June 2016

The New Revolution VR roller coaster, which opened to the public on  21 April 2016 at Six Flags Magic Mountain, Valencia, Calif., USA, offers visitors a synchronized thrill ride combining real-world twists and turns with state-of-the-art virtual reality. [Image: Six Flags]

Optical Dreams, Virtual Reality

Jeff Hecht

From the low-cost Google Cardboard to the high-end Oculus Rift, virtual-reality headsets—and some eye-popping applications—are finally reaching the consumer market. But can VR technology vanquish its long-term nemesis of motion sickness?

Optical Computing: Past and Future

All-optical information processing has a checkered past—but technological developments, tougher problems and the rise of big data are all prompting a new look, as highlighted in a recent OSA Incubator Meeting.

OSA Centennial Snapshots: Lasers, Lunar Missions and Legacies

Hal Walker Jr.’s journey from the U.S. Navy to NASA to global educator.

Expanding Technical Education in India

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