Three really real questions about the future of virtual reality
- How mainstream is this technology really going to be?Facebook sees VR as the next big computing platform, but that will depend on it becoming a truly mainstream device
- Will VR really be about more than gamesSome of the educational projects already unveiled – the British Museum’s use of VR to transport visitors back to the bronze age; Irish startup VR Education’s VR app based on the Apollo 11 moon landing; David Attenborough’s work with a special VR exhibit at London’s Natural History Museum; and NASA’s PlayStation VR demo of how VR could help its operators practise using robotic arms on the International Space Station – are among the more convincing arguments for modern VR being about more than just games or gimmicks.
- Can our bodies and minds really cope with VR?
More on Oculus in this IMS blog: http://blog.stcloudstate.edu/ims/?s=oculus&submit=Search
VR is the future and it’s officially here
Amazon Wants To Beam Augmented Reality Into Your Living Room
Aaron Tilley, Dec 1, 2015 @ 10:42 PM http://www.forbes.com/sites/aarontilley/2015/12/01/amazon-wants-to-bring-augmented-reality-into-your-living-room
Amazon has built up a nice little collection of devices at its Palo Alto, Calif.-based hardware division, Lab126.
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Colleges begin to take virtual reality seriously
the power of VR goes beyond simply recruiting. The University of Michigan uses the technology as a learning tool, and by instituting a virtual reality “cave” they’ve allowed engineering students to interact with virtual structures as they “come together, buckle and collapse.” Instead of relying on physical models—which tend to be large, expensive, and slow to build—a student using the MIDEN VR cave can fly around a virtual structure to study mechanical connections.
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Will Virtual Reality Stake Its Claim in K–12 Classrooms?
As the cost to install and support enabling technologies continues to fall, VR-based instruction will likely become a reality in K–12 schools.
More on virtual reality in this IMS blog:
from the LITA listserv:
AR Magic Book here
circulating Oculus Rift to graduate students and faculty. http://libguides.memphis.edu/oculus