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How VR Is Being Used to Help Children With Learning Disabilities, Autism

How VR Is Being Used to Help Children With Learning Disabilities, Autism

The United States Department of Education is betting on virtual reality to help students with high-functioning autism and learning disabilities in schools across the country. This month the Office of Special Education and Programs announced its investment of $2.5 million toward a new program that will use VR to nurture social skills in students with disabilities – an extension on earlier funding for versions of the program designed for desktop and tablets in 2011. The project is called VOISS: Virtual Reality Opportunities to Implement Social Skills, and is developed by researchers at the University of Kansas’ Center for Research on Learning and Department of Special Education – a collective of academics and Ph.D.s who are treading the waters that intersect virtual reality and education. In addition to students and teachers participating in the project, KU researchers will work in collaboration with educational leaders at the Ohio Center on Autism and Low Incidence Disabilities and a team of computer scientists at Western Illinois University. 
Sears Chairman Eddie Lampert submits $4.6 billion proposal to save Sears

Sears Chairman Eddie Lampert submits $4.6 billion proposal to save Sears

The fund run by Sears Chairman Eddie Lampert, ESL Investments, submitted a $4.6 billion proposal on Thursday to help save the bankrupt retailer with the purchase of 500 stores. Sears Holdings, which owns Sears department stores and Kmart, filed for bankruptcy on Oct. 15. In previous court filings, it has said it was in talks with ESL about a "going concern bid" that could help the company emerge from bankruptcy. The offer outlined Thursday included up to $950 million in cash through an asset-based loan facility, a "credit bid" of $1.8 billion and the assumption of roughly $1.1 billion in liabilities. The liabilities assumed include gift cards, points from its Shop Your Way loyalty program and protection agreements from Sears Home Services. Other funds include additional cash, notes and the rollover of cash collateral.
Bright spots in the VR market

Bright spots in the VR market

Virtual Reality is in a public relations slump. Two years ago the public’s expectations for virtual reality’s potential was at its peak. Many believed (and still continue to believe) that VR would transform the way we connect, interact, and communicate in our personal and professional lives. It’s easy to understand why this excitement exists once you put on a head mounted display. While there are still a limited number of compelling experiences, after you test some of the early successes in the field, it’s hard not to extrapolate beyond the current state of affairs to a magnificent future where the utility of virtual reality technology is pervasive.
Pokémon GO Maker Niantic Looks to Smartglasses Future with Investment in AR Display Maker DigiLens

Pokémon GO Maker Niantic Looks to Smartglasses Future with Investment in AR Display Maker DigiLens

The company behind augmented reality's first real gaming hit, Pokémon GO, is quietly making moves toward supporting the rapidly growing smartglasses space that may one day move its content away from smartphones and tablets and onto AR lenses positioned on your face. On Friday, augmented reality display maker DigiLens announced that it has closed a Series C funding round from Pokémon GO developer Niantic and Diamond Edge Ventures, the investment subsidiary that Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corporation (MCHC) launched in July.
CRISPR scientist in China claims his team’s research has resulted in the world’s first gene-edited babies

CRISPR scientist in China claims his team’s research has resulted in the world’s first gene-edited babies

In what would represent a dramatic and ethically fraught escalation of CRISPR research, a Chinese scientist from a Shenzhen university claims he has succeeded in helping create the world’s first genetically-edited babies. Dr. Jiankui He told the Associated Press that twin girls were born earlier this month after he edited their embryos using CRISPR technology to remove the CCR5 gene, which plays a critical role in enabling many forms of the HIV virus to infect cells.
FDA approves HoloLens powered medical augmented reality system

FDA approves HoloLens powered medical augmented reality system

OpenSight specifically utilizes the Microsoft HoloLens headset that allows simultaneous visualization of the 3D patient images in AR and the actual patient and their real-world surroundings. The technique may decrease operative times and improve surgical planning and the understanding of anatomic relationships.
New York City Opens a City-Funded AR/VR Lab In Brooklyn’s Navy Yard

New York City Opens a City-Funded AR/VR Lab In Brooklyn’s Navy Yard

New York City wants to make an old naval yard in Brooklyn a hotbed for virtual reality and augmented reality. City officials, professors and entrepreneurs on Thursday gathered in Brooklyn’s Navy Yard for the opening of RLab, a 16,000-square-foot center that will house AR and VR startups while also providing research, education and training for New Yorkers working with the emerging technologies.
Samsung’s Odyssey+ VR headset claims 1233 PPI user-perceived resolution

Samsung’s Odyssey+ VR headset claims 1233 PPI user-perceived resolution

Leaked two months ago by the FCC, Samsung’s HMD Odyssey+ Windows Mixed Reality headset became official today with a somewhat unexpected feature: a “user-perceived resolution” of 1,233 pixels per inch, double the apparent detail of the original Odyssey. Of course, there’s a catch.
Oculus Rift vs. HTC Vive

Oculus Rift vs. HTC Vive

Oculus Rift and HTC Vive head to head: Prices are lower, but our favorite remains the same. The virtual reality headset industry is far more mature than when it re-emerged with exciting new hardware in 2016, but Oculus and HTC’s flagship PC headsets are still two of the best choices out there. While you might be more excited about the HTC Vive Pro, Oculus Go, or Oculus Quest, the Oculus Rift versus HTC Vive comparison is still a major debate worth having when it comes to picking the right VR headset for you — especially if you already have a capable gaming PC.
Microsoft patent highlights a potential VR text input system

Microsoft patent highlights a potential VR text input system

Microsoft has been awarded a patent for a new virtual reality text input system that could prove to be a better way for writing complicated or lengthy text in VR when using motion controllers and Xbox gamepads. It uses a radial design with layered inputs and predictive elements that put the most likely of letters within easy reach depending on what’s being “typed.”


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