Interesting articles about VR – week #28

Google built a tiny Street View car to map out one of the world’s largest model cities, and the results are incredible


The “Miniatur Wunderland” exhibition, located in Hamburg, Germany, is the world’s largest model railway. If you’ve never seen it before, it’s one of the cutest, most detailed miniature models you’ll ever see in your life.


Five Augmented Reality Experiences That Bring Museum Exhibits to Life

Imagine being surrounded by a world of ghosts, things that aren’t there unless you look hard enough, and in the right way. With augmented reality technology, that’s possible—and museums are using it to their advantage. With augmented reality, museums are superimposing their virtual world right over what’s actually in front of you, bringing exhibits and artifacts to life in new ways.


A critical look at HoloLens and the future of Windows Mixed Reality


Microsoft revealed HoloLens a couple of years ago now to shock and awe, as the company showed the world its vision for a hologrammatic future. HoloLens is a completely wireless headset, powered by Intel Atom, allowing you to view and place 3D objects in the physical world.


The 6 biggest challenges facing augmented reality


Whenever I begin to think about the future, I can’t help but imagine augmented reality as a part of it. In my opinion, technologies like AR, AI, and self-driving cars are, in the long run, inevitable. They are too cool, too useful, and there are too many smart people working on them, for each not to eventually play a major role in our society. The specifics, such as apps, brands, and exact timing may vary, but the general concepts must eventually succeed.


Virtual Reality Is the Future of Shopping


Online shopping is on the rise—it’s fast and ships directly to your doorstep, sometimes overnight. But with online shopping, you miss the experience of going into a store and picking up items. Enter virtual reality shopping, which tries to give you the convenience of online shopping and the experience of being in a store.


Emmys: Doug Liman Urges Industry to “Stop Making Excuses” and Consider VR


As virtual reality expands its footprint, more VR filmmakers are eyeing the Emmy race. In fact, the team behind Doug Liman’s episodic VR series Invisible is offering itself for consideration in some key Emmy categories, including outstanding director for a drama series and outstanding short-form comedy or drama series (as well as picture and sound editing).


Inside Peter Jackson’s New Augmented Reality Studio


On stage, Wingnut AR’s creative director Alasdair Coull demonstrated a tabletop ar experience made using Apple’s upcoming augmented reality developer kit called ARKit and Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 4. The experience blended a real world environment – the tabletop – with digital objects, in this case a sci-fi location complete with attacking spaceships, while being viewed live, on an iPad.


Crowdsourced worlds, 3D Marilyn Monroe and Spidey sense at Sotheby’s Art of VR


On a typical day at Sotheby’s, you’ll find New York City’s bourgeoisie bidding on Impressionist paintings and diamond collections. Not the kind of place you’d expect to find a bunch of tech geeks.


How virtual reality may change your life


Virtual reality (VR) is being touted as a big growth area for film-makers, engaging audiences in ways traditional film can’t. But it is also being explored everywhere from rock music to psychiatric treatments. Is it all just a passing fad – or could VR really change the way we see the world about us?




We have all heard or read Chris Milk refer to Virtual Reality as the “Ultimate Empathy Tool” during one of his TED Talks. It seems that many were listening, such as the members of Direct Action Everywhere, an animal welfare group that has branches in 8 countries.



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