Like it or not, virtual reality is about to be a big part of your future.
Doctors will train using virtual patients. Shopping will be transformed and a new form of tourism will allow people to visit the rain forest and Mars without leaving their homes. Grandparents will be strapping on headsets to play with distant grandkids.
But before we get ahead of ourselves, the industry still has to figure out how this moves from techies and gamers to the mainstream.
We will be exploring these issues and more at this week’s An Evening With Code Mobile, which takes place Thursday night at Ericsson’s offices in Santa Clara.
Among the speakers who will be interviewed on stage are Oculus mobile head Max Cohen and Google VR chief Clay Bavor. Bavor’s appearance is especially timely, as the company’s Daydream View VR headsets will go on sale that day.
We’ll also have some very cool hands-on demos from Oculus and Ericsson at the event.
Oculus will be bringing along several Gear VR headsets to show off some of the latest in virtual reality experiences, including:
- Face Your Fears
- Ka: The Battle Within
- Land’s End
- Through the Ages, which features President Obama as he honors the legacy of our National Parks.
Meanwhile, host Ericsson will be showing off some of its next-generation technology, including a demo on how virtual reality and augmented reality are set to transform viewing of live sports.
In addition to all of the VR talk, we will also be addressing the role mobile technology can play in transforming the world for good, with onstage conversations with Jordan Hewson, CEO of Speakable (and daughter of U2 frontman Bono) and Keller Rinaudo, CEO of Zipline, which is using drones to deliver blood to remote parts of Rwanda.
Plus, there will be time for cocktails and conversation both before and after the onstage event.
This article originally appeared on Recode.net.