VR Demonstrates Major Impact for PTSD-suffering Veterans

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Here you will find a wide range of information on the exciting world of virtual reality, from comprehensive material for beginners to interesting and deep discussions of virtual reality’s problems, implications and applications.

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VR Demonstrates Major Impact for PTSD-suffering Veterans

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder is a psychological condition that results from exposure to extreme trauma. Those who suffer from the disorder experience severe feelings of anxiety and can be haunted by intrusive flashbacks and other disturbances. While anyone can develop PTSD, it is relatively common amongst military personnel who have experienced combat. This is why the … Continue reading VR Demonstrates Major Impact for PTSD-suffering Veterans

1st October 2019

Oculus Quest Hand Tracking Set to Get Camera-based Hand Tracking

While VR headsets are pretty good these days, technologies to help us be better embodied in VR worlds aren’t quite at the same level of refinement. In recent times, touch controllers have started to become a standard part of the VR experience. Whether it’s a Windows Mixed Reality headset or indeed the Oculus Quest we’re … Continue reading Oculus Quest Hand Tracking Set to Get Camera-based Hand Tracking

1st October 2019

Oculus Half-dome Prototypes Show Off the Future of VR

With its mid-range Oculus Quest getting a tethering option, the plain old tethered Rift seems to be heading for the bin of obsolescence. That doesn’t mean Oculus isn’t baking something new. Their half-dome prototype which made the news a while ago has moved much closer to a final product.  In 2018 the VR pioneer showed … Continue reading Oculus Half-dome Prototypes Show Off the Future of VR

1st October 2019

Oculus Link

After what seems like years or relative stagnation, things are moving at a rapid pace in the world of VR. Oculus Connect 6, the conference held late in September of 2019, was particularly fruitful and has the whole VR community abuzz. Surprisingly most of the good news when it comes to the Oculus line comes … Continue reading Oculus Link

1st October 2019

Facebook Announces Horizon VR Social Media Platform

There’s a long history of virtual worlds living on the web. Second Life comes to mind, as do many of the MMORPGs that have taken over the lives of millions. Facebook Spaces and AltSpace VR have also shown us how well-suited VR is for creating shared social spaces. You can really get the feeling of … Continue reading Facebook Announces Horizon VR Social Media Platform

1st October 2019

The VRGO Mini Might be the Most Elegant Way to Move Around in VR Yet

Moving your virtual body around has been quite a problem to solve when it comes to consumer VR. The great hope, at least for a while, was the omnidirectional treadmill. Unfortunately they turned out to be too bulky and expensive overall. So far no one has really brought a viable consumer version to market. Room-scale … Continue reading The VRGO Mini Might be the Most Elegant Way to Move Around in VR Yet

3rd September 2019

Ray Tracing and VR: A Match Made in Heaven?

Although GPU technology has been coming along in leaps and bounds for the last few years, nothing truly revolutionary has happened. We experienced a massive leap in graphical fidelity at the start of the Xbox 360 era, but everything since has been steadily incremental. Then Nvidia came out of left field with real time ray … Continue reading Ray Tracing and VR: A Match Made in Heaven?

3rd September 2019

No Man’s Sky Gets PSVR and PC VR As Part of Massive “Beyond” Update

No Man’s Sky is a game that people love to hate. A victim of an out-of-control hype train, Hello Games had a real problem on their hands when the game was released. The game that players actually got was actually pretty good, but compared to the game everyone thought they were getting, it was a … Continue reading No Man’s Sky Gets PSVR and PC VR As Part of Massive “Beyond” Update

3rd September 2019

DiRT Rally 2.0 Gets (Janky) VR Support

Few people would disagree that developer Codemasters are the kings of making fantastic racing games. Titles like GRID and F1 2019 are a showcase to the finely-tuned gameplay sensibilities this studio has developed. The DiRT rally games are no exception and this writer has whiled away countless hours utterly failing to complete rally stages on … Continue reading DiRT Rally 2.0 Gets (Janky) VR Support

3rd September 2019

Virtual Reality: what is it and why is it important to know about?

Virtual reality is essentially the use of technology to create the illusion of presence in an environment that isn’t really there. It works by sending information to various senses, such as sight and hearing, that fool our brains into experiencing something virtual. The illusion is often completed by the presence of interactivity, in other words the virtual world responds in some way to your presence.

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Where to go from here?

If you are new to virtual reality (or just want a refresher) we suggest you start with our What is virtual reality?section for a more in-depth discussion of the topic. We look at practical examples and discuss the core technologies in a clear and simple way. Providing a solid foundation for further reading.

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Pros and cons of virtual reality

We have series of articles about the various applications of this technology and the equipment used, for example, VR glasses (or goggles as they are sometimes called).

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