VR systems to aid the elderly wins health care prize

February 27, 2017

Within the gaming industry virtual reality is quickly gaining steam, and storming ahead. However, an MIT startup is now aiming the technology at a different demographic, putting it to use as a health care tool for the elderly. At the MIT Sloan Healthcare Innovations Prize pitch competition, Rendever earned the $25,000 grand prize for creating a virtual-reality platform that gives residents in assisted-living facilities the chance to explore the world…


Virtually removing a virtual reality headset

February 24, 2017

Reported on the Google Research blog, a team looking at better immersive experiences with virtual reality and mixed reality have come up with technology. The technology shows faces behind the VR headsets. A mixed reality experiment puts a fake face on top of your VR headset, said The Verge. Chaim Gartenberg reported Wednesday on what’s up. “Mixed reality videos—where a video camera and a green screen are used to show what…


Virtual reality app takes the fear out of MRI scans for children

February 17, 2017

A resident physicist at King’s College Hospital, Jonathan Ashmore, keeps a pair of sound-cancelling headphones on his desk. He dons them every time a very young patient arrives at the MRI scanner in the room next door, to drown out the sounds. “Sometimes the parents are the worst part – and the kids read off of them,” Ashmore tells WIRED. It’s an unfortunate side-effect of any medical procedure involving a…


VR headsets: now you see me, now you don’t!

February 14, 2017

With certain new technologies they can be adapted and tuned to our personal needs and characteristics. For example the voice recognition on smart phones, is trained to recognize how we speak (or try to). However, that isn’t possible with today’s virtual reality headsets. They can’t account for differences in vision, which can make watching VR less enjoyable or even cause headaches or nausea. Now researchers at Stanford’s Computational Imaging Lab,…


Mixing virtual reality and holographics

February 6, 2017

A video from Drew Gottlieb, a software developer studying at the Rochester Institute of Technology, is sparking off a lot of what-if imagination. The video is titled ‘Shared Reality: Vive + HoloLenses = Magic’. He said the video is about, “A functional prototype showing how it feel would if HoloLenses could participate in virtual reality sessions within the same space.” He blogged about his combination of mixed reality and virtual…


‘Out-of-body experience’ reduces the fear of death

January 26, 2017

You can reduce your fear of death, through certain virtual reality experiences, researchers have found. A team at Barcelona University, has written a paper describing their experiments and published it on the PLOS ONE open access site. Prior research and anecdotal evidence has shown that people who have near-death experiences quite often find they have less fear of death. Science has not found an explanation for this phenomenon, but now,…


VR basketball: Courtside from your couch

January 20, 2017

Author Hayley Tsukayama gives her views on virtual reality courtside seats. One of the promises that virtual reality offered was that we’d all be able to watch ‘courtside’ sports games without having to leave our couches. Sporting event organizers from the Rio Olympics to the British Premier League have touted the new technology as a way to be there without having to deal with the expense, travel and crowds of…


Mark Zuckerberg in court over Oculus Rift VR headset lawsuit

January 18, 2017

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder, was grilled in court this morning over the creation of the Oculus Rift VR headset, as part of a $2bn lawsuit brought by ZeniMax Media. ZeniMax – the owner of Bethesda Softworks, id Software and other video game studios — says Oculus chief technology officer John Carmack stole ZeniMax’s intellectual property when he left the company in 2013. Essentially, ZeniMax argues that it owns the technological…


Using AR to see museums in a new way

January 11, 2017

From art and science to culture and natural history, museums can be great teachers. They educate and inspire us. Still, display signs and audio guides can only convey so much. What if you could explore museums in a different way? With Tango’s location and augmented reality (AR) capabilities, you’ll soon be able to experience museums around the world in a whole new way—starting with the Detroit Institute of Arts. In…


VR push with new phones from partners by Google

January 6, 2017

At the CES electronics show in Las Vegas, Google quickened the pace of its push into virtual and augmented reality this week as its hardware partners announced new devices featuring the company’s technology. Google has been trying to position the vast network of smartphones running its Android operating system for virtual and augmented reality, known as VR and AR, fields that many in the technology industry say are poised to…