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I was a VR skeptic (and then my 7-year-old son gave it a try)

Maybe I am a cynical old journalist, but I’ve been in the anti-VR camp ever since it became the big buzzword in tech.<p>The reasons were many: It will …

Virtual Reality

Re-Imagine National Monuments Through Virtual Reality

What to Know<p>CyArk is giving virtual reality tours of Mount Rushmore as part of the National Park Service Centennial celebration.<p>Visitors can also …

A Beginner's Field Guide To Augmented And Virtual Reality

Today Facebook-owned Oculus begins consumer shipments of their Rift VR headset, in many ways marking the beginning of a wave of dedicated consumer virtual reality (VR) products. Two weeks ago TIRIAS Research critically examined the VR and augmented reality (AR) product landscape at SXSW’s VR/AR …

Augmented Reality

The evidence is clear: Apple's next big thing will be virtual reality

A growing amount of evidence indicates that Apple is developing something with virtual-reality technology. The dream: to immerse viewers in a totally computer-generated world.<p>VR has been a dream for futurists for decades, but the technology has never been good enough for it to take off. Apple …

The Depressing Reality Of Virtual Reality

As I slide the Samsung Gear VR up over my head and look up at the excited, expectant faces of the VR experience demo team, I can’t help but crack a reassuring-but-clearly-underwhelmed smile.<p>The kind of smile you give the child whose crudely drawn picture of a rocket looks like a strangely accurate …

Virtual Reality

Crytek will help colleges train young VR developers

Crytek is best known for <i>Crysis</i>, <i>Far Cry</i> and other games that push the limits of CryEngine, a developer tool that it licenses to other studios. Having gone through a bit of a rough patch, the company is focusing sharply on VR, developing new experiences and now academic partnerships that promote its …

Ready Player One

Book Review: Narrative as Virtual Reality 2

<b>Marie-Laure Ryan's Narrative as Virtual Reality 2 looks at VR through the lens of reading and writing.</b><p><i>This is the first in a series of posts that will focus on Virtual Reality as an emerging art form.</i><p>This lucidly written updated book by independent literary scholar Marie-Laure Ryan addresses …

[Visual Dictionary] The Year Virtual Reality Grew Up

Visual definitions shed light on 2015's biggest art trends.<p><i>We asked some of our favorite artists to visually define some ideas and genres we felt had a big presence in 2015. Net artist, GIF maker, animator, and director Kyttenjanae visualizes virtual reality through the lens of the digital world</i> …

Google grants a 97-year-old's wish

Olive Horrell does not look impressed.<p>The 97-year old is holding a Project Cardboard viewer, Google's DIY virtual-reality headset. It resembles an old View-Master toy.<p>"This is old fashioned stuff! Way before your time," she says.<p>She puts on headphones, holds the viewer up to her eyes, and her jaw …

Heads up: The best VR headsets under $100

Virtual reality is now, well, a reality. We’re nearing ever closer to the full retail release of the high-profile VR headsets — i.e. the HTC Vive, …

Virtual Reality

Apple to bet on a new technology 'as profound' as smartphone?

<b>Apple</b> (AAPL) may be going big into a technology niche — augmented reality — that one analyst calls potentially "as profound a technology platform as …

A dad breaks down in tears after virtual reality helps him achieve his lifelong dream

YouTube/Hoopermation<p>On July 21, 1969, American astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first man to step onto the surface of the moon thanks to the …

8 Acts You Might Be Doing To Kill Your Kid's Creativity

It’s a sad truth that some of the world’s best minds are stifled at a young age simply because society has forced them into doing so. Parents are not …

The perils of “Growth Mindset” education: Why we’re trying to fix our kids when we should be fixing the system

<b>(AP/Jose F. Moreno)</b><p>How a promising but oversimplified idea caught fire, then got coopted by conservative ideology<p>Alfie Kohn<p>August 16, 2015 9:59am (UTC)<p>One of the most popular ideas in education these days can be summarized in a single sentence (a fact that may help to account for its …

Australia just opened the first ever virtual reality entertainment facility

But for Zero Latency, the world's first VR entertainment facility, opening tomorrow, August 15 in Melbourne, Australia that's not the case.<p>It aims to be a place where people can come experience VR without spending hundreds on a headset and potentially thousands on a high-end PC.<p>CNET went to the …

How to Market Virtual Reality

The future of virtual reality is being built right now and if you aren't daydreaming about how to sell your product in virtual reality, you aren't thinking big enough.<p>With about two decades into our usage of mobile phones, people born after 1995 can't remember a time when their parents or they, …

The best Virtual Reality headsets for an immersive VR and AR experience | ZDNet

FOVE<p>FOVE is an eye tracking virtual reality headset which enables you to make eye contact with characters in games. The device tracks your gaze and …

Disneyland's fabled make-out ride Adventure Thru Inner Space returns through virtual reality

Disneyland's Adventure Thru Inner Space attraction closed in 1985, yet here it was in front of me.<p>I saw a snowflake, and it was getting bigger. It was soon overwhelming. Icicles jutted out toward me. Crystallized shards were everywhere. Was I inside a snowflake? Up ahead, I saw a dizzying array of …

VR: Finding The Storytelling Language of A New Medium

<b>By Noah J. Nelson (@noahjnelson)</b><p>Virtual reality--as both an art form and an industry--is still pretty much uncharted territory. The maps that we do have, limited as they are, come from other disciplines. Film and games are the two mediums that are most commonly evoked when talking about VR, and we …

Why Oculus isn't pursuing augmented reality

Oculus has been a pioneer in virtual reality, literally kickstarting the current growth in the field. Yet the company has shown no real interest in …

OZO Camera Breaks New Ground In Virtual Reality For Post-Microsoft Nokia

Nokia is breaking new ground. Previously a global giant in mobile, it sold its smartphone manufacturing business to Microsoft in 2014 for $7.2 …

Virtual reality video project will immerse you in space

Virtual reality is big on immersing you in cool new environments, and what's cooler than space? Nothing, if you ask SpaceVR. It's crowdfunding a project that will send a 12-camera video array to the International Space Station, where it'll record 360-degree VR videos from the Cupola Observatory …

Linden Lab’s Project Sansar Aims to Be A Platform for VR Experiences – Variety

The company behind Second Life is betting on a second chance.<p>Linden Lab, which pioneered the idea of virtual worlds with Second Life in 2003, is …

Virtual Reality

Report: Patriots will arm themselves with virtual reality technology

The New England Patriots will begin to use virtual reality to help with film study.<p>The New England Patriots are joining the future.<p>When training camp …

I tried HTC's insane virtual reality headset, and I'm convinced the world is about to change forever

I just tried HTC's virtual reality headset Vive, and I'm certain we're on the precipice of a major change in computing. This is going to change the world as we know it. Really.<p>The HTC Vive was born out of a partnership with Valve, one of the most important gaming companies in the industry: Valve …

How smartphone-based VR works

There are many kinds of virtual reality technology in the world today, and thanks to the current level of excitement surrounding the technology there …

8 key VR takeaways from a chat with Oculus' CEO

At E3 recently, I had a chance to catch up with Brendan Iribe, the CEO of virtual reality pioneers Oculus VR, whose Oculus Rift headset and Touch VR …

Mark Zuckerberg's vision of the future is full of artificial intelligence, telepathy, and virtual reality

They may seem far-fetched now but some of the Facebook CEO's deas are shared by futurists and scientists alike.<p>Scientists at Facebook and elsewhere are working toward a future where artificial intelligence (AI), telepathy, and virtual reality are commonplace. In fact, some of that technology is …