Project Holodeck, The Future in Virtual Reality May Be Closer Than It Appears

When asked what piece of science fiction technology would you like to see become a reality, one of the top answers will invariably be the Holodeck, a virtual reality world that will recreate worlds and experiences with but a simple voice command. That technology may not be too far off. University of Southern California’s Games program has unveiled Project Holodeck.

Using the Occulus Rift and other consumer ready devices, USC has created a virtual reality game that immerses the players in these synthetic world. Their implementation may be clumsy compared to what was envisioned in Star Trek, but the demonstration makes one hopeful that the future is very close at hand. The proof of concept is there; everything else is a matter of miniaturization.

Now the question to speculate on: Will the advent of the holodeck be a harbinger for an increase in STEM learning and or a decrease in productivity?

Tate Srey - Tate Srey is an artist and an engineer. He is a nerd who likes to lift heavy things and put them back down again. He loves to run and swim and build things. He makes his own wine and beer, and dies a little inside when he has to pay more than $5 for draft. He has a natural affection for people with a teacher's spirit-- those who will share their knowledge and experience with others. Some men just want to watch the world learn. Tate can be found on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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