Archive for August, 2016

It’s Monday, which means we have the best panoramic photos uploaded to 360Cities ready for you! Got a couple of minutes? Let’s check them out!

 

Cetina spring by Zeljko Soletic Dubrovnik (click the picture to open the pano)

This week we start in Croatia at the spring of the Cetina river. The whole valley looks amazing with the almost-clear blue sky above. And it must look even better from the church overlooking the whole area!

 

Slavonijo tko te nije volio by banga (click the picture to open the pano)

Let’s stay in Croatia for a little while, this aerial shot should definitely get your attention. Speaking of a beautiful nature, this country apparently has a lot to offer – just look at that amazing sunset! Brilliant pano!

 

First Snow on the Farm by Wayne Drzewiecki (click the picture to open the pano)

Did you know it snows in Australia, too? We understand you might be as surprised as those deer over there, but it really does, and it’s not anything unusual in high places. But it’s definitely something special to see!

 

Dust Storm July 18th 2016 by john garberson (click the picture to open the pano)

For someone who doesn’t live in the Phoenix valley, a dust storm is also something you don’t get to see every day. But as John points out, the storms are quite regular thing over there each summer. But still – you don’t want to be caught in the middle of one of them! Scary!

 

Young Cows – Oceania Dairy by Christian Kleiman (click the picture to open the pano)

These young cows seem to have a good time on their farm – and they seem to be particularly interested in the photographer. Or his camera? Perhaps one of them will become a new 360Cities contributor soon! Nice!

 

Don’t go anywhere! We have a couple of cool panoramas for you!

 

West Kowloon Highway by wongchichuen (click the picture to open the pano)

Inside The Victorian by TJ Shemaly (click the picture to open the pano)

Berzelii by Saša Stojanović (click the picture to open the pano)

Le Morne Brabant by J Marc Lim (click the picture to open the pano)

Lello Bookshop by Santiago Ribas – 360portugal – Aereal 360 (click the picture to open the pano)

Obama lost in virtual reality prompts hilarious Photoshop battle

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White House Photographer Pete Souza shared a candid photo of President Obama checking out his trip to Yosemite earlier this year in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the National Parks. Instead of watching the footage on a TV, Obama was checking out his trip using a virtual reality headset. And like anyone using VR, Obama looked pretty ridiculous

Live streaming 360 VR video in practice.

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A while ago we wrote an article covering the basics of live streaming 360 degree video to VR headsets. That article was written after we were asked to build a VR app capable of playing a 360º live stream, which taught us a lot, but meant we did not have to do the stressful work of setting up the cameras and keeping the live stream in the air. However, we just successfully live streamed several big music festivals in 360º from 3 locations simultaneously, so we actually got our hands dirty this time. Here is what we learned.

How VR is rewriting the rules of storytelling

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Over the last couple of years advances in VR technology have shown the potential to revolutionize a broad variety of sectors, from enhancing exercise routines to military drone piloting to even helping people overcome a fear of public speaking. In the sphere of classical storytelling though, the uptake has been much more cautious. It’s easy to immediately understand how new VR interfaces could change the way wemake music or design buildings but is VR a threat – or even a valid competitor – to film or television? As a medium can VR even function as a storytelling device, or does the inherent immersive interactivity of the medium make it fundamentally unsuitable for those ends?

Blurring the Lines Between Virtual and Augmented Reality

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Bloomberg’s Michael Bancroft visits Sulon Technologies, a startup that has developed a headset that blends virtual and augmented reality experiences together unlike anything currently on the market.

Virtual reality explained for kids

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You have tried virtual reality and now you’re wondering how the technology works? Let’s have a look at how strange looking goggles can take you to a different world. Virtual reality is a strange thing. Let’s start with the name: virtual reality. It’s nearly a tongue-twister, right? This is probably why many people just call it VR.

A real game changer: how virtual reality is helping amputees

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Did you make yourself a coffee this morning? Crack an egg for breakfast? Scratch your back? Cross your legs as you sat down at your desk? For some people, the simple movements we take for granted aren’t possible but thanks to advances in assistive technologies and AI-enabled prosthetics, it soon could be.

Virtual Reality Porn is not for Women!

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VR is at its growing stage and various areas of business and exploration are trying to maximise its potential. I was completely wowed by the technology when I first try it , couldn’t stop but think of a number of things that VR was capable of doing. Its life changing. From exploring foreign cities to moving around in space, from gaming to porn , VR has infinite possibilities . All that VR is just amazing but while talking about VR Porn, I personally haven’t tried it but a number of women have. I was surprised to know how awful they think it is , especially for women.

Google presents 5 thrilling virtual tours to celebrate US National Park Service

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Google is celebrating the centennial of the National Park Service with beautiful 360-degree videos of 5 different US national parks and a new Doodle animation.

Virtual reality gets starring role at Venice film festival

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Venice, first of the big autumn film festivals, is the most glamorous, attracting big stars to Europe’s most beguiling location. But this year, virtual reality technology could steal the limelight from all the talent posing on the Rialto.

Navigating virtual reality: The eyes have it

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First came the computer mouse. Then, the touchscreen. Now the tech industry is looking for a new human-machine interface — this time, one that will make virtual-reality (VR) headsets as mainstream as personal computers and smartphones. The man who invented the LeapPad tablet for kids is betting the killer app is right in front of your face: The eyes

Virtual Reality App Development

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A fashion trend, a cutting-edge technology, a new direction in art, a radical philosophical and lifestyle shift. First of all VR is a rapidly growing market. Many researches state that VR market is on its way to its own Big Bang with some, like Thinkmobiles, promising a 400% increase in number of active VR users till 2018. So with the cost to develop a VR app being quite fair nowadays it is the best time to create a VR app for business.


Xiaomi hints at a more ‘sophisticated’ virtual reality headset

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Chinese electronics giant Xiaomi is working on a more “sophisticated” virtual reality (VR) headset, its head of international told CNBC on Friday, just days after announcing its first foray into the space. Earlier this month, Xiaomi unveiled the Mi VR Play headset, a device it said was an “entry level” product without unveiling the price.


Virtual, augmented and mixed reality are the 4th wave

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Consumer computing platform changes aren’t straight lines, they’re waves. PC, internet and mobile were the first 3 waves, and each was faster, larger and more disruptive than the last. Now the fourth wave of virtual, augmented and mixed reality is bearing down on us, so let’s dive in. The water’s fine.


Is VR the Future of Video Marketing?

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…now, in 2016, VR is finally as good as we always hoped it would be. It’s attainable too, with over 43 million active users worldwide and counting. Studies have predicted that by 2018, the number of people with a VR headset will reach 171 million!

That creates a lot of potential for marketers, now and in the future.

But, can VR go the distance?

Or is it just a passing craze?


9 market research reports to prove the massive potential of virtual reality

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By many experts, 2016 is seen as the year when virtual and augmented reality are expected to take off as a consumer technology. Here are some — free and paid — reports that will help you better understand the direction of the growing trends in the global VR/AR industry.


Intel’s new ‘merged reality’ headset sports made-in-Israel tech

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Project Alloy, introduced this week in San Francisco, lets you move around in VR without bumping into real-world objects, utilizing RealSense, a Haifa-developed vision system


Virtual Reality and the reimagining of Story

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Fast forward to the glorious year of 2016 and we have another beast in the house which hints at the nature of VR. Take look at the video below which shows the first hand on reactions of IGN’s (entertainment site) staff to the Paranormal Activity VR game\experience. Watching this, another revelation becomes apparent.  Especially when we reach the climax of the experience, and shit really hits the fan in the haunted house, the seasoned gameplayers are turned into crying babies. Watching this, I had goosebumps, because I knew that what Doom 3 offered over a decade ago, was nothing compared to the sheer schock, exhiliration, nauseau, and terror which VR will have on our senses in the coming years.


10 Great Examples of VR Media in Modern Journalism

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Storytelling. The art of showing and telling stories in a rich and elaborate manner. For as long as we can trail back our lineage, stories has been a foundational cornerstone within our cultural heritage, and this regardless of where we individually may hail from.


Seven Billion Heads are Better Than One

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With ultra-socialized millennials taking over the workforce, team and project based work is quickly becoming the standard operating procedure of most organizations. And good thing too. As the complexity of the problems that businesses need to tackle increases, multiple brains working together seems to have a much higher chance of success.


How NASA is using virtual and augmented reality to tain astronauts.

 

 

Who doesn’t love a nice, romantic sunset! Right? We’re pretty lucky our 360Cities community photographers have uploaded a couple of them recently, so we can put them all together and enjoy them all!

 

Sugarloaf Rock Sunset by Luke Busellato (click the picture to open the pano)

This one was taken in Western Australia. The Sun sets behind the famous Sugarloaf Rock, which is not really a rock, but it actually is a small island. Apart from being a habitat for a number of seabird species, it looks really good on photos, doesn’t it?

 

Emporio Sunset Kalynos Island Greece by Vasilis Triantafyllou (click the picture to open the pano)

Another sunset, another lovely island. This time, however, we’re on the other side of the planet, in Greece. Kalymnos is a small island in Aegean sea (a bit bigger than the Sugarloaf rock, to be honest) and it’s quite popular as a tourist destination, which is not really an exception among all the other Greek islands. Just open the pano and you’ll see why!

 

Aerial Sunset Behind Telendos Island Greece by Vasilis Triantafyllou (click the picture to open the pano)

Let’s stay in Kalymnos, Greece, for a little while, as Vasilis captured a lovely sunset behind Telendos – a tiny island pretty close to Kalymnos. Did you know it has population slightly over 50 and there are no cars on the island? Cool!

 

Sunset in the fileld by Losev Alexey (click the picture to open the pano)

A random countryside in Kazakhstan may not really be a popular destination for travellers, but for sure it has its own magic, don’t you agree? Just open Alexey’s pano to see why this could be true.

 

Sunset by the Redzinski Bridge by Mariusz Mikolajczyk (click the picture to open the pano)

That’s a nice contrast of a natural beauty of Poland and a nice piece of modern architecture. The Redzinski brigde, built in 2011, looms over the Oder river and serves as an important part of the traffic in Wroclaw. And it looks especially good at sunset, too!

 

Sunset at the Beach from Yasawa Island Resort and Spa by Christian Kleiman (click the picture to open the pano)

Ok, we had a couple of awesome aerial shots, a countryside and a pano from a rocky beach. But is there anything more beautiful than watching a sunset on a nice sandy beach in Fiji? We don’t think so.

 

Despite not featuring a sunset, the following panos are still worth checking out!

MERMAID Wild Beach at Night by Kolesnikov Sergey (click the picture to open the pano)

Balaklava Night Diving by Kolesnikov Sergey (click the picture to open the pano)

Off the Peralta Trail by john garberson (click the picture to open the pano)

Buddha statue in Marble Mountains by Alexey Miroshnikov, GRADES PHOTO (click the picture to open the pano)

From the top of North tower of Saint Peter cathedral by J-P. Scherrer (click the picture to open the pano)

 

At the recent IVRPA conference in Quebec, we announced that we will soon begin accepting 360º video. Our goal is to create a high quality, curated collection of 360º videos that will be of interest to both our licensing customers and to those of our distribution partner, Getty Images.

Now you can upload your best 360º videos to 360Cities

We have now launched 360 video pages (https://video.360cities.net/video_page.html?handle=angel-of-peace) that are similar to our panorama pages. We started by asking a few contributors to share some videos with us in order to create a small 360 Video Gallery.

Today we’re announcing the soft launch of 360º video to all 360Cities contributors
Please note that we are still working on our video converter and testing performance over a variety of devices, video formats, and video sizes, so we ask your understanding and patience if you experience any hiccups.

We will eventually promote this new collection to our website visitors and licensing customers, so any videos uploaded will be available for licensing by default. And of course, if we license any videos of yours, it will mean royalty payments for you.As this is a soft launch, and we are still working on the backend, we ask that you opt in by emailing Elena at info@360cities.net with subject line: “360ºVideo – Opt In”.

1. Once you are opted in
Once you opted in, you’ll see a new “Upload Video” link in the top menu of your account dashboard.

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2. Content guidelines and recommendations

You can upload videos of your choice, but we recommend the following types:

Places, Spaces, Landmarks, Places of Interest, Landscapes (Rural and Urban), The Unseen and The Inaccessible.Specific examples include:

Woodland, forests, deserts, beaches, fields, beautiful landscapes, snowy locations, ocean environments, urban street scenes, underwater, mountain views, bustling cities at night, lakes, rivers, iconic views, weather based content (raining/snowing/high winds), travel (planes/trains/automobiles), coral reefs, volcanic environments, landscape gardens, moorland, sports pitches (football/rugby/tennis/basketball/American football), sand dunes….

Create static videos of things around you in motion. Static videos are easier to create and less likely to cause motion sickness in VR.
Limit or avoid creator attribution (your name and logo) inside of your videos to increase their attractiveness in VR and their chances of being licensed.

3. Technical specifications

  • Format: .mp4, .m4v or .mov
  • Duration: 10 – 60 seconds
  • Aspect ratio: 2:1
  • Resolution: minimum resolution of 2048×1024
  • Audio: not required
  • Maximum size: 4GB

4. How to upload

  • We recommend that you use Google Chrome, because it shows accurate upload progress information.
  • Sign in to your account, go to the Dashboard and click the “Upload Video” link in the top menu.
  • Choose a thumbnail image and upload it. (The thumbnail image should be the same resolution as your video file.)
  • Add a title, description and tags, following the instructions given.
  • Click Save. Your 360º video will now be processed.
5. Report issues
Please report issues and suggestions for improvement to https://groups.google.com/forum/?hl=en#!forum/360cities under the category: “360º Video issues and questions”.
We look forward to building an awesome collection of 360º videos with you!

Regards,

The 360Cities Team

The new discovery will allow to touch the video, not just watching it

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The new discovery will allow to touch the video, not just watching it. Watching video is basically a fairly passive action. Information coming to your eyes, the brain processes them and you accept them. However, the researchers of the Laboratory for Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence of the American University of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have designed a new technology that videos could do more interactive.


 

Not quite directly related with AR or VR, but these technologies are mentioned and it definitely worth reading;

Can technology revolutionize the way Americans worship?

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Late on a school night this spring, 26-year-old University of California Santa Barbara student Yankoff got an idea. Yankoff, a graduate student studying software engineering, was trying to study and like many students stress was getting to him.

He wanted an outlet and he needed to talk to someone, but it was the wee hours of the morning — too late, he felt, even to reach out to friends on Facebook and risk waking them with a notification. That got Yankoff thinking.


 

The New York Times Used Thousands Of Old Photos To Recreate Olympic Stadiums In VR

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The New York Times is one of the most well respected and venerable news outlets in the United States. It is also one of the few “old school” organizations that seems to be prioritizing and understanding the new immersive medium beginning to crop up. To that end, the Times launched the NYT VR application and began filling it with 360-degree content.


 

What’s the Difference Between HoloLens, Meta & Magic Leap?

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Augmented and mixed reality started as a lofty promise that’s just now taking form, but with several companies taking somewhat different approaches, it’s hard to understand what’s what. Let’s take a look at the three big players and what they’re doing: HoloLens, Meta, and Magic Leap.


 

Why the year of VR glasses will morph into the decade of AR

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Innovative new applications using virtual reality headsets are seemingly popping up everywhere these days, especially in the gaming, education, and entertainment arenas. While we will likely look back at 2016 as the year of VR, many industry observers believe augmented reality (AR) glasses may actually rule the day in a few short years.


 

Crisis and opportunity. How one VR startup is capturing the 360 degree reality of the World’s most vulnerable people.

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Four boats approach the small harbor of Skala on the Greek island of Lesbos. The first vessel is occupied by agents of Frontex, the European Union border-control unit. The men are dressed in black, from helmets to combat boots. They tow the second boat, an inflatable dinghy with flimsy plywood baseboards that’s crammed from pontoon to pontoon with extremely cold people. Earlier this morning a smuggler in Izmir, Turkey, filled the raft with refugees from Afghanistan, Iran, and Pakistan, handed the throttle to a young man who’d never driven a boat, and pointed toward Greece. Like so many of the thousands of vessels provided by human-smuggling mafias, this one didn’t have enough fuel and ran out of gas somewhere in the middle of the Aegean.


Facebook introduces guided tours and a heatmapping tool for 360 videos

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Facebook has launched two new creator tools designed to give publishers additional insights into how people respond to their 360 videos. More than 250,000 videos with this capability have been uploaded to the social network since September, and as adoption continues to increase, there’s going to be a need to give creators information about what’s performing and how to make adjustments to have a better experience for people.


 

This man is cycling around the UK in virtual reality using Google Street View

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So much so, that nausea can be a problem, especially when he’s navigating complex routes — like roundabouts — that have been squashed into only a few layers of depth. “The problem [is that I’m] telling the ‘bike’ in VR to face in the direction of the path it was moving along,” says Puzey. “Then I had a breakthrough and realized if I make it face about 5 meters ahead of where I was it made an enormous improvement.”


 

These global research centers are a proof that virtual reality is more than gaming

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In a 2016 report, Goldman Sachs indicate that video games will make up the largest portion in the virtual reality economy. Multiple headsets are on sale for consumers, mostly targeting the gamers. However this doesn’t mean that VR is only about games.


 

How NASA uses virtual reality to train astronauts

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The first time an astronaut takes a spacewalk, in a way, it’s not his or her first time.

Thanks to virtual reality, NASA can make sure the people they put into space have some amount of experience under their belts before they have to perform complicated tasks in zero gravity.

We are back to brighten up your Monday, because who wouldn’t love to procrastinate a tiny bit and enjoy a couple of wonderful panoramic pictures, right?

 

Paine Waterfalls by Marcio Cabral (click the picture to open the pano)

This pano has basically everything – a stunning view, amazing colours and a lovely piece of nature. Marcio took this one in Chile, the Paine waterfalls look just wonderful. Great work here!

 

Gacka Spring by Zeljko Soletic (click the picture to open the pano)

Here’s another one, similar to the previous pano by Marcio Cabral. Lovely village Ličko Lešće in Croatia, a nice little stream flowing underneath the photographer and just look at the sun setting behind the woods in the back. Brilliant!

 

Wanagarren Nature Reserve by Night by Paean Ng (click the picture to open the pano)

I guess there’s never enough Milky way panos, right? This time, Paean captured it in the Wanagarren Nature Reserve in Australia and it looks just wonderful.

 

Milky Way Over Campo Imperatore by Flavio Di Mattia (click the picture to open the pano)

On another pano, the Milky Way was captured in Italy, from one of the peaks from the Apennines near Campo Imperatore.

 

Milky Way by Bane Obradović (click the picture to open the pano)

Aaaand the last, but not least, here’s a Milky Way captured from Bosnia and Herzegovina. Once again, we love the colours on this one. So which one of the three do you like the most?

 

Here’s a couple more panos to brighten up your day:

Boardwalk of Quebec at night by David Vasicek (click the picture to open the pano)

Wynyard Crossing Bridge by Christian Kleiman (click the picture to open the pano)

Modine-Benstead Observatory by Aaron Priest (click the picture to open the pano)

Petrovaradin Fortress by Zoran Strajin (click the picture to open the pano)

Inside a Fairy Chimney by Heiner Straesser (click the picture to open the pano)

You know we love to bring you some wonderful panoramic photos from nature – amazing landscapes, beautiful starry skies, quiet forests – there are many places that look just right for taking panos. But hey – there’s a lot to admire at places that men created, too!

 

São José Place by Eduardo Ricken Mattiello (click the picture to open the pano)

Let’s start with a couple of panos taken from the sky. Like this one from a town of Campo Mourão in Brazil. Quite a view, right?

 

HK China BorderEast Kowloon Corridor and Rainbow Bridge by wongchichuen (click the picture to open the panos)

Panoramic photos by Wong Chi Chuen are actually one of the best that 360Cities offer and there three are no exception. Three brilliant shots show you how beautiful Hong Kong is – a contrast of the Shenzhen River and the skyscrapers, then an amazing night shot and a wonderful rainbow. Wow!

 

Buddhist Pagoda in Marble Mountains by Alexey Miroshnikov (click the picture to open the pano)

We’ll stay in Asia for a little while. This Buddhist Pagoda in Vietnam was built way earlier than the skyscrapers of Hong Kong, but that doesn’t make the panoramic photo more or less interesting. Or does it?

 

Sunrise by Heiner Straesser (click the picture to open the pano)

When you’re a panoramic photographer, you need to sacrifice something in order to make the best photo – like sleeping, for example. Heiner did just that, woke up early and captured this wonderful sunrise in Turkey. Totally worth it!

 

In case you want more, keep scrolling!

 

Nyhavn at sunrise by Alex Mayer (click the picture to open the pano)

Calle Bastion Bridge by Chris Ellenbogen (click the picture to open the pano)

From the top of North tower of Saint Peter cathedral by J-P. Scherrer (click the picture to open the pano)

The Corridor by TJ Shemaly (click the picture to open the pano)

Eiffel Tower Carousel by Zeljko Soletic (click the picture to open the pano)

World War II Memorial by Joseph Schanuel (click the picture to open the pano)

The rear tract of skyscrapers in the district Wan Chai by Sergej Esnault (click the picture to open the pano)

Braga Cathedral by Santiago Ribas (click the picture to open the pano)

Using virtual reality to help teenagers with autism learn how to drive

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Astronauts and pilots use them. So do truck drivers and Formula One race-car drivers.

Now there is a virtual reality simulator specifically designed to help teenagers with autism spectrum disorder, or ASD, learn how to drive.

According to current estimates, one in every 68 children in the United States has ASD. It is considered a life-long diagnosis. There is a great deal of individual differences in the nature and severity of the disorder, but it generally consists of impairments in social and communication skills combined with rigid, repetitive behaviors.


 

Virtual reality: Are health risks being ignored?

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Virtual reality and augmented reality are gaining momentum as promising new technologies. The Samsung Gear VR headset unit sold out in many places over the holidays, and Facebook’s Oculus Rift headset was flooded with pre-orders this month.


 

The following article is old, but worth reading anyway:

10 ways virtual reality is revolutionizing medicine and healthcare

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When people experience virtual reality for the first time, a common reaction is to start imagining all the different uses the technology might hold. Even within one industry, healthcare, the potential is open-ended. The good thing is that scientists and medical professionals have been at the drawing board for years now, developing and implementing virtual reality in ways that can help them train, diagnose, and treat in myriad situations.


Health Beat: Virtual reality for PTSD

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In 2004, during a deployment to Iraq, former United States Marine Jimmy Castellanos came under fire. “It wasn’t until hours later that we learned that our platoon was hit and that my roommate had been killed,” Castellanos said. It wasn’t until a decade later that Castellanos began to process the trauma as a medical student in New York City.


 

Paper Peep Shows Were The Virtual Reality Of The 19th Century

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Long before Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, the paper peep show—a small, layered diorama that expands like an accordion to create the illusion of depth—was a way for audiences in the 19th century to peer into times and places beyond their own experience. A popular souvenir in their day, peep shows brought to life scenes of the completion of the Thames Tunnel and the Great Exhibition of 1851 to masquerade balls and theatrical stage sets. Now, they’re delightful pieces of ephemera from another time that suggest that desire for immersion in other worlds stretches back centuries.


Here comes the … virtual reality wedding. Couple preserves memories in VR

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When Daniel and Ilana tied the knot in Guatemala City earlier this year, the couple wanted to create a modern-day time capsule that would allow them to relive the day.

“As we started to plan the wedding, it became clear we needed something that could truly capture everything about the day, in a way we could enjoy many times over,” said Daniel, who declined to share the couple’s last name.


 

Intel shows off mystery depth-sensing virtual reality accessory

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An Intel engineer just tweeted out a photo of a new VR sensor prototype and suggested that VR would play a large role in the company’s developer conference late this month.

In the since-deleted tweet, Dimitri Diakopoulos, a senior prototyping engineer at Intel, showed off what he referred to as a depth-sensing prototype attachment for the HTC Vive.


 

Drones, virtual reality and fancy cameras: What Facebook hopes to do with its new hardware lab

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Facebook built its fortune on the internet, that non-physical space where people share updates and digital videos with friends. But deep inside its Silicon Valley headquarters, engineers have stocked a new lab with computerized lathes, industrial mills and tools for making physical goods.


Watch the Olympics from ANY angle: BBC will show 100 hours of coverage at Rio in 360-degree virtual reality
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The BBC is introducing 360-degree virtual reality video for viewers at home to get a more immersive view. The company is launching the new ‘experimental’ service in the UK on Friday which will be tested throughout the 2016 games.

LG’s new virtual reality headset has a problem: too much reality

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As part of LG’s range of peripherals for its new G5 flagship smartphone, the company has created a lightweight virtual reality headset: the LG 360 VR. Like Samsung’s Gear VR, it’s powered by a smartphone. But unlike the Gear, it doesn’t use your smartphone’s screen as a display. Instead of slotting the G5 into the back of the headset, you attach it via a USB-C cable and use the 360’s own internal screens. This has the advantage of making the headset super light (just 118 grams), but that’s about the only good thing this thing has going for it.

Virtual Reality applications bring a new dimension to real estate

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Imagine buying a house thousands of miles away at the comfort of your desk. Imagine you’re exploring the inside and outside of the property and experimenting the view from each and every window. Or even trying alternative view options by choosing different floors.

Afraid of crowds? Virtual reality may let you join without leaving home.

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To be clear, we’re talking about actual crowds—the kind where hundreds or thousands of flesh-and-blood people converge on a physical place for fun or to make a point. But if crowds end up in the dustbin with coffee percolators and cloth diapers, it will happen because the risk and cost of joining a crowd are forcing us to consider alternatives at a time when alternatives seem good enough to satisfy our needs. And that moment is about to land. Actual crowds will soon be replaced by what we might call distributed crowds.

Broadcasters to offer Olympic audiences virtual reality viewing

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The sandy shores of Copacabana beach may be nearly 6,000 miles away, but when the Rio Olympics gets underway on Friday, viewers will be able to soak up the atmosphere inside the stadium like never before, as organisers make use of virtual reality technology for the first time.

Space: The Biggest Problem Facing The Future Of Virtual Reality

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Space and time. In sports like soccer, hockey or basketball, space and time are what players need to exercise their creativity and build success.
In the forthcoming world of virtual reality, space may be the most limiting factor for the future of adoption.
According to the Asian PlayStation website, the requirements for using the forthcoming PlayStation VR headset are very specific, reported PCMag.

I tried one of the World’s first virtual reality cinemas

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Virtual reality promises to upend digital life as we know it. Gaming, shopping, teleconferencing, education, actual human screwing — in the next 10 years, VR is going to transform them all. (Heck, maybe even in just five.) First, though, it’s trying to change one of our most basic entertainment experiences, namely, how we sit in a dark room and watch movies together.

Welcome to Zuckerworld: Facebook’s really big plans for virtual reality

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The office building on Facebook Way is in the unfinished style that honors materials like plywood, concrete, and steel. The I-beams supporting its soaring walls still have the builders’ chalk placement instructions on them. It takes a business making billions of high-margin dollars to make plywood and concrete seem so appealing. The merely ordinary have to put up drywall.

Virtual Reality Stock Photos Are Unintentionally Comic Genius

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Virtual reality is finally here, and it’s revolutionizing entertainment. You can now put your phone in a plastic box, strap that box to your face, and immerse yourself in the world of, say, animated rabbits. It’s exciting, but what’s even more exciting is the accompanying deluge of delightfully terrible stock photos. Enterprising photographers have jumped on VR like it’s the next hoverboard, apparently without any real understanding of how people actually use it. As far as I can tell, they just handed knockoff headsets to moderately attractive models and told them to, “Look super excited or scared or whatever.” The results are glorious. I poured hours into curating the below images to bring you the best of the best—hackneyed CG graphics, unnatural poses, and a healthy dose of over-enthusiasm—all to help you see the potential of this new technology through the world’s most oblivious art form. 

 

The Augnet: Where Pokemon Goes from Here

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Augmented reality gives us something that only Argentinian literary giant Jorge Luis Borges dared dream of–a map as vast as the terrain it demarcates. Pokemon Go is the first landmark augmented reality experience, but definitely not the last. Right now I imagine there are developers working on AR treasure hunts, games, and enterprise applications that will become the Pokemon Go of their various categories.

Artist Profile: Matteo Zamagni Uses VR to Hack the Senses

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What is information? What is its relationship to meaning and structure? Does information exist apart from the material or medium by which it is transmitted? Matteo Zamagni’s VR experience Nature Abstraction offers a fascinating exploration of these questions. Like VR itself, the work challenges conventional notions of human perception and knowledge.