This Week in Virtual Reality, 14 November 2016

You knew it had to happen, right? IMAX and VR! It’s coming … This story and more, This Week in VR!

Virtual Reality is one of the most exciting new areas of technology, and for good reason. VR offers amazing experiences for users and creators both, and growth in the space is incredible. New products, new technologies, new experiences, and best of all, new jobs! Did you know that Virtual reality job openings are up 800% year-over-year? It’s true!

With so much going on in this fast-moving field, it can be hard to keep up. That’s why we created “This Week in Virtual Reality.” Each week we publish a curated list of Virtual Reality stories as a resource to help you keep pace. New posts will be published here first, and previous posts are archived on the Udacity blog. So, whether you’re currently enrolled in our VR Developer Nanodegree program, already working in the field, or just pursuing a burgeoning interest in the subject, there will always be something here to inspire you!

History

Frank Mouqué, a World War II veteran who participated in the liberation of Armentières, explores the town he helped liberate in virtual reality thanks to British VR firm Twine.

Culture

Swiss watchmakers use virtual reality to take viewers on a tour through the watch manufacturing process, showing the internal workings in unprecedented realism and depth.

Media

IMAX and its partners create a $50 million investment fund to focus on movies and games in virtual reality, related to its upcoming virtual reality entertainment hubs.

Industry

EyeMynd aims to create a virtual reality operating system that will allow the player to control it simply through their brainwaves instead of through external controllers.

Science

NASA shows its plans to enable space exploration through virtual reality, including its current efforts to use Microsoft’s HoloLens to support astronauts on the space station.

Sports

The NFL partners with NextVR to make virtual reality game highlights available to the masses, starting with this Sunday’s game between the 49ers and the Cardinals.