John Westra

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[Pretty cool] ViewRanger lets you see and navigate your outdoor maps in Augmented Reality with Skyline

ViewRanger is popular among outdoorsy people for its hiking trails and off-road topographical maps from different sources and known publishers. The …

This immersive VR ad has all the rollercoasters, diving and island-hopping you need

<b>If you have 3D goggles or a mobile VR headset like Google Cardboard, watch</b> <b>the video</b> <b>with them on.</b><p>You knew it wouldn't be long till we saw more and …

Microsoft Windows VR Headset Minimum PC Specs Confirmed

Microsoft has this week revealed more details about its new windows 10 VR headset which is currently under development and expected to be available …

Why it’s unlikely your Vive will ever play Oculus games

Facebook isn’t the bad guy here, and Valve isn’t entirely the good guy<p>It’s common knowledge that the HTC Vive is an open platform and the Oculus Rift is closed, with Facebook simmering in the background as a malevolent force in virtual reality. At least according to the common narrative that’s …

Researchers used VR to put a woman on a beach during childbirth to help manage her pain without drugs

Virtual reality’s ability to distract people from pain could redefine child birth.<p>Erin Martucci was able to block out much of her labor pain by gazing at a serene beach landscape with waterfalls instead. Once she wore the Samsung Gear VR headset, her virtual experience was peppered with …

Virtual Reality

$4.5 Billion Startup Magic Leap's Virtual Reality Technology Raises Questions | Inc.com

Magic Leap, a hot startup last valued at $4.5 billion, raised $1.4 billion in funding by showcasing a prototype technology that likely won't be used in its commercial product, according to a report by The Information's Reed Albergotti.<p>The prototype, called "The Beast," is described as a …

Augmented Reality

'Jack Into' A Parisian VR Arcade for $10 An Hour

The dedicated virtual reality facility provides 12 VR pods for 'individual experiences' and has a rooftop open bar.<p>A beloved author of mine, M. John Harrison, called them 'twinks'. Addicts, if you will, paying up big bucks and jacking into virtual reality out of both a yearning for ecstasy and an …

Virtual Reality

The Linq mixed reality headset blends the real and the virtual

Microsoft's HoloLens augmented reality headset overlays virtual objects in the real world, but what if there was a better way to blend the two? That's exactly what Stereolabs says it accomplished with its Linq mixed reality headset. The company explains that with a wider field of view and a device …

Alcatel Expands Mobile Virtual Reality Ecosystem with Exciting New Products and Partnerships

BERLIN, Sept. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- <b>Alcatel</b>, a mobile device brand of TCL Communication, today announced the launch of two new products, VISION and</b> …

How virtual reality transformed my mental health

Face your fears with VR.

Virtual Reality

Engage Is Out To Revolutionize Education One VR Lesson At A Time

One minute I’m standing in a living room in California and the next I’ve materalized next to David Whelan, the founder of Immersive VR Education. …

This exoskeleton glove could let you feel the 'shape' of virtual reality - ExtremeTech

This exoskeleton glove could let you feel the ‘shape’ of virtual reality<p>By on August 26, 2016 at 4:39 pm<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from …

The New View-Master Deluxe VR Is The Best Cheap VR Headset

If you're looking to dabble in VR using the smartphone you've already paid for, instead of spending over a $1250 on an Oculus Rift or HTC Vive setup, …

Virtual Reality

This Virtual Reality Video Platform Could Be the Next Billion-Dollar Company. Here's Why

The next member of the $1 billion unicorn club could be this tech company.<p>Originally published by <b>Sramana Mitra</b> on LinkedIn: Billion Dollar Unicorn - Unity Technologies Is A Strong VR Gaming Bet<p>According to Gartner, the worldwide video game market, which includes video game console hardware and …

Game Development

Deepoon Reveal Mobile VR Position Tracking System

One of the main benefits of the higher-end virtual reality (VR) head-mounted displays (HMDs) like Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and PlayStation VR, is that …

The future of travel is sitting in your living room with a virtual reality headset

I have seen the future of travel, and it is an octagonal phone booth inside a hotel lobby.<p>After signing a waiver that promises you don’t often fall down or throw up, you step into the booth and place a headset over your eyes. “Would you like to be teleported?” a perky assistant asks — it’s a script …

New realities are imminent: how VR reframes big questions in philosophy

Xbox One S review

There’s no way to talk about the Xbox One S without talking about the console it’s replacing, the Xbox One. So I will just start by saying the really obvious thing: the Xbox One S is what the original Xbox One should have been.<p>That assessment is both totally fair and wildly unfair. It’s unfair …

Living Rooms

Samsung's Cheap Virtual Reality Headset Just Got a Little Better

Samsung is launching a new and slightly improved version of its Gear VR virtual reality headset, the company announced on Tuesday. It will cost …

Virtual Reality

Guided Meditation VR on Twitter: "New research shows our #VR meditations reduce #anxiety, discomfort, blood pressure, and impulsivity!… "

Newegg Expands Its Virtual Reality Offering With the HTC ViveTM

0<p>SHARES<p>LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Newegg– the leading tech-focused e-retailer in North America – announced today it is selling the HTC Vive …

This Company Want to Sell You Cars In Virtual Reality

It used to be that anyone interested in buying a used car would have to visit a dealership and chum it up with insistent salespeople. With the advent …

Virtual Reality

Facebook open sources Surround 360 camera with Ikea-style instructions

Facebook needs you to fill its News Feed, Oculus Rift, and Gear VR with 360 content. So today it put all the hardware and software designs of its Surround 360 camera on Github, after announcing the plan in April. Thanks to cheeky instruction manual inspired by Ikea’s manuals, you can learn how to …

Virtual Reality

Scientists create glasses-free 3D for the movie theater

Watching glasses-free 3D on a TV is no longer an outlandish concept, but that hasn't been true for movie theaters. How are you supposed to create the same parallax effect for everyone, whether they're up front or way in the back? Researchers at MIT CSAIL and Israel's Weizmann Institute for Science …

Pokemon Go T&Cs strip users of legal rights

Players of Pokemon Go are not only giving up their right to act like sane human beings in public, as they walk around, zombie-esque, reaching into the phones held in front of their faces, they are also likely to be waiving legal rights if they don’t take a very close look at Niantic Labs’ Terms of …

Privacy

Announcing Oculus Connect 3 and Rift Availability Update

Save the date for Oculus Connect 3, coming to San Jose, California, October 5-7!<p>This year’s Connect will be our largest developer conference yet, …

Virtual Reality

This cartoon explains why Elon Musk thinks we’re characters in a computer simulation. He might be right.

Elon Musk thinks it's almost certain that we are living in a computer simulation.<p>In short, we are characters in an advanced version of <i>The Sims</i> — so advanced that it creates, well, us.<p>I understand the instinct to treat the idea as absurd, and to ignore people who suggest these things. It’s what …

Singularity

'Mr. Robot' to explore virtual reality in next season

As hacker Elliot tries to recover three days of lost memories, viewers will be treated to a VR scene.<p>Privacy, security, corrupt corporations and abuse of power were the big issues addressed in the first season of USA Network's hit show "Mr. Robot."<p>However, as the series progresses into ideas of …

TV

Zcrypt Ransomware: Old Wine In A New Bottle

Malware authors have combined old and new approaches to try and sneak Zcrypt past defenses, Check Point says.<p>Malware typically garners attention for …

Information Security