out.

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This isn’t even all the applications of Virtual Reality. This is just a few that I enjoy the idea of. Things that I hope will become mainstream in the coming years.

 

I don’t believe that Virtual Reality is just a fad or gimmick. I think it will have great applications for entertainment and education.

 

The most commonly adopted Virtual Reality platform is mobile. This is because mobile headsets can be bought cheaply and use the mobile screen as the VR screen. This allows everyone with a (reasonably) new phone access to this new technology.

 

So, if you would like to be involved in the ever-growing Virtual Reality technology, visit the Launchpad Quote Page. Let us help you create you a successful and unique app!

 

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