Stranger Things

From top: A gamer playing Space Pirate Trainer, a popular first person shooter game at the Virtual Game Room. The Vive motion controllers in his hands act as a laser gun; Every cubicle is a virtual game room. PIC: NIKHIL GHORPADE Recently launched virtual game rooms are rapidly gaining followers in the city, turning cubicles into unreal battlefields to fight the undead or to even set up your own orchestra Sher Khan screamed in fear the first time he tried a rollercoaster ride at the Virtual Game Room, last month. Even though he was seated in an office chair […]

How technology is changing our art, our world — and even ourselves

Flying cars, robot butlers, and metallic jumpsuits — the science-fiction future that was to be our present is still not a reality. But in most respects, our world is far more amazing than what was dreamed up in novels and movies decades ago. We have access to the vast accumulation of humanity’s knowledge in powerful and portable computers that fit in our pockets. We can stream almost any movie, TV show, and recorded song and read almost every published book whenever and wherever we want. We can jump into digital worlds with virtual reality headpieces, navigate traffic through our […]

Google Tango Augmented Reality vs HoloLens Technology: What’s the Difference?

The interest in alternate reality has helped spawn an array of technologies, some aimed at consumers and some at businesses and industries. Of these technologies, augmented and mixed reality appear to be the ones that will possibly go much further than VR, since they lead to tremendous real-life applications that virtual reality simply cannot match. That is not to say that virtual reality won’t have its place in the future. If you want to escape into a virtual world and just forget about reality for a while, VR is the perfect platform to engage with. From purely an entertainment […]

Microsoft gives a peak at its augmented reality glasses

PHOTO: MICROSOFT Virtual reality has certainly been making the headlines over the past year but up until now, we haven’t witnessed a similar stride in the Augmented Reality (AR) world. Mainstream AR has been restricted so far to smartphones, like most other apps, but with this new development, things might just change. Microsoft is looking to make gains in the wearable AR department with a team testing a new prototype of AR glasses. Microsoft aims to make artificial intelligence mainstream Before Snap gets any ideas of converting its Spectacles wearable camera into a device fitted with augmented reality app […]

VR Satire Comes to Cannes Film Festival

What is is like to be a performer, totally at the mercy of the whims of your audience? A satirical virtual reality (VR) experience directed by Ethan Shaftel is trying to put attendees of the Cannes Film Festival in that position in a VR film titled Extravaganza. Featuring as part of the Cannes Film Festival’s Marche du Film NEXT Vr program, Extravganza puts viewers who strap on the VR headset in the position of being a helpless puppet performing a ridiculous show for the entertainment of a clueless executive played by Paul Scheer. However, much about the experience is […]

7 things you missed at Google I/O

After three days of I/O , Google ‘s developers conference has come to an end. During that time, there were several announcements including Google Lens and updates to Android O and Tango / Daydream . But there were several other pieces of news that might have flown under your radar. Read on to check out all the good stuff you might have missed from Google I/O . Google is going to do some deep cleaning in its Play Store. Google deletes apps that suck To improve Android apps, Google is going to delete the ones that cause problems. Read: […]

Mighty Gunvolt Burst for Switch launches June 15, for 3DS on June 29

Mighty Gunvolt Burst will launch via the Nintendo eShop for Switch on June 15 and for 3DS on June 29 for $9.99 / €9.99 / £8.99, developer Inti Creates announced at A 5th of BitSummit. Here’s an overview of the game, via Inti Creates: Overview The game systems have been completely revamped and powered up with lots of new additions, including a deep character customization system that lets you mold and shape your character into the ultimate hero that works best for you! The classic pixel style graphics have also been completely redone to blur the line between 8-bit […]

Welcome to a virtual world: The future of gaming arrives on Teesside

The future of gaming has arrived on Teesside – and you get to mess about with a virtual lightsaber. Belong, a new multi-million pound gaming arena has opened at Teesside Park’s Game store offering cutting edge VR, top end PCs and more consoles than you could shake a joystick at. In a first for the UK, Belong’s gaming arena offers four £760 HTC Vive virtual reality systems running together. The centre also houses 24 top-spec PCs and a raft of PlayStation 4 and Xbox One-S consoles for gamers to test their skills on. It’s a concept that harks back […]

Why augmented reality is triggering culture conflict, religious controversy

A Russian man was recently given a three-and-a-half year suspended sentence for inciting religious hatred. His crime? Playing the popular augmented reality (AR) game Pokémon Go on his smartphone in a church. Sacred spaces and games have long had an uneasy relationship. In 2002, a setting resembling Amritsar’s Golden Temple appeared in the violent video game Hitman 2. Controversy ensued . But more than digitally recreating sacred places, we now have games that physically encroach on those spaces, incorporating them into location-based AR systems. Inside Gujarati temples where eggs are forbidden, were found some of Pokémon Go’s “virtual eggs”. […]

I used virtual reality to customize a $2 million sports car

It’s not everyday you get to create your own multi-million sports car. I was given the rare opportunity to customize a Pagani Huayra Roadster using a HTC Vive . The car would cost a gut-wrenching €2.3 million (before VAT) in real life, but because I was doing it in VR I was able to spray it bright green on a whim. Technology from VR firm ZeroLight allows people looking to buy a very expensive and top-of-the-range sports car to design it to their own configuration and see it in front of their very eyes. There’s nothing worse than ordering […]

In Google’s Vision Of The Future, Computing Is Immersive

Dan Howley tries out the Google Daydream View virtual-reality headset and controller on Oct. 4, 2016, following a product event in San Francisco. This week, Google announced plans for stand-alone VR goggles that won’t need to be attached to a PC or smartphone. Google offered a glimpse of how it sees the future at its annual developer’s conference this week. And it involves a lot of blending between the virtual and the real worlds using augmented and virtual reality. Google is calling that blend immersive computing. Clay Bavor, who heads up Google’s AR and VR division, says it’s all […]

Two reasons to Tango: Augmented reality gets fun at Google I/O

There are plenty of practical applications for AR, not to mention entertaining ones, and Google’s objective is to uncover them all. Augmented reality’s proliferation is slowly picking up pace. But with the way Google had it exhibited at Google I/O, you would have thought it was already as ubiquitous and commonly referred as other technologies we’ve come to rely on. It’s not there yet, but Google would certainly like it to be. Here are four examples of where the company sees augmented reality in the real world, and where it thinks it application could truly classify it as a […]

Virtual reality porn WARNING: Dangers of ‘first person’ sex experience revealed

SHOCK: Virtual reality porn is taking the world by storm (STOCK IMAGE) Researchers found that VR porn may lead to some users thinking sex via a headset is “better than the real thing”. And it could also become addictive and more extreme over time. The latest technology allows gamers to become an active part of sex games on screen. Dr Madeline Balaam, co-author of the Newcastle University study, gave VR headsets to 45 volunteers. WORRIED: Experts fear virtual reality porn has many dangers She pointed out it was not all negative, saying: "Some wrote stories about being caught using […]

Microsoft Reveal Z-Depth Layering for Windows 10 Mixed Reality Devices

Creating a stereoscopic effect within a virtual reality (VR) application has been a given for decades. It’s a standard component for immersion in a virtual environment, however in other applications – including the likes of Skype, Netflix and beyond – having a 2D plane embossed upon your real world has been the limitation up to now. At Microsoft Build 2017, plans have been revealed that would give applications such as these greater depth and even parallax effects. Z-depth layering is a feature coming to 2D application development that would allow for a stereoscopic 3D viewpoint, automatically adjusting in relation […]

Valve continues betting on virtual reality with new improvements in SteamVR

The world of video games is a market that has come back in fashion thanks in part to the second youth that is living in the PC environments. It’s seen as having a very promising future and is expected that good part of it comes from the hand of virtual reality as well. It doesn’t matter if they want it or not, the world of games and that technology is in full growth as it is virtual reality or VR. Sooner or later they are bound to see their destination united perhaps at a moment when both elements become […]

The Next-Generation of Virtual Reality for Brands and Marketing

If we gauge virtual reality’s mass-market impact by what’s happened since the launch of Oculus Rift, in 2016, then by that measure we’re at the start of year two in its history. When it comes to location-powered mobile marketing, the questions we can ask at this milestone begin with (1.) Has VR changed the marketing industry, and (2.) Will VR further transform the ways that location-based marketing reaches consumers ? The answers, of course, are nuanced. While consumer virtual-reality experiences are evolving, and consumer options around VR headsets are expanding — Samsung Gear, HTC Vive, and Sony PlayStation VR […]

Virtual Reality Headset

Here at OneDayOnly we pride ourselves on two things: Our remarkable ability to remember quotes from practically any movie, and our skill in catering to almost any person in South Africa. The latter is the harder of the two, because A) we haven’t met everyone in the R of SA and 2) our personal tastes can hardly be used as a benchmark for things other people may enjoy. Still, through sheer determination and never-miss-an-episode viewings of Egoli, we like to think we hit the proverbial nail on the head more often than not. And in the almost unfathomable event […]

Virtual Reality for the Surgeon

Virtual reality is not just for gamers – in the medical world, virtual and 3-D technologies are transforming how doctors train and conduct complex procedures in their patients. With virtual reality viewers, imaging styluses, and other software that provide tactile and multi-dimensional feedback, doctors can be immersed in medicine like they’ve never been before. That’s the premise behind Echopixel , a medical visualization software that allows doctors to go beyond the 2-dimensional constraints of typical CT scans. “It’s really a shame that doctors are still using the same 2D images designed in 1880,” said Sergio Aguirre, EchoPixel’s CTO. The […]

VR5 Multifunctional Airship Virtual Reality

5-in-1 Virtual Reality multifunctional Aircraft, the VR5 EN – Through time the story repeats. Video player devices were used only once a day and most of the time, they stood inactive. Our life has changed with online playing. But what happens with virtual reality headsets? Here is where the story repeats and most of the time they are stored or forgotten. On LiftVR and GameUp Studios, we think about it and this is why we developed the VR5. A decor spaceship for desktop which has 5 functions. ES – Con el tiempo la historia se repite. Los dispositivos de […]

Texas A&M University virtual reality system rockets user into space and beyond

Strap on a pair of virtual reality (VR) goggles and pilot a spaceship around an asteroid field or explore the terrain of Mars. Participants at South by Southwest (SXSW) were able to do just that through the SpaceCRAFT VR platform that is being developed by Dr. Greg Chamitoff, professor of practice in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&M University, and his students under the advisement of NASA. SpaceCRAFT is a new concept for collaborative space system and mission design. It is a VR “sandbox” environment designed to enable government, university and commercial entities to collaborate in the […]