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How Microsoft and Autodesk Are Making 'Star Wars' Technology a Mixed Reality

Microsoft and Autodesk hope to turn <i>Star Wars</i> holographic sci-fi technology into a mixed reality for businesses.<p>The tech giants have partnered to …

Ray Kurzweil Explores the Next Phase of Virtual Reality

<b>Question: How will next-gen virtual reality change our lives?</b><p><b>Ray Kurzweil:</b> Well, start from today we have virtual world like Second Life. It’s flat, …

Microsoft's HoloLens looks amazing, and for good reason

Microsoft originally announced HoloLens at their Windows 10 launch event in January, and it took our breath away. The company brought out their …

48 Crazy Ideas Coming From The $2 Billion Stealth Startup Magic Leap

Want a peek at what Magic Leap is working on? We pulled the best shots from their latest patent application.<p>Last October, <i>Fast Company</i> broke news about a stealth startup named Magic Leap that had raised $542 million in a round of financing led by Google. Names attached ranged from the mobile …

Comedy club uses facial recognition to charge by the laugh

Big Brother is watching you giggle<p>A comedy club in Barcelona is charging patrons per laugh. This is real, according to the <i>BBC</i>.<p>The Teatreneu club, in partnership with ad agency The Cyranos McCann, has installed tablets on the back of each seat equipped with facial recognition software that can …

Reimagining the Boardroom for an Age of Virtual Reality and AI

Boards challenge their executives to get with the digital age — but many haven’t followed their own good advice.<p>They’re <i>starting</i> to use more digital tools to gather information, post questions and comments, connect individuals in remote locations, and present ideas more visually. (Examples include …

Virtual Reality Game Will Help With Anxiety Attacks

Anxiety is an issue we all suffer from to some extent. However, some of us are good at managing it while others fall victim to anxiety attacks during …

AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON — Description of How Quicksilver's Super Speed Was Shot

Facebook Talks Up Need for Virtual Reality, Big Tech Bets

Virtual reality, artificial intelligence and drones will enable Facebook to create a more lifelike and useful social network, the company said in its …

Facebook’s 10-Year Plan To Become The Matrix

Facebook doesn’t want to live in your analog world. It wants you to move farther into its digital one.<p>In 10 years, Facebook would like anyone, anywhere, to be able to strap on a virtual reality headset and share moments with friends and family across the world. It’s the vision of a digital utopia …

The Birth of Bond

Fifty years ago, at the dawn of the commercial-jet age, James Bond strode into movie history, to show audiences how stylish and thrilling life could be. But creating the cinematic Bond was fraught with peril, as best-selling author Ian Fleming discovered when he first tried to take his hero to the …

2015 New Hotel Openings

Marrakech has some of the world’s most glamorous hotels, and now Morocco’s coastline is getting the haute treatment with the opening of Banyan Tree …

Here Are GQ's 25 Most Outstanding Restaurants of 2015

<i>GQ</i> restaurant critic <b>Alan Richman</b> named his <b>25 Most Outstanding Restaurants of 2015</b> in the March issue of the magazine. This year, Portland, Oregon is well represented on the list. Three of the city's restaurants — Langbaan, Kachka, and Ataula — all made the cut. Richman is quite fond of D.C.-area …

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Magic Leap sheds light on its retina-based augmented-reality 3D displays

Magic Leap is working on a tiny 3D technology that can shine images on your retinas, creating augmented reality that blends the real world with fantasy.<p>Rachel Metz, who wrote about Magic Leap for MIT Technology Review, explained what the mystery company (a startup that raised $542 million from …

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The 30 Best Trips of 2015

Warning: unless you’re an annoyingly carefree bon vivant with a hefty trust fund, reading our annual Best of Travel awards may trigger a deep sense of dissatisfaction with the pathetic state of your mundane life. There are so many cool places to go, you’ll think as you scroll through our 30 epic …

Showdown: The Differences Between Microsoft HoloLens And Oculus Rift

<i>This question originally appeared on Quora: What is the difference between Microsoft HoloLens and Oculus Rift?</i><p><i>Answer by Jon Bohmer, Inventor, on Quora</i><p>The AR vs VR showdown<p>We all know Virtual Reality (VR) – it tricks your eyes into thinking you’re somewhere else. Augmented Reality (AR) is an extra …

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Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality Market Upside

​The augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) markets are experiencing increased growth potential, from new devices and new content, to …

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Amazon’s Fire Phone Introduces Firefly, A Feature That Lets You Identify (And Buy!) Things You See In The Real World

With the debut of the Amazon Fire Phone this afternoon, the company introduced a new feature called Firefly, which is largely designed to let you identify — and then, of course, buy — things you see out in the real world. Firefly takes advantage of the smartphone’s camera to let you identify things …

Augmented reality apps could hit 1.2 billion downloads by 2019 — report

According to a new report by marketing consultancy Tractica, the proliferation of smartphones and tablets with fast processing capabilities, as well …

The Hobbit VR hands-on: a Thief in the Shadows

Earlier this week, Epic Games announced that WETA Digital had created a VR experience for The Hobbit. This collaboration is called “Thief in the …

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Valve Demonstrates the Future of VR Better Than Anyone

Valve has experimented with virtual reality for years, but the Vive headset that it's designed in partnership with HTC is the first anyone outside the company and its tight-knit circles have seen of its efforts. It's an impressive piece of kit, featuring a high-res, independent display for each …

State of VR: Sony's Project Morpheus in 2015

I did not get motion sickness when I demoed Sony's new and improved Project Morpheus VR headset at GDC this week in San Francisco. And that's saying a lot considering my sweaty outcome at a private E3 demo last year. But I did get somewhat hurt while using it. Blame it on the shark. I banged my …

Virtual reality is not the (immediate) future of film

Virtual reality was the belle of this year's Sundance Film Festival. Immersive exhibitions displayed on face-hugging headsets told powerful stories in lifelike worlds, in 360 degrees and with the viewer in control of the camera. Virtual reality brought Syria to an audience in Utah and made those …

Impression Pi Virtual Reality Headset And Gesture Tracking System (Video)

A new virtual reality headset and gesture tracking system has launched over the Kickstarter crowdfunding website this week called Impression Pi.<p>In …

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Step Inside Magritte’s Surreal Paintings With This Virtual Reality Tour

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJMTEQZPltQ<p>If any painter were built for virtual reality, it’s Rene Magritte. The Belgian artist’s surreal worlds–full of raining businessmen and oversized fruit and pipes that are not really pipes–just beg to be explored in 3-D.<p>Enter artist Ali Eslami. Eslami …

Facebook, Oculus And The Future Of Virtual Reality

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Dan Kaplan helps startups tell their stories. He’s done marketing for Twilio, Asana and Salesforce and blogs about marketing, growth, and storytelling at Threadling.</i><p>Imagine a scene:<p>You’re in your chair at home, the latest Oculus VR headset encircling your head, and you use its voice …

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Microsoft Thinks Virtual Reality Is Not Yet Ready, Reveals Xbox Chief

With Microsoft revealing HoloLens to the world at its January Windows 10 event, it does not mean the company has turned its back on virtual reality …

Wild Virtual Reality Experience Puts You Right in the Audience at SNL 40

It remains mostly unclear what kinds of virtual reality experiences will be most compelling to people. But NBC, Samsung and director Chris Milk …