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San Antonio Express Quotes David Krum on Virtual Reality for Education

October 23, 2015

ICT’s David Krum was quoted in a story about the use of virtual reality in schools.

Virtual reality devices that can track users’ head movement and adjust the picture accordingly have been around since the 1960s, said David Krum, associate director of the Mixed Reality Lab at the University of Southern California’s Institute for Creative Technologies.

The technology has improved over the years but until recently, its expense made it impractical for widespread use. Now, with companies like Facebook, Google and Samsung entering the virtual reality sphere, devices are available for as little as the cost of a smartphone and a cardboard headset.

That matters for education because being in a place — or a realistic simulation of one — can help people put what they’re learning in context, Krum said.