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Review: The Oculus Quest Is Virtual Reality's Best Bet Yet

Review: The Oculus Quest Is Virtual Reality's Best Bet Yet

Satisfying virtual reality experiences are unlike anything you’ll experience on your living room TV. Unfortunately, satisfying VR experiences are, for the most part, dependent on additional hardware. That makes it nearly impossible to just grab a headset and start playing, and elevates the price of admission by a few hundred dollars at minimum. That’s not true of the Oculus Quest. The Facebook subsidiary’s newest portable headset ditches the wires and expensive hardware found on other high-end VR hardware, cramming it all into a self-contained headset with motion-tracking controllers. If the Quest is able to build up a library of quality VR games and experiences, it could turn into the coolest game console you’ll ever own. But it could also be the most painful game console you’ll ever own.
Facebook wants to bring your entire body into virtual reality

Facebook wants to bring your entire body into virtual reality

Facebook is working on full-body virtual reality avatars that look and move just like real people, in hopes of making the technology feel even more engaging and immersive. The company is making and animating anatomically correct models of the human skeleton and overlaying muscle and skin, it announced at its annual F8 developer conference Wednesday. It is tracking how humans move in real time and replicating their movements in VR. The company is also reconstructing and simulating the actual clothing a person is wearing, using physics-based software to figure out how clothing should move virtually when they do things such as dance or stretch.
HoloLens 2 Development Edition arrives as Unreal Engine 4 support dated

HoloLens 2 Development Edition arrives as Unreal Engine 4 support dated

Microsoft has revealed a new HoloLens 2 Development Edition, offering coders a swifter way to get into mixed reality app and experience creation. The package is based around HoloLens 2, the second-generation of augmented reality headset which Microsoft announced back at Mobile World Congress earlier in the year. Smaller, lighter, and more comfortable than the original HoloLens, the updated version also improves on its functionality. Microsoft has expanded the mixed reality field of view, for example, so that digital objects can occupy more of the real-world scene. Higher resolution displays, meanwhile, along with new sensors were also added.
Researchers use virtual reality, GIS data to enhance trail management

Researchers use virtual reality, GIS data to enhance trail management

BLACKSBURG — A team of Virginia Tech researchers has transformed Torgersen Hall on campus into the Appalachian Trail. Using augmented reality, GIS data and 3D printing, people who manage the internationally known footpath can utilize technology to improve its management, researchers and stakeholders said during a workshop meeting at Tech this week. The researchers and trail managers are especially interested in protecting its majestic views. Earlier this week, the Tech researchers from the Center for Geospatial Information Technology showed off their tools to a group of people from the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and the National Park Service.
Verizon partners on smallest mixed reality glasses for 5G

Verizon partners on smallest mixed reality glasses for 5G

Verizon is partnering with under-the-radar mixed reality hardware company ThirdEye Gen. The partnership will make ThirdEye Gen Verizon's first official smart glasses partner for 5G mobile edge computing. ThirdEye is having a moment after being granted two technology patents for its OLED displays and low-latency data streaming architecture. "It's a very exciting time for the company right now, announcing our first major partnership with a leading wireless provider and being granted two patents we've been working hard on for the past five years," said Nick Cherukuri, Founder of ThirdEye Gen. "We are honored to be the first MR glasses company to partner with Verizon to develop advanced 5G use cases that will bring about a new era of hands-free human interaction."
New 'Peaky Blinders' VR Game Characters Will Use A.I. To React To You

New 'Peaky Blinders' VR Game Characters Will Use A.I. To React To You

A virtual reality video game for the British crime drama "Peaky Blinders" will use artificial intelligence to guide how characters respond to your "gestures, movement, voice, sound and body language," according to a statement from show distributor Endemol Shine Group and developers Maze Theory. The United Kingdom's Audience of the Future Programme announced today that the novel approach to game A.I. would receive government funding. Business Secretary Greg Clark said in a statement that, "This backing will also give our home-grown talent the opportunity to lead the way in creating and using virtual and augmented reality technologies, remain at the cutting edge and create thousands of highly-skilled jobs."
This neuroscientist is using virtual reality to revolutionize stroke treatment

This neuroscientist is using virtual reality to revolutionize stroke treatment

Tej Tadi has always had one thing on his mind: the human brain. A neuroscientist, engineer and entrepreneur, Tadi’s innovative approach to stroke rehabilitation has earned him numerous accolades, including being named one of Fast Company’s most creative people in business in 2018. After years working in hospitals, Tadi realized traditional treatments for stroke patients weren’t motivating or frequent enough to maximize potential for a full recovery. So in 2012, he created MindMaze, a neurorehabilitation company that uses virtual reality and neuroscience to repair broken connections in the brain, and retrain the body to move after a stroke. The technology has also been proven to alleviate symptoms of phantom pain in amputees.
Luci, a New VR Headset Company, Wants to Take You to the Movies

Luci, a New VR Headset Company, Wants to Take You to the Movies

Virtual reality startup Luci is debuting a new headset that is intended for at-home VR movie viewing (though, yes, the devices can be used with video game systems too). The Luci Immers headsets can be used for 3D movies, and the headset can put them in a virtual movie theater for a more immersive experience. The company is following the growing trend of lighter, more mobile VR headsets, like the Oculus Go. The goal is to make the devices more comfortable to wear in public or on a plane.
Bizarre Japanese app where you’re ‘breastfed’ in VR by busty anime YouTuber revealed

Bizarre Japanese app where you’re ‘breastfed’ in VR by busty anime YouTuber revealed

The experience will take place in virtual reality, and is part of a crowdfunding campaign to improve the busty cartoon character's design. Virtual YouTuber Note Takehana – known by fans as 'Note Mama' – has more than 33,000 subscribers, despite just being an anime cartoon. Most of her content is live-streamed video, covering topics like video gaming, ASMR and anime. Her creators have launched a crowd-funding campaign to create a more convincing 3D model. And the top "funding tier" is a bizarre "experience of virtual feeding from Note Mama" – with bottled milk. The experience is priced at 1million yen (~£6,850) and was limited to one customer – who has already paid up.
Virtual reality helps demystify voting for disabled people

Virtual reality helps demystify voting for disabled people

Going to cast your vote on polling day should be simple. But for Dave Morton, who has a learning disability, it has always seemed an intimidating experience. That's why he has never voted before. But thanks to virtual reality technology, he and others have been taken through the entire process in time for next month's council elections.The learning disability charity Mencap has been working to create a scheme to ease anxieties that disabled people might have about going to the polling station. It walks users through everything, from explaining what canvassers are to showing them how to mark their ballot paper.
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