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VR and Telepresence Researcher Professor Henry Fuchs grades the VR Industry

December 4, 2014 | Telepresence Options


UNC Chapel Hill Professor Henry Fuchs runs one of the few university programs focused on telepresence and virtual reality. In this talk to the Samsung Developer Conference Professor Fuchs gives a background on where VR was, where it is now, and the "Big Rocks" that the industry needs to move to create compelling virtualizations. Here is the complete synopsis of his remarks:

VR may be at a historic inflection point not unlike the personal computer just before the IBM PC's introduction, about to transition from a niche product to widespread adoption. What's worrisome is that this transition was also predicted at least once before, in the early 1990s, when VR systems first became commercially available. What is different this time? This talk will review the history of VR, the development of the component technologies and several representative applications. We'll review the key technical problems to be solved, assess their current state of effectiveness, and note how the situation is different now than during the last promising era two decades ago. We'll conclude with a tour of remaining technical challenges (such as merging real and virtual worlds), a look at some new application areas, and speculate on why a VR startup company might be worth $ 2 Billion.

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