Missouri Education Watchdog by Cheri Kiesecker
Doctors tell us that smartphones and computer screens are highly addictive. We also know that screen time and exposure to Radiofrequency radiation from these devices and the Wi-Fi that connects them has serious health concerns. Now imagine the concern of strapping these devices to a growing child’s face. Welcome to the next wave in computers: Virtual Reality (VR). In the immortal words of Poltergeist, “They’re here.” But we wonder if anyone will be reading the warning label.
(Hint: You really should look at that warning label link. But REALLY, really read this: A super quick guide to letting your kids use VR headsets: “VR could be a great way to get them to shut up for half an hour.” Umm. wow.
Virtual Reality is about to get real
There is a lot going on in the world of Virtual Reality (VR) including the release of Google’s next VR version called Google Daydream. Daydream is set to work with certain compatible smartphones and is an upgrade to Cardboard, which was Google’s previous, (more affordable-literally cardboard headset) venture into VR. As TechCrunch reports,
“After more than two years of heavy public hyping since Facebook’s 2014 acquisition of Oculus for $2 billion, virtual reality is reaching an important turning point. VR has been promoted up and down the street and consumers seem to have grown oversaturated with all the media coverage of expensive tech that’s inaccessible to them, but the platform is preparing for a mini-renaissance….