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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.

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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Oh No They Didn’t! Microsoft Reverses Xbox One X VR Plans

Has the Sony PSVR been a success? That depends on how you look at it. More than 100 million PS4 consoles have been sold at this point and about a million PSVR units to go with them. That’s a small percentage, but in absolute terms that’s still an install base of respectable. At the same … Continue reading Oh No They Didn’t! Microsoft Reverses Xbox One X VR Plans

22nd June 2018

Ford Tries the Impossible: Getting Drivers to Like Cyclists through VR

Wouldn’t it be nice if we all just got along? You know, “love thy neighbour” and all that? Well, it would be nice but that’s not how the world we live in works. It’s a rat race. Everyone is trying to accomplish their own thing. Inevitably we will get in each other’s way. Nowhere is … Continue reading Ford Tries the Impossible: Getting Drivers to Like Cyclists through VR

20th June 2018
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Apple Doubles Down with Announcement of ARKit 2.0

When Apple released the first public version of its ARKit API, I admit that I was gushing about it. I’m not sorry in the least however, since it was without a doubt the biggest leap in mainstream consumer AR so far. While other AR leaders, like Microsoft and Google, were messing around with expensive hardware-based … Continue reading Apple Doubles Down with Announcement of ARKit 2.0

19th June 2018

No Body? No Problem! With Singapore University VR Cadavers

Are you ever worried that you’re not really doing anything meaningful with your life? Like most people I worry that after I die nothing I did will really amount to anything, so one day I got a brilliant idea: donating my body to science. It’s perfect! I don’t actually have to do anything and yet … Continue reading No Body? No Problem! With Singapore University VR Cadavers

18th June 2018

All the VR News From E3 2018

June has rolled around, meaning it is time for the Electronic Entertainment Expo, better known as E3. E3 is the biggest event of the year for computer and video games, as well as the hardware that runs them. Whilst CEO looks at incredible technology trends, E3 looks at the games you will play on them. … Continue reading All the VR News From E3 2018

15th June 2018
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Microsoft Sharepoint Get the Mixed Reality Treatment

From Johnny Mnemonic to Minority Report, plenty of Sci-Fi movies over the years have shown us flashy computer user interfaces. It’s all holographic, 3D-visualized and motion-driven stuff. It looks great on screen, but they don’t make too much practical sense. There have been more than a few attempts at creating computer interfaces that leverage 3D … Continue reading Microsoft Sharepoint Get the Mixed Reality Treatment

5th June 2018
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The Mirage Solo: Yay or Nay?

The Lenovo Mirage Solo joins an ever-growing list of standalone VR headsets. In other words, you don’t need a computer or a smartphone to use this headset. It is purpose-built to do mobile VR and nothing else. On balance, this means that these headsets can do a better job of mobile VR while at the … Continue reading The Mirage Solo: Yay or Nay?

4th June 2018
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The Snapdragon XR1 Promises Mobile VR & AR Heaven

Standalone VR headsets are starting to take off now. The most prominent device is the Oculus Go. These headsets are self-contained. They don’t need a smartphone or a tethered computer in order to work. Since they are purpose built for VR and do nothing else, the hardware is optimized. The screens, power profile, batteries and … Continue reading The Snapdragon XR1 Promises Mobile VR & AR Heaven

1st June 2018

BBC To Show 2018 Football World Cup in Virtual Reality

The British Broadcasting Corporation will broadcast the 2018 FIFA World Cup in virtual reality, in a first for the competition and for the television network. The trial for their cutting-edge technology is available for free via the BBC’s dedicated 2018 World Cup app for iOS, Android, Gear VR, Oculus Go and PlayStation VR. This is … Continue reading BBC To Show 2018 Football World Cup in Virtual Reality

31st May 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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