NBC News: The Promise of Virtual Reality is Starting to Look Very Real
On NBC News Online Michael Sheetz just released this article saying that “The Promise of Virtual Reality is Starting to Look Very Real”. VR will be a huge component of healthcare simulation in the next decade, so check out this article which provides a great recap of currently available technologies and applications!
NBC News Article Excerpt:
Only a handful of virtual reality headsets existed when Alphabet unveiled Google Glass, but the past half-decade has seen billions invested in VR, moving a technology once thought of as a gimmick much closer to the everyday lives of real people. Virtual reality companies raised $1.46 billion in venture capital from the start of 2012 through the third quarter this year, according to CB Insights, marking four straight quarters that these start-ups reached $100 million-plus in funding. Since 2010, these firms have raised $3.9 billion, according to PitchBook.
“There is always a richer and more immersive medium,” Zuckerberg said. “The next logical step is fully immersive VR,” Zuckerberg told developers. He described the early days as “just a 360 video,” adding, “In the future you’re going to feel like you’re right there.”
Facebook’s Oculus virtual reality platform recently unveiled lower-cost hardware and a slew of media partnerships that aim to bring the technology to the mainstream — its debut is slated for the first quarter of 2016. While hard-core gamers wait for the Oculus Rift to launch for use with PCs, many consumers were anxious to get their hands on the consumer version of the Samsung Gear VR, which went on sale for $99 in November, half the price of the headset last year. It sold out on eBay and Amazon in a matter of days.