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06.25.15 Liam Mathews

The Observer’s Brady Dale took a virtual reality tour of The Grand at Sky View Parc, a luxury condo building in Flushing, to see if the future of condo sales involves VR. Before the building is finished, prospects can take a tour through the condo by looking at virtual reality renderings inside of the Oculus […]

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03.30.15 Liam Mathews

You know that episode of Black Mirror, “The Entire History of You,” where everyone has a memory implant that records everything they see and do and can be played back for the entertainment of their friends and psychological torment of their families? That, apparently, is closer to reality than it has ever been before, according […]

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01.28.15 Rhett Jones

As Oculus Rift’s official consumer release gets closer, the ubiquity of virtual reality is most likely going to be a case of “when” rather than “if,” and one way we may be using the technology is for immersive films. At least two companies are already throwing their hats in the ring to make VR movies […]

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01.09.15 Prachi Gupta

Among the numerous applications of virtual reality is the possibility that it could be used to better inform jurors during criminal investigations. New Scientists reports on research by the Institute of Forensic Medicine in Zurich, Switzerland with that goal in mind, citing a current problem with the way 3D technology is used in the courtroom: […]

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12.29.14 Rhett Jones

Since Facebook paid $2 billion for virtual reality headset manufacturer Oculus Rift, it should come as no surprise that the ability to use VR in a web browser has become top tech priority. Now it looks like it’s going to be a reality. Google and Mozilla are both set to release versions of Chrome and Firefox that will support […]

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11.19.14 Rhett Jones

Now that Facebook has put major bucks behind Oculus Rift, virtual reality is on its way to being within the grasp of any average consumer. It remains to be seen whether mainstream audiences will adopt the technology, but if they do, how much will they use it? The average American watches five hours of TV […]

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10.08.14 Marina Galperina

OccultUs is a new project from ECAL/Simon de Diesbach for Oculus Rift featuring live sound created by a variety of physical contraptions and rigs. Users find themselves at the core of a hybrid space, where images and sound, though originating in heterogeneous realities, coincide. Stuck between two worlds, their perception is challenged. The OccultUs experience requests users’ participation in a […]

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09.10.14 Marina Galperina

Why fly, when you can look out your status on your kitchen drawer over there? This latest thing from the Oculus Rift technology Borg locates compatible surfaces in real-time using an RGB-D sensor, and then projects all kinds of internet all over them. Like Facebook. We present an efficient new real-time approach which densely maps an environment using […]

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08.01.14 Sophie Weiner

Dreams of flight are among the most euphoric of human experiences. But no matter how vividly you dream, once you wake up, the memory recedes. Now, we can finally experience realistic flight while fully conscious, thanks to the rapidly improving virtual reality device Oculus Rift and a program called Birdly by Swiss artist Max Rheiner. Wired explains: To simulate the effortlessness of […]

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05.20.14 Andy Cush

As if your average trip to Chuck E. Cheese isn’t enough of an overstimulating rush, the kid’s entertainment emporium will soon begin employing Oculus Rift at birthday parties. According to The Verge, the virtual reality mask will be used to simulate “a large tube where prize tickets whizz around your head.” A six-week pilot program will […]

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