Virtual Reality is building up to be the kind of technology that has numerous applications beyond entertainment and gaming. Take VirtualSpeech’s Public Speaking for Cardboard app, which is designed specifically to help people with a fear of public speaking face their phobia.
Currently, the smartphone app is designed to work with Google Cardboard as well as Samsung Gear VR, and it will make users feel as if they are standing and speaking in front of people. Scenarios can go from boardroom presentations to delivering a speech to a full auditorium, where they can practice presenting in front of a virtual audience that simulates the entire experience, down to ambient noises and animated members.
This very out-of-the-box application for VR technology demonstrates how useful it can be beyond its conventional purpose.
To make it even more relevant, the app allows users to upload their own presentation slides so that you are practicing with the exact deck that you have to present. It helps you keep track of time and simulates a reasonably realistic public speaking experience.
The app is currently available for free on Android but is still in the works, with developers continuing to work on audience animations and reactions to give an even more immersive and realistic experience. An iOS version is also coming soon.
Check out a demonstration of how it works in this video: