Virtual reality brings Finnish forests into view

In the future, forest owners will be able to stroll around their forests from the comfort of their own living rooms, using virtual reality goggles.

The Virtual Reality Forest research team at the University of Helsinki has designed a demo app for virtual forest management. It takes a quarter of an hour to transform the conference room of the Department of Forest Sciences into a forest in need of thinning.

The use of virtual reality has exploded in 2016 and is set to increase in 2017. The glasses and applications have become accessible to consumers and the technology is expected to be the next world-changing factor after smartphones and the internet.

The new technology is already used in machine maintenance training, as well as to test construction plans, to sell real estate and to create travel experiences.