Virtual reality

Virtual reality at a campus party in Bahia, Brazil (Flickr)

Virtual reality is now a household term. It has been used in science and technology since the 1950’s. But when this programme was made, virtual reality was just becoming accessible to consumers with the widespread release of headsets. What exactly is virtual reality? How does it work? Can it make you actually lose touch with real reality?

Producer: Anne Blair Gould

Broadcast: October 1, 1991