Is This Real? 5 Articles About Virtual Reality

Have you ever wanted to float through space or explore the inside of a human heart? You can experience these and more through the power of virtual reality.

VR is an artificial environment created to make you feel like what you’re experiencing is real. Once you put on specialized VR equipment, you can be transported to another time or place. Explore the current landscape and the future of VR with these articles.

You can read these articles using CPL’s Online Resources, but I’ve also noted if an article is available freely on the web.

“The Many Virtues of Virtual Reality” by Will Greenwalk
PC Magazine, May 2016
Reviewer Will Greenwalk documents his personal experiences playing with the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift.

“The Race to Make Virtual Reality an Actual (Business) Reality” by Jeffrey O’Brien
Fortune, May 1, 2016 (also available on the Fortune website)
The article explores how VR can be used to educate, train and engage users. It also provides multiple examples of how different companies are using VR in their organizations.

“Oculus Rift Privacy Policy Prompts Lawmaker Concern” by Jared Newman
PC World, April 9, 2016 (also available on the PC World website)
VR isn’t all fun and games. This brief article outlines some of the privacy concerns. You can also read the letter from Senator Franken mentioned in this article.

“When Seeing Is Feeling” by Robert Ito
Los Angeles Magazine, February 2017 (also available on the Los Angeles Magazine website)
Some journalists and documentary filmmakers are using VR to create immersive experiences to build empathy in viewers.

“The Present Reality of VR, AR and MR” by Rory Fellowes
Computer Graphics World, July 1, 2017 (also available on the Computer Graphics website)
Leaders at several VR and augmented reality firms discuss future possibilities for using technology in their company and industry.

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