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Welcome to Virtual Reality Society (VRS). A one-stop information and news resource for virtual reality and its related technologies.

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.

Our mission is to become the definitive source of virtual reality information and we constantly strive to achieve this goal. Be sure to bookmark us and check back regularly for new features and new sections on our site.

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It’s Happening: The Apple ARpocalypse is Here

With the release of iOS 11 the promised launch of ARKit has also finally come. It was with some measure of trepidation that I said yes to the upgrade, since the last major iOS release soft-bricked my iPad. Yet there are just too many neat new goodies in this latest iOS version to wait on. … Continue reading It’s Happening: The Apple ARpocalypse is Here

22nd September 2017

HTC Sells Pixel Smartphone team to Google for $1.1 Billion

A major announcement for HTC was predicted, although it didn’t turn out quite as expected, at Alphabet Inc, owners of Google, acquired some 2000 HTC employees from the “Powered by HTC” team in exchange for a cash injection of $1.1 billion. It was both a surprise and surprisingly conservative, given that rumours were rampant that … Continue reading HTC Sells Pixel Smartphone team to Google for $1.1 Billion

21st September 2017
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How Virtual Reality Can Reduce Dental Pain

Not many people want to see the dentist. It’s an environment that’s associated with sterility, invasive treatment and pain. While dentistry has come a long way, especially in recent years, there is still a lot of people who are scared of the dentist. A quarter of people are scared to see the dentist, some to … Continue reading How Virtual Reality Can Reduce Dental Pain

21st September 2017
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Virtuix Launches Its Own Content Platform for the Omni Treadmill

  Not content with producing a literal platform that people actually stand on, Virtuix has announced their own software platform. Virtuix’s Omniverse The name of this new platform is Omniverse which will make it easier for new owners of a shiny omnidirectional treadmill to find software that actually works with it. Of course, Virtuix is … Continue reading Virtuix Launches Its Own Content Platform for the Omni Treadmill

20th September 2017
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Zone of the Enders 2 Getting PSVR Support, Releases 2018

In exciting news for Mech combat fans, Zone of the Enders 2, Hideo Kojima’s 2003 game about insurgency on a future Martian colony, is coming to the Playstation 4 and PC, with complete support for virtual reality via Playstation VR for its particularly balletic form of combat. Sony announced the news today at their section … Continue reading Zone of the Enders 2 Getting PSVR Support, Releases 2018

19th September 2017
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Nintendo isn’t Keen to Get Into VR

So Nintendo have said that they’ll probably give VR a skip. Why? They don’t think it’s really fun. Oh Nintendo. You’ve been consistently surprising during this current generation of console gaming. Not in the way we’ve all come to know the company, but in a surprisingly unsurprising way. Confused? You see, Nintendo has never been … Continue reading Nintendo isn’t Keen to Get Into VR

19th September 2017
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Money. Money. Money: ABBA to Go on a VR Tour in 2019

  When you think of cutting-edge technology in music entertainment, it’s probably thoughts of holographic performances by artists who are either dead or never existed in the first place. I tell you what I don’t think of: ABBA. The Swedish pop group got together in 1972, when vinyl was the peak of musical technology snobbery. … Continue reading Money. Money. Money: ABBA to Go on a VR Tour in 2019

18th September 2017
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Finally Here’s the iPhone X: Apple’s AR Flagship

Can you believe that it’s been 10 years since since the first Apple iPhone launched? It still seems that the big fruit company crashed into the phone industry recently, but we’ve come a long way from that first smartphone which has been copied endlessly since. It’s easy to forget that, when the first iPhone launched, … Continue reading Finally Here’s the iPhone X: Apple’s AR Flagship

15th September 2017
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Brain Surgery Recorded in VR a World First

There’s something fascinating about watching surgery videos. You can find academic and educational videos of just about every surgical procedure imaginable. Yes, if you have a weak stomach these videos can also be incredibly disturbing, but for those who are fascinated by biology and medical science easy access to videos such as these are an … Continue reading Brain Surgery Recorded in VR a World First

14th September 2017

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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