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Virtual reality is disorienting but brings with it real potential

Virtual reality is disorienting but brings with it real potential

The Samsung Gear VR headset transports me from a gondola ride in Venice to a helicopter ride over Hawaii to a frigid, serene seashore, waves gently lapping, somewhere on this planet. It was like being in Star Trek's holodeck. Immersive. Radical. Transformational. And not yet in everyone's hands because of one problem: If a game's developers aren't careful, all of this transporting will make many users vomit. "Normally your inner ear can measure acceleration," explained Steven LaValle, a University of Illinois computer science professor and the former principal scientist at Oculus, whose software powers the Gear VR. "So normally your ears agree with what...

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