Fading Acer Makes Virtual Reality Gambit to Turn Things Around

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The personal computer maker that once led the world in laptops is jumping into VR, but with a twist. Chief Executive Officer Jason Chen is staking his company’s turnaround on ultra high-end headsets far pricier than Facebook Inc.’s Oculus Rift or HTC Corp.’s Vive.

 

TourismOhio to Launch Virtual Reality Experience at Republican National Convention in Cleveland

Try Ohio's 360 Virtual Reality Experience at Ohio.org/VR. (PRNewsFoto/TourismOhio)

Zipping through tree tops, plunging down roller coaster hills, soaring over Lake Erie and reveling in Ohio’s urban cultural offerings are just a few of the experiences visitors can enjoy as TourismOhio launches a360°Virtual Reality Experience July 18-21 at the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Cleveland. Ohio will be one of the first states to harness innovative virtual reality technology encouraging visitors to explore Ohio and inspire future visits.

 

The Warriors used practical existence during their representation to Kevin Durant — and it worked to perfection

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According to USA Today’s Sam Amick, Silicon Valley’s internal basketball group — maybe unsurprisingly —used tech to their recruiting advantage. They presented Durant with a VR headset, that showed him vistas of a Bay Area; shots of a team’s use facility, new stadium, and locker room in San Francisco; and copiousness more.Drake played in a background, given of march he did.

…and another reading related with use of VR technology in sport:

Virtual reality training ramps up for the 2016 NFL season

Football is a downright violent sport. If players aren’t injured in the games themselves, there’s a chance that they could be hurt in practice. It happens all the time.

While there’s no substitute for actual football practice, there is a technology enjoying rapid growth in the NFL and it involves taking contact-free virtual reps: virtual reality training.

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360 Camera Comparisons: GoPro, Ricoh Theta, Gear 360, Kodak PixPro SP360 4k

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At Foundry 45, many of the Virtual Reality apps we develop rely on 360 video. While we directly shoot 360 footage for some projects, other clients ask for suggestions on 360 video cameras they can use to shoot video themselves. This blog post compares 4 popular 360 rigs, on the cheaper end of the spectrum, capable of recording spherical 360 video (both vertical and horizontal)

Matterport: The New Age of Real Estate?

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Matterport is a new 3D camera that is designed to scan the interior of homes. The software stitches all of the still images together and creates a virtual tour of the home. Not a virtual tour as in a slideshow that realtors love, but one where you can actually walk through the home yourself. You can look up and down, left and right, move forward, backward, and so on. The technology, even in the state it’s in, is actually pretty incredible and really helps show off the home in a way we haven’t really been able to experience before.

Virtual reality lands at Jerusalem fest

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Elad Goldman, co-head of Israeli competitions and industry events for the festival, explains that the key decision was to introduce film-makers, rather than technology experts, to the possibilities of VR. “This narrative use of VR is much more developed internationally but it’s totally new in Israel,” he says. “Making a film out of it, that’s been the challenge.”

While the festival installation was supported by Jerusalem Film Fund, which provided money to develop a VR Jerusalem app and supply the headsets, film-maker Nimrod Shanit (Holy Land), who assisted curation of the section, says the funds are not yet receptive to the medium. “We’ve pitched two non-fiction projects, but they judge it according to regular documentary criteria,” he says, noting that VR is expensive for the length of films that are produced. “They haven’t managed to get over that hurdle yet.”

This hardly can be called a ‘reading’, just very brief note on spotting the misterious Nokia Ozo in real world, but anyway:

UEFA EURO 2016 FILMED IN 3D 360 ON NOKIA OZO

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Euro 2016 was filmed in 360. Watching the world cup I caught this screenshot! Congratulations to Portugal for winning the cup!

What Is Virtual Reality?

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Virtual Reality is everywhere again, and that’s a problem. Almost immediately after the new trend began, people started shopping 360° immersive video as VR. It is not. “Surround” movies are marketed as VR. They are not. “VR Storytelling” is a misnomer; it is not structurally VR. “Second Life” is described as VR. It is not. When the term is appropriated, its meaning disintegrates. Last time around, the same effect spread out across media types that are not VR. There is no such thing as “desktop VR.” Application of the term “VR” to a CAVE experience is questionable. When we use the term just because it’s sexy, its meaning spreads like an oil slick over our media and dilutes it such a degree that we no longer know what it means — think “turbo.”

…and another reading (pretty long, be warned!) about fundamentals of VR perception:

The Unified Field and the Quantum Nature of Consciousness

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We’re getting closer to incorporate consciousness as an integral part of the scientific picture of the “physical world”. Not only celebrated physicists of the 20th century such as Max Plank, John Wheeler, David Bohm, Niel Bohr, Erwin Schrödinger argued that consciousness is a fundamental property of our Universe but the new pleiad of scientists such as John Hagelin, Sir Roger Penrose, Stuart Hameroff, Guilio Tononi, Christof Koch, Donald Hoffman, Robert Lanza embarked on their quest to put consciousness on the new solid scientific footing and dimensionality.