Virtual-reality system for the elderly wins health care prize

Virtual reality is quickly gaining steam in the gaming industry. But 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 last night’s 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. The platform also provides cognitive therapy and tracks movement data to aid in early diagnosis of dementia. “We’re using virtual reality to improve the way we age, so you don’t […]

The brain of a HERO: Virtual reality test reveals what makes some people risk their lives to save others

Would you stop to help an injured stranger from a fire, even though it could mean risking your own life? That’s the scenario a team of researchers recreated in a virtual reality simulation, set up to test what is happening in our brains when choose to be selfless. And their results show that physical differences exist in the brains of people who ‘do the right thing’. Scroll down for videos Researchers from the International School for Advanced Studies immersed participants in a virtual reality building fire. They were asked whether they wanted to save their own lives by escaping […]

Buzz Aldrin explains his new virtual-reality Mars experience

Pinterest Buzz Aldrin has the distinct honor of being one of only 12 men who have ever walked on the moon. All these years later, he’s still got big plans. Aldrin wants NASA and modern space programs to build on his past achievements and take them further, all the way to Mars. But in Aldrin’s vision, humans won’t just walk on Mars or plant a flag there; they’ll build an entire, self-sustaining colony. This vision is fully laid out in Aldrin’s new virtual-reality experience for Life VR , Buzz Aldrin’s Cycling Pathways to Mars , which premiered at South […]

Psychologists using virtual reality to help treat PTSD in veterans

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Virtual reality is no longer reserved for entertainment and gamers, its helping solve real-world problems. Some of the latest advancements are being demonstrated at South by Southwest. Dr. Skip Rizzo directs the Medical Virtual Reality Lab at the University of Southern California’s Institute for Creative Technologies. He’s helping veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). He’s up teamed with Dell to develop and spread the technology to more people. “This is a trauma-based methodology where basically you’re asking the patient to go back and confront and process the difficult emotional memories that surround the trauma,” […]

Apple could bring its own VR to future iPhones with this connected headset design

Apple might be working on its own VR rig, like this design from Alcatel. Will we ever be able to have Apple-designed virtual reality adventures using our iPhones? The tech giant’s approach to VR has been cautious and quiet compared to peers like Google and Samsung , which are diving headlong into the development of practical consumer platforms. But that doesn’t mean Apple isn’t contemplating how it might someday dominate the space when the time is right. The company today was granted a new patent for a remote controlled head-mounted display system to house an iPhone. The language of […]

6 Tech Stocks to Buy for the VR Boom

Buzzwords are one of those “things” that excite technology enthusiasts. So trends like “virtual reality” and “augmented reality” may entice investors to pay any price multiple. AR, or augmented reality, superimposes computer-generated input on top of the real world. Alphabet Inc’s (NASDAQ: GOOGL , NASDAQ: GOOG ) ill-fated Google Glass is a good example. VR, or virtual reality, is an artificial environment where the user’s actions partly determine what happens in that environment. The reality is clearly more muted for this sector. The promises for this market are high, but the rate of adoption for the technology will not […]

VR workers now using VR to hunt for VR jobs, because logic

Image: ARION VIA SKETCHFAB While the rest of the world is wondering if virtual reality really is the next big platform, billions are being invested in the space, which means people are already chasing those very real dollars. But not all of those people are entrepreneurs. Many are soldiers of code, and they’re coming up with the most brilliant way to distribute their resumés to the growing numbers of VR startups: VR itself. The immersive curriculum vitae presentations are cropping up on several platforms, including YouTube, where one job seeker used the video site’s 360-degree feature (requires Chrome browser) […]

Students try out virtual reality program, with empathy in mind

Maple School teacher April Vos, center, has a free virtual reality headset to use with her students, but that means that only one, like Hannah Choi, left, can use it any particular time. (Irv Leavitt / Pioneer Press) Can virtual reality teach one of the emotions that seems in short supply in an age dominated by social media – empathy? Northbrook/Glenview District 30’s Maple School is taking part in a nationwide, but modest, experiment looking for an answer to that very question. Social studies teacher April Vos received one free virtual-reality headset to use with her 8th grade classes. […]

We shouldn’t ignore the potential of virtual reality advertising

The tech revolution is coming to advertising. Chatbots are replacing humans, data threatens our privacy, and the blockchain is linking it all together. In our series on tech and advertising , we’re taking a look at how the industry is being reshaped. By some estimates virtual reality (VR) will be a US$162 billion industry by 2020. Only 50% of this figure is projected to come from hardware sales; the rest will be revenue from software, content and services. It’s not just the size of the market that advertisers cannot afford to ignore, but the unique potential of VR to […]

Yu-Gi-Oh! Creator Draws Mind-Blowing Yugi Sketch In Virtual Reality

The creator of Yu-Gi-Oh! is the kind of manga artist fans are grateful for. Not only is Kazuki Takahashi active within his franchise’s fandom, but the artist likes to share behind-the-scenes sketches with his followers online. Through social media, Takahashi has become a source for cute, canon artwork of fierce Duel Monsters and heroes like Yugi Muto. Now, Takahashi has gifted fans with a very special present over on Instagram. Earlier today, the artist decided to share a video of himself drawing in realtime on a digital platform that uses virtual reality tech. Takahashi chose to upload the stream […]

See inside the Coachella virtual reality experience for festival goers

The Desert Sun staff remembers their favorite Coachella festival moments. (April 14, 2016) Ashley Hopkinson/The Desert Sun (Photo: Provided by Coachella) We still have one month to go until the first weekend of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, but concertgoers can’t contain their excitement after they received their revamped Coachella Welcome Box. Coachella partnered with CameralQ and to include augmented reality features within the Coachella virtual reality app. The box, which includes the wristbands to access the Empire Polo Club in Indio, reveals some mind-blowing features when using the Coachella VR/AR app, which can be downloaded […]

How to Play Virtual Reality Games Without Barfing

Virtual reality is the next big thing in gaming, but wearing the headsets causes motion sickness for some. Even I’ve experienced a little motion sickness while playing despite the fact I never struggled with it in the past (no barfing yet). If you’re worried about hurling, there are a few things you can do to make the experience more pleasant. Why It Happens Without going too deep into the science of it all— you can read more on that here —the cause of most types of motion sickness is sensory mismatching. Basically, your body thinks it’s sitting still because […]

‘Buzz Aldrin: CYCLING PATHWAYS TO MARS’ Virtual Reality Experience Premieres at SXSW

Today at SXSW, Buzz Aldrin and 8i with Time Inc’s (NYSE: TIME) LIFE VR, will premiere the world’s first legacy VR project featuring the celebrated astronaut’s hologram as he takes viewers on a journey through space and reveals his plan to send humans to Mars. "Buzz Aldrin: CYCLING PATHWAYS TO MARS" is a groundbreaking educational room-scale VR experience with stunning visual effects that is the first official release from holographic technology company 8i, and the first room-scale VR experience featuring a real human to be released by Time Inc.’s LIFE VR . SXSW attendees will be the first to […]

Virtual Reality Casino Games Could be the Future of VR

Here are some reasons why Virtual Reality Casino Games could be future of VR The hot topic among tech companies and enthusiasts in 2016 was undoubtedly virtual reality. With casual consumers being exposed to a new world of gaming opportunities for the first time as Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and PlayStation VR began shipping their products, the mood among analysts and experts was buoyant. In fact, if a 2016 report by Digi-Capital holds any weight, then we could see virtual reality (VR) and its tech cousin augmented reality (AR) become a $120 billion industry by 2020 . Although there’s […]

Virtual reality could create more immersive visual collaboration

Virtual reality and augmented reality are no longer the stuff of science fiction. Businesses could leverage the technology to create a more immersive and visual collaboration experience for employees. "Virtual reality has a big use case for visual collaboration," said Nemertes Research analyst Irwin Lazar. Imagine entering a video conference with remote coworkers. Instead of using a webcam on a desktop or mobile device, you slip on virtual reality hardware, like an Oculus Rift or HTC Vive , and enter a virtual meeting room where you can see and interact with co-workers like in an in-person meeting. Virtual reality […]

Virtual Reality Projects Chocolate, Show It 2 Me, and Fistful of Stars on Display at SXSW

Screenshot from the SXSW 2017 film Chocolate. Photo by: SXSW / YouTube Augmented Reality, VR, 360 Storytelling, Application Use, and Additional Ways to Learn About Digital Media at SXSW The tracks and conference dates for the virtual reality and augmented reality at SXSW start today and move through the next two days. Guests will be able to connect with mixed reality programs to test out the interactive experiences. Scan over the complete schedule for AR & VR events in Austin. Virtual Cinema will be held on March 16 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The SXSW Virtual Cinema is […]

Best VR headset 2017: The best PC, PS4 and mobile virtual-reality headsets money can buy

Expert Reviews looks at the best VR headsets for PC, Xbox One, PS4 and smartphone users in 2017 VR headsets finally became reality in 2016 when the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and PlayStation VR made it to market after years in development. Now, a few months into 2017, virtual reality has proven itself to be more than just a flash in the pan – and the ever-growing market for smartphone VR headsets shows no signs of stopping either.With so many VR headsets to choose from, it can be confusing to figure out what you should be looking for. Do […]

Buzz Aldrin takes viewers on VR mission to Mars

(Photo: Jarrad Henderson/USA TODAY) AUSTIN — Buzz Aldrin was the second man to walk on the moon. His next mission? Mars. "The moon landing was a monumental achievement for humanity, but there’s no greater mission than mankind’s journey to Mars,” says Aldrin, 87, the astronaut on the Gemini 12 and Apollo 11 missions who has a plan for creating a permanent human settlement on Mars. And he’s willing to try just about anything — tee-shirts (Get Your A** To Mars), meeting at the White House, even a spin on the catwalk — to get his message across. The latest: […]

Lowe’s Virtual Reality Tool Teaches DIY Projects

Lowe’s recently launched a virtual reality tool in its Framingham, Massachusetts, store that provides customers with a hands-on training experience for DIY projects, reports Fortune . The new tool, which Lowe’s calls the Holoroom How To , trains users how to install tile in a bathroom through a virtual reality program. Through a headset and hand controller, users can mix cement, lay tile and sponge down the wall. Lowe’s Innovation Labs executive director Kyle Nel told Fortune that the company intends for this tool to pass along home improvement education consumers no longer get at home. “People don’t know […]

The future of virtual reality in smartphones

ar-vr-mobile Virtual reality is making a big splash these days and it’s all thanks to smartphones. You’ve been hearing about it a lot lately, but what exactly is it? Virtual reality (VR) combines software and the use of computer technology to create a detailed artificial environment. As a user, you are then fully immersed in the experience rather than just viewing it from a screen. By mimicking your senses (touch, hearing, vision), the user becomes part of this virtual world. The technology today is without a doubt rather impressive thanks to improved graphics, tracking abilities, and so much more. […]