30 Apr '15, 2pm

Virtual Reality Pioneer Looks Beyond Entertainment

Anyone who wants to learn how to use virtual reality to hack the human brain usually ends up visiting Jeremy Bailenson, founding director of the Virtual Human Interaction Lab at Stanford University . Bailenson has received visits from heads of state, the U.S. military and NASA during a career that spans almost two decades. But Bailenson recently observed that his VR lab’s technological capabilities are rapidly becoming obsolete as leading technology companies such as Oculus VR, Samsung, Google, Valve, Sony and Microsoft compete to develop virtual reality headsets that can entertain the masses. The growing number of companies crowding into the virtual reality business doesn’t bother Bailenson. On the contrary, he’s thrilled by the recent surge of VR technological innovation that has allowed his lab to now replace its older $40,000 headset with a $350 Oculus Rift DK2 headset...

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/consumer-electronics/p...

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