Communicating in VR/AR Media

By Randy D. Nichols | Randy D. Nichols, PhD, shares resources for teachers, communicators, artists, and others who are discovering and creating grammars, techniques, and best practices in the emerging VR & AR media.

See the Ancient World Through Virtual Reality

An archaeological VR company wants to show you what ruins looked like before they were, well, ruins

Virtual Reality

Samsung Wants To Turn Augmented Reality Into The OS Of Your Life

Imperfect as it may be, Samsung has shared a conceivable vision of how phones, desktops, AR, and VR could mix.<p>Google Glass and the Apple Watch have both flopped for the same two reasons. First, neither is very attractive. Second, neither proved as essential as the phone that’s already in your …

Here's Mark Zuckerberg's Ten-Year Prediction for Virtual Reality

Top-tier video game developers, your so-called Triple-A shops, aren’t wasting their time on creating the next <i>GTA V</i> or <i>Mass Effect</i> for Oculus Rift, the …

What's New: VR Workflows in Premiere Pro (June 2016) | Adobe Creative Cloud

The 5 Biggest Updates to Adobe Creative Cloud, Including VR/360° Video Editing

Adobe recently announced some big updates to the Creative Cloud suite, with the highlight being new VR/360° video editing capabilities—a timely …

​Lenovo's low-cost flip-up Windows VR headset shows how work might get done in VR

Flipping between the real and virtual worlds for under $400 later this year.<p>You want PC VR for less than $500? You'll have PC VR for less than $500.<p>Microsoft's going to be a big player in VR in 2017 via its Windows Holographic software and a range of Windows-compatible VR headsets, and several …

Virtual Reality

Intel's Project Alloy Is What a VR System Should Be

Intel announced its Project Alloy VR concept back in August, but no one’s been able to try it since. That all changed this week at CES, where Intel …

The reality of VR/AR trial

If you haven’t heard about VR/AR by now, your desert island must not have Wi-Fi. But there are millions of folks who know about VR/AR who haven’t seen it yet. User trial is on the critical path for VR/AR to go mass market. So what are the lessons from previous digital platforms about moving mass …

An open, high-quality 3D-360 video capture system

• Facebook has designed and built a durable, high-quality 3D-360 video capture system.<br>• The system includes a design for camera hardware and the …

Instagram CEO: VR Could Play 'Critical Role' In Company's Vision

Snapchat is betting big on augmented reality going forward, but Facebook’s own photo-sharing app, Instagram, might be heading down the path of VR …

Robert Niles: Is virtual reality good or bad for theme park rides?

Virtual reality might be one of the hot new technologies in the entertainment business these days, but is it a good fit for theme parks?<p>Six Flags …

Using Virtual Reality to Buy Multimillion Dollar Real Estate

Paranormal Virtual Reality Attraction ‘The Repository’ Unveiled

This year’s Halloween Horror Nights at Universal is introducing The Repository, a horrifying virtual reality experience.<p>The last time I visited …

5 Ways Traditional Storytelling Changes With 360° Video

When filming in 360°, you can throw traditional storytelling techniques out the window. Shooting in 360° forces you to approach filmmaking in a new …

Storytelling

YouTube Stars To Shoot Virtual Reality Horror Videos Around The World

<b>YouTube</b> is giving some of its creators the opportunity to tell scary stories in 360 degrees. The video site has announced a partnership with film …

WakingApp Now Enables Non-Developers to Create VR Content for Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Soon IoT - IoT - Internet of Things

WakingApp announced a new innovative release allowing users to publish their own VR content also to the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive headsets without any …

How Augmented Reality Will Change How You Buy Furniture

Thanks to a new Google 3D technology named Tango, mobile devices will be able to insert virtual images into a real place

Smithsonian

We tried out the Ghostbusters virtual reality experience and it blew our minds

'Busting The Void<p>At Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in Times Square today, we got to try out one of the world’s most expensive and immersive virtual reality experiences. On July 1st, Sony and a Utah startup called The Void will open <i>Ghostbusters: Dimension</i>, which lets you become a ghostbuster in what The …

Virtual Reality

Exploring The Final Frontier (In VR) In 'Star Trek: Bridge Crew'

In Nvidia’s meeting room, Ubisoft Red Storm had its own private area. In it, there were four booths, and each one had an Oculus Rift. This small …

Open-Sharing VR First Step: Google Cardboard Pics

In the emerging area of VR media, sharing productions and compositions is a clunky and cumbersome process. Most platforms are built only for sharing …

10 of the best virtual reality apps for your smartphone

Get started with VR on your iPhone or Android phone with these 100 apps, spanning films, games, news and 360-degree photo-sharing<p>You don’t need to spend hundreds of pounds on an Oculus Rift or HTC Vive headset to give virtual reality a try.<p>The Android or iPhone handset in your pocket is a VR device …

Virtual Reality

VR rowing turns a workout into a vacation

Playing VR games can be surprisingly good exercise -- ducking your head behind artificial barriers or waving your arms around to shoot enemy robots can work up a sweat. But what if you wanted a genuine workout? Well, VR fitness appears to be a rising trend, with several applications designed to …

Calling Our Bluff: VR & Our "New Media" Theories

Unless you've actually strapped on the headgear and experienced it, you don't understand.<p><b>VR has arrived.</b> <br>Seriously - it's here.<p>CNET has an …

Think Virtual Reality Doesn't Make Sense For Your Brand? Think Again

Not too long ago, virtual and augmented reality seemed like exciting, but far off ideas. Fast forward to today and VR and AR tech is very real, and …

Facebook Just Bought This Hot Virtual Reality Startup

Facebook continues to build its virtual reality business. The social networking giant acquired a small startup called Two Big Ears, which specializes …

Here’s why Microsoft is so focused on fighting education inequality | On MSFT

It’s no secret that Microsoft has been supporting numerous causes around the globe. In a recent blog post, Microsoft Asia Pacific’s public sector …

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 …

Gear & Gadgets

Why I Was So Wrong About The Future Of Virtual Reality

Awhile ago, I put out an article about the future of virtual reality and how I thought it was going to be this massive money pit, a passing phase …

Virtual Reality

This Is What A $100,000 VR Setup Looks Like

Noitom is a Chinese company with one very big American dream.<p>The organization behind the Perception Neuron motion capture system announced during an …