Geekstock: Virtual Reality's Very Real Market Opportunities

The Fool's elite nerd squad discusses how new breakthroughs in virtual reality technology could benefit more than just the video game industry.

Jan 10, 2014 at 11:30AM

At this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, privately held Oculus VR debuted the newest prototype of its Oculus Rift headset, which promises to make virtual reality affordable and accessible for everyone. The newest design improves on previous prototypes' immersive abilities -- and more importantly, reduces the glitches that made some earlier testers queasy. And while video gamers and game makers are no doubt salivating at the prospect of getting inside their favorite titles, Oculus Rift and a host of other new VR technologies could create big opportunities in other industries, too. 

Fool analysts Sam Davidson and Nathan Alderman discuss how the Oculus Rift could change real estate, medicine, and more as they consider wearable technology in this week's installment of Geekstock, The Motley Fool's new Web show, in which Sam, Nathan, and host Ellen Bowman introduce you to the big-money names behind your favorite movies, toys, video games, comics, and more. 

Having tested an earlier version of the Rift, Sam says it lives up to its hype as an amazing, immersive experience. Nathan also notes that the new version features head-tracking technology and brighter, more responsive displays inside the lightweight goggles, both of which reportedly help the Rift feel more realistic and less nausea-inducing.

The Rift and other technologies have the potential to broaden the audience for video games, much like the motion controls that made Nintendo's Wii a hit with gamers of all ages and genders. That's potential good news for game makers such as Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI) and Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:EA), which might be able to sell more VR-enabled games to a wider swath of eager players.

But Sam believes VR could also revolutionize real estate by offering home tours from the comfort of an agent's office. And Nathan thinks VR could expand demand for Intuitive Surgical's (NASDAQ:ISRG) robosurgery tools by making procedures easier and more comfortable for doctors, as well as enabling long-distance diagnoses and operations.

Please watch the video to discover other ways that new virtual reality technology could open up new markets for existing companies, and learn what, exactly, looks like "an ATM designed by David Cronenberg." And be sure to check back here often for more Geekstock segments.

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4 in 5 Americans Are Ignoring Buffett's Warning

Don't be one of them.

Jun 12, 2015 at 5:01PM

Admitting fear is difficult.

So you can imagine how shocked I was to find out Warren Buffett recently told a select number of investors about the cutting-edge technology that's keeping him awake at night.

This past May, The Motley Fool sent 8 of its best stock analysts to Omaha, Nebraska to attend the Berkshire Hathaway annual shareholder meeting. CEO Warren Buffett and Vice Chairman Charlie Munger fielded questions for nearly 6 hours.
The catch was: Attendees weren't allowed to record any of it. No audio. No video. 

Our team of analysts wrote down every single word Buffett and Munger uttered. Over 16,000 words. But only two words stood out to me as I read the detailed transcript of the event: "Real threat."

That's how Buffett responded when asked about this emerging market that is already expected to be worth more than $2 trillion in the U.S. alone. Google has already put some of its best engineers behind the technology powering this trend. 

The amazing thing is, while Buffett may be nervous, the rest of us can invest in this new industry BEFORE the old money realizes what hit them.

KPMG advises we're "on the cusp of revolutionary change" coming much "sooner than you think."

Even one legendary MIT professor had to recant his position that the technology was "beyond the capability of computer science." (He recently confessed to The Wall Street Journal that he's now a believer and amazed "how quickly this technology caught on.")

Yet according to one J.D. Power and Associates survey, only 1 in 5 Americans are even interested in this technology, much less ready to invest in it. Needless to say, you haven't missed your window of opportunity. 

Think about how many amazing technologies you've watched soar to new heights while you kick yourself thinking, "I knew about that technology before everyone was talking about it, but I just sat on my hands." 

Don't let that happen again. This time, it should be your family telling you, "I can't believe you knew about and invested in that technology so early on."

That's why I hope you take just a few minutes to access the exclusive research our team of analysts has put together on this industry and the one stock positioned to capitalize on this major shift.

Click here to learn about this incredible technology before Buffett stops being scared and starts buying!

David Hanson owns shares of Berkshire Hathaway and American Express. The Motley Fool recommends and owns shares of Berkshire Hathaway, Google, and Coca-Cola.We Fools don't all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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