Friday, January 8, 2021

Virtual Reality

Get all the latest news and advancements in Virtual Reality.

New HoloLens details revealed, including battery life and FOV experience
Bruce Harris is a Microsoft technical evangelist who has recently shared some fascinating facts regarding the HoloLens in Tel Aviv. Harris mentioned that an app that is developed for Windows 10 would natively run using Hololens. However, developers would surely have to develop 3D apps which utilize Hololens to the max. The...
Now that it’s becoming more mainstream how are businesses taking advantage of virtual reality?
For many years virtual reality had remained strictly in the domain of science fiction. But, like many other technologies which we could only imagine in the past, it would appear that its time has finally arrived. But what is virtual reality, and why has it now moved into the mainstream? To...
VR revenues expected to reach $895 million thanks to early adopters of Oculus, Sony and HTC
Early adopters will drive global virtual reality headset revenue to hit $895 million in 2016, according to a new report out from Strategy Analytics. Oculus, Sony, and HTC will account for 77 percent of that value, but will only account for 13 percent of the shipments, per the report. Lower-priced smartphone-based devices will...
The meaning of life in a world without work
Most jobs that exist today might disappear within decades. As artificial intelligence outperforms humans in more and more tasks, it will replace humans in more and more jobs. Many new professions are likely to appear: virtual-world designers, for example. But such professions will probably require more creativity and flexibility, and it is unclear whether 40-year-old unemployed taxi drivers or insurance agents will be able to reinvent themselves as virtual-world designers (try to imagine a virtual world created by an insurance agent!). And even if the ex-insurance agent somehow makes the transition into a virtual-world designer, the pace of progress is such that within another decade he might have to reinvent himself yet again. The crucial problem isn’t creating new jobs. The crucial problem is creating new jobs that humans perform better than algorithms. Consequently, by 2050 a new class of people might emerge – the useless class. People who are not just unemployed, but unemployable. The same technology that renders humans useless might also make it feasible to feed and support the unemployable masses through some scheme of universal basic income. The real problem will then be to keep the masses occupied and content. People must engage in purposeful activities, or they go crazy. So what will the useless class do all day? By 2050 a new class of people might emerge – the useless class. People who are not just unemployed, but unemployable One answer might be computer games. Economically redundant people might spend increasing amounts of time within 3D virtual reality worlds, which would provide them with far more excitement and emotional engagement than the “real world” outside. This, in fact, is a very old solution. For thousands of years, billions of people have found meaning in playing virtual reality games. In the past, we have called these virtual reality games “religions”. What is a religion if not a big virtual reality game played by millions of people together? Religions such as Islam and Christianity invent imaginary laws, such as “don’t eat pork”, “repeat the same prayers a set number of times each day”, “don’t have sex with somebody from your own gender” and so forth. These laws exist only in the human imagination. No natural law requires the repetition of magical formulas, and no natural law forbids homosexuality or eating pork. Muslims and Christians go through life trying to gain points in their favorite virtual reality game. If you pray every day, you get points. If you forget to pray, you lose points. If by the end of your life you gain enough points, then after you die you go to the next level of the game (aka heaven)
The HTC Vive is the most capable VR device to date 1
As far as Associate Vice President Raymond Pao knows, no one has yet tripped over the cable in the public demos, even after his team intentionally stopped holding the cables for the gamers. "People are conscious. It could be to do with the games' design, but it's certainly not as...
3 Advances In Online Gaming Technology – Graphics - Virtual Reality - Portability
If you are an online gamer (and the chances are pretty high that you are!) then you will see changes coming about almost every day. These changes make a difference in: • Hardware • Software • New games being introduced • New versions of old games being introduced • Growth in the global community...
Google reportedly building a completely stand-alone virtual reality headset
On Sunday, it was reported that Google is working on a new VR headset that's far more advanced than Cardboard and closer to Samsung's Gear VR. But Google's upcoming virtual reality plans are in fact even bigger than that, according to The Wall Street Journal. The company is said to...
How can a virtual reality game improve the diagnosis of dementia?
Sea Hero Quest VR. Today, an exciting new phase of the project gets underway with the launch of an innovative virtual reality version of the app. Alzheimer's Research UK Champion Fred Walker was one of the first people to try out Sea Hero Quest VR. Fred lost his wife to Alzheimer's disease after 46 years of marriage, and knows from his own experience how the condition can wreak havoc with a person's navigation skills. Thousands of people have now tried this app and almost everyone who talks to us about it comments on how powerful the technology is, and how straightforward it is to use. People who have played the mobile app will be familiar with some elements of the VR game, but the properties of virtual reality have now allowed us to draw upon one of the most widely used lab-based assessments of spatial navigation. Sea Hero Quest will now allow us to build on this understanding using data from people who play the virtual reality game. Sea Hero Quest is a great example of how your support is allowing us to harness the latest technology and adopt innovative new approaches to improve lives for people with dementia. You can help to support this project by donating or visiting to find out how you can download the mobile app and VR game.
Virtual Reality The Most Exciting Applications
More than a year has passed since Oculus released its first headset, the Rift, commercially. And we haven't seen it fundamentally change the gaming industry - it might be the headset's price tag (not to mention the price of the computer it needs) to blame for that. Yet the...
Augmented Reality Will Make Us Smarter
It would not be long before you come across the mention of Moore’s law when you are reading an article on future technology. Moore’s law has to do with the exponential growth of transistors within a circuit along with the pace at which all the information is processed. Augmented reality is...




How to Buck the Brogrammer Culture and Get Women into STEM

My mom doesn't believe in the impossible. A Chinese immigrant and physics teacher, she arrived in the US with big dreams and limited English. During...