Engineering Innovation Podcast and Radio Series

Future of Virtual Reality

PostedApril 16, 2017

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LEDE: The dream of creating a fully-immersive and convincing virtual reality may still be in the future, but engineers at Oculus say we’re getting closer.

Randy Atkins: Technology advances like high-resolution displays and motion sensors, small enough to fit in our smart phones, are already giving us windows into virtual spaces. But Michael Abrash, chief scientist at Oculus, says use of all your senses is still limited.

Michael Abrash: Now imagine that you’re not looking at it through a little window, you’re not talking to it through a little hand piece. You’re actually in it, able to interact with it with all these capabilities that have been evolved for humanity over many, many millions of years.

Randy Atkins: So Abrash says they’re also working on things like how to use your hands naturally in a virtual world. No pointing and clicking. Possibilities for VR include training surgeons, educational experiences, and long-distance interactions, but...

Michael Abrash: There are going to be the things that we never thought of that are actually the reason that this is transformational.

Randy Atkins: With the National Academy of Engineering, Randy Atkins, WTOP News.