Above: Scholastic’s Magic School Bus, the educational dream VR can chase The last few months have been exciting for those interested in the advancement of virtual reality technology. Two leading headsets (the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive) saw permanent price cuts, following reported sales jumps from the Rift’s temporary price cut this summer.

Now, both devices are significantly less expensive than the newest iPhone, meaning that the technology is more accessible than ever to a larger audience, which could help push VR toward center stage for mainstream consumers. At the enterprise level, though, virtual reality has been transforming behavior for several years.

While media attention tends to focus on consumer applications (and why they’re not yet ubiquitous), more and more industries have started implementing transformative behind-the-scenes applications for VR. The price cut should accelerate the types of changes we’ve already seen in fields as diverse as education, medicine, retail, and more.

Here’s an overview of what the next wave of subtle VR disruption might look like. If you ever read a Magic School Bus book as a kid, you likely envied Ms. Frizzle’s class, which got to travel to the solar system, through the human body, and back in time in a magic school bus.

Ms. Frizzle’s lessons were far more engaging than those from textbooks because her students got to experience things first-hand. Now, thanks to lower price points on VR headsets and a few education-focused VR apps, Magic School Bus-esque classrooms are closer than ever to being real. Read more from venturebeat.com…

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