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(Variety.com) Startup Nomadic adapted its VR zombie shooter “Arizona Sunshine” for location-based entertainment and recently opened its first VR center at the Pointe Orlando mall in Florida. Groups of up to four paying customers get to strap on a computer backpack and put on an Oculus Rift VR headset, and then enter the world of... View Article
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(TechCrunch) Cornell University food scientists found that cheese eaten in pleasant VR surroundings tasted better than the same cheese eaten in a drab sensory booth. The study was composed of 50 panelists who used virtual reality headsets as they ate were given three identical samples of blue cheese. The study participants were virtually placed in... View Article
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(VentureBeat) HTC’s new trademark filing has observers wondering what else the company is working on. The Taiwanese smartphone maker recently filed a trademark at the EUIPO (first spotted by Dutch site Mobielkopen) for something called ‘Vive Cosmos’. There’s no exact description of what the name refers to, but the listing does state it’s related to... View Article
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(Compelo) AR and VR in healthcare use cases include training surgeons, providing “bucket list” experiences for hospice patients and managing pain relief. Professor Shafi Ahmed, a surgeon who also supports scale-up digital healthcare companies around the world, believes this reality-bending innovations – alongside other tech like artificial intelligence (AI) – have made this the “most... View Article
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(Headstuff.org) Toy giants like Hasbro, Lego, and Disney, are banking on the future of AR Gaming and counting on this new technology to breathe new life back into old toys. By 2021, experts predict major growth in this industry with gaming companies focusing most of their budget and energies on AR-based products. This year, Apple,... View Article
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(CBronline.com) Three big technology transformations since the 1970s have completely changed our society. The fourth technological transformation – triggered by the rise of virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and mixed reality (MR) technology – was predicted by Scoble and Isreal two years ago in their book “The Fourth Transformation: How Augmented Reality and Artificial... View Article
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(Variety) “Virtual Virtual Reality” has released ‘Tender’, a new augmented reality (AR) mobile game for Android phones. “Tendar,” puts players in charge of an AR guppy that is part Tamagochi, part sentient AI. The object of the game is to nurture the guppy and grow its intelligence by feeding it with human emotions and real-world... View Article
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(ZDNet) Healthcare organisations could be spending as much as $5bn globally on AR and VR by 2025 according to one prediction, with potential applications ranging from surgical simulation and diagnostic imaging to patient care and rehabilitation. It’s worth remembering that even outside of the healthcare space VR and AR are at an early stage; the... View Article
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(SportTechie.com) NBA commissioner Adam Silver recently outlined some possible VR and AR enhancements to the fan experience. “You may be holding up your iPhone and you may be getting additional information live,” he said. Silver revealed that the league had approached several leading technology companies and offered them a challenge to replicate the courtside experience.... View Article
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(TheVRSoldier) Google’s new patent Augmented and/or Virtual reality Footwear is for shoes that would allow users to move around the virtual world while remaining in their own room at home. It adds a degree of “haptic movement feedback” to experiences and games, which can elevate the technology to whole new levels. These shoes are not... View Article
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