In a break from tradition, this year’s opening night event of the Adelaide film festival featured not a feature film screening but an unprecedented party described as a “digital carnival” and a “degustation of screen delights”. When I first read that, I thought: sounds dangerous. Dangerous because the centrepiece of the evening would be a production in virtual reality: a medium that, since its inception, has been associated with nauseated viewers and upset tummies. Various manifestos have proposed how VR film-makers can avoid summoning the return of their audience’s most recent meals, including keeping the camera still and using dissolve transitions for scene changes. What effect would a biblical flood of alcohol and canapés – necessary for any special event worth its imported salt in the Australian arts scene – have on the VR experience? Adelaide’s Tonsley Innovation Centre is a huge, warehouse-like, unfriendly looking space … [Read more...] about If virtual reality is film’s next big thing, how long will it take to get right?
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I am deep in the Amazonian jungle, somewhere near the Gregório River. My vision is affected by a hallucinogenic tea called Ayahuasca, referred to by the locals as Uni. A huge and majestic old tree towers in front of me. A patch of bright psychedelic colour appears in my vision and moves with my gaze, as if projected from another plane of existence. Before I have properly come to terms with this striking tableau, my position changes. I realise I am now inside the tree. This is a scene from Awavena, the new virtual reality film from acclaimed artist Lynette Wallworth. My actual location is Carriageworks, Sydney, where this impressive work had its Australian premiere on Friday as part of Create NSW’s annual 360 Vision virtual reality and augmented reality event. Awavena is showing there until 9 December. When the film has ended an attendant helps me remove my headset and escorts me into an adjacent area. This experience is not over. I am given a backpack and two controller-like … [Read more...] about Welcome to the jungle: experiencing the Amazon in psychedelic virtual reality
2020 is the year for the 5G network market, report Gartner says the worldwide market will spike in value as businesses gear up in preparation of 5G rollouts. Special Feature Special Report: Mixed Reality in Business (free PDF) This ebook, based on the latest ZDNet / TechRepublic special feature examines how Mixed Reality is empowering new scenarios in training, coaching, remote work, and other enterprise functions. Read More Widespread deployment of 5G mobile networks could accelerate the adoption of augmented and virtual reality, although wider availability is not the only requirement for VR and AR to thrive on 5G: compelling use cases are also required to make these technologies viable, although the addition of 5G does give developers a larger canvas on which to design new experiences.SEE: Special report: How 5G will transform business (TechRepublic Premium)Why will 5G change the landscape of VR and AR development?Priority for the first 5G NR standards centered … [Read more...] about How 5G will affect augmented reality and virtual reality
Sitting on a stool opposite me is Aisha, a young American I’ve been asked to interrogate about her recent trip to Pakistan. “Did you visit any areas controlled by the Taliban?” I ask. “No, I did not,” she responds. Aisha is a hologram, and I’m “playing” a US customs officer in an augmented reality experience called Terminal 3. I spend 15 minutes in my fictional airport, asking her questions based on choices that appear in writing in my field of vision. My voice triggers her responses – which start off clipped and defensive but become increasingly intimate – to the point where I feel like I’d really like to hang out with her. Aisha is one of six participants of Muslim descent that were filmed with Depthkit technology to enable a surprisingly lifelike encounter that challenges stereotypes. It puts me in the position of authority – do I choose the tough questions or the softer ones? At the end I’m asked to … [Read more...] about Virtual truth: face to face with immersive documentaries
VR, AR, and MR: What's the difference? Overhyped by some, drastically underestimated by others, few emerging technologies have generated the digital ink like virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and mixed reality (MR). https://zd.net/2LbA6dc Special Feature Special Report: Mixed Reality in Business (free PDF) This ebook, based on the latest ZDNet / TechRepublic special feature examines how Mixed Reality is empowering new scenarios in training, coaching, remote work, and other enterprise functions. Read More Pokémon Go is one of the most popular mobile games ever, with a record-breaking 130 million people worldwide downloading the app on its release in 2016. By 2020, the immersive application is predicted to have 67 million active users in the US, according to a recent Statista report.This groundbreaking app allows gamers to interact with virtual Pokémon characters in their real surroundings, via smartphone screen. By holding your smartphone up to your … [Read more...] about Your guide to mixed reality technology