Before I became interested in education, I was involved quite a bit in computer graphics. I actually got started in the industry at UCF at their Visual Systems Lab using Virtual Reality equipment. It was a lot of fun but the technology was very expensive and didn’t work very well. Fast forward 20 years and take a look at Oculus Rift.
This new Head Mounted Display is a lot cheaper and better than what I used to use. It’s still not there yet but at least there is some progress now.
Check out this video of what it is like to wear the HMD. (you are seeing the views from both eyes. The optics combine the images into a single 3d image in the HMD)
What really interests me as a teacher how you can explore the enviroment and how it has physics. You could create environments where students have to figure things out. Where it gets really interesting is when you can have multiple people in the same environment. The next generation of game consoles have enough processing power to create realistic environments. Now we just have to wait for a few iterations of technology and we may actually have some decent VR. I’ve been waiting for a few decades. 🙂