Virtual reality will make lives better … mostly There is plenty of talk about how social media, artificial intelligence and robots will change our world. Virtual reality has received less attention. Yet more than 1 million headsets were shipped in … Continue reading Managing our empathy
The very real health dangers of virtual reality Is the magical world of virtual reality arriving in your home this holiday season? You’re not alone. Statistics show that more than a million VR headsets were shipped during the third quarter … Continue reading Is VR dangerous?
How virtual reality is empowering future generations Virtual reality is one of the most immersive forms of media available. Even now, at an early stage of its lifecycle, its ability to deeply emerge people in a virtual world has garnered … Continue reading Masters of media
Taking a Million Kids on Virtual Reality Field Trips “It all started with a Hackathon,” Jennifer Holland, Google Apps for Education Program Manager tells me. In typical tech fashion, a bunch of Googlers thought it would be great to combine … Continue reading Google’s VR for students
McDonald’s VR goggles: the cases for and against McDonalds will join the virtual reality party this month with a limited run of Happy Googles, a VR display a la Google Cardboard. The goggles are created in part by deconstructing a … Continue reading VR for McDonald’s fans
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
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