[Video] Virtual Reality really is here (for real this time)

Virtual Reality has been promised to us before. Back in the 1980s tech geeks were very excited about the possibilities of putting screens onto our faces, and immersing us in artificial worlds. The movie, Tron, took a huge step forward in computer graphics, and we seemed on the verge of something incredible. But, since then, we’ve all been frustrated by conference calls and buffering Skype conversations, by badly rendered CGI in movies and not much to show for all the promise of VR.

Until a few weeks ago, that is. Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen the launch of a range of VR headsets. We’ve also started to see 360 degree videos quietly make their way onto our smart devices and be freely available on YouTube. And soon, Microsoft’s Hololens and a few other devices will add augmented reality to the mix as well.

This time it’s real. Virtual reality is really here, and it’s going to change everything. Fifteen years from now, you’ll be doing as much – and more – in virtual than you do everyday with your smartphone, tablet and laptop today. The possibilities are endless.

So, what is all the fuss about, and how can you experience it for yourself. Watch this 7 minute introduction to these technologies, and see for yourself:

Year of VR 2016

 

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