VR advocates look for congressional support

VR advocates look for congressional support

Virtual reality advocates gathered on Capitol Hill Aug. 3 to ask Congress for broader support for VR technologies.

Speakers called for greater investment in high-speed wired or wireless broadband networks to reduce the latency holding back VR applications where participants are thousands of miles apart. Other suggestions included updating the 1934 Telecommunications Act so that VR could be available for enhanced education in schools and specialized training for workers in rural areas or those working in nuclear power production.  Boosting research funding to keep pace with China’s investment in the technology was also advocated, according to a report in ComputerWorld.

But VR is still very much a technology for early adapters.  According to the 2016 Virtual Reality Industry Report, the VR industry is still several years away from becoming  a major market, Fast Company reported.

The slow adoption was acknowledged by the panelists at the Washington, D.C., event who said VR use in schools and workplaces will likely see gradual, bottom-up growth.  And though schools may be best positioned to take advantage of the technology,  “we should let… costs come down,” ComputerWorld reported one panelist saying.

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