Don’t we all love nature? We have a couple of amazing panoramic photos, uploaded to 360Cities recently, that will brighten up your day, even if you’re stuck in your office!

 

The arch, or Pont d’Arc by Hapaks (click the picture to open the pano)

This week we start in France. There is a number amazing places along the Ardeche River, and the Pont d’Arc is certainly one of them. Where the water meets the earth. Who wouldn’t like to ride a boat under that huge piece of rock!

 

Freedom space Lago-Naki by Yuri Zvezdny (click the picture to open the pano)

It’s time for some amazing starry skies! Let’s start with this shot from Russia, this pano was take at the Lago-Naki plateau.

 

Milky Way and Star Trails over Bar Harbor by Aaron Priest (click the pictures to open the panos)

This is something really special. Two shots, taken from the same spot from Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park near the Bar Harbor. The first one seems absolutely normal, even though it took a huge time to make it. The second one, though, looks lovely, as the timelapse effect makes it look unreal. Brilliant job!

 

Flores Island, Labuan Bajo, Sunrise by Fietter Chalim (click the picture to open the pano)

To finish our short list of wonderful panoramas from the nature, we have to travel all the way to Indonesia. This aerial shot of Flores Island looks just fantastic.

 

There’s more to admire! Keep scrolling!

 

The Brahmaputra Grand Canyon and Lucerne by jacky cheng (click the pictures to open the panos)

San Mauro Cilento – Sorrentini by Riccardo Ferro (click the picture to open the pano)

The altar and frescoes of the Orthodox Church of St. Vladimir by Alexander Shirobokov (click the picture to open the pano)

Prince-Bishops’ Palace room by thierry lechanteur (click the picture to open the pano)

Kam Tin River by wongchichuen (click the picture to open the pano)

Convento de Cristo Tomar by Santiago Ribas (click the picture to open the pano)

Temple of Bacchus and Temple of Jupiter by Melkan Bassil (click the picture to open the pano)

Why VR vs. AR is an obsolete argument

Over the past year, virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) technology have become hot topics, particularly when it comes to how they stack up against each other. Enthusiastic publications are treating these two as fiercely competitive technologies, while in fact, it’s much more likely there will be a place for both in our future.


The best free games for Oculus Rift (with Vive ‘Hack’)

What now? You can’t just hang out in the Oculus Home all day. Well maybe you can, it is rather beautiful in there. But there’s no sense in missing all the awesome experiences. While the Oculus store has an excellent catalog nowadays you will also want to download and set up Steam VR. Steam has a bigger list of apps and games, but as usual there’s a lot of junk. There are even some titles on Steam that claim to support Oculus and/or Touch but are so buggy they hardly work at all. Make sure you check out reviews before buying anything. In case you missed it , our Setup the Oculus Rift Guide has instructions on setting up Steam VR.


Law, virtual reality, and augmented reality

Stanford law professor Mark A. Lemley and I have just finished a draft of a new article, “Law, Virtual Reality, and Augmented Reality.” It’s still early days in the development of commercial VR and AR, and even more so in the law of each. But we think that the shape of the technology is clear enough to speculate about the legal issues that are likely to arise. Plus, selfishly, we’d like to get in on the ground floor of something that’s going to be big — and we’re sure that VR and AR will indeed be big.


Surgeon Simulator Experience Reality: I just don’t have the heart for it..

Have you ever wanted to be knee deep in Eyeballs? Spit out somebody else their teeth? No? Well you are missing out buddy. Bossa Studios released the Virtual Reality version of there game Surgeon Simulator. “But wait, They did that Last year!” why yes they did! But back then the game was not really fun to play, not for me anyway. The controls were not really optimized and in the end it could get a little frustrating that you were not able to cut someones eye out with a bone saw that effectively. I was a bit busy this and last month so I was not able to test out the new patch they brought out.


That’s Powerful: GE Is Using Virtual Reality To Train Nuclear Engineers

Few places in the world are more secure than a nuclear power plant in France. Anyone who doesn’t work there full time, including maintenance engineers and field technicians, needs to get a security clearance and to complete rigorous safety training before they can step inside.


Virtual reality needs to solve problems, NOT be the problem

Virtual reality will sell beyond gaming and technology markets if it solves problems. It will not sell if it creates them. After a few spectacular failures in a professional distribution of VR, film and tech enthusiasts from Denmark and Poland got the point and now jointly launch a unique pop-up VR cinema at CPH:DOX film festival in Copenhagen.


Privacy in VR Is Complicated and It’ll Take the Entire VR Community to Figure It Out

When I was at the GDC VR Mixer, Jim Preston struck up a conversation about his concerns about privacy in VR. He works at FOVE which is making a VR headset with eye-tracking, but wanted to speak to me on his own behalf about some of the deeper philosophical questions and conceptual frameworks around the types of intimate data that will become available to VR headsets. As more and more biometric data streams are integrated into VR there a lot of complicated and complex ethical questions that he thinks will take the entire VR community needs to figure out.


The struggle to adapt storytelling for virtual reality

Storytelling in virtual reality has yet to take shape. While the simulated world of gaming has proved the visual capabilities of the medium, few have taken a crack at the art of building a compelling narrative.


Are You Talking to Me? – My Problem With AR Headsets

I work on the third floor of an office with three other developers. It is a fun group of guys, and it is not uncommon for us to kick out some great tunes, or spark up awesome conversations about whatever tech news is hot that day. We aren’t a rowdy bunch, but occasionally the folks on the first and second floors have to come up and tell us to keep it down.


How YouTube Is Making Virtual Reality Look Better

YouTube has developed what it hopes can become a new industry standard that makes 360-degree videos look better and perform more efficiently. The technological update, which YouTube and Google’s internal Daydream virtual reality team have already implemented for displaying 360-degree videos on Android devices, was created to address a problem that would be familiar to anyone who’s ever tried to lay out a spherical object on a rectangle. Think: showing the Earth on a rectangular map, which vastly distorts the size of various continents.


 

How YouTube Is Making Virtual Reality Look Better

YouTube has developed what it hopes can become a new industry standard that makes 360-degree videos look better and perform more efficiently. The technological update, which YouTube and Google’s internal Daydream virtual reality team have already implemented for displaying 360-degree videos on Android devices, was created to address a problem that would be familiar to anyone who’s ever tried to lay out a spherical object on a rectangle. Think: showing the Earth on a rectangular map, which vastly distorts the size of various continents.


Leap Motion’s New 180-degree Hand-tracking Comes to Qualcomm’s Latest VRDK Headset

Qualcomm has debuted an updated version of their VR Headset Reference Design now with Leap Motion’s new 180-degree hand-tracking to bring gesture control to mobile VR headsets. The new headset and Leap Motion tracking module was shown off during last week’s GDC 2017.


Are You Talking to Me? – My Problem With AR Headsets

I work on the third floor of an office with three other developers. It is a fun group of guys, and it is not uncommon for us to kick out some great tunes, or spark up awesome conversations about whatever tech news is hot that day. We aren’t a rowdy bunch, but occasionally the folks on the first and second floors have to come up and tell us to keep it down.


5 BIG COMPANIES LAUNCHED VR PLATFORMS THIS WEEK: VR LIVESTREAM, FACEBOOK’S FIRST VR APP, AND MORE.

The competition of VR platform is getting heat this week. Facebook released its first VR app. CNN launched its VR platform. Vimeo comes to the party of 360 content. And…


How Filmmakers Are Solving VR’s Biggest Problem: Adoption

Last week, I outlined ways that VR can avoid failing in 2017 but with SXSW happening this week, I was inspired to delve deeper into the driving force for Virtual Reality’s current adoption.


How Brands Use Facebook 360 Video (And Why You Should Too)

As managing director of video marketing strategy agency, Hurricane, I have over 20 years’ experience creating engaging content, first for the BBC, and now for leading brands maximizing the opportunities of social media. In my opinion, now is the time to get ahead of the competition and add 360 degree content to your video strategy.


Psychologists Use VR to Test Whether You’ll Save Someone’s Life

Imagine you’re in your school or office when the fire alarm goes off. You snake your way through the corridors, avoiding explosions and walking through clouds of black smoke. All the while, the alarm bells continue to blare in your ears. Your vision narrows as your body gets weak from the smoke and the physical exertion. Just when you feel like you’re about to collapse, you see someone trapped under a fallen piece of debris. He desperately begs for you to help him. What do you do?


Top 10 Most Viewed 360 Videos of February 2017

March is here, you know what that means! It’s time for us to bring you yet another list of this month’s most viewed 360 degree videos. From horrifying experiences that will put you into a paranormal state of fright to gorgeous Venezuelan waterfalls, you’re in for a treat this time around so we hope you’ve come prepared with some kind of VR gear. So strap in your HTC Vive, boot up that Oculus Rift, and power on your GearVR – it’s time for the 10 most viewed 360 videos of February 2017!


Introduction to Virtual Reality

Welcome to the future, Virtual Reality is here and it works. Hooray! Unfortunately, you need a computer from the future just to be able to use it.


Microsoft HoloLens Takes Michael Abrash Too Literally?

When Michael Abrash moved from Intel to Valve, according to his post on the latter company’s blog, he suggested that he should help optimize Portal 2. The response from Jay Stelly was interesting: “Yeah, you could do that, but we’ll get it shipped anyway.” That’s… not something you’d expect from a company that is getting ready to ship a huge, AAA title.


 

Like every week, we are here to bring you the most wonderful panoramic photos that our community photographers uploaded last week. And there some amazing pieces!

 

Before the perfect ride by Melina Mehr Klee (click the picture to open the pano)

If you like skiing or snowboarding, you know what this panoramic photo is about. After a tough climb, it is now the time to put on your skis and go down. Breathe in, breathe out and… go!

 

Breakdown Highway Blues by Salma ElDardiry (click the picture to open the pano)

This pano is really a piece of art, with the lovely night sky and the lights of the car going past the one that’s apparently broken. Even though the whole situation does not seem happy for the guys trying to repair it, the pano is wonderful!

 

Porcos Bay Aerial by Marcio Cabral (click the picture to open the pano)

What an amazing piece of nature the Fernando de Noronha islands are. Porcos bay is just one of many untouched places there, so if you ever get to explore the east coast of Brazil, this spot is certainly a must-see!

 

Laguna Torre at Magic Hour by Marcio Cabral (click the picture to open the pano)

Marcio is our PRO, EXPERT and MAESTRO photographers and this panoramic photo is another proof. It’s quite difficult to capture the beauties of the nature, but he’s making it look easy, Laguna Torre looks stunning on this pano.

 

Chaplin World Museum by luis davilla (click the picture to open the pano)

This wax figure of Albert Einstein can be found in Chaplin’s world in Switzerland, which is an extraordinary place. Whole site dedicated to the famous artist offers an amazing tour full of art, naure and simply amazing experience. It’s located in Corsier-sur-Vevey!

 

Here’s more!

Johannisberg Vineyards Areal View by Carsten Arenz (click the picture to open the pano)

Pilu hole – relics repair site by jacky cheng (click the picture to open the pano)

Ramesses the Sixth Burial Chamber by Salma ElDardiry (click the picture to open the pano)

Palazzo Querini Stampalia by Heiner Straesser (click the picture to open the pano)

Chiesa di San Domenico by Heiner Straesser (click the picture to open the pano)

A Virtual Reality Documentary Sheds Light on Mental Illness

When Francis, a teacher from the African nation of Ghana, suffered a mental health crisis, his family and friends didn’t know how to help. In his small village, they only knew of one solution: to lock him away until his madness subsided.


How virtual reality is changing engineering

Far from being a technology of the future, virtual reality is now well established in multiple industries and sectors, ranging from entertainment, communications and education to design, scientific research and defence. Professor Anthony Steed, from the Virtual Environments and Computer Graphics group at UCL, explores how three companies are using immersive technologies to transform their engineering processes.


Patagonia and Google look to defend public lands with stunning VR film series

The Bears Ears region in southeastern Utah has many claims to fame. It’s the sacred home to five Native American tribes, a popular spot for rock climbers and outdoor enthusiasts from around the U.S., and the location of tens of thousands of archaeological sites.


Augmented reality: The Future of Virtual Technology

Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality are the hot trending talk in the tech ecosystem. TechGiants are promising advancement and investors are gushing capital into the place. Facebook acquired Oculus for $2 billion in 2014. Internet Giant, Google has been showcasing its G-Glass since 2012 and continues to invest in Glass, contrary to widespread belief. Microsoft, Samsung, Toshiba and Sony have proclaimed their own smart glasses. Nearly every major TechGiants in Silicon Valley invested in Magic Leap, and the emerging players such as Atheer, Recon, Vuzix, Epson, Meta, Optinvent, ODG, and others are also developing smart glasses. The Space is on fire.


100 demos, 50 pitches, and a year with AR and VR: What we’ve learned

We received our first market-ready VR headset at Madrona almost one year ago now, and since then, we have done VR (Vive and Rift) and AR (HoloLens) demos for over 100 people who have stopped by our office to check out the next big computing platform. We have done demos for kids, parents, grandparents, pro football players, elected officials, company executives, gaming enthusiasts, people who never game, and people all over the spectrum from skeptical to extremely excited about VR. We have also participated in over 50 unique VR/AR demos from companies pitching Madrona.


Valve, SMI and Tobii Preview VR’s Eye Tracking Future In HTC Vive

Over the last week we learned that by spending essentially $300 to purchase three Vive Trackers, you will be able to bring your legs, feet and torso into VR — so you can kick a dinosaur in the face without even looking at it. Dinosaur kicking for $300 is certainly funny, but it’s also a great example of a broad effort by developers and hardware manufacturers to make virtual worlds more responsive to human behavior. Another is more robust hand and finger tracking, so the incredible variety of quick and precise movements in your hands are accurately represented in a virtual world. Still another example is eye tracking, and we’ve seen demonstrations from both Tobii and SMI in the HTC Vive offering a glimpse of how much better future VR systems will be at understanding our behavior.


Zero Latency 2.0: New Levels In Virtual Reality

When I tried it in mid-2015, I was blown away by Zero Latency’s immersive virtual reality — completely wireless, free roaming, warehouse-sized VR, built in Melbourne. Almost two years on, the fundamentals are the same, but the Zero Latency experience is more refined than it has ever been. And that means new things are possible.


Deus Ex director Warren Spector has harsh words for virtual reality and more

Today at the Game Developers Conference, industry heavyweight Warren Spector hosted a post mortem on the making of Deus Ex, arguably his most beloved game. While Spector’s talk featured a lot of insights into the lengthy development process for Deus Ex and what he did right and wrong, he also offered some thoughts on current game development trends, often in response to audience questions.


5 Steve Jobs Methods to Avoid VR’s Failure in 2017

Last week, I was inspired to find ways to make VR mainstream after reading Cody Brown’s article on Oculus’ failure to sell VR. The Best Buy poster made me reflect on which Oculus advertisements I remember best. There’s two:
The fake-looking butterfly photo
The woman in a headset staring at an Intel logo


The Mill’s incredible Blackbird at GDC : The future of Virtual Production

Filming cars was never going to be same again, after The Mill introduced the Blackbird. Their car invention was truly an incredible cutting edge production tool. It addressed a fundamental problem: automotive car availability on location. But when filming with the Blackbird, the problem was trying to make decisions creatively without the actual target car visible on set…


 

Here are the most wonderful panoramic photos uploaded to 360Cities recently, and our community photographers did a tremendous job this time!

 

Leaning Tower of Pisa by jacky cheng (click the picture to open the pano)

This week we start in Italy, with a notoriously known monument – the Leaning Tower of Pisa. This pano is interesting mostly for two reasons. First – the morning light, highlighting the tower, making the photo look magical. Second – notice there is not as many people as usual! Special, really!

 

Facade by Ariadna Lahoz (click the picture to open the pano)

Barcelona is – apart from other reasons – popular for its architecture and design. This one’s a proof. It was captured in Walden 7, an apartment building designed by Ricardo Bofill, which looks simply stunning. Have a look around!

 

Snow Covered Saddle Rock by Jason Wiegand (click the picture to open the pano)

After admiring architectural beauty, let’s now move to the nature. If you prefer snowy peaks of mountain ranges, this pano is for you. Snow covered Saddle rock near Wenatchee is a popular hiking location, and is looks wonderful in the winter.

 

Starry morning of El’ton lake by Yuri Zvezdny (click the picture to open the pano)

Would the Editors’ picks list be complete without a Milky way pano? No, it would not – and this one really deserved its spot here. We love the way the stars are reflected on the surface of the lake, with only minutes remaining until the Sun sets in the distance.

 

Matala beach by Nick Spar (click the picture to open the pano)

If you ever get to travel to Crete, Greece, make sure you have the time to explore every inch of the island, so you can discover some wonderful spots, such as this one. Artificial caves of Matala beach will certainly become one of the highlights of your trip!

 

More panoramic beauty coming your way!

Black Angus sculpture by Tauno Kangro by Andrew Bodrov (click the picture to open the pano)

Na Sinneula by Rami Saarikorpi (click the picture to open the pano)

The Almoravid Koubba – Marrakech by Sergej Esnault (click the picture to open the pano)

Swords in rock 3 by Alex Mayer (click the picture to open the pano)

Buddha Temple – Main Hall by jacky cheng (click the picture to open the pano)

The old furnaces of Caldè, Castelveccana by Assaf Spiegler (click the picture to open the pano)

Canoes in Winter by John Wood (click the picture to open the pano)

Inntel hotels, Zaandam by LittlePlanet.be (click the picture to open the pano)

Hello everybody! 360Cities community photographers daily upload dozens of panos and we are here to select the best ones – even though that’s sometimes a really tough job to do. Anyway – here we go!

 

Remedello, The Ideal Town by Frank Ellmerich (click the picture to open the pano)

This one’s great – a miniature historical town, built in a little town of Remedello in northern Italy. It’s not finished yet, but it already covers more than 250 square metres and includes more than 100 buildings, roads, lake, rivers and nature. Amazing place!

 

Moon rising by Martin Broomfield (click the picture to open the pano)

We love to present you some lovely sunrise panoramic photos, this time it’s the Moon rising. Martin took this pano on a beach on the Mafia Island in Zanzibar, which seems like just the right spot for this kind of pano, right?

 

Gereme open air museum by Alexander Kalashnikoff (click the picture to open the pano)

Recently, we brought you a special Cappadocia-edition of the Editors’ picks. Now we’re coming back, because we have a special pano to show you – Turkey may not be regarded as a popular winter sports destination, but they do get snow over there for sure. And as you can see on this pano, it certainly has a special magic!

 

Level 43 Sky Lounge by Little Planet (click the picture to open the pano)

Looking for a cool spot for your party? Well – this could be it! There’s a brilliant view from the Level 43 Sky Lounge in Dubai, no matter if it’s day or night. Dubai is living its busy life underneath, while you can relax and enjoy the breath-taking view over the city’s rooftops. That sounds just right.

 

Monarch butterfly Mexico by Luis Erantzcani (click the picture to open the pano)

A moment that you will remember for the rest of your life. This one could be it. Thousands of beautiful butterflies flying all around your camera – a photographer knows what to do. Just have a look and enjoy the view!

 

More amazing panoramic photos coming your way!

Tomorrowland 2016 – Main Stage by Little Planet (click the picture to open the pano)

Tek Nefli Cave Church and Acık Saray by Heiner Straesser (click the pictures to open the panos)

Telescope in Taurus Hill Observatory by Janne (click the picture to open the pano)

Garda, Punta san Vigilio and Spazzi, Madonna della Corona by Frank Ellmerich (click the pictures to open the panos)

Philharmonic hall of Liège and Pieta – Robermont cemetery by thierry lechanteur (click the pictures to open the panos)

Inside INS Gal, retired Gal-class submarine by Zoran Strajin (click the picture to open the pano)

The largest continuous hop-planting area in the world by B. Quitterer (click the picture to open the pano)

View from the Buenos Aires Obelisk by Willy Kaemena (click the picture to open the pano)

Oscar nominee Patrick Osborne on Pearl: ‘I wish I could make every film in VR first’

Google’s Spotlight Story program has come a long way since Windy Day landed on Moto X phones in 2013. Since then, the company has consistently produced short films to take advantage of smartphone hardware. In 2015, the company worked with former Disney animator Glen Keane to produce the lyrical Duet, and later signed Fast and Furious director Justin Lin for the live-action monster movie Help!. Each effort has pushed the envelope in one way or another, all in order to move stories told in 360 degrees forward.


NEW VR STUDIO LAUNCHES WITH FOCUS ON TABLETOP GAMING

Every new step of video gaming, surely even back to the advent of Pong, carries with it at least pinch of anxiety for the board gaming set. Will this be the flashy gadget that totally lures everybody away from the tabletop? Who’s going to be satisfied with a box full of cards and pieces when there’s this flashy console with so much processing power?


UK hospital uses VR to ease kids’ nerves before an MRI

Magnetic resonance imaging, most common known as an MRI for short, can be a frightening experience, especially for kids. The process involves lying down on a narrow bed, sliding into the middle of a donut-shaped machine, and being bombarded by loud banging noises as the machine goes to work. To help ease children’s nerves before their first MRI, a hospital in the United Kingdom has developed a virtual reality app for kids to watch and prepare themselves for their procedure.


This VR Startup Facebook Acquired for $2 Billion is Facing Complete Shutdown

Oculus, a $2 billion acquisition that Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook made almost three years ago, has landed the global giant in a huge mess now. A while ago, popular video game publisher ZeniMax, which is best known in the market as the owner of Fallout and Skyrim developer Bethesda Softworks, filed a lawsuit against Oculus accusing it of using copyrighted ZeniMax technology without permission.


Shovelware for VR Is A Good Thing (For Now)

I had the pleasure of spending some quality time with the amazingly talented indie dev community at the Monthly Seattle VR Meetup last night. As a co founder of this Meetup group, I am excited each month to gather with so many passionate individuals with an evening intended to push VR to its highest potential, and to welcome newcomers to the community with open arms. This month’s meetup focused on art and VR creation tools such as Tilt Brush and Oculus Medium. We had multiple workstations set up and lines of people eagerly waiting to show off their artistic skills on a digital canvas.


Technicolor Launches Virtual and Augmented Reality-Focused Sound Lab

Technicolor’s new immersive audio unit, dubbed The Sound Lab at Technicolor, is up and running at its Burbank headquarters. It will also use space at the company’s Technicolor at Paramount sound facility and work closely with its Technicolor Experience Center.


WE TRIED IMAX VR, AND IT LEFT US EXCITED AS HELL (AND WEAK IN THE KNEES)

Тhe room looks like an office cubicle from the future, and I’m seated in what appears to be an ordinary lounge chair. Strapped to my head is an HTC Vive VR headset and a pair of headphones. But this seemingly non-descript bit of furniture has some tricks up its sleeve. Designed by a company called D-Box, it’s fitted with moving hinges to jolt and rattle your body — and it’s about to catapult me into another world.


Android’s next destination: Untethered VR headsets with the Snapdragon 835

What is Android’s next destination? Thanks to Qualcomm, it’s going to be used in untethered VR headsets. Google’s plan for VR headsets currently revolves around Daydream, in which smartphones are slotted into headsets like DayDream View. But VR’s future appears to be in untethered head-mounted displays, which are self-contained computers. These headsets don’t need to be hooked up to smartphones or computers to roam VR worlds.


Fifty Shades Darker Encoding Showdown

We worked closely with 5th Wall Agency, the producers of the Fifty Shades Darker: The Masquerade Ball VR experience, to help them create a Headjack-powered app for Gear VR. To maximize eyeballs, Universal Pictures spread this spicy piece of VR content to nearly every outlet possible. From YouTube and Facebook, to Jaunt and Samsung VR, and even an embedded VR player on people.com. This offers a unique chance to compare the encoding quality of all these platforms!


Blueprint Reality’s MixCast tool lets you broadcast from virtual reality

Blueprint Reality is launching a tool dubbed MixCast VR that lets both game developers and consumers create their own mixed reality videos from within VR. The Vancouver, Canada-based company recently released its first title, the Awaken VR puzzle game, on the HTC Vive VR headset. And now it is releasing one of the tools that it used to build that game.


 

 

Virtual reality has potential to add new dimensions to marketing

Is virtual reality the next big thing in marketing and advertising or are its advocates due for a painful dose of true reality? 
Virtual reality (VR) is the computer- and camera- generated creation of a seemingly real, three-dimensional experience using electronic equipment, such as a helmet or goggles containing a screen. In some instances, for example by using gloves with sensors, it’s possible to manipulate objects and perform actions in this simulated world.


Domaining in the Virtual Reality Space: VR Domain Investments

If you have been watching lots of Hollywood movies, you must assume that virtual reality has been around for the past 40 or 50 years! However, in spite of all the technological advancements, movies and books over the years on the subject of virtuality, true immersive and high quality virtual reality only arrived in 2016!


The eSight 3 is an augmented reality headset designed to help the legally blind see

At first glance, eSight’s headsets look a lot like any other VR or AR gear out there. But while most virtual reality systems are built to make digital worlds more realistic, the eSight aims to do just the opposite, using augmented reality headsets and digital technology to help bring the real world to individuals who are legally blind.


Why VR Analytics is Important ?

Analytics for apps or websites currently do a great job of letting you know the problem. They can assimilate the information about the user’s journey. How long were they using the content, how far ahead were they and when did they stop using it. However, it still begs a basic question, why did they drop off? We are left guessing and making the most probable conclusion.


8 VR MARKETING IDEAS: FROM PORTOFOLIO IN VR TO SOUVENIR IN VR

Only 8% of marketers are currently using VR marketing, but the results? Phenomenal. A little flashback. Years ago, some business felt like they didn’t need a web page because they thought it wasn’t important. See what’s happening today. If your business doesn’t have a web page, it’s like you’re missing a big part of your business. Now, a new technology has finally arrived, and it’s called VR. Don’t want to repeat the same mistakes, some companies, such as McD, Volvo, The New York Times, Thomas Cook, Virgin Holiday, have finally adapted VR marketing into their business.


Beaming the ‘Matrix’ into Your Eyes: Otoy CEO on the Future of Real-time Lightfield Rendering

At Unity’s Unite keynote in November, Otoy’s Jules Urbach announced that their Octane Renderer was going to be built into Unity to bake light field scenes. But this is also setting up the potential for real-time ray tracing of light fields using application-specific integrated circuits from PowerVR, which Urbach says that with 120W could render out up to 6 billion rays per second. Combining this PowerVR ASIC with foveated rendering and Otoy’s Octane renderer built into Unity provides a technological roadmap for being able to produce a photorealistic quality that will be like beaming the Matrix into your eyes.


Share HoloLens Holograms With Microsoft Spectator View Cam

Stepping into a virtual or augmented reality is a wholly singular experience; no two people will follow the exact same path. Which is great if you’re hawking a video game or interactive movie.


This Augmented Reality App Tells Indigenous Stories in Canadian Cities

Adrian Duke showed me his phone while we stood outside Vancouver’s Skwachàys Lodge. An animated raven popped up to tell me the story behind this boutique hotel, which houses Indigenous artists and their works. The raven was modelled on a commissioned painting by Garnet Tobacco, whose other paintings are on display inside the gallery.


Let’s turn off Magic Leap’s mixed-reality hype machine

There is vaporware and then there’s oh-shut-up-and-just-release-the-damn-product-ware. The latter is what many have come to think of when the name Magic Leap is mentioned. And with good reason. Founded back in 2011, the hype train for what many believe is an augmented reality headset or glasses company left the station around 2014. Since then, the company has racked up investments from the likes of Google and others amounting to over $1 billion, as well as tantalizing testimonials from high-profile names who have tried the technology and have indicated that it’s so impressive it may change computing forever.


Valve ‘comfortable’ if virtual reality headsets fail

Gabe Newell, head of the game studio, made the statement in an interview with news site Polygon.
Valve is co-developer of the Vive VR headset with phone firm HTC.
Mr Newell said, so far, interest in the technology was in line with its expectations and that some VR games had already sold well.


 

Planet Earth is amazing, no doubt about that, no matter if you prefer natural beauties over those created by men. In today’s Editors’ picks summary, you can admire both. And we’re pretty sure you’ll enjoy the ride.

 

Bergeggi Night by AndreaFacco (click the picture to open the pano)

Sure, the Milky Way panos are our favourites, but this one’s amazing. The Milky Way overlooks the coast in the northern part of Italy near the town of Bergeggi, while the sea reflects the city lights shining from a distance. Amazing!

 

Kapellbrücke Luzern, Switzerland during winter by night by Florian Lotter (click the picture to open the pano)

No doubt that Switzerland is wonderful, but this European country is popular for its mountain ranges and an untouched nature. However, as this pano shows, Swiss cities have a lot to offer as well. Such as Luzern, with its romantic bridges over the Reuss river. And it looks stunning from above!

 

Iceland Northern Lights by Flavio Di Mattia (click the picture to open the pano)

Sometimes we feel a bit sad that we do not live in an area with occasional northern lights. Flavio was lucky enough to capture this natural miracle and the result is simply wonderful.

 

Temple of The Goddess Hathor, Hypostyle Hall by Alexey Miroshnikov (click the pictures to open the panos)

Alexey took these panoramic photos in the Hathor Temple, the main temple of the Dendera complex, more specifically in its Large Hypostle hall. The earlies extant building in the whole complex was build more than 300 years BC, but the Temple was build a bit later, during the Ptolemaic period. Anyway – still a lot to admire inside.

 

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Twilight, City of technology by sergio rondalli (click the picture to open the pano)

Zion National Park: Canyon Overlook by Marcelo Portella (click the picture to open the pano)

Hillsborough River State Park Below The Rapids by John Hill (click the picture to open the pano)

Giraffe grazing, Crescent Island, Lake Naivasha by Martin Broomfield (click the picture to open the pano)

Osireion Temple frontview by Alexey Miroshnikov (click the picture to open the pano)

Geyser Strokkur Slow Motion by Flavio Di Mattia (click the picture to open the pano)

Rice Paddy by Ben Smart (click the picture to open the pano)