Sony made a big virtual splash recently. The company finally said that its PlayStation VR virtual reality headset will debut in October. Sony now joins several other big tech companies like Facebook, HTC, and Samsung that see virtual reality as a radical new form of entertainment that will forever change how people watch movies, play games, and socialize with each other.
Is liquid-metal based 3D fabrication or is self assembling/shape retaining models the ancestor of Star Trek’s infinitely amusing holodeck?. According to Roel Vertegaal, from Queens University’s Human Media Lab, programmable matter is based on self-levitating displays, allowing physical interactions with mid-air virtual objects.
Technologies like augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) are no longer future-gazing technologies and are becoming firmly accepted by the education sector for adding value to learning experiences.
Not too long from now, entertainment is about to get as real as real life and nothing is ever going to be the same. This is happening thanks to the combination of two forces that you would never expect to overlap. Together, they form a staggeringly potent combination.
A new study that appears in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs suggests virtual-reality therapy may help to reduce people’s craving for tobacco and alcohol.
You know you shouldn’t be texting or surfing the web while walking down a crowded street or driving a car because it can be too distracting. Google Glass, Sony’s SmartEyeglass, or Microsoft HoloLens, augmented reality devices may appear to solve that problem. Continue reading… “The dangers of augmented reality”
Last week, the E3 2015 conference kicked off in Los Angeles with celebration and the growing sense that virtual reality was finally coming of age.
Oculus Rift virtual-reality headsets may be ready to ship to the general public in early 2016, and could be the beginning of VR technology taking off. Adding to that, a Utah man is building a series of seven 60×60-foot rooms in which players will wear VR headsets and wander around immersive worlds, wielding powers that would even impress Neo from “The Matrix” films. Continue reading… “Awesome new virtual reality theme park”
Feelreal VR Mask
The Feelreal VR Mask is going to make the world of virtual reality a little more real and smelly. The mask attaches to the bottom of headsets like the Oculus Rift and adds other sensory experiences, like hot and cold air, water mist, and smells. Feelreal is also making a helmet, called Nirvana, which can fit the VR Mask and a smartphone. Both projects seek funding together on Feelreal’s Kickstarter, which is looking for $50,000.
Mini has a prototype for an augmented reality system, developed in conjunction with Qualcomm, and the tech looks absolutely bizarre. Being behind the wheel will become almost like a video game when the driver put on the goggles that look like a cross between Google Glass and something a World War I aviator might wear. Continue reading… “Mini’s augmented vision glasses”
Like wearing a big pair of Coke bottle glasses, Wearality‘s virtual reality glasses sure look dorky. But with the use of innovative optics they are making it much easier — and cheaper — to view and enjoy virtual reality applications. Continue reading… “New virtual reality glasses for $69”
Despite the augmented reality and virtual reality markets have yet to get off the ground, market advisor Digi-Capital estimates that the combined markets will reach $150 billion by 2020. Continue reading… “Virtual and Augmented reality could grow to $150 billion by 2020”