VR Could Be the Most Powerful Teaching Tool Since the PC

VR Could Be the Most Powerful Teaching Tool Since the PC

With new self-contained headsets on the market like the Oculus Rift S , which do away with finicky external tracking sensors, it's easier than ever to integrate them into a classroom environment. They might not work with Chromebooks yet—but it's only a matter of time.

Nate Mitchell Exits Facebook, Taking Oculus Era With Him

Nate Mitchell Exits Facebook, Taking Oculus Era With Him

And today, with Nate Mitchell announcing his departure from Facebook, the last of the Oculus founders has moved on. After the official Oculus Rift headset came out in 2016, the company brought Android and Xiaomi executive Hugo Barra in to replace Iribe and lead Facebook's VR efforts.

Snap Bets Its Future on a Stylish New Pair of Spectacles

Snap Bets Its Future on a Stylish New Pair of Spectacles

Snap Bets Its Future on a Stylish New Pair of Spectacles. For Snap, the maker of the ephemeral messaging app Snapchat, it's preparing by making a new pair of sunglasses: Spectacles 3.This isn’t Snap’s first rodeo.

Want to Know the Real Future of AR/VR? Ask Their Devs

Want to Know the Real Future of AR/VR? Ask Their Devs

"Our main goal is to get a sense of the temperature of the industry, which spans from hobbyists and students to professionals working on big-budget projects," says Alex Wawro, an editor at XRDC and Gamasutra who has been involved with the annual survey since it began in 2016.While the pool of respondents is larger this year than ever before, the status quo remains unchanged in some ways.

The Otherworldliness of the Democratic Presidential Debates

The Otherworldliness of the Democratic Presidential Debates

What unfolds before us, to quote Susan Murray and Laura Ouelette in 2008's Reality TV: Remaking Television Culture, "is an unstable text that encourages viewers to test out their own notions of the real, the ordinary, and the intimate against the representation before them.".

Strap on Your Exoskeleton and Dance, Dance, Dance

Strap on Your Exoskeleton and Dance, Dance, Dance

And of course, there were the dancing robots, which anyone attending the Gray Area Festival could sign up to physically merge with. "When humans first started making art, with the earliest examples we have in the caves of Chauvet and Lascaux—those were completely immersive and site-specific art experiences," says Threw.

Comic-Con's Batman VR Experience Soars—While Others Fall Flat

Comic-Con's Batman VR Experience Soars—While Others Fall Flat

Virtual reality has been a mainstay at the convention for some time now, but AR hasn't—and with new mixed-reality wearables coming to market since the last Comic-Con, I could think of a dozen ways that the anticipated show could leverage the technology.

My Day at the Reality of Climate Change Hackathon

My Day at the Reality of Climate Change Hackathon

In fact, it was a whole new twist on the concept of “reality” and the ways technology could transform how people experience and therefore respond – and take action – to confront the global reality check of all reality checks: climate change.

Disney's New Lion King Is the VR-Fueled Future of Cinema

Disney's New Lion King Is the VR-Fueled Future of Cinema

Overhead on a metal truss, a matrix of 3D sensors tracks the signals and translates the viewfinders’ positions back into VR.In order to block out a scene, the filmmakers would put on their headsets and figure out exactly where the cameras and lights would go to best capture the action, using handheld controllers to move the virtual equipment around like chess pieces.

Neal Stephenson's Latest Book Dodges Its Scariest Premise

Neal Stephenson's Latest Book Dodges Its Scariest Premise

That road, in usual Stephenson fashion, includes a wealth of concepts that help flesh out the near future of Fall —the one outside of Bitworld, at least.

'Game of Thrones': A Battle of Reality Versus Fantasy

'Game of Thrones': A Battle of Reality Versus Fantasy

Before watching the final episodes, I cherished the hope that perhaps the dragons and zombies would just kill each other off, and leave Cersei Lannister on the Iron Throne, where she could use her mastery of politics, finance, and science to usher in a new golden age for the Seven Kingdoms.

Gadget Lab Podcast: Breaking Down Microsoft Build and Google I/O

Gadget Lab Podcast: Breaking Down Microsoft Build and Google I/O

You can also download an app like Overcast or Pocket Casts and search for Gadget Lab. If you use Android, find us in the Google Play Music app by tapping here.

Everything Big Google Announced at I/O Today

Everything Big Google Announced at I/O Today

A few other on-phone features: Personal References lets Google Assistant better understand what you mean when you say “What’s the weather like at Mom’s house” or “Show me pictures of my son.” And Driving Mode pulls up a personalized dashboard designed for when you’re in the car.

Tesla Raises Money, Drones Get Certified, and More Car News This Week

Tesla Raises Money, Drones Get Certified, and More Car News This Week

Tesla Raises Money, Drones Get Certified, and More Car News This Week. This week, Tesla shares took a much-needed hop as the company announced an effort to raise a small mountain of capital to keep the electric carmaker climbing.

Star Wars Fans Know Nostalgia Well. It’s Time to Build a Future

Star Wars Fans Know Nostalgia Well. It’s Time to Build a Future

Now, though, with plans for future movies still uncertain and the new Disney+ Star Wars series set well before the latest trilogy, I'm thinking maybe I was wrong.

Why I Love My Teeny Tiny Knock-Off Nokia

Why I Love My Teeny Tiny Knock-Off Nokia

Last week, I went to the cell phone store across the street from my apartment in Brooklyn to purchase a SIM card for Baby, after one from AT&T failed to work with the device.

Rami Malek Is Your New Villain ... Bond Villain

Rami Malek Is Your New Villain ... Bond Villain

Rami Malek's new Bond villain is still unnamed, as is the new Bond movie. Also, Avengers: Endgame is coming for everyone's last coin, and Captain Marvel is pretty good at virtual reality. Rami Malek Is Your New Bond Villain.

Film Festivals like Tribeca Move to Make Virtual Reality a Marquee Event

Film Festivals like Tribeca Move to Make Virtual Reality a Marquee Event

Many of the interactive presentations at this year's Tribeca Film Festival, like The Collider (above), are augmented or virtual reality experiences meant for more than one person.

Why I've Never Mixed Weed With Virtual Reality

Why I've Never Mixed Weed With Virtual Reality

Jaron Lanier , the father of modern virtual reality, famously eschews all drugs, but in his 2017 memoir, Dawn of the New Everything , he spends a bit of time exploring the parallels between VR and a famous psychedelic: VR is sometimes compared to LSD, but VR users can share a world objectively, even if it is fantastical, while LSD users cannot.

The Stunning Loneliness of Megacities at Night

The Stunning Loneliness of Megacities at Night

Roufanis, who earned his undergraduate degree in civil engineering, came to believe that the way large metropolises like London are designed is partly responsible for why people feel so lonely in them.

Sea Levels Are Rising. Time to Build ... Floating Cities?

Sea Levels Are Rising. Time to Build ... Floating Cities?

That same year, Blue Frontiers and the Seasteading Institute signed an “exploratory memorandum of understanding” with the government of French Polynesia to develop the concept of a floating city, described by Quirk as a “start up country,” near the island.

How The Matrix Built a Bullet-Proof Legacy

How The Matrix Built a Bullet-Proof Legacy

That movie would be a modest hit upon release late in 1997, but at the time of the Matrix casting, Reeves wasn't high on the studio's wish list for Neo. According to di Bonaventura, the role had been passed on by Will Smith (who wanted to make Wild Wild West ), Brad Pitt (who'd just been through Seven Years in Tibet ), and Leonardo DiCaprio (who didn't want to do another special effects movie after Titanic ).

HP’s New Reverb VR Headset Bumps Up the Resolution

HP’s New Reverb VR Headset Bumps Up the Resolution

HP’s New Reverb VR Headset Bumps Up the Resolution HP Back in 2017, HP released its first virtual reality headset. Those are the kinds of apps I used when I tried on the new Reverb, which again has support for Microsoft’s Windows Mixed Reality platform, as well as Steam VR.

The Alien Overlords of Captive State Might Be Coming—for Us

The Alien Overlords of Captive State Might Be Coming—for Us

It’s as Rafe expresses to Gabriel at one point: “You gotta pick a side.” The great trick of Captive State , however, is that allegiances are not entirely what they appear to be.

Facebook Can Make VR Avatars Look—and Move—Exactly Like You

Facebook Can Make VR Avatars Look—and Move—Exactly Like You

(They've since moved to a larger space on the Carnegie Mellon campus, with plans to expand again in the next year or two.) Codec Avatars, as Facebook Reality Labs calls them, are the result of a process that uses machine learning to collect, learn, and re-create human social expression.

Reality Dating TV Still Has Some Growing Up to Do

Reality Dating TV Still Has Some Growing Up to Do

Reality dating TV wants to be a wilder thing, messy and mesmerizing, more reflective of the times. Dating Around rejects all the usual tropes of the genre. That is what gives Dating Around such a strange magnetism: It rejects all the usual tropes of the genre.

Trump-Era Congressional Hearings Have Succumbed to Conspiracy Politics

Trump-Era Congressional Hearings Have Succumbed to Conspiracy Politics

Trump-Era Congressional Hearings Have Succumbed to Conspiracy Politics President Trump's former personal attorney Michael Cohen testified before the the House Oversight and Reform Committee on Wednesday. Even before they became a Trump-era norm, conspiracy-minded Congressional hearings were something of an American political tradition.

Microsoft CEO Defends Army Contract for Augmented Reality

Microsoft CEO Defends Army Contract for Augmented Reality

Microsoft CEO Defends Army Contract for Augmented Reality Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said the company will continue to work with "institutions that we have elected in democracies to protect the freedoms we enjoy." GABRIEL BOUYS/Getty Images Tech workers are increasingly uneasy about their employers’ work with the US government, especially the military.

Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 Puts a Full-Fledged Computer on Your Face

Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 Puts a Full-Fledged Computer on Your Face

Alex Kipman, Microsoft’s technical fellow for AI and mixed reality, wearing the HoloLens 2 Quinn Russell Brown Whether the $3,500 headset provides more out-of-box value is a call for its commercial customers to make.

AR Will Spark the Next Big Tech Platform—Call It Mirrorworld

AR Will Spark the Next Big Tech Platform—Call It Mirrorworld

(Unlike the dark, closed goggles of VR, AR glasses use see-through technology to insert virtual apparitions into the real world.) Eventually we’ll be able to search physical space as we might search a text—“find me all the places where a park bench faces sunrise along a river.” We will hyperlink objects into a network of the physical, just as the web hyperlinked words, producing marvelous benefits and new products.

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