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Disney Researchers Catch a Real Ball in Virtual Reality

April 8th, 2017 at 11:00 am » Comments Off

The resurgence of virtual reality is still in its infancy, and while we do have very good VR headsets such as the Oculus Rift and PlayStation VR, in other areas the tech is still severely lacking. Take interaction, for example, it’s very difficult to convey touching something in the virtual world with physical feedback. But what […]



VR, AR Headset Market Growing 58% A Year, To Reach 99 Million Devices

April 5th, 2017 at 10:00 am » Comments Off

Driven by lower prices, new devices and an expanding array of content, the market size of virtual and augmented reality headsets is being propelled at a breakneck pace. Total VR and AR headset shipments will see explosive growth from 10 million units last year to 99 million units in four years, based on a new […]



Google’s new tech turns VR headsets invisible

March 16th, 2017 at 10:25 am » Comments Off

If you’ve ever watched someone wear and use a VR headset, you know how odd they look with a high-tech blindfold on. That’s not good for demonstrating the emerging technology, especially while it still has a lot to prove before it enters the mainstream.



Now You Can Feel Wind and Temperature While in Virtual Reality

March 9th, 2017 at 10:54 am » Comments Off

Realistic visuals and audio are essential to shaping an immersive virtual reality (VR) experience. But these researchers from the National University of Singapore believe VR shouldn’t just cater to sight and sound. For the ultimate VR experience, other senses should come into play as well. Last year, Nimesha Ranasinghe and his team demonstrated how electrodes […]



New VR cabinet will let you smell and touch a virtual world

March 5th, 2017 at 10:00 am » Comments Off

Ever wanted to get so immersed in a virtual world that you can feel and smell it? Thanks to Koei Tecmo, you might be able to! Koei Tecmo showed off their new cabinet, called “VR Sense” in a press conference this weekend. It’s a sturdy silver monstrosity, about the size of a dresser.



Sports make a virtual reality revolution

December 16th, 2016 at 3:32 pm » Comments Off

Most evenings after work Dundee-based computer-software designer Aaron Puzey can be found in his living room, cycling the gruelling 1,500-kilometre route from Land’s End to John O’Groats, using a virtual reality programme he created for himself.



Mixed reality and machine learning drive innovative farming

November 29th, 2016 at 11:03 am » Comments Off

Farming is, by far, the most mature industry mankind has created. Dating back to the dawn of civilization, farming has been refined, adjusted and adapted — but never perfected. We, as a society, always worry over the future of farming. Today, we even apply terms usually reserved for the tech sector — digital, IoT, AI […]



Hanging out with my past self in virtual reality

November 29th, 2016 at 10:42 am » Comments Off

  I checked out a replay of a Reggie Watts show and definitely felt like the energy and movement of his character came across. Since the show had been recorded before the capture feature was announced, however, AltspaceVR had erased all the avatars in the crowd, as those people had not consented to be filmed. […]



Cinematic VR Challenge shows how Virtual Reality will transform film

September 12th, 2016 at 6:12 am » Comments Off

  As the sun set over the Olympic Mountains on a warm and muggy Sunday, I trekked from the manicured suburbia of Sammamish, Wash., to Seattle’s historic Fort Lawton district, where an eclectic home, known as the Bird House, sits among low-hanging branches at the end of a quiet street. The Bird House belongs to musician Perry […]



Out-of-Body Experiences Triggered by Synchronized Virtual Reality Heartbeat

August 30th, 2016 at 6:30 am » Comments Off

New research demonstrates that triggering an out-of-body experience (OBE) could be as simple as getting a person to watch a video of themselves with their heartbeat projected onto it. According to the study, it’s easy to trick the mind into thinking it belongs to an external body and manipulate a person’s self-consciousness by externalizing the […]



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