Stranger Things

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

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?

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

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

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 […]

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