The idea of immersing yourself fully in a virtual world in which you can interact with, touch and even smell your surroundings seems like something you’d find in a science fiction novel – however such technology is perhaps right around the corner.
Professor Bob Stone of the University of Birmingham is certainly highly respected in the world of Virtual Reality (VR), and having established the first industrial VR team at the UK’s National Advanced Robotics Centre, he was at the epicentre of the first ever industrial collaborative project addressing the commercial applications of VR in the early 90’s. Amongst his numerous achievements in the field, he developed the world’s first tactile feedback glove for VR applications, so needless to say he is certainly a 5-star expert on the matter.
So, is VR just a gimmick or are there more vital uses than we initially thought? Listen in to find out.