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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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Dr Jonathan Walden Discussing Virtuality in 1994. Image Credit: Virtuality Group

Virtuality – A New Reality of Promise, Two Decades Too Soon

In the history of Virtual Reality, there are a few people, companies and concepts that are considered vital to its existence. VPL Research, creators of the Dataglove, Datasuit and one of the earliest Head Mounted Displays are one of the most important names in the evolution of virtual reality technology and establishing design traits and … Continue reading Virtuality – A New Reality of Promise, Two Decades Too Soon

17th April 2018

Did Ready Player One Kick off the Second VR Boom?

Stephen Spielberg and Warner Bros will tonight be releasing the film version of Ready Player One, based on Ernest Cline’s book of the same name. The trailer alone has made waves, as did the book on its first release, becoming a rapid best seller and winning a wave of supporters for its witty writing style, … Continue reading Did Ready Player One Kick off the Second VR Boom?

28th March 2018

VR Startup Varjo Promises VR Sharpness Revolution

Modern VR is pretty incredible, but the technology still has major shortcomings when it comes to visual quality. Even with the incredibly pixel-dense LCD and OLED panels of today, its still hard to do high-resolution, sharp VR images. The hardware inside the Oculus Rift is fantastic for immersing us in spacecraft or the treehouses of … Continue reading VR Startup Varjo Promises VR Sharpness Revolution

27th March 2018

The Oculus Go Makes Its Debut: Here’s What People Are Saying

More than a few VR companies are working on a standalone VR solution right now. It’s an idea that makes a whole lot of sense, since right now your only real choices are between a clumsy phone-in-box solution or an expensive HMD tethered to an even more expensive computer. It’s no surprise that one of … Continue reading The Oculus Go Makes Its Debut: Here’s What People Are Saying

26th March 2018

Windows Mixed Reality: Hands-on First Impressions

We were pretty excited by Windows Mixed Reality on paper when the platform was announced. It seemed to fix some of the major problems pioneering products such as the Oculus Rift, but nothing beats trying it out for yourself. I was lucky enough to spend a few days with one of the Acer Developer models … Continue reading Windows Mixed Reality: Hands-on First Impressions

16th March 2018
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Pluto VR Launches VR Chat App on Steam

VR is struggling to get more mainstream applications at this point. Unlike AR, there aren’t that many killer applications that make the prospect of strapping on a VR headset on the regular all that appealing. One area which might make VR systems popular for things besides gaming and simulations is that of communication. Yes we … Continue reading Pluto VR Launches VR Chat App on Steam

6th March 2018
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Study Shows VR Might Help Reduce Severe Paranoia

Schizophrenia is an especially tough mental disorder to live with. Imagine having your sense of reality shift in ways that make it difficult to deal with real life. One common issue that such people have to deal with is extreme paranoia. The feeling that a situation is dangerous or that something bad is going to … Continue reading Study Shows VR Might Help Reduce Severe Paranoia

22nd February 2018

The 2018 Winter Olympics from PyeongChang is Available to Watch in VR

The 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea will be filled with firsts. The games will be the first Winter Olympics to be shown in 4K High Dynamic Range. They are also the first South Korean games where North Korea are competing, the first in a decade where North and South Korean athletes will … Continue reading The 2018 Winter Olympics from PyeongChang is Available to Watch in VR

8th February 2018
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Humble Bundle’s VR Sale: Every Game Covered

Humble Bundle, the charitable PC game storefront and bundle distributer have a VR sale, with a good number of games on sale until Friday. All of these games use Steam and are compatible with at least the HTC Vive. Not all are compatible with Oculus Rift natively, but as ever, there are ways to get … Continue reading Humble Bundle’s VR Sale: Every Game Covered

6th February 2018

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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