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CES 2017: The Proliferation of Virtual Reality Headsets Plus Their Impact on the Future

We know that late last year Microsoft announced their plans to bring a collection of Head Mounted Displays (HMDs) as part of a partnership with Intel called Project Evo.

Earlier this week, we got a chance to see the five HMDs from Acer, Lenovo, Dell, HP, and 3glasses. Today, I saw even more options on the CES show floor.

With Project Evo and the Windows 10 Creators Update, users are going to begin to gain access to virtual reality at a price point that is much more reasonable compared to purchasing a high-end HMD like Oculus Rift and the corresponding high end computer to support it.

Right now the main use of virtual reality seems to gaming and experiences.

As our own Lisa Schmeiser observed after her own recent virtual reality experience here at CES, as virtual reality becomes more readily accessible, it will impact more than just gaming and experiences but it will also play a major role in the non-technical job market.

We often question the value of technology in our daily life with such things as connected devices, smart refrigerators, and a laundry folding machine but when technology is used to give someone an opportunity then that is a positive step forward.

This gallery gives you a great idea of the variety of virtual reality headsets that are being shown off at CES 2017.


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