Virtual Reality & Augmented Reality have become a popular industry since the release of Pokémon Go. Virtual reality is the creation of an artificial environment that looks very realistic, through the use of computer technology. Virtual reality, or VR as it is commonly referred to, is one of the fastest growing industries in the areas of electronic gaming, entertainment, medical services, and military applications.
The key product utilized in the VR world is the headset, originally prohibitively expensive, but currently dropping in price. As a matter of fact, you can buy a D-scope Pro Google Cardboard 3D Virtual Reality Kit for less than $20.
Historically, one might consider the stereoscope as the first step towards virtual reality. It was invented in the 1800’s and consisted of a viewer which allowed the left and right eyes to view two separate but identical pictures, giving a three dimensional effect.
The more modern version is the View-Master, created in 1939, which gave the users the same effect but gave the ability to click through a series of pictures.
Of course, Oculus is considered to be one of the largest virtual reality technology companies, with its popular Oculus Rift, a virtual reality head-mounted display for video gaming. Mark Zuckerberg saw the writing on the wall and Facebook ended up paying $2 billion for the company in 2014.
Many other companies are involved in virtual reality and augmented reality, such as Adobe (ADBE), Alphabet/Google (GOOGL), Apple (AAPL), Microsoft (MSFT), and Sony (SNE), but it is currently only a small part of their business.
The link to the list of virtual reality and augmented reality stocks is below.