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Investing In Virtual Reality: Small Business Tips

Part of a series of stories recognizing National Small Business Week<p>Technologies that allow prospective customers to see what they might otherwise only be able to imagine hold enormous business potential for companies both large and small.<p>The opportunities exist in virtual reality technology, which …

Augmented Reality

Samsung 'Bedtime VR Stories' might be the perfect remote parenting app

One of the most overlooked aspects of the emerging virtual reality space is its ability to bring people who are located many miles apart together in …

We take a seat on Turris' VR Chair

VR is the Next Big Thing in computing right now, but I don't own my own VR hardware yet. I consider myself an early—but cautious—adopter. I didn't …

Augmented Reality

Sony Taking PlayStation VR on the Road

Sony is again driving a 16-wheeler across the country to promote the PlayStation brand. The company announced this week that the "Road to Greatness" tour is coming back for 2016, making stops at festivals and conventions across the United States. The tour stop at a different city every week now …

Virtual Reality

Crytek's 'The Climb' Review: VR Rock Climbing Power Fantasy

When I played the <i>Everest VR</i> demo last month at GDC, it terrified me. My fear of heights (or more accurately, my fear of falling) combined with the full-body immersion the HTC Vive is currently capable of left me frozen with vertigo. The prospect of walking across an icy ledge rendered me useless, …

Virtual Reality

Inexpensive 3D-printed lens gives terahertz imaging a boost

Terahertz radiation is a growing field of technology that enables faster materials analysis than X-ray examination, and provides non-destructive, …

Imaging

4K multitouch coffee table supports “tangible” objects

Running on Windows 10, the coffee table has a 3,840 x 2,160 resolution across 55 inches. Considering that we've seen smartphones with 4K screens at …

Samsung cooks up crazy prototype gadgets like VR camera necklaces, helmet speakers

But we're not going to be able to buy these anytime soon. The gadgets and software come from its C-Lab that lets employees experiment.<p>This seems to be the week Samsung shows off cool gadgets we'll probably never get to buy.<p>First it demoed robots that sense emotion and voice-activated light …

Virtual Reality

Minimal 433 MHz Web Home Automation

How minimal can a decent home automation setup be? If you need an HTML frontend, you’re going to need a webserver. An ESP8266 will do the trick. And …

Home Automation

Six robots inspired by real-life animals

<i>By Cat DiStasio</i><p>Many scientific and engineering developments were lifted right out of nature, but none more so than robots built to act like real-life animals. Biomimicry is the term for innovations like these, which draw inspiration from the power of nature to solve the toughest human problems. …

What's Behind Disney's Surprising Choice for Virtual Reality Content?

<b>Disney</b> recently signed a multi-year deal to use <b>Nokia</b> 's Ozo cameras to produce 360-degree content for films, marketing materials, and other purposes. Disney previously used the $60,000 Ozo, which is equipped with eight 2K cameras, to produce VR extras for <i>The Jungle Book</i> .<p>Nokia's Ozo camera. Image …

Virtual Reality

AUGMENTED REALITY: The future’s so bright I gotta wear shades

I’m very bullish on Augmented Reality, which is essentially layering the digital world on top of the real world using some sort of transparent …

About 40% of gamers will buy a VR headset in the next year

The Entertainment Software Association, the trade group that represents the game industry in Washington, D.C., issued its annual report on the U.S. game industry this week. Here are some of the essential facts about the game industry.<p>About 40 percent of the most frequent gamers say they will likely …

Inside the Seattle VR Hackathon, a glimpse of virtual reality’s potential

Nearly 130 virtual reality developers from around the Seattle region gathered at the Center for Education and Research in Construction last weekend …

The wildest experiences at Silicon Valley's Virtual Reality expo (pictures)

High Fidelity<p>One of the most impressive demos at SVVR was from a company called High Fidelity: a pair of people played a game of Tic-Tac-Toe on a whiteboard in a shared VR experience. I got to try the whiteboard myself, and it was pretty uncanny. High Fidelity is the brainchild of the same Philip …

Virtual Reality

Samsung thinks the 'future of children's bedtime' is virtual reality stories

A dystopian future of family communication through headsets, or an inventive way to bring remote parents together with their kids – and dinosaurs?<p>Disrupting children’s bedtimes? Most children are more than capable of doing that themselves, whether it’s noisy pillow fights, demands for a fourth …

Virtual Reality

Incredible Touchscreen Mirror Will Even Hail You a Cab While You Get Dressed

Smart mirrors aren’t new. But this is the very first one where I reflexively reached into my wallet and threw money at the screen.<p>Ryan Nelwan, a …

Home Automation Hubs And Systems Guide (video)

If you have been considering setting up a home automation system within your living space and transforming your home into a smart home, you might be …

Virtual Reality Could Be the Future of Mobile Payments

<b>Apple</b> (AAPL) , <b>Alphabet's</b> (GOOGL) Google and <b>Samsung</b> (SSNLF) are duking it out for a slice of the highly lucrative mobile payments space. U.S. mobile …

$35 gets you a professional grade GPS vehicle tracker

Do you own a business and you want a high-quality, reliable solution for fleet tracking? Or perhaps you’re the parent of a young child and you’re on …

3tags.org

Virtually Climb a Giant California Redwood in This 360° Video

Tree-climbing specialist Tim Kovar takes viewers on a 360° ascent up a 200-foot redwood named Grandfather.<p>Few people get to take in the full majesty of redwood trees. Fewer still get to climb them. But people can now virtually “climb” a redwood thanks to a 360-degree video shot by tree-climbing …

Micro drone controlled with VR headset lets you explore the world in a new way

<b>The concept</b><p>The Antro is a micro drone which you control by using a virtual reality headset and a handheld controller. Using it, you have the capacity to explore our world in a completely new way and look at it from a very different perspective.<p>Images provided by Charles Bombardier<p><b>The background</b><p>VR …

Build a Twitter-Based Home Automation System with a Raspberry Pi

There are all sorts of variations on Raspberry Pi-powered home automation systems, but ARM Tutorials shows off a pretty simple project that uses …

Raspberry Pi

This Mattress Will Tell You if You're Being Cheated On

Or maybe just if someone is jumping up and down on the bed.<p>The Durmet Smarttress is a Spanish-made mattress that pings your smartphone whenever it is “in use.”<p>Now, there are two ways you might market a mattress like that: You could skirt around the idea that this technology just might be used to …

Android N shows hints of native VR Mode

Developer previews are chock-full of source code that points to all kinds of things – freeform window mode, 3D Touch, where Jimmy Hoffa is buried – but not all of them pan out. Sometimes though, the trail takes us somewhere we were already expecting to be taken: the latest trail of developer …

Virtual Reality

Zapping Your Brain with Electricity Could Make You More Creative

<b>Small levels of electricity zapping your brain may enhance your ability for creative thought</b> is the conclusion of a new study by Georgetown …

Ultimate Beginners Guide to Virtual Reality Storytelling

<b>What is VR?</b><p>Virtual Reality [VR] is a magical alternate universe where all of your wishes come true and where pain and suffering don’t exist. Just …

The making of David Attenborough's virtual reality tour of the Great Barrier Reef

For the sake of bringing virtual reality to the public, a then-88-year-old David Attenborough clambered into a tiny Triton submarine in late 2014.<p>The …

Researchers, led by Indian-origin engineer develop chip that doubles Wi-Fi speed

Researchers have developed a novel technology that can double Wi-Fi speeds with a single antenna, a breakthrough that could revolutionise the field …

Nanotech