By Arpita Aneja and Justin Weiss
August 6, 2015

Everyone’s talking about Virtual Reality, but what exactly is it, and how does it work?

In short, it all has to do with a computer doing its best to trick your brain. A virtual reality headset shows you an image and as soon as you move your head it modifies that image to make it seem like you’re really there. 3D audio can also enhance the experience and make you forget your physical surroundings.

What can this technology be used for? Movies and gaming is an obvious option, but virtual reality has a slew of other possible uses. It can be used for training, medical procedures, and even psychological therapy to treat disorders like PTSD.

With all the possibilities in store for VR, it seems like it’s only a matter of time before it becomes commonplace.

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Write to Arpita Aneja at arpita.aneja@time.com.

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