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Is that Pikachu on the street right next to you? Marc Bruxelle/Shutterstock.com

What is augmented reality, anyway?

Before augmented reality products and apps take over the world, they'll have to get out of their own way.
Participants in a virtual reality travel experience reported a sense of relaxation, similar to that gained from travel in real life. Shutterstock

VR technology gives new meaning to ‘holidaying at home’. But is it really a substitute for travel?

Mind wandering engages the same neural pathways used to receive stimuli from the real world, evoking emotions similar to real life. VR can elicit these same feelings.
360-degree cameras are one of several innovative filming technologies being applied for science education at the National University of Singapore. NUS

How innovative videography can supercharge education

360-degree cameras are one of several innovative filming technologies being applied for science education at the National University of Singapore.
What these people are seeing isn’t real – but they might think it is. AP Photo/Francisco Seco

Think Facebook can manipulate you? Look out for virtual reality

As the internet-connected world reels from revelations about personalized manipulation based on Facebook data, a scholar of virtual reality warns there's an even bigger crisis of trust on the horizon.
A rainbow strikes Angkor Wat: virtual reality technology can now give you the sensation of standing amid the Cambodian temple. BARBARA WALTON/EPA

Why virtual reality cannot match the real thing

Through virtual reality you can now explore a sunken ship, suspend weightless in space, or visit Angkor Wat. So why is the real experience still better?
A 3D model of a development scenario in Brisbane’s West End produced using ESRI’s CityEngine program. Author supplied

How virtual 3D modelling and simulation can help us create better cities

3D urban modelling is a transformative technology for designing cities. But incorporating new technologies into planning practice has its challenges.
WayRay’s holographic AR device displays information tailored to drivers and passengers. WayRay

It’s time to get ready for augmented reality

Upcoming innovations suggest that 2018 might be the year when the promise of augmented reality begins to be realised.

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