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Why Is 'Second Life' Still a Thing?

It was never just a game.<p>To an outsider, <i>Second Life</i> may look like a crappier version of <i>World of Warcraft</i>. It's a vast digital space many people can log into with their virtual avatars, only instead of going on wild adventures, slaying dragons and collecting epic swords, it just seems like a bunch …

Virtual Reality

Amazon's take on augmented reality is totally headset free

Augmented reality is more than just headsets -- or at least Amazon thinks so.<p>The company has just had several patents approved that would potentially …

To promote ‘The Force Awakens,’ the Star Wars app embraces virtual reality

It’s time to put your face into a galaxy far, far away.<p>Disney is amping up its marketing for <i>Star Wars: The Force Awakens</i>, which debuts worldwide December 18, and the company is using virtual reality to hype up the movie. The official Star Wars app on iOS and Android just got an update that opens up …

The 16 coolest concept cars revealed in 2015

Automakers have designed some very inventive concept cars this year, some of which seem to have the sole purpose of simply looking cool (and that they do).<p>But others really explore how automobiles could change with the advent of driverless technology, from steering wheels that retract to seats that …

Google's new computer 'vision' tech is very cool and somewhat terrifying

The tech is called the Google Cloud Vision API and it allows any app developer to tap into Google's smart "machine learning" service that can identify objects, including faces and emotions.<p>Cloud Vision solves a hard computer problem of "seeing." For instance, your computer can scan and reproduce an …

Google Photos

Watch someone play the new 'Halo' game on Microsoft's augmented reality headset HoloLens

Most of the videos, which can be found at #MadeWithHoloLens, are a few seconds long and show Microsoft employees messing around with the headset, usually with their children.<p>Other demos show the more serious side to the headset, which could eventually change how we use computers. HoloLens project …

Augmented Reality

Conan O’Brien & Comic Book Animator Bruce Timm Turn Random People Into Quirky New Superheroes in Burbank, California

On a recent episode of <i>Conan</i>, host Conan O’Brien teamed up with talented DC Universe comic book animator and producer Bruce Timm to turn random people …

Virtual reality gym brings all the benefits of a strenuous workout

A new device called Icaros pairs with a VR headset to give physical activity a digital edge<p>Need a spot of exercise but can’t face the gym? Love gaming but not the couch? Icaros could be the answer. Devised by German design company Hyve, the contraption is paired with a VR headset to bring physical …

Virtual Reality

Muse, a Wearable Steve Jobs would have Loved, Allows for Quantified Meditation

“Steve Jobs believed that Zen meditation taught him to concentrate and ignore distractions”- Walter Isaccson. “He particularly wanted Apple’s …

Launching & Funding a Healthcare Innovation: Legal & Business Considerations

95% of e-patients do not care if their PHI is shared and two-thirds to three-fourths of those patients expect to be discriminated in housing, …

Google Glass the Next iPad in Medicine?-HealthIT and mHealth Blog

Four years ago in 2010 the big new technology in Healthcare was the apple iPad. By 2013 72% of physicians had tablets according to Manhattan …

Predictive Analytics will Revolutionize Healthcare

This past week I attended the Predictive Analytics World Healthcare Conference in Boston. This was the first healthcare focused event for Predictive …

Adorably Nerdy Merit Badges for Kids

<i>Yeti</i><p>Artist and director Isaiah Saxon has created a fantastic series of merit badges for nerdy achievements like rocketeer and surrealist. He created …

MindLeap VR system throws away controllers, reads minds

Virtual Reality might have just gotten a wee bit weirder. Or fancier, depending on your take. Neurotechnology company MindMaze is growing out of its …

If James Bond drove an electric car, it'd be this Aston Martin concept

Bulging fenders? Check. Nubuck leather-wrapped everything? Check. V12 rumble? Ch-- oh snap. For the first time an Aston Martin, car, albeit a concept, has an all-electric powertrain instead of pistons. The Brit carmaker says the all-wheel-drive DBX Concept is "a thought starter... that envisages a …

Magic Leap CEO: Augmented Reality Could Replace Smartphones

Who needs smartphones and screens when you have augmented reality?<p>In an “Ask Me Anything” session on Reddit Tuesday morning, Magic Leap founder and CEO Rony Abovitz described a future where smartphones are replaced by his company’s technology, which projects a digital light field into a user’s eye …

Augmented Reality

Virtual reality is taking over the video game industry

An annual event in San Francisco has often been where game developers come together to discuss design. Now it's one of the biggest showcases of the latest VR tech.<p>When you look at the expansiveness of our games or the speed of our sports games, the likelihood of motion sickness goes up …

Virtual Reality

Mattel And Google Relaunch View-Master As A Virtual Reality Headset

Toy industry giant Mattel is partnering with Google to revive its classic View-Master toy as a virtual reality headset, the companies announced this morning.<p>The View-Master —that plastic gizmo which looks like a pair of binoculars, and displays stereoscopic images from cardboard discs embedded with …

Virtual Reality

Despite FDA moves, push continues for Congress to act on mobile health

Apple, Intel and other digital health companies are winning their war against old-school medical device regulation.<p>The industry that stands to make millions from mobile health tech has Food and Drug Administration regulations locked down, and it has the support of Congress, too. With the …

Digital Health

Penrose Triangle Inspiration

The Abduzeedo logo is heavily inspired by the Penrose Triangle and of course the Star Trek logo. The Penrose Triangle is indeed one of the biggest …

HTC’s Sense 7 Avatar Maker Screenshots Leaked

Details about the upcoming HTC’s Sense 7 UI are extremely scarce at the moment, but we do know one thing that it’s expected to come with the upcoming …

Gear & Gadgets

Your Online Avatar May Reveal More About You Than You'd Think

My Nintendo Wii character, my Mii, looks a lot like me. She has the same haircut, the same skin tone and even the same eyebrow shape. And while my Mii plays tennis slightly better than I do, I designed her to be a real, virtual me (albeit with balls for hands).<p>But it turns out I might not have …

Psychology

People Can Predict Your Personality From Your Online Avatar

From Facebook and Twitter profile photos to online dating pictures and gaming avatars, we face a growing number of decisions about how to represent ourselves on the Internet. And according to new research, suggests that the way we style ourselves online reveals valuable, even surprising information …

Research shows how slim avatars make players work harder in physical video games

New research by UC Davis suggests that gamers who play physical video games are likely to try harder if they play with a slim avatar, as opposed to a heavier one.<p>The study, called "Increasing exergame physical activity through self and opponent avatar appearance," tested 96 players of <i>Virtua Tennis</i> …

'Evangelion' Inspired Animation Short Looks Simply Astounding

As part of Studio Khara’s ongoing Japanese Animator Expo, with unique animation shorts released each week, we have now been graced with an Evangelion inspired entry that looks simply amazing.<p>Handled by Sola Digital Arts, who recently created the CG Captain Harlock film, the short was directed by …

Anime

What's the Future of Wearable Tech now Google Glass is Out?

<b>What's the future of wearable technology now that Google Glass is out? I discuss how perhaps the term can mean more than computers in our …

Colleges banning smartwatches ahead of Apple Watch release, fear rampant cheating

There have been a handful of smartwatches from a number of manufacturers on the market for some time now, meaning the release of the Apple Watch …

Smartwatches

This is how your favorite apps might look on the Apple Watch

<i>Why would I want an Apple Watch?</i> is the question that pretty much every tech fetishist has been asking ever since the device was unveiled four months ago. As a Pebble user, I like the idea of receiving highly tuned notifications on my wrist so that I don’t have to fish my phone out of my pocket so …

Showdown: The Differences Between Microsoft HoloLens And Oculus Rift

<i>This question originally appeared on Quora: What is the difference between Microsoft HoloLens and Oculus Rift?</i><p><i>Answer by Jon Bohmer, Inventor, on Quora</i><p>The AR vs VR showdown<p>We all know Virtual Reality (VR) – it tricks your eyes into thinking you’re somewhere else. Augmented Reality (AR) is an extra …

Augmented Reality