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Is virtual reality the next 3D TV? Like VR, it was hyped, pricey and consumers didn't care

NEW YORK—Virtual reality risks going the way of 3D TV, namely nowhere.<p>VR almost certainly has a brighter upside in the home than 3D ever had. And yet the unflattering parallels between 3D TV and VR appear all too real. Hyped VR efforts are off to a tepid start at best, raising the stakes for …

10 Ways to Use Chatbots for Marketing and Sales

Chatbots have become increasingly more important as messaging applications have become the way brands reach consumers.<p>6 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Chatbots have evolved significantly in recent times, thanks to the artificial intelligence (AI) and natural …

Chatbots

Kristoffer Lawson talks about a future where you zoom into work

Kristoffer Lawson created one of the coolest things I’ve seen in a while: Solu, the social computer. His tiny device uses a unique UI and UX to allow you to connect with friends and collaborate using an icon-based OS that lets you zoom in and out of work.<p>Lawson and I spoke about the future of …

UX Design

Monetizing VR: Turning magic into money (VB Live)

<b>VR has sprouted a lot of startups, but not a whole lot of revenue yet. But with refined console headsets and mobile VR and mobile 360 growing more popular with consumers, it’s time to start thinking about a monetization strategy. Join the latest VB Live event to get started!</b><p><b>Register here for …

This HTC Vive prototype lets you play VR games using brain waves

Hands-free virtual reality is no longer science fiction<p>Much of the buzz around virtual reality has been about words like embodiment, immersion and …

Virtual Reality

Virtual Reality Ads Around The Corner

As virtual reality grows, the opportunity for advertising grows along with it. That is where some of the advertising of the future is headed, and now …

Virtual Reality

Ebay to launch visual search tools for finding products using photos from your phone or web

Ebay this morning announced its plans to introduce new image search capabilities that will allow the company to better compete with the likes of Pinterest, Google and Amazon, all of which already support the use of photos in order to connect online shoppers with products of interest. There are two …

Image Search

Shelf raises $2.2 million to help companies find relevant content

Shelf, which provides software to centralize a company’s content onto one platform, launched out of of closed beta today and announced a $2.2 million seed round. SeedInvest, CT Innovations, and NY Angels all participated.<p>The startup helps companies sort their content and organize digital resources …

Augmented reality startup Blippar hopes to turn your face into a digital billboard

The company’s new Halos feature launches in beta today<p>The latest product from augmented reality startup Blippar has a simple, if somewhat unnerving, pitch: what if you could turn your face into a digital billboard?<p>The company’s new Halos feature allows you to do exactly that. You scan your likeness …

How Brands Can Increase User Engagement and Customer Retention with Chatbots

This column is authored by Irfan Ahmed Khan, brand strategist, digital marketing expert, and blogger at Branex.ca<p>In today’s digital world, the key to …

Chatbots

These Chinese Companies Are Quietly Revolutionizing The VR Industry

At the recent Global ARVR China Summit in Shanghai, there were dozens of companies specializing in augmented, virtual and mixed reality (AR, VR and MR, now often to as XR), many of them pushing the medium forward. Compared with announcements by tech titans such as Microsoft, Google and Qualcomm …

Virtual Reality

Another Democrat in the U.S. Congress is sounding alarms about the Amazon-Whole Foods deal

Rep. David Cicilline, the leading Democrat on the House’s antitrust committee, is asking for a hearing.<p>Another member of Congress is urging fellow lawmakers to take a closer look at Amazon and its $14 billion bid to buy Whole Foods.<p>As the Trump administration prepares to review the merger, the top …

House Judiciary Committee

Virtual Reality Won’t Work Without Great UX Designers

When done well, virtual reality (VR) experiences are mind-blowing. They’re disarming. They can transport a user from a living room to a haunted house …

Instacart AI helps personal shoppers buy groceries faster

In case you have ever wondered how Instacart works, know this: There are thousands of “personal shoppers” who physically go to a store and pick out your groceries.<p>In some cases, that’s all they do — up to 29 hours per week. They might not actually deliver the groceries (that’s a job for another …

A retail startup that allows people to try on clothes digitally just got a £10 million boost

The round was led by TAL, a leading Hong Kong-based clothing manufacturer which also led the 2014 funding round. The company had already raised £12.5 million ($16.1 million) since setting up in 2008.<p>Metail presents customers with a simulated version of themselves that takes into account their size …

ThermoReal lets you feel heat, cold and even pain in VR and AR

While some companies are trying to make AR and VR more immersive via haptic feedback, one startup decided to focus on the thermal aspects of the experience. TEGway, a spin-off of the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, has created a slim, flexible thermo-electric device (or "TED" in …

10 Examples of How Brands Are Using Chatbots to Delight Customers

These brands are making it ridiculously easy to make purchases and get information fast with the help of chatbots.<p>Businesses and brands are using chatbots in lots of exciting ways.<p>You can order food, schedule flights, and get recommendations for pretty much anything you can think of.<p>We're still in …

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AR vs VR: what's the difference?

While the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive haven’t quite been flying off the shelves yet, virtual reality is <i>still</i> big news and most analysts think that it is about to take off in a big way. And even if it remains solely the pastime of enthusiasts, it’s still undeniably the case that VR is officially <i>here</i> – …

5 Reasons Why Entrepreneurs Don't Thrive in School

Why some entrepreneurs are better off skipping the formal education route.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>My brother Adam and I, like a lot of really successful entrepreneurs, never finished college. Our grades in school were very good, but we didn’t go on to college …

5 Reasons Virtual Reality Will Survive and Thrive

It will create experiences that enhance our reality, not just let us escape from it.<p>I'm a prisoner, locked away in solitary confinement. I'm an adventurer, navigating through space and time. I'm an observer, looking up at a refugee raft in the Mediterranean. I'm a nine-legged alien, shooting pink …

Now you can watch a slick SpaceX rocket landing in augmented reality

SpaceX keeps landing its rockets back on Earth after launching to space. But if you can't make it to Florida for a Falcon 9 landing yourself, now you …

Artificial Intelligence in Retail

Over the last few years, artificial intelligence technology has made some interesting advancements across multiple industries. While it may not be so …

Artificial Intelligence

We're Close to Entering the Virtual Reality Metaverse, For Real

"There are a lot of definitions and visions for how all this can play out."<p>Neal Stephenson’s 1992 novel <i>Snow Crash</i> focused on what he called the …

Virtual Reality

Real Estate, Movies, Retail: VR Is Exploding. The Opportunities for Entrepreneurs Are Huge.

The 'Art of VR' conference in New York City features an alien bursting from a human, and lots of people excited about this burgeoning industry.<p>7 min read<p>The first time I watched an alien newborn claw its way out of a human's belly -- with blood and guts gushing -- was 38 years ago, in a Boston …

Virtual Reality

Google introduces VR180, a new format for VR videos

Virtual reality is a rapidly growing format, but it still needs a push from big companies to make it even bigger. Google is heavily invested in the …

Virtual Reality

The Holo app is a tease of what's to come with AR on the iPhone

Get ready to fill the digital version of your world with lots of weird stuff<p>The most exciting thing about Apple’s recent announcement of iOS 11 at WWDC, to me, was ARKit. The idea that augmented reality is going to be baked into the mobile operating system means all sorts of weird stuff is on the …

Code Commerce is coming to NYC with Blue Apron CEO Matt Salzberg and star investor Kirsten Green

Our two-day September event will explore technology’s growing role in retail and the rest of commerce.<p>If the last year taught us anything about retail, it’s that the industry has hit an inflection point — and that technology’s role in its disruption is growing larger every day.<p>On September 13 and …

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Tips For Wowing Investors With A Five-Minute Slide Deck

A tech VC explains why you only need to send 10 or 12 slides to early-stage investors (and what to cover in them).<p>My venture capital fund sees more than 50 slide decks each week. Some come in cold (our email addresses are on the website), some are forwarded from friends and co-investors who think a …