Avatars for young children

A Wi-Fi Barbie Doll With the Soul of Siri Ever since Siri appeared as a regular feature on the iPhone, certain young children — and, let’s face it, some of their parents — have spent hours chatting up the virtual assistant, curious about the details of her humanoid back story. Siri, where do you live? Siri, do you have a boyfriend? Siri, how old are you? At a time when grown-ups can use voice commands to find restaurants, change channels on their TVs or get directions, it seems logical that children would now expect devices to understand their speech and … Continue reading Avatars for young children

The future of virtual gaming

What new tech could do for gaming in virtual reality New ways to game and interact with virtual worlds are popping up every day. Across the gaming industry, VR is making a huge impact on the way we experience games and entertainment, and it’s just getting started. Sony’s Project Morpheus, Samsung’s Gear VR, and of course, the Oculus Rift, are all pushing the limits of virtual reality and how we interact with the everyday world. But those big names are just the tip of the arrow when in comes to reality-altering technology. During a recent Upload VR event, dedicated to … Continue reading The future of virtual gaming

Seeing your body in virtual reality

Virtual Reality Is 1,000X Better When You Can See Your Own Hands The biggest companies in the world are pouring millions of dollars into virtual reality. And watching this video, you can start to see why there’s such enormous potential. This video comes from PewDiePie, who has become one of the most prolific and popular (and profitable) YouTubers on the planet by streaming video games. This video shows the first time he paired an Oculus Rift virtual reality headset with the Leap Motion Controller, which can sense your hands and gestures in 3D. The result: As you move he moves … Continue reading Seeing your body in virtual reality

Does immersion create fear?

ù Toyota uses Oculus Rift to train teens not to text and drive No matter how much we may hate waiting on VR, there’s at least one reason to be grateful it’s taken so long: old driver’s ed classes would almost certainly have been unable to handle this technology responsibly. Consider, for example, Toyota’s “TeenDrive365” Oculus Rift experience. Launched at the Detroit Auto Show today, it’s an immersive simulation of what distracted driving feels like. You get into a real (but stationary) car, put on a head-mounted display, and steer your way down a virtual highway. Slowly, irritations build up: … Continue reading Does immersion create fear?