Like shoulder pads or frosted hair, virtual reality is often viewed as an relic of the 1980s, but not by former Newsweek reporter Nonny de la Peña. The Los Angeles-based “Godmother of VR” is at the forefront of an endeavour to use the technology to usher in a form of immersive journalism in which viewers are placed within news stories and experience them viscerally. Next week, De la Peña will unveil the latest in a series of graphic 3D reconstructions: the story of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed 17-year-old African American fatally shot by neighbourhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in February 2012. De la Peña believes the wide availability of VR headsets and the technology to reconstruct events using new computer and film-making techniques could one day transform the world of journalism. “It creates a real sense of being present on the scene,” she says. “It puts the audience in a place where they can experience the sights, sounds and even … [Read more...] about ‘Godmother of VR’ sees journalism as the future of virtual reality
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CAMDEN, N.J. (CBS) — Officers in New Jersey are using groundbreaking, virtual reality technology to serve and protect the community. They are also using it to protect themselves on the job. It’s real-life, 360-degree scenarios. The new virtual reality training simulator at Camden County police headquarters allows officers to experience more than 230 real-life scenarios, from domestic violence to potential mass shooters. It’s more than target practice, it’s “talking” practice on how to de-escalate dangerous situations without resorting to force if possible. “The phrase whose life is important? All life is important. We want to protect everyone,” Camden Police Sgt. Raphael Thornton. “We want to make sure everyone goes home. And if we have to use force, we want to make it so it’s our last resort.” In August, the Camden County Police Department announced new guidelines for use of force, they consider, the most progressive in … [Read more...] about New Jersey Police Officers Using Virtual Reality Training Simulator To Protect Themselves On The Job
APPLE may be launching a small new iPhone, a pair of augmented reality goggles and a new iPad Pro next year. That's according to a top Apple expert who says the firm is plotting a secret 2020 event to showcase new gadgets. The latest round of Apple gear only just launched, with the new iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro debuting in early September. But Apple may be plotting another event taking place in March. That's according to respected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has predicted most major Apple launches to date. He says that we'll see an iPhone SE 2 and new iPad Pro models launched in the first quarter of next year, as spotted by 9to5Mac.It's been around 18 months since the last iPad Pro launched, so that's no surprise. The main new feature would be include 3D sensors on the back for measuring depth – to make augmented reality features work better. But the more exciting news is an iPhone SE 2 debut. The iPhone SE from 2016 was both small and cheap, making it very popular among Apple … [Read more...] about Tiny 4-inch iPhone, virtual reality goggles and new iPad Pro rumoured for secret Apple launch next year
There’s a thin mattress on a concrete platform bed, a stainless steel washbasin and toilet, a metal door with a slot for food, and four walls rather too close for comfort. At least, that’s what you can see in a compelling new virtual reality journey built by the Guardian, which replicates the experience of solitary confinement in disturbing detail, complete with unsettling peripheral images, cracks in the walls and the hollow cries of fellow prisoners. 6x9: a virtual experience of solitary confinement aims to highlight the psychological toll on those subjected to such harsh incarceration for between 22 and 24 hours a day. It offers a visceral, interactive experience through a Guardian app on your smartphone and VR goggles or Google Cardboard headset. Your time in your cell will last nine minutes – not nine days, nine months, or even the nine years and longer experienced by some of those in real life solitary. “Welcome to your cell. You’re going to be here … [Read more...] about Welcome to your virtual cell: could you survive solitary confinement?
How mixed reality is defining our interactions with data ZDNet's Greg Nichols tells TechRepublic's Karen Roby about how augmented reality and virtual reality are working to change the way we interact with data. VR and AR Microsoft's HoloLens 2 looks ready to go on sale in September Meltdown averted: How VR headsets are making nuclear power plants safer Space robots remotely controlled in VR Using AR and VR to train surgeons (ZDNet YouTube) Best VR headsets for 2019 (CNET) Virtual reality: A cheat sheet for business pros (TechRepublic) You don't need any special goggles to see a predominant trend in the mixed reality market: Most of the gains afforded by the technology have come in the enterprise. This is particularly true for augmented reality because it lacks even the young ecosystem of games catering to consumers that have sprung up in virtual reality.As a company that has a strong presence in smartphones today and which must anticipate the personal form factors of … [Read more...] about Qualcomm XR enterprise program blends vendor matchmaking and mixed reality