Disney Researchers Catch a Real Ball in Virtual Reality

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 if you could interact with real world objects that appear in the virtual world?

Disney Research decided to carry out just such an experiment by asking the question: can you catch a real ball in virtual reality? The good news is, yes you can, but there’s a number of prerequisites to achieving such a simple task.

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

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 tracking report.

The virtual and augmented reality headset market will grow 58% a year for the next five years, according to the new International Data Corporation Worldwide Quarterly Augmented and Virtual Reality Headset Tracker.

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ARmKeypad – Augmented reality device turns your arm into a keyboard

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NEC, a Japanese electronics maker, has unveiled a unique input mechanism that allows you to type on your arm using augmented reality. The system is called the ARmKeypad and it combines a set of glasses to visualize the virtual keyboard and a smartwatch to detect how fast you type. (Video)

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Top 5 car technologies that may become reality in the near future

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We live in an era where new technologies are appearing so fast that it is hard to follow all the new developments. But, personal transportation, the one most often associated with speeds and progress, so far remained largely untouched by the revolution in digital tech – when compared to what happened to communications in the last couple of decades, car remained pretty much the same. However, we already see the first portents of approaching changes – so let’s take a look at car tech that may become reality in not so distant future.

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Awesome new virtual reality theme park

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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”

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Gravity – 3D sketchpad draws images in light

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Gravity, a new sketchpad designed to be used with any augmented reality device will change how you draw out your thoughts. The device is proof that AR has matured beyond just a way for people to consume pretty 3D content. It’s also a way for them to get the expansive, sophisticated visions in their heads into the world, where other people can see them.

 

 

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