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THE VIRTUAL REALITY MEGATREND Virtual Reality is poised to become the next “mega-trend.” But is now the time to invest in it?
“VR” has the potential to change everything—from how we experience entertainment, to how we protect our country and our health. In our new report below, we explore what this phenomenon might mean for investors, and we review a specific investment opportunity that all investors can take advantage of right now.
OUR NATIONAL DEFENSE
After a high-profile security breach at the White House last year, Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy stood before Congress and made an impassioned request:
To make sure that his team was adequately prepared to protect the President, he needed millions of dollars to build a full-scale replica of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
As Clancy explained:
Right now, we train on a parking lot... We don’t have the bushes, we don’t have the fountains, we don’t get a realistic look at the White House... There are no structures, vehicle gates, lighting or other aids to enhance the training simulations… It’s important to have a true replica of the White House so we can do a better job…
The technical term for what Clancy sought to build is a “MOUT,” which stands for “Military Operation in Urban Terrain.”
Clancy also requested funding for several other MOUTs, including a “live-fire shoot house” and a “tactical village” that would replicate typical city streets.
These requests reflect a new reality: we live in a world filled with terrorists, a world where every arm of our military needs to prepare for nearly unthinkable scenarios. As high- stakes missions like the Bin Laden raid have proven (more on that later), when failure is not an option, it’s highly-trained people—not machines or drones—who are sent in to get the job done.
The Virtual Reality Industy
Virtual reality first appeared in the early
1990s. However, due to technological
and cost limitations it never gained
widespread adoption. From 2000 to
2012 there was almost zero activity in
However, thanks to advances in
computing power, virtual reality
technology is far superior to what was
available 20 years ago. Furthermore,
it’s much more affordable. Systems that
used to cost $15,000 to $250,000 now
cost just $10.
This is why industry research firm, BI
Intelligence, projects that virtual reality
hardware shipments will grow from
less than one million units today, to
over 25 million units per year within the
next five years. And market research
firm, TrendForce, forecasts the market
growing from just $5 billion today to
over $70 billion in the same timeframe.
That is why we believe that right now is
the absolute best time to invest in this
sector. However, there’s one problem:
there are no publicly-traded virtual
reality companies to invest in.
But in this report, you’ll discover a tiny,
private virtual reality start-up that you
can invest in right now.
To ensure that these soldiers can help protect our country, they need to be provided with access to simulated environments where they can train and prepare.
This helps explain why the market for military training and simulations like MOUTs has reached an all-time high of $137 billion.
But recently, there’s been a major development in this market:
Because of a groundbreaking new technology—a technology we’ll introduce you to in this research report—MOUTs are becoming obsolete.
In fact, experts say this futuristic technology could soon change the face of the entire military industry. Although it’s still in its earliest stages, the world’s biggest defense contractors like Lockheed Martin have already gotten their hands on it. So have the U.S. Navy, West Point, and many others.
But as it turns out, leveraging this innovation for military purposes is just the tip of the iceberg: it can also be used to great effect for a number of non-military purposes. As you’ll soon see, it could be used to disrupt and conquer several multi-billion dollar markets, from Entertainment to Healthcare.
In the following report, we’ll provide an overview of this technology, explore the “mega- trend” behind it, and review a specific investment opportunity that investors like you can take advantage of right now.
THE NEXT MEGA TREND: VIRTUAL REALITY
What we’re talking about here is “Virtual Reality,” or “VR.”
VR is a computer-generated environment that you can interact with. Simply place an electronic headset over your eyes, and you magically enter a new world that feels real.
Virtual Reality is one of the most exciting sectors in technology today. We’ve been telling our subscribers at Crowdability about its potential for the past two years, but now this sector is on the cusp of exploding.
As we’ve written about, VR is poised to disrupt entire sectors—from higher education, to tourism, to how we communicate over the Internet and save peoples’ lives.
We believe we’re at the beginning of a virtual reality “mega trend” that will impact a huge number of industries over the next 20 to 30 years—and we’re not alone:
According to financial analysts at investment bank Piper Jaffray, the virtual reality market will soon be worth more than $60 billion.
That helps explain why the world’s biggest technology players like Google, Facebook, Apple and Microsoft are already spending billions preparing for it…
And if you’re looking to earn massive profits, this might be the cue for you to get in at the “ground floor.” (As always, it’s those who get in early who make the fortunes.)
Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, believes that virtual reality is the “next big thing.” And he’s putting his money where his mouth is. Two years ago, to get his foot in the door of this emerging industry, he bought Oculus Rift, the maker of virtual reality goggles, for $2 billion. Here’s what the Oculus Rift look like:
As Zuckerberg noted in a blog post, “Imagine enjoying a courtside seat at a game, studying in a classroom of students and teachers all over the world or consulting with a doctor face-to-face— just by putting on goggles in your home.”
But Facebook isn’t alone in its aspirations:
As it started dedicating serious effort and capital to this emerging sector, its competitor Google stayed close behind. But now, as 2016 steams ahead, Google has become dead serious about this sector, too.
The search giant recently formed a new division that’s 100% dedicated to virtual reality, and it put a key deputy—the senior executive who had previously run key business units such as Gmail, Drive and Docs—to run it.
Cardboard has already gotten significant traction—including a deal with The New York Times that earned it some mainstream press, and an integration with GoPro that brings virtual reality video to YouTube.
But to ensure that it’s staked out a strong enough position in this new world, Google isn’t content to rely on Cardboard. For example, it’s already invested more than half a billion dollars into a stealthy augmented reality start-up called Magic Leap. Riding the wave of this new mega trend, Magic Leap is years from having a commercial product, and it’s already valued at $4.5 billion.
In fact, as The New York Times reported early in 2016, there’s currently a race going on “to discover and create the next breakout platform for consumers, which many of the world’s largest tech companies think will be some form of virtual reality.”
Facebook has Oculus; Google has Cardboard and Magic Leap; Microsoft is working on a VR technology called “Hololens,” and as The Financial Times just reported, Apple has built a “secret team” to kick-start its efforts in virtual reality.
So to be clear, the “ground floor” for Virtual Reality is being constructed right now:
According to a recent report from consulting giant Deloitte Global, 2016 will be VR’s first billion- dollar year, with about $700 million in hardware sales, and the remainder from content.
But those numbers are just the start:
As the Deloitte report goes on to say, massive growth and global adoption is on the horizon. And Deloitte explicitly identified what will trigger this global adoption:
A virtual world that’s able to provide a “total immersive experience.”
What it means by an immersive experience is that users could move around in a virtual world just like they do in real life.
So, in just a moment, we’re going to tell you exactly how such an immersive experience could be created. And then we’ll tell you how you can profit from it.
GET IN EARLY
To reap the near-term rewards of the virtual reality megatrend, you need to get involved with VR-focused companies at their earliest stages.
Unfortunately, many of those companies are privately-held. And not only are private companies exceedingly challenging to identify and get access to, but at the moment, ordinary investors aren’t even legally allowed