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Experience on Demand, by Jeremy Bailenson

I've been meaning for some time to start blogging the books I read that I think others will find useful, or interesting. Plus, I wanted to investigate how the Amazon affiliate scheme works - buyers pay the same for the book but if enough people buy via the link I get an Amazon voucher occasionally! Time to get started.

So, here's the first one.

I've read a number of VR books in the last year, it's something I've always been interested in and now the technology is reaching a point where it is actually available, and useable. Unlike previous books though Jeremy doesn't go into the detail of specific technologies, this book is more about what can and is being done.

VR's uses in a whole range of areas are covered, including:

  • Sports Training
  • Empathy Training - in areas such as:Pollution awareness, refugee crisis and racism
  • Pain relief - which surprised me
  • Social communication
  • Education

Jeremy's practical experiences as founding director of the Virtual Human Interaction Lab at Stanford University enable him to talk about what really works and what doesn't. All of this is then backed up with examples and data from the work that he and his colleagues have done.

If you want to understand more about what the point of VR is and where it's going, read this.

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