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Virtual Reality: Becoming More Affordable And Realistic

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Virtual reality isn’t a new concept – in fact, it’s been around in theoretical practice since the 1950’s. However, if you’ve been following the developments as of late, it’s not only breaking mind-altering new ground, but also doing so with a price tag that is beyond reasonable for the average Canadian consumer. The new technology is far from the 3D grid idea of VR popularized in the 90’s; we’re talking immersive experiences that will change the way we consume, well, everything.

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Many techies have been anxiously anticipating the official launch of the long-awaited Oculus Rift VR headset, a Kickstarter campaign that eventually sold to Facebook for $2 billion dollars. Since its inception, and beta release, many other brands have begun to develop their own headsets to compete. Think of it as a modern day ‘race to the moon’. The price tag, though, has made the dream of owning VR technology a bit of a stretch for average Joes; however, Samsung recently released a $99 VR headset called Gear VR.

The uses for VR are varied, from educational tasks, gaming, and live experiences. Imagine taking a university course in VR, teaching in VR, or attending a social function in China. Imagine attending a live concert – front row center. CNN is even experimenting with VR, broadcasting the Democratic Debates for Samsung Gear VR users. Pretty cool right?

Perhaps one day I’ll be able to meet with some of you in a VR landscape and walk you through your new home before construction even begins. That’s where the world is heading, whether or not you’re on board. Over $25 billion in total funding can’t be wrong! Hold on to your hats, VR will be popping up all around you before you know it.

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