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SANTA CLARA, Calif. (KGO) -- We keep hearing about the Metaverse, which includes a world of games and entertainment created by virtual reality. But the immersive experience and the use of headsets are preventing some people from using this fast emerging technology because of motion sickness.

Virtual reality (VR) is already a $16 billion a year industry, used for training of oil and gas workers and pilots.

The potential for explosive growth lies in consumers donning VR headsets for entertainment and games if they can overcome a hurdle.

A major problem for this industry is motion sickness. It's estimated one-third of all people do suffer from it. So how do they address that?

"I've had motion sickness when I've done VR, and sometimes it has occurred right after getting out or sometimes a couple of hours later," acknowledged Adrian Steckel, CEO of The VOID, which creates virtual reality experiences. He doesn't want motion sickness to take away from believing what they're seeing and feeling.

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"Sometimes people forget that, and your head or your eyes get ahead of the body, and that doesn't work," said Steckel. The VOID is working with XCOM Labs and headset maker HTC on multiple fronts -- by improving the refresh rate of video so it's smooth, widening the field of vision and eliminating the time lag between body movements and what's displayed.

"Everywhere in the system, there were just little bits of delay injected, and what we learned from that is you have to go into the system, find every place that there's delay and optimize it out," said Paul Jacobs, CEO of XCOM Labs. The goal is to remove the sickness barrier. That would open virtual reality experiences to all consumers and provide even more opportunities to the hundreds of companies working in the Metaverse, who showcased their technology at the Augmented World Expo at the Santa Clara Convention Center.

"The amount of advances I've seen here at this show and what I've seen today are significant, even over just the last 12 months ago. So at least we're on the right track," said Tim Bajarin, analyst at Creative Strategies. Research indicates women and children under 12 are the most prone to motion sickness.

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Top-secret Apple headset ‘coming soon’ – what to expect from the new gadget

APPLE is supposedly working on a top-secret headset – and it could be out very soon.

The ultra-confidential gadget hasn't been officially confirmed, but plenty of insiders say it's nearly ready.

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Most of tech's biggest names have already released some kind of headset.

It could be virtual reality (a completely computer-generated space), or augmented reality where graphics are overlaid on the world around you.

We've seen products from Google, Microsoft, Samsung and Facebook – but nothing from Apple yet.

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But behind closed doors, Apple is said to have hundreds of staff working on VR and AR projects.

The latest rumours suggest that we'll see two different headsets.

The first is expected to land next year that should look like a regular headset.

This is likely to be a pair of mixed-reality goggles that offer both VR and AR.

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Then we're expected a more svelte pair of AR glasses down the line – although the release is uncertain.

The first headset is tipped to be similar to existing VR headsets, albeit with a smaller and more lightweight design.

We're expecting high-density displays, hand-tracking, spatial audio and a new realityOS operating system.

It's said to support its own special App Store, although it's not clear what content will be available on it.

Apple headset release date and price

Sadly there's no definitive answer when it comes to an Apple headset release date and price.

We've heard plenty of leaks and rumours, but nothing official from Apple.

It's expected that the first headset will come out in 2023, with a possible announcement early on in the year.

And rumour has it we'll see pricing north in the $2,000 to $2,300 region.

That's significantly higher than most rival products on the market today.

For instance, Facebook's entry-level Meta Quest 2 starts at just $399 (but until recently, $299).

It's unclear how much the second headset will cost.

In any case, all of these details are still based on leaks.

Even if they are true right now, Apple's plans could change at any point.

We won't know the truth until Apple chief Tim Cook gets on stage and unveils a headset.

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