Virtual reality (VR) is simply an artificial experience that tricks your mind into thinking it is somewhere else by stimulating your senses. This could be through sight, sound or even touch - and it's been a staple of science fiction for decades. But while sci-fi films have been playing around with VR for years, the last couple of years have seen it evolve as a mainstream technology. Partly that's down to improvements in sensor technology that help to recreate the feeling of being somewhere else - but it's also due to the ubiquity of smartphones. Smartphones are, in effect, mini computers that are capable of producing responsive content with a low enough latency that it appears to be almost seamless. Technology has not only improved, but it has reduced in price enough that most people can afford to get their hands on a virtual realty headset of some description. Virtual reality environments can put the user in different situations - either transporting them to another real-world … [Read more...] about Virtual reality isn’t niche any more
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Five years ago, Alexia Bonatsos, née Tsotsis, was co-editor of TechCrunch, a job that made her renowned in startup circles and familiar with a wide number of startups and their founders. What she really longed to do, in fact, was invest in some of them. “I was among the first people to write about Pinterest and Wish — when it was known as ContextLogic — and Uber and Instagram and WhatsApp,” says Bonatsos. “I started to wonder if I was in the right place at the right time — so, luck — or if I’m in the right information flows. I was curious: What if I’d been writing checks?” She talked occasionally with venture firms, but the right job didn’t materialize. So she set to work on creating her own dream job. Her first move was to step down from her post at TechCrunch in 2015 to enter into an accelerated, one-year master’s degree program at Stanford University’s business school. (“I wanted to be able … [Read more...] about Former journo Alexia Bonatsos unveils her new venture fund, Dream Machine
Five years ago, Alexis Bonatsos, née Tsotsis, was co-editor of TechCrunch, a job that made her renowned in startup circles and familiar with a wide number of startups and their founders. What she really longed to do, in fact, was invest in some of them. “I was among the first people to write about Pinterest and Wish — when it was known as ContextLogic — and Uber and Instagram and WhatsApp,” says Bonatsos. “I started to wonder if I was in the right place at the right time — so, luck — or if I’m in the right information flows. I was curious: what if I’d been writing checks?” She talked occasionally with venture firms, but the right job didn’t materialize. So she set to work on creating her own dream job. Her first move was to step down from her post at TechCrunch in 2015 to enter into an accelerated, one-year master’s degree program at Stanford University’s business school. (“I wanted to be able … [Read more...] about Former journo Alexia Bonatsos takes the wraps off her new venture fund, Dream Machine
Though Facebook’s F8 2018 conference has just started, one thing remains clear: the company is still very committed to burgeoning virtual reality technology. During the company’s lengthy keynote presentation, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg discussed a rather bizarre plan to utilize images of people’s childhood homes in order to recreate 3D versions of them that can then be viewed in virtual reality. “If you have some photos from your childhood home, we can now use computer vision to fill in the gaps with this pointillism effect and recreate the rooms of your childhood home where you grew up. So you’re going to be able to go into VR with your family and visit and feel like you were right there. It feels like you’re in a dream. It’s wild,” said Zuckerberg during the keynote. Here’s hoping Facebook somehow manages to capture the angst of my teenage years, as well as my obsession with Halo and Pokémon. At F8, Facebook announced that … [Read more...] about Facebook wants to recreate your childhood home in virtual reality
Virtual reality headsets can be pretty darn amazing, with the ability to transport us into other settings, locations and even lived experiences in a way that’s simply not possible in other mediums. But while modern VR headsets are impressive, today’s handheld VR controllers are only passable when it comes to letting us interact with the virtual world. Unless you’re a 1980s action hero, chances are that you need a bit more that not every interaction you have is conducted by squeezing a pair of triggers. Fortunately, some other more nuanced alternatives are out there — and they promise to make VR experiences as immersive as we’ve always dreamed they can be. Here are some of the most intriguing examples: VR gets even more gripping What we like about this project, created by researchers in the Shape Lab at Stanford University, is that it’s an affordable example of how relatively simple controllers can be used to mimic sensations like grasping an … [Read more...] about 8 Amazing accessories that could make virtual reality even more immersive
Once, long ago in a previous epoch of technology, Apple Computer, Inc. commissioned a new headquarters in Northern California just as it began losing its position as a leader in personal computing tech in the early 90s. Could history repeat itself in our modern era? History repeats, always with a twist As Apple more recently embarked upon its massive modern expansion at Apple Park, pundits crafted a narrative claiming the company was fated to suffer from an 'arrogant construction hubris' and ultimately fail. There's certainly no sign of that supposed "Curse of the Edifice Complex" today, a few years later as Apple expands even further beyond Apple Park with surrounding buildings--including its monumentally lavish Visitors Center in Cupertino--and the nearby Apple Campus 3.The future outlook for Apple appears to have always been pretty wrong. The same kind of handwringing over Apple Park didn't occur over thirty years ago when the company was completing its first major campus back in … [Read more...] about Editorial: Will Apple’s 1990’s “Golden Age” collapse repeat itself?
When Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One was published in 2011, the reviews were ecstatic, beatific. It was an “enchanting,” “accessible” “nerdgasm” full of “fascinating social commentary” that one critic claimed was “the best science fiction novel I’ve read in a decade.” The book imagined America in the 2040s entirely through the lens of the 1980s, or at least a narrow sliver of the era: the formative video games, movies, and other nerd-friendly pop culture for the people who came of age during this particular decade. As the novel’s world descends into chaos and poverty, thanks to climate change and a fossil-fuel crisis, most of its citizens spend their days traversing the OASIS, a virtual reality world created by an “eccentric” ‘80s kid named James Halliday. In the OASIS, users can be and do almost anything — which the book’s hero, Wade Watts, claims is the antidote to all social … [Read more...] about If you want to know how we ended up in a cyber dystopia, read Ready Player One
It’s spring. Can you believe it? We could go outside and look at blooming flowers. Or...we could stay inside and watch anime. You decide! Below are the shows that will air during the spring 2018 anime season. Which ones are you going to watch? Which ones are you going to skip? Let us know in the comments. This article will be updated as more simulcasts are announced. Aggressive Retsuko Studio: Fanworks Genre: Comedy, Slice of Life Premiere Date: April 20 Where to Watch: Netflix What It’s About in One Sentence: Red panda Retsuko has a stressful office job but blows off steam by singing metal at karaoke. A.I.C.O. Incarnation Studio: Bones Genre: Action, Military, Sci-Fi Premiere Date: March 8 Where to Watch: Netflix What It’s About in One Sentence: A schoolgirl learns that her body holds the secret that could save humanity. Aikatsu Friends! Studio: Sunrise Genre: Idol, Music Premiere Date: April 5 Where to Watch: TBA What It’s About in One Sentence: This … [Read more...] about Your Spring 2018 Anime Guide
Business By Matthew Wall Technology of Business editor 23 March 2018 Share this with Facebook Share this with Twitter Share this with Messenger Share this with Messenger Share this with Email Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link http://www.bbc.com/news/business-42963408 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Finnish start-up Varjo has developed a prototype virtual reality (VR) headset that its makers claim gives an image 50 times sharper than most other headsets currently on the … [Read more...] about Virtual reality as sharp as the human eye can see?
As digital technology continues to seep into every aspect of our analog lives, it seems it was only a matter of time before it started to replace our plain old visual experiences with something a little more tantalizing. Head-mounted displays, or HMDs, are an almost ancient piece of tech which have begun to see a reboot in the past few years as computers get more powerful, and the games inside them more visually spectacular by the day. In this article, we’re going to cut through the noise and give you the basics of the HMD revolution. We’ll cover the terms you need to know, the history of where they came from, and how far the technology might be taking us next. So if boring old regular reality just isn’t enough anymore, maybe it’s time to take a dip into the world of the virtual and see where you end up on the other side. Seeing Things Differently: a (Brief) History of HMDs Back in the 1960’s, a cinematographer named Morton Heilig had a crazy idea: what if … [Read more...] about Head Mounted Displays: What’s the Difference between Augmented and Virtual Reality?