Can't seem to get through that 400 page book? Eoghan Kidney has the answer! Using James Joyce's Ulysses as the prototype, he's turning a book into a VR experience. As good a book as Ulysses is (or so we are told; haven't read it yet!), many find it a challenge to read.
After being funded in a future Kickstarter, the game or VR book will put the player in Stephen Dedalus' shoes as he goes through Proteus, the challenging third episode of the novel.
Now this IS interesting. The University of Houston has what they call "The University of Houston (UH) Graduate College of Social Work's Virtual Reality Clinical Research Lab". Quite a mouthful, but a very exciting premise.
Using top grade virtual reality equipment, this VR lab is being used as a therapeutic treatment for addictions and behavior change. For example, alcoholics can be guided by therapists to change undesirable behaviors by having them experience virtual recreations of bars and difficult environments. They are also developing other virtual experiences and scenarios for other types of drug addiction (e.g. heroin).
The latest VR frontier up for grabs is the Metaverse. The latest entrant is a partnership between Next Galaxy Group and Eon Reality. Eon Reality is best known for building virtual reality CAVEs for universities and industrial use. They have jointly announced plans to build a virtual reality Metaverse via CEEK; a VR platform that lets you view and participate with all kinds of entertainment while wearing products like the Oculus Rift.