• Virtual reality replaces the real world with a virtual environment created by software. e.g. Oculus Rift, HTC vive, Google cardboard
  • Augmented reality supplements the real world with virtual objects. e.g. Microsoft Hololens, Google Glass
  • Virtual reality has had mixed reviews from users with disabilities
  • Pro: Allows users to experience situations that they cannot control in real life
  • Pro: Virtual reality is perceived favorably by the public, particularly when linked to therapeutic outcomes 7
  • Pro: Can offer improved spatial awareness and hand/eye coordination
  • Pro: Lends itself to peer mentoring for those requiring assistance
  • Con: Virtual reality has a lot of blue-sky thinking associated with it. Viewing virtual reality as a 'cure' for disability raises a number of ethical considerations
  • Con: Users who experience difficulties may choose abandon virtual experiences rather than seek assistance
Students taking a virtual field trip using Google cardboard
Students taking a virtual field trip. Photo credit: Barrett Web Coordinator

Sample Video

Video montage of virtual reality applications

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