The Guardian Features ICT Virtual Reality Research

Published: August 3, 2014
Category: News

An article exploring the past and future of virtual reality quotes Skip Rizzo and describes some of the VR work taking place at ICT.
The story states that Rizzo leads a team looking at the use of virtual reality environments in everything from classrooms for children with attention deficit disorder to exposure therapy for war veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
Advances in graphics, computing power and interface devices such as the Nintendo Wii or Microsoft Kinect have opened the door to a new level of sophistication of virtual reality, said Rizzo. Most important, though, has been the continuing drop in cost of virtual reality technology, a trend largely driven by the gaming industry.
“Right now, a headset is $2,000… if you could replace that with a $350 headset [such as the Oculus Rift] and have that be better then you’re golden – that’s the direction we’re heading,” says Rizzo, whose lab the Oculus Rift’s inventor, Palmer Luckey, worked in before launching the headset.
The article also noted that Oculus Rift founder Palmer Luckey worked at ICT before starting his company.