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.

5 examples of stellar digital literacy in higher ed

Colleges and universities hoping to help students hone their digital literacy skills should look to strategies that emphasize creative thinking and …

Digital Literacy

Google is adding the power of augmented reality to your smartphone

ARCore in Action<p>Google recently debuted ARCore, the Android equivalent to the Apple ARKit, in limited preview form. ARCore is a baked-in augmented …

Augmented Reality

With the new Theta V, Ricoh’s 360-degree camera goes pro

When Ricoh introduced its first Theta camera in 2013, the very idea of a pocketable, relatively affordable device that could capture 360-degree images was new. Now, thanks to the Theta (and its archrival the Samsung Gear 360), the category has some traction–and VR headsets from Oculus and others …

Latest Magic Leap patent shows off prototype AR glasses design

Magic Leap, an AR company best known for raising money, still owes consumers a product, or at least the hint of one. Thanks to a newly-released patent filing, we now have a new look at an old prototype that could be a guiding force for the direction of the $4.5 billion startup’s product design.<p>The …

UPS will use VR headsets to train student drivers to avoid road obstacles

Students will have to identify pedestrians, other cars, and road signs<p>In what schools of the future may look like, UPS will begin training student delivery drivers using virtual reality headsets starting in September at nine of its teaching facilities. Those in training will wear headsets like the …

HolodeckVR is turning location-based VR into a multi-user social adventure

Whether or not consumer VR becomes as widespread as many hope, there’s no denying that a lot of the current technology is a blast to try.<p>This thesis has birthed much of the excitement around bringing about an arcade renaissance for VR, but for interested startups perhaps the most ready opportunity …

Second Life’s Immersive Sequel Is World-Building at Its Finest

Through immersive world-building, 'Sansar' wants to make VR social.<p>After a few months of an invite-only preview phase, Linden Lab is opening up their virtual reality successor to Second Life, <i>Sansar</i>, to the world. Users are now able to sign up for Sansar to begin creating and sharing their social VR …

Augmented Reality

Why 3D audio is the next big step for virtual reality

Almost 90 years ago, in October 1927, the art of storytelling took a dramatic turn when the first “talking picture” or “sound film” was released to audiences around the world. <i>The Jazz Singer</i> was a smash hit, earning more than $2.6 million as it captivated audiences with its Vitaphone technology, …

Virtual Reality

Stranger Things’ VR experience on HTC Vive impresses at SDCC

Stranger Things was one of last year’s best new shows on Netflix or otherwise. It captured a unique sense of nostalgia for the 80s as well as channeling a unique and fresh take on sci-fi, thriller, and suspense genres, all with an ensemble cast of standout child actors.<p>At San Diego Comic Con (SDCC) …

Virtual Reality

Digital literacy: what is it and how important is it in the future of work?

Ten years ago the iPhone was just a speck of dust in Apple’s eye. Today there’s an entire industry dedicated developing apps, with over 1,000 ideas …

Digital Literacy

See the Ancient World Through Virtual Reality

An archaeological VR company wants to show you what ruins looked like before they were, well, ruins<p>Comment on this Story

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

It's a "chicken and egg" problem.<p>Top-tier video game developers, your so-called Triple-A shops, aren’t wasting their time on creating the next <i>GTA V</i> …

Virtual Reality

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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 …

Adobe

​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 …

Virtual Reality

Using Virtual Reality to Buy Multimillion Dollar Real Estate

Virtual Reality

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 …

Virtual Reality

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 - Tubefilter

<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 …

Virtual Reality

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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 …

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 …

Virtual Reality