Northern Ireland theatre to collaborate with Minecraft video game

Northern Ireland theatre to collaborate with Minecraft video game

The production will be split between the live performance on stage and puppeteers controlling the actors in a virtual Minecraft set The Playhouse Theatre in Derry/Londonderry has announced plans to stage a play in the video game Minecraft. Playcraft Live will be a co-production between the Northern Ireland theatre and Minecraft, and will be performed by both human actors on stage at the Playhouse and their corresponding digital avatars in the Minecraft world. Minecraft is the second best-selling video game of all time and enables players to build and explore within its virtual world, as well as interacting with […]

“Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” Virtual Reality at it’s Best in 3D

“Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” Virtual Reality at it’s Best in 3D

It would be a challenge to give this film a pass especially for the terrific special visual effects, designs of the many creatures and for the many hours the two main characters must have labored in their roles, but Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets drags and drones through nearly 2 and a half hours. Even as I write this review, I am tempted to alter my opinion, but it wouldn’t help the awful music moaning in the background in nearly every “exciting” scene, plot holes that are beyond fantasy, and negative attempts at virtual reality. Adults […]

This restaurant is using a virtual reality app to train its employees

This restaurant is using a virtual reality app to train its employees

Clay Bavor, vice president of virtual reality for Google, introduces the Daydream View VR headset during the presentation of new Google hardware in San Francisco, California, U.S. October 4, 2016. (Reuters/Beck Diefenbach) Restaurants around the country are trying to cope with the increasing costs of employment as minimum wages, health care expenses and other employee benefits continue to put pressure on their profits. Many are investing in technologies, such as self-serve kiosks and automated kitchen equipment, to eliminate some hourly jobs and control their labor costs. But it seems that there’s another technology that may also help restaurateurs keep […]

Virtual reality is potentially vital engagement tool

Virtual reality is potentially vital engagement tool

Goldfarb Weber produced a simulation for Lubrizol that took users on a ride through a new chemical formulation. Photo by CONTRIBUTED PHOTO The new wave of virtual reality (VR) is here, allowing users to visit distant planetscapes, pilot a fighter jet, or clock a quarterback’s point of view as he surveys an opposing defense. Not everyone believes the hype, but the business world sees a potential in virtual reality technology that goes far beyond gaming or entertainment. VR’s high degree of realism and efficiency has local firms excited about developing fully immersive experiences that market products and solve real-world […]

Microsoft Are Focusing on PC for VR, Not Xbox

Microsoft Are Focusing on PC for VR, Not Xbox

Ever since the initial announcement of Project Scorpio, speculation has been rife over if the upcoming console would support virtual reality (VR). Early indications were that a VR platform for the upgrades Xbox One was one the way, but new information indicates that Microsoft is intending to be using Windows PCs for its VR efforts for the foreseeable future. With console rival Sony having its own VR platform in the shape of the PlayStation VR, and Microsoft themselves branching into VR with the upcoming Windows 10 mixed reality headsets, along with the HoloLens, it seemed like only a matter […]

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