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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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People of VR – Eric Howlett Spotlight

Say ‘virtual reality” to anyone and you can be sure the first thing they think of is the iconic head-mounted display.  Head-mounted displays have a long, interesting history and plenty of people have contributed to their eventual form. The one we all know today. Ivan Sutherland is largely credited with putting together the first true … Continue reading People of VR – Eric Howlett Spotlight

1st April 2020

Woman’s Deceased Daughter “Resurrected” in VR: Unethical or the Future?

Now that we have practical, affordable and highly-realistic VR there’s always the question of what we’ll do with this technological tool. While most people are going to create VR experiences that will be education, scientific or educational in nature, there are going to be some applications that are more left-of-field. We’ve seen some weird stuff … Continue reading Woman’s Deceased Daughter “Resurrected” in VR: Unethical or the Future?

13th February 2020

Lenovo Brings Standalone VR to Education

Standalone VR headsets are quickly becoming an important part of the modern VR landscape. Flagship products such as the Oculus Quest bring proper 6DoF VR, with cutting edge display and motion technology within reach of mainstream consumers. With the latest update bringing the ability to tether the Quest to a powerful PC, it seems that … Continue reading Lenovo Brings Standalone VR to Education

6th February 2020

Oculus Quest: Here’s What You Need to Know Going into 2020

The year 2020 might end up being as important to modern commercial VR as the year 2016. In 2016 we finally saw the consumer VR could be good. It could be immersive, believable and fantastic as more than just a party trick. Unfortunately it was also incredibly expensive, at least in terms of premium VR … Continue reading Oculus Quest: Here’s What You Need to Know Going into 2020

2nd January 2020

New Half Life Game is for VR?!

If ever there was something like a fateful tweet, filled with portent, it’s this one. Valve has announced a new Half-Life game, but it’s not the comically-absent Half Life 3. No, it’s a VR game focusing on Alyx Vance, the co-star of Half Life 2. What is Half-Life? In case you don’t really understand why … Continue reading New Half Life Game is for VR?!

19th November 2019

John Carmack Steps Back from Oculus to Tackle True AI

IMAGE PROPERTY OF OCULUS If you’ve never heard the name “John Carmack” before, then you almost certainly know at least one thing he’s had a hand in. Widely hailed as a genius coder, Carmack has been pushing the envelope in computer technology for decades. The big news this time is that the tech guru is … Continue reading John Carmack Steps Back from Oculus to Tackle True AI

18th November 2019

EmuVR Merges Classic Games with Cutting-edge VR

Retro gaming is making a massive comeback. As gaming matures as a form of entertainment, studios are digging into their back catalogues and providing us with access to classic titles. For example, the Nintendo Switch is a casual retro gamer’s dream. From almost-perfect Sega conversions by the games M2 studios, to good-enough offerings of classic … Continue reading EmuVR Merges Classic Games with Cutting-edge VR

6th November 2019

Phone-based VR is Dying. Here’s Why.

Google Cardboard seemed like a joke when it first came to light. It was the product of Google’s famous “innovation time” initiative. Where people who worked for the company could spend 20% of their time working on whatever they wanted to. It was cheap fold-out VR headset that needed a phone running the Cardboard app … Continue reading Phone-based VR is Dying. Here’s Why.

5th November 2019

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

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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