VIRTUAL & AUGMENTED REALITY

“It’s life, Jim, but not as we know it.” – Star Trekkin’, The Firm (1987)

Virtual Reality is the future of porn, and it’s a creepy future indeed

 

Eeeuuwww!

 

From TechCrunch:

 

 

Once you get past the somewhat off-putting nature of swapping nether regions with a professional, VR porn does offer an interesting way forward for an industry that, like many others, has been hard hit by the prevalence of free online content … “[With VR], we can raise the bar and get people to subscribe to porn again. “

Welcome to the future, everyone. It’s super weird here.

 

Source: VR is the future of porn, and it’s a creepy future indeed | TechCrunch

How virtual tourism will enhance real-world travel

From Mashable:

 

As technological innovations have improved virtual reality capabilities and popularized the medium, virtual tours have become more commonplace. You can use VR to check out a casino or museum from your couch, visit Red Rock Canyon from your favorite recliner or take a trip to Bath while you’re in your bath …

When VR tours are done well, it almost feels like you’re there — which begs the question: Will people start checking destinations off their bucket lists by booting up a device instead of booking travel and actually making a real life trip?

 

Source: How virtual tourism will help enhance real-world travel

Pokemon Go T&Cs strip users of legal rights

From TechCrunch:

 

Players of Pokemon Go are not only giving up their right to act like sane human beings in public, as they walk around, zombie-esque, reaching into the phones held in front of their faces, they are also likely to be waiving legal rights if they don’t take a very close look at Niantic Labs’ Terms of Service for the game.

 

Source: Pokemon Go T&Cs strip users of legal rights | TechCrunch

Tasting victory: gamers are hacking taste and smell

 

Dibs on using the controller first!

 

From MIT Technology Review:

Developers and researchers alike have long searched for safe and practical ways to incorporate taste and smell into games, in an effort to create immersive experiences that appeal to all the senses.

Source: Tasting Victory: Why Gamers Are Hacking Taste and Smell

Magic Leap’s hotly anticipated ‘mixed reality’ device could be here sooner than you think

From Business Insider:

MagicLeap

“Reality is a dial…and you can turn that dial and shrink reality … We are choosing where on the spectrum where we want to blend magic into our lives.”

Source: Magic Leap’s hotly anticipated ‘mixed reality’ device could be here sooner than you think | Business Insider

Your phone may soon sense everything around you

 

Yet more data for the machines!!

 

From AP:

A Lenovo smartphone unveiled Thursday will be clever enough to grasp your physical surroundings — such as the room’s size and the presence of other people …

Tapping Google’s 3-year-old Project Tango, the new phone will use software and sensors to track motions and map building interiors, including the location of doors and windows.

That’s a crucial step in the promising new frontier in “augmented reality,” or the digital projection of lifelike images and data into a real-life environment.

Source: Your phone may soon sense everything around you

This is a video of our future, and it’s scary as hell

From Mashable:

Unnerving from the get go …

Source: This is a video of our future, and it’s scary as hell