“What it will be, what it can be, I think it’s profound,” says Tim Cook on augmented reality. What if the world’s knowledge was not a click away, but at a glance? What if technology enabled your narrative to intersect and interact with the land around you? And what if this was accessible not to a few, but everyone? This type of ability is within reach and is what I call the “enabled landscape.” The enabled landscape is augmented reality that intersects with the landscape. Or to describe in another way, the enabled landscape is personal computing that enhances and amplifies the physical experience of simultaneously arriving at and travelling through the landscape via seamless and live computer-generated sensory inputs (graphical, video, or sound information) that are uniquely associated to that place. Landscape being both the visible features of an area of land and how they integrate with natural or human-made elements and also the historical, … [Read more...] about The enabled landscape is the future of augmented reality
The history of virtual reality
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
The augmented reality experience Terminal 3 tells the stories of Muslims who face additional screenings whenever they want to enter the United States. Players take the role of a U.S. customs officer who must interrogate people at an airport. Creator Asad Malik developed it in partnership with RYOT, and it debuted at the start of Tribeca Film Festival in New York last week. Terminal 3’s event setup is unique. It takes place across two rooms. In one, players don a Microsoft HoloLens headset and use voice commands to ask one of six holographic characters increasingly personal questions. Once they’re finished, they step out into another room — where they meet the actual people the characters are based on. “It’s not about ideology. Islam itself can be an ideology, but Muslims are people. What we’re trying to showcase are people and their stories,” said Malik in a phone call with GamesBeat. “We have people who are outspoken atheists. We … [Read more...] about AR experience Terminal 3 puts you in the boots of a U.S. customs officer
In a dank corner of the internet, it is possible to find actresses from Game of Thrones or Harry Potter engaged in all manner of sex acts. Or at least to the world the carnal figures look like those actresses, and the faces in the videos are indeed their own. Everything south of the neck, however, belongs to different women. An artificial intelligence has almost seamlessly stitched the familiar visages into pornographic scenes, one face swapped for another. The genre is one of the cruelest, most invasive forms of identity theft invented in the internet era. At the core of the cruelty is the acuity of the technology: A casual observer can’t easily detect the hoax.This development, which has been the subject of much hand-wringing in the tech press, is the work of a programmer who goes by the nom de hack “deepfakes.” And it is merely a beta version of a much more ambitious project. One of deepfakes’s compatriots told Vice’s Motherboard site in January that he … [Read more...] about The Era of Fake Video Begins
In a dank corner of the internet, it is possible to find actresses from Game of Thrones or Harry Potter engaged in all manner of sex acts. Or at least to the world the carnal figures look like those actresses, and the faces in the videos are indeed their own. Everything south of the neck, however, belongs to different women. An artificial intelligence has almost seamlessly stitched the familiar visages into pornographic scenes, one face swapped for another. The genre is one of the cruelest, most invasive forms of identity theft invented in the internet era. At the core of the cruelty is the acuity of the technology: A casual observer can’t easily detect the hoax.This development, which has been the subject of much hand-wringing in the tech press, is the work of a programmer who goes by the nom de hack “deepfakes.” And it is merely a beta version of a much more ambitious project. One of deepfakes’s compatriots told Vice’s Motherboard site in January that he … [Read more...] about The End of Reality
Maggie Lane Contributor Share on Twitter Maggie Lane is a writer and producer of virtual reality experiences and covers the industry for various publications. It was barely minutes after the Ready Player One premiere, and texts from my friends and colleagues in the VR community began pouring in… “How was it?” Those of us in the mixed reality industries have been waiting for this film like the VR messiah that will deliver us to public mass adoption. And the breathless prayer? “Please, oh please, let Ready Player One make VR look cool.” To many, VR creators make expensive content that few will ever experience or have interest in experiencing. I have read dozens of articles in the last year announcing either the end or the beginning of VR. I have seen VR portrayed as a portent for humanity’s most solitary, basic, and evil instincts over and over again in television and film. Most of all, I received questions from people that are confused by … [Read more...] about Does Ready Player One reveal the future of VR?
Ready Player One is all about people using a virtual world called the OASIS to make their dreams come true. While virtual reality has only been a thing—at least in name—since the 1980s, people have been dreaming of life in fictional worlds for thousands of years. In a new episode of “That Looks Familiar,” io9's Beth Elderkin looks at the real history of why we’re so obsessed with virtual reality. What Is Lucid Dreaming? Lucid dreaming is the act of becoming aware that you’re dreaming, while you’re asleep. Most of the time, people simply wake themselves up. But if you stay asleep, you can basically do whatever you want. The link between lucid dreaming and virtual reality isn’t just in similarity, but also in science. Research from Dr. Jayne Gackenbach has found that people who use virtual reality are better able to enter a state of lucid dreaming. The first known textual description of lucid dreaming came from the Upanishads, the Hindu … [Read more...] about A Brief History of Virtual Reality, From Lucid Dreaming to Ready Player One
So you just bought a new PC VR system. Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, whichever. You’ve plugged it in, adjusted the cameras, cleared out some room, and you’re ready to play some games. Which are the best? This list works a little bit differently from our other “Bests” posts. It focuses on PC VR, which includes games for both the HTC Vive and the Oculus Rift. All of the games on this list will work on the Rift, but several were funded or published by Oculus and won’t work natively on the Vive. Fortunately, almost all of those can be made to work with Vive thanks to the Revive project. There’s enough cross-compatibility that a combined PC list makes sense, at least for now. Sony’s PlayStation VR has its own distinct game library, so we’re treating that system as its own separate thing. We’ve capped our list at 12 games, and will be updating this post as new VR games come out. Superhot VR takes the bullet-dodging, balletic action of … [Read more...] about The 12 Best PC Virtual Reality Games
In 1969, Joni Mitchell burst into tears. “They walked on the moon,” she said in In Her Own Words, “and I cried.” Mitchell recalls crying at a bulldozer tearing down trees in its path, crying at the site of their sad stumps. But even though Mitchell admitted that she “was a basket case,” she refused medical intervention and medication. Instead, she sought relief in a inward kind of self-examination. In some respect the experience was typical of Mitchell’s adult relationship with medicine—an acknowledgment that something was wrong, but a belief that psychiatric care was unnecessary. Pain seems to have defined much of Mitchell’s life—from a childhood bout of polio, to severe depression, to a 2010 self-diagnosis of a condition called Morgellons. By Mitchell’s description, Morgellons is a hellish disease—in constant agony, the singer was unable to wear clothes, to leave her home, to sleep, to eat, to maintain … [Read more...] about Real Delusions of an Unreal Disease: A History of Morgellons
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?