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Businesses tap virtual reality to train workers

Aug 21, 2019
VR training is being used to prep workers for Black Friday, for warehouse safety issues and to improve communication.
At Farmers Insurance in Los Angeles, Jessica DeCanio demonstrates how claims adjusters use virtual reality to train for the field.
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How virtual reality might help surgeons master new medical devices

Jun 3, 2019
In-person support by sales reps and manufacturers might soon be a thing of the past.
In a simulated exercise, third-year orthopedic surgery resident J.P. Wanner practices making repairs to a dislocated hip on Osso VR's virtual reality platform. Vanderbilt University Medical Center is among a dozen institutions test piloting the technology.
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What needs to happen for movies to work in virtual reality?

May 1, 2019
The Tribeca Film Festival is giving filmmakers and fans a chance to try VR experiences.
A viewer uses a virtual reality headset at the Tribeca Film Festival.
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Oculus was supposed to bring virtual reality to the masses. What happened?

Mar 13, 2019
"Having the best technology is not always a winning formula," author Blake Harris says.
Oculus Rift virtual reality headsets at the Westfield London shopping center in 2015.
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"Ready Player One" creator on balancing fantasy and reality

Mar 27, 2018
Unplugging from the virtual world is essential, author Ernest Cline says.
Director Steven Spielberg, left, and writer Ernest Cline attend the Warner Bros. Pictures “Ready Player One” presentation during Comic-Con International 2017 in San Diego, California.
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What will the holidays look like in 2030?

Will late holographic family members join us around the dinner table?

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Should VR headsets be "ugly and a little awkward"?

Virtual reality pioneer Jaron Lanier thinks so.
Visitors try out VR glasses at the booth of Samsung at the IFA Consumer Electronics Fair in Berlin on September 2, 2017.

Virtual reality filmmaking moves forward

Jul 27, 2017
Google wants to make virtual reality films easier to create. It’s investing in a technology called VR180 — virtual reality in 180 degrees, rather than 360. The company is launching a new VR180 file format on its YouTube platform and partnering with Lenovo and LG to make affordable 180 degree cameras. Could Google jump-start virtual reality […]

How augmented reality can improve shopping

Mar 27, 2017
In virtual reality, you'll be able to try on 30 outfits in a few minutes, Bold Metrics says.
Photo courtesy of Bold Metrics Inc.