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
Virtual reality how much immersion is enough
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?
We may earn a commission for purchases using our links. Learn more. Reality Check Adam Oram 13 Dec 2019 0 The Oculus Go Standalone Virtual Reality Headset offers one of the best VR experiences that doesn't require a PC or console to use, and it just became a lot more affordable with a major price drop at Amazon. The 32GB model is down to one of its best-ever prices at only $129.99. That's almost $70 off its regular price. Outside of a super limited-time Lightning deal on Cyber Monday where it went $10 lower, this is by far the best offer we've seen on the headset. You can also take $50 off the 64GB version and both of the deals are matched at Best Buy. Reality check Oculus Go Virtual Reality Standalone Headset Step into another world at the best price we've ever seen with $69 off the 32GB Oculus Go. You don't need extra equipment like a fancy PC or powerful console to run this system, either. The 64GB model is also $50 off.$129.99 $199.00 $69 off See at Amazon … [Read more...] about This deal is for real; the Oculus Go standalone VR headset just dropped in price by almost $70
There’s a phenomenon in video games that people call “the zone”: a state of mind-body oneness where your reflexes and senses feel that they are operating without conscious input. The zone isn’t the territory of blockbuster shooters or narrative adventures: it is the domain of puzzle and rhythm games, arcade shmups, games about patterns and reflexes. These are games that temporarily and pleasurably hijack your neural pathways. Enter Tetris Effect, fittingly named for the hypnagogic hallucinations experienced by people who’ve spent so much time stacking blocks that they visualise falling tetrominos whilst falling asleep, or idly imagine arranging furniture into neat lines. First released last year on PlayStation 4 and newly available on PC, it is a sumptuous, mind-altering, humanist interpretation of the classic Soviet puzzle game. It combines the simple, pleasing act of fitting shapes together until they disappear with intense visual backdrops and dynamic … [Read more...] about Tetris Effect review – makes your skin tingle and your mind hum
Augmented reality doesn't get the love that virtual reality does. It's inherently less flashy, confined now mostly to our phones as opposed to snazzy headsets.But AR is going to dominate the world before too long precisely because it's native to the mobile devices we already rely on. Like it or not, AR offers the promise of turning the real world into a clickable, searchable, data-infused experience. Soon you'll be able to point your phone at virtually any object and pull up relevant data or place a quick order. Forget a Facebook profile, you'll soon be able to point a phone at a stranger and pull up relevant deets. That's a scary prospect, and perhaps fortunately AR is still in its infancy. In fact, for the most part it's been gimmicky and relegated to the landscape of marketers and hokey brand activations.That's starting to change. I spoke with Caspar Thykier, CEO and co-founder of Zappar, a mixed reality solutions company, and got a look back at 2019 and a look forward to … [Read more...] about Spatial computing comes to the enterprise (and other predictions for AR in 2020)