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Atlanta Business Chronicle

Pinewood Atlanta Studios is teaming up with Atlanta-based virtual reality studio Trick 3D to bring its plans to life.

This week’s Atlanta Business Chronicle reports Pinewood Forrest, a 234-acre project underway in Fayetteville, will include 600 single family homes, 100 attached townhomes, 600 multi-family homes, a wellness and health center, two hotels and 250,000 square feet of retail space, including 15 restaurants and 25 boutiques.

At the South by Southwest festival, participants stopped by the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce booth and put on virtual reality headsets to experience Atlanta.
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In Austin, Texas, this week, hundreds of people visited Atlanta virtually.

At the South by Southwest festival, participants stopped by the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce booth and put on virtual reality (VR) headsets to experience Atlanta.

Virtual reality has mostly been associated with gaming or selling a brand, but groups like the Metro Atlanta Chamber are using it to recruit candidates.

Dave Beck is co-founder of an Atlanta-based virtual reality company called Foundry 45.

Kathleen Covington / Alliance Theatre

The New York Times calls playwright Lindsey Ferrentino "a writer of dauntless conviction." Her show, "Ugly Lies the Bone," first opened off-Broadway in 2015 and is currently onstage at the Alliance Theatre. She holds the distinction of being the first two-time finalist of the Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition and this year won the National Arts Club’s Kesselring Prize.

Courtesy of ATLvr

The gaming industry has embraced virtual reality full-throttle. Gamers sit with their headsets, completely encompassed by a digital landscape.

There is a company here in Atlanta that hopes to bring this technology to all industries. The company, ATLvr, evolved from a meetup group to a consulting firm. Now they work on a variety of projects in multiple industries with virtual reality and 360-degree video.

Virtual reality headset
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Virtual reality is being used in a lot of new ways.

At Emory University, researchers are using virtual reality to treat veterans who suffered sexual abuse in the military and now have posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Inside a dark room, patients wear a head-mounted display, headphones, hold a joystick in their hands and sit on a chair where they can feel vibrations.

As they move their heads, they can see anything above them – like the sky, if they look down, they can see their feet.

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Tuesday on "City Lights with Lois Reitzes":

Dr. Loren Post with a patient at Emory's Brain Health Center.
Emory Brain Health Center

When you think of virtual reality, maybe you think of video games that immerse you in fantastical worlds where you might fly, fight bad guys or do other things you’d — probably — never do in real life.

But tech experts tell us that expanded technology may mean that activities from online shoe shopping to attending conferences could soon involve an element of VR. In fact, the technology has already moved beyond sci-fi and into the world of mental health ... taking us into those dark corners that scare us most.

'That’s When I Knew I Had A Real Problem'

Credit Hi-Rez Studios

Most people know how movies and records are made ─ or have a good understanding. But that doesn’t always hold true for the design of video games.  

One company, just north of Atlanta, is Hi-Rez Studios. They produce a free, online game called SMITE, which ─ at any one time ─ could have millions of people playing it simultaneously. We stopped by their studios to see how a video game comes together.