Engineering Innovation Podcast and Radio Series

Virtual Reality

PostedMay 16, 2010

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Randy Atkins: One day you might have meetings with people around the world, where nobody takes a pollution-producing flight…but you feel – really feel – like you’re in the same room.  Or, somewhere else.

Erica Driver: I’ve been to meetings held under the ocean floor, inside the body, out in outer space.

Randy Atkins: Erica Driver co-founder of ThinkBalm, specializes on workplace use of immersive technology.  She says it can also create powerful learning experiences.

Erica Driver: A team of students could go into the body, could become a blood cell flowing through the body.  And it gives people an entirely new way to learn about the world around us.

Randy Atkins: Engineers are even using the technology to design complex nuclear reactors.  But technical hurdles remain for seamless realism, such as simulating touch.  With the National Academy of Engineering, Randy Atkins, 103 point 5 F-M and WTOP-dot-com.