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‘The Void’ virtual reality theme park will have ‘holodeck’ rooms

Virtual reality headsets are about to go mainstream as Oculus is becoming available to buy next year. In the wake of new VR developments, a brand new …

Magic Leap shows off augmented reality shooter that looks too good to be true

Secretive startup Magic Leap, which is developing "proprietary human computing interface technology" that it calls Cinematic Reality, released video of an augmented reality shooter today that the company says it's "playing around the office right now."<p>The video was released on YouTube today after …

Sony opens pre-orders for its $840 Google Glass alternative

Google might have shelved its Glass project for now, but its rapid about-face doesn't mean that its peers have given up on their own augmented reality goggle projects. Sony today made a developer version of its Google Glass-esque SmartEyeglass available for pre-order, before it goes on sale in the …

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I experienced 'mixed reality' with Microsoft's holographic computer headset, 'HoloLens'

Unlike virtual reality, it's much easier to describe what it's like using Microsoft's "mixed reality" holographic headset, HoloLens. Imagine you're wearing sunglasses with completely transparent lenses, and overlaid on the world in front of you is a rectangular box. That rectangular box is your …

The Most Important Question To Ask New Employees

Groupthink can set in for new employees in mere days–which is why you should ask them on Day One what’s wrong with your company.<p>When something isn’t working out quite right, CEOs are often the last to know. But not at Emerald Therapeutics.<p>The biotech startup tasks all new hires with an unusual …

NASA's real life Enterprise may take us to other star systems one day

Dr. Harold "Sonny" White is still working on a warp drive at NASA's Johnson Space Center. His work is still in the experimental stage but that …

Listening To This Kind Of Music Will Make You More Productive

It is for this reason (and many more) that music is regarded as one of the triumphs of human creativity — but does music itself help one to create?<p>This is an important question to examine, because music has increasingly become apart of the modern-day work session.<p>The soldiers of yore may have faced …

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This treadmill lets you walk in any direction

No, that's not a detached tank tread you're looking at, it's a treadmill -- and it doesn't care which direction you're walking. It's called the Infinadeck, and we found it hiding in a dark corner of the Silicon Valley Virtual Reality Expo. Each of its tank-like treads is covered in a moving belt …

Why kids love Scratch: It lets them fail in a way their parents don’t

The “one size fits all” approach is what I find most frustrating about schools today. It gives children so few opportunities to individualize their learning. So no building a Lego sculpture or composing a song to show comprehension of a reading passage. Just fill in the blank with the most expected …

What It Looks Like To Put Your Entire Body In Virtual Reality

Set up three Kinect cameras in an equilateral triangle, use an Oculus Rift as a head-mounted display, merge all that with a virtual office …

This is Codemancer, AKA Programming 101: The Game.

<b>This is Codemancer, AKA Programming 101: The Game.</b> Basically, it's a turn-based fantasy game designed to teach how programming works to kids or, …

Please Stop Ideating

Surely it makes sense that the more ideas we have, the better our innovation track record will be. Not true, it turns out.<p>Firms that hold ideation sessions − those in which a group guided by outside consultants generate ideas for new products and services − generate little additional revenue from …

Inside the Operations and Checkout Building high bay at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the Orion crew module is positioned on a special portable test chamber and prepared for a multi-point random vibration test. Accelerometers and strain gages have been attached to Orion in various locations. During a series of tests, each lasting only 30 seconds, Orion will be subjected to gradually increasing levels of vibrations that represent levels the vehicle would experience during launch, orbit and descent. The data is reviewed in order to assess the health of the crew module. Orion is the exploration spacecraft designed to carry astronauts to destinations not yet explored by humans, including an asteroid and Mars. It will have emergency abort capability, sustain the crew during space travel and provide safe re-entry from deep space return velocities. The first unpiloted test flight of the Orion is scheduled to launch later this year atop a Delta IV rocket and in 2017 on NASA’s Space Launch System rocket. For more information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/orion. Photo credit: NASA/Daniel Casper #Orion, #NASA, #Exploration

High-School-Age Heroes Create Ketchup Lid That Doesn't Squirt Water

The condiment game has changed<p>What is one of The Worst Things In The World? (In the listicle sense, not the human tragedy sense.) Answer: when you empty the first squirt of ketchup from the bottle and it's a watery, brown, puddle-like mess, and you can feel each individual shard of your slowly …

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Amazon announces Dash, a home barcode scanner and microphone

The FireTV apparently isn't the only piece of hardware Amazon is announcing this week. The company recently put up a page for "Amazon Dash," a shopping accessory that it's offering for free to a limited number of AmazonFresh users. Dash, a roughly 6-inch-long plastic stick, includes a laser scanner …

Inside the Engineering Challenges of Google's Modular Ara Phone

Google's taking its Ara modular smartphone platform increasingly seriously, and in this video it lays bare some of the challenges it's been …

Ford Uses OculusVR Tech To Get Behind The Wheel Of Virtual Cars [Video]

Engineers don Oculus Rift headsets to evaluate vehicles that don't yet exist.<p>Facebook's purchase of OculusVR may be making headlines, but Ford has <i>liked</i> its virtual-reality technology for some time. In its Virtual Reality Immersion Lab, the Dearborn automaker uses Oculus Rift headsets to evaluate …

Google's First Android Smart Watches To Be Made By Motorola, LG

Two of Google's most successful hardware partners of late are also the first to unveil their latest collaborations with the Mountain View monolith — this time on their respective debut smart watches running the just-announced Android Wear platform.<p>LG announced its upcoming G Watch and Motorola …

'Project Morpheus' is Sony's virtual reality headset for the PlayStation 4

The rumors are true: Sony's working on virtual reality. The hardware is called "Project Morpheus" and it's headed to the PlayStation 4. The headset is two pieces: a closed display and what looks like a PlayStation Move sensor built in. SCE Worldwide Studios head Shuhei Yoshida unveiled it on-stage …

Why Creative Geniuses Often Keep a Messy Desk

Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein, and Mark Twain. What is one thing these three visionaries have in common? They all had very messy workspaces.<p><b>This post</b> …

Start Your Morning Off with Funny Videos to Be More Creative

You wake up, stretch, get a shower, grab some coffee, and start watching YouTube. It may seem counter intuitive, but if you're trying to get the …

Lumus and eyeSight deal brings gesture control to DK-40 smart glasses hand-on

Imagine a pair of Smart Glasses that you didn't need to fondle just to dismiss notifications, or worse, speak out loud to like a crazy. It's that exact thought that brought Lumus and eyeSight together. If you know each company's respective products, you don't have to imagine too hard what's going …

Want to Be More Innovative? Ask Better Questions

When it comes to innovation and leadership, questions can be more powerful than statements, argues author Warren Berger.<p>When so much information is readily available to anyone online, the key to innovation is not gathering more data but rather asking more questions--the ambitious, frame-changing …

Explore the first movie filmed for the Oculus Rift with an interactive trailer

The Oculus Rift virtual reality headset won't just be a games platform — it already supports 3D movie and 360-degree photo viewing. Today, though, we're getting a hint of what we may see from the first professionally produced VR movie. Short documentary <i>"</i>Zero Point" is a project by Condition One, an …

A 1,100-Foot Superdesk That’s Like A Mobius Strip For Office Productivity

For the Barbarian Group, architect Clive Wilkinson designs a seemingly endless table.<p>At the Barbarian Group, there’s no danger of showing up late to a meeting and having to hover awkwardly in the corner of the conference room because there are no seats. The entire office is one giant undulating …

A Toy Kit For Little Architects And Engineers

The Strawbees kit lets kids use low-tech, inexpensive modular parts to turn plastic straws and cardboard into forts and toy robots.<p>Strawbees, a simple building tool for kids, has been years in the making. It started when founder Erik Thorstensson was growing up in Sweden, and he realized how …

Say “No” to Innovation-in-General

I had just arrived at a conference on entrepreneurship and the only panel I wanted to see was starting. I looked down at my watch and realized that I was already 5 minutes late so I dropped my bags and ran to the next building.<p>The subject was intrapreneurship and it seemed like the organizers had …

The Secret to Lean Innovation Is Making Learning a Priority

Lean innovation is being embraced by everyone — from the smallest start-ups to the largest global organizations. But in most cases, it’s still falling well short of its full potential because it either lacks or fails to tightly integrate with the mechanisms needed to systematically capture lessons …