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Virtual reality technology aided by binocular vision research

BBSRC-funded researchers at the University of Essex are collaborating with researchers at Facebook Reality Labs to study how people judge distance, which will help researchers develop and refine virtual reality technology.

"Participating in collaborative projects with industry gives our research real-world application and impact." Emma Wakeling Knowledge Exchange Manager University of Essex.

The collaboration builds on research supported by BBSRC to understand how our brains learn to perceive the world in three dimensions.

The team won one of just three awards from Facebook for vision research. The research is contributing to the development of modern VR technology, such as that used in the Oculus Rift headset produced by Facebook.

The Facebook collaboration also led to the researchers’ involvement in the creation of a VR experience to accompany a play, The Mystery of the Raddlesham Mumps, based on a poem by BBC poet-in-residence Murray Lachlan Young.

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