This Week in Virtual Reality, 5 December 2016

This week’s top Virtual Reality stories: from virtual court rooms to virtual X-Wings, and more!

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!

Entertainment

Lucasfilm’s ILMxLAB releases Rogue One: Recon 360, a virtual reality accompaniment to the upcoming Disney film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Healthcare

Australian VR startup Liminal uses virtual reality to break the isolation experienced by bed-ridden elderly patients, addressing the link between loneliness and disease.

Law

Virtual reality sees an increased use in the courtroom, recreating crime scenes and allowing jurors to virtually observe evidence and crime scenes.

Engineering

The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority combines virtual reality, autonomous robots, and the distributed internet of things to support remote infrastructure inspections.

History

At the historic Western Wall in the city of Jerusalem in Israel, visitors are provided a virtual reality tour through the attraction’s history from 2,000 years ago to the present.

Technology

Riken Institute’s Naotaka Fujii aims to push past augmented and virtual reality into substitutional reality, combining virtual reality with live video to create virtual memories.