The Virtual Reality Revolution is Just Starting, Are Your Stocks Participating?

The Virtual Reality Revolution is Just Starting, Are Your Stocks Participating?

 Summary:Facebook expects virtual reality to be the next big computing platform.Applications are not only limited to video games; sectors from healthcare to real estate could bedisrupted.Early indicators of demand seem to be strong for both virtual and augmented reality (hardware and software).Startups and public companies are in a race to figure out what will be a mixed reality…hoping to grab a slice of the $80+ billion virtual and augmented reality market by 2025…At least according to Goldman Sachs estimates.Expectations naturally differ across the street, but the current level of capital in the sector is undeniable. TechCrunch recently reported that virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR) investments have clocked in at over $1.1 billion in 2016 thus far. The future of this sector also looks hot, as HTC recently announced that they and a team of 28 venture capital funds have created a coalition of capital to be invested in VR & AR. These funds will bring over $10 billion into the industry over the next few years. This is not a brand new trend, however. VR and AR have been gaining traction in the public and private investment world for some time now, as displayed below. While VR is outpacing AR search wise, according to Google, don’t assume that digital information overlaid in our physical world will not be important.On the augmented reality side, these applications are a lot closer to home than you might think. They are actually in your smart phone already. For example, Snapchat just recently updated its app with 3D stickers that can be attached to objects in motion…a natural follow-up to rainbows flowing out of...