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Can virtual reality change your mind?

by Thong Nguyen

I recently had the opportunity to speak at TEDxMinneapolis about virtual reality in a talk titled "Can Virtual Reality Change Your Mind".

The talk covers how beneath the immense amount of hype surrounding VR over the past few years, there is data is emerging on how it's impacting training and health care, with tangible use cases that go beyond gaming and entertainment. Since being published on YouTube, it’s now been viewed over 150,000 times by people in over 50 countries around the world.

In this session I'll share some stories and learnings from going through the process, as well as demo some of the tech itself, including:

  • developing avatar kinematics, and how this impacts user engagement
  • simulating facial expressions / uncanny valley
  • VR gloves & gestural interfaces
  • and more!

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Thong Nguyen

Thong is the founder and CEO of Roomera, a VR company that is helping leaders see and test the future. Previously, he has held senior leadership roles at Reve Consulting, Digital River, Best Buy and Target.

He's passionate about technology, innovation and leadership, and crafting prototypes under the influence of coffee.


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