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Google's big new bet on virtual reality proves the tech just isn't ready for prime time (GOOG)

I became convinced of virtual reality's potential on Christmas Day, 2015. My grandmother was sitting on the sofa, slack-jawed and transfixed, walking across the surface of Mars. She'd never seen anything like it. She was only using Cardboard — the dirt-cheap, virtual reality (VR) headset from Google that runs off a smartphone. But it seemed obvious: If even the most basic VR experiences can provoke reactions like that, a day will come when the tech moves firmly into the mainstream — radically transforming how we consume media and interact with one another.
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