03/28/2014 11:48 am ET Updated Mar 28, 2014

6 Ways Virtual Reality Is Already Changing The World (No Facebook Required)


Virtual reality (VR) can make anything possible.

While Facebook's recent $2 billion acquisition of virtual reality hardware company Oculus VR might seem like the future of communication technology, virtual reality is so much more than a better way to kill zombies and Skype into your little brother's birthday party. In fact, VR has been a technological do-gooder for years, managing to do everything from curing amputees' phantom pains to getting young people to save more for retirement.

Here's a look at some of the greatest things virtual reality technology has done outside the realm of social media and communication.

Uses For Virtual Reality Besides Social Media