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How to Summit Mount Everest From Your Couch

By | May 3, 2017 at 5:50 pm

While I fully appreciate the challenges and threats of avalanches, blizzards, and a lack of oxygen, I’ve only seen them from behind a computer screen. I’m not about to summit Mount Everest myself, but a new format has emerged that will let me see…

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National Geographic’s First VR Doc Features Endangered Elephants

By | Apr 20, 2017 at 4:30 pm

National Geographic Documentary Films’ first entirely VR documentary will premiere tomorrow, April 21, at Tribeca Immersive’s Virtual Arcade. Titled “The Protectors: Walk in the Ranger’s Shoes,” the documentary is directed by Academy Award winner Kathryn Bigelow, who’s rightly famed for “The Hurt Locker” and “Zero…

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Will Mixed Reality Succeed Where Virtual Reality Couldn’t?

By | Apr 18, 2017 at 4:30 pm

As any virtual reality (VR) evangelist will tell you, 2016 was the year of VR. With the launch of the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Google Cardboard, revenues for both VR and augmented reality (AR) platforms are set to top $120 billion by 2020….

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The 3 Reasons Why Virtual Reality Will Still Take a While to Catch On

By | Feb 23, 2017 at 4:30 pm

VR has been the cool new thing in tech for so long that it’s almost too old to be cool anymore. Here’s a clip of a headset being demo’d a quarter of a century ago, for instance. Yet despite a hyped 2016 holiday season…

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Could Smell Push Virtual Reality Into the Mainstream? No, But It’s Still Cool

By | Feb 20, 2017 at 11:20 am

For years, virtual reality has been waiting in the wings for it’s big moment. Despite the impressive technology, the affordable headsets, and the smartphone compatibility, VR producers simply haven’t found the magic ingredient to push them into the mainstream. But with multiple companies designing smell…

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The 5 Worst Uses of Virtual Reality Ever

By | Feb 9, 2017 at 10:30 am

Any emerging technology will have its fair share of failures, and virtual reality is no different. Sure, there are plenty of wins, too — my favorite is the decision to include fake noses — but if you’re looking for a quick list of the…

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In Virtual Reality, Trolls Will Be Worse Than Ever

By | Feb 8, 2017 at 2:30 pm

The future of virtual reality is relatively unknown. While gaming is leading the pack, there are dozens of potential applications in the development stages that will revolutionize tech as we know it. From immersive social media experiences to a grocery store you can peruse at…

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How Technology Heralds a Golden Era for Animation Storytelling

By | Feb 3, 2017 at 8:30 pm

The advanced evolution of technology has brought a golden era in animation storytelling. For decades, the fast-growing world of technology has influenced animation from the formative years of the spindle viewer to the innovations brought about by zoetrope. Graphic animation creations have now moved…

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Does Virtual Reality Need a Moral Code?

By | Jan 11, 2017 at 11:20 am

A recent episode from the hit Netflix series of Black Mirror offered a terrifying glimpse at the future of gaming. In the episode, the ultimate augmented reality device is an implant, layering lifelike images and sounds upon the host’s perception of their surroundings. The experiment starts…

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Virtual Reality Could Make You Hallucinate; Don’t Freak Out

By | Dec 14, 2016 at 11:20 am

The uses of virtual reality have expanded substantially in recent months. While the entertainment industry has staked its claim on the burgeoning technology, everyone from PETA to the Washington Nationals has tried to make virtual reality their own. But now, new research has shown…

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Kuula Provides a Curated Library of Virtual Reality and 360º Images

By | Dec 9, 2016 at 8:30 pm

Virtual reality (VR) and 360° imaging are hot topics in the technology world. The buzz is so big that they are set to become some of the top sellers for Christmas, with big brands like Google, Samsung and even optics and imaging specialist Nikon, placing high stakes…

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How Virtual Reality Can Help During Natural Disasters [Infographic]

By | Nov 30, 2016 at 2:20 pm

Disasters are inevitable. From tornadoes to hurricanes to earthquakes, mother nature has proven that no amount of technology can get in the way of these catastrophic occurrences. However, with the right training, first responders and rapid response teams can minimize causalities and save lives….

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InContext CTO Tracey Wiedmeyer on Virtual Reality, Series E & Talent

By | Nov 27, 2016 at 12:45 pm

After raising money from their family over Christmas, Tracey Wiedmeyer the CTO and cofounder of InContext Solutions, built their company to be a leader in scalable virtual reality shopping and retail solutions. InContext Solutions lets manufacturers and retailers simulate real in-store shopping situations to ideate, evaluate…

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How Virtual Reality Is Helping Veterans Overcome PTSD

By | Nov 11, 2016 at 12:50 pm

When soldiers return from war, there are invisible scars that follow them from the battlefield back home. Veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder could feel they are locked in a time warp and suffer intermittent moments of hell. Symptoms of PTSD may not…