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Pam Baker
Virtual World Research, Part 2: Reality in a Can
12/31/08 4:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 913 Words

Part 1 of this two-part series examines the virtues of virtual worlds as research environments. This final part looks at some of the types of experiments that are being conducted in the metaverse. Universities and government agencies, even a few private corporations, are...

John P. Mello Jr.
Intel's Project Alloy Tosses Reality Into a Blender
08/17/16 3:22 PM PT | TechNewsWorld | 768 Words

... on Tuesday presented its virtual reality vision -- a vision that mixes virtual and real worlds into a kind of merged reality -- to developers attending a conference in San Francisco. Mixing reality and unreality sometimes can be a recipe for disaster,...

... to another edition of Gadget Dreams and Nightmares, the column that discards the minnows of terrible new gadget announcements in the hopes of landing the catch of the day in the form of a world-changing gizmo.
Hooking my attention this week are a flashy ergonomic keyboard, a modular smartphone, a wide-angle virtual ...

John P. Mello Jr.
Facebook Envisions Virtual Social Future
04/15/16 1:24 PM PT | TechNewsWorld | 621 Words

... on Wednesday demonstrated at its F8 developer conference how socializing could take place in a virtual world. Two employees some 30 miles apart -- Chief Technology Officer Mike Schroepfer in San Francisco and Product Manager Michael Booth in Menlo Park, California --...

John P. Mello Jr.
Mozilla Trumpets Altered Reality Browser
04/04/18 10:35 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 847 Words

... Mozilla Foundation on Tuesday unveiled its plans for Firefox Reality, a browser designed specifically for mixed reality headsets. The browser combines the beneftis of Mozilla's existing Firefox browser -- most notably the robust performance of its Firefox Quantum technology -- with...

Peter Suciu
Canon Gets Uncannily Real With New Mixed Reality Tech
02/21/13 11:49 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 849 Words

... officially launched its new MREAL System for Mixed Reality on Wednesday. Unlike traditional virtual reality-type systems that essentially block out the real world, this new imaging solution simultaneously merges virtual objects with those of the real world at full scale and in...

Kris Holt
Gadget Ogling: Virtual Sensations, Radio-Wave Charges and a Bitcoin Keeper
05/09/15 5:00 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 823 Words

The guest list this week includes a virtual reality headset with added Smell-o-Vision, a case that charges smartphones using radio waves, and a physical, secure Bitcoin wallet.

As always, these are not reviews, and the rating reflects only how much I'd like...

David Jones
Luckey Dons Virtual Flak Jacket for Zenimax Testimony
01/19/17 11:46 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 609 Words

Carmack used proprietary hardware and software information to develop the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, according to the lawsuit ZeniMax filed in U.S. District Court in Dallas.

ZeniMax spent millions of dollars to develop its proprietary technology in virtual reality and immersive...

Nicole Girard
Griefer Madness: Terrorizing Virtual Worlds
09/19/07 4:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1197 Words

Yet, considering the interview took place in the virtual world Second Life, perhaps she should have.

It's a Miserable Second Life
Since its public launch in 2003, the massively virtual reality world has evolved to include a mix of entrepreneurs...

David Jones
Microsoft Partners Heed Mixed-Reality Call
06/01/17 10:06 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 672 Words

... on Wednesday showcased a new series of mixed reality headsets from partner firms Acer , HP, Asus, Dell and Lenovo at Computex 2017. The preview marked the company's commitment to establish Windows 10 as a leading driver of mixed reality capabilities, as...

Vivian Wagner
Reinventing Play With Augmented Reality Toys
09/13/13 5:00 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 621 Words

... reality and other interactive technologies are changing what it means to play, read and interact.

"For decades we have aspired to the holodeck as featured in Star Trek , whereby we can fully immerse ourselves in simulated surroundings," toy consultant Steven...

Peter Suciu
Zuckerberg Pays Virtual Visit to Hurricane-Ravaged Puerto Rico
10/10/17 1:20 PM PT | TechNewsWorld | 716 Words

... CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Monday used virtual reality tech to "teleport" to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico and soon was dubbed a "heartless billionaire" by critics who felt he had exploited the dire situation in the U.S. territory. That likely isn't what Zuckerberg intended...

Andrew K. Burger
Virtual Real Estate: Building on an Imaginary Foundation
04/30/08 4:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1574 Words

Massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs) and virtual worlds, such as Second Life , "EVE Online," Habbo , MapleStory and "World of Warcraft" are the next step in "network intermediated" social and economic interactions.

Combining the community aspect of social networks with...

Peter Suciu
Reliving D-Day Through Augmented Reality
06/06/19 8:23 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 1600 Words

... National Museum of the US Air Force in Dayton, Ohio, is honoring the exploits and sacrifices of the Greatest Generation in a new augmented reality exhibit "D-Day: Freedom from Above." This AR experience commemorates the 75th anniversary of the Normandy landings, which...

Paul Teich
Merged VR: Augmented Reality Cubed
08/18/17 12:07 PM PT | TechNewsWorld | 1348 Words

... is considerable development activity at the high end of hardware and content creation for virtual reality and augmented reality, as well as such AR aliases as mixed reality, extended reality and others. Most industry investment is aimed at leading-edge gaming and industrial...

Rachelle Crum
Live From eTail: E-Commerce Looks to a More Social, Virtual Future
02/12/08 3:19 PM PT | E-Commerce Times | 582 Words

I noticed a virtual world on a large display and some goggles, so I darted in, and IBM's Brent Cossey told me all about the company's new technology they call the "cave demo" or the "goggles demo." Whatever it's called, it's pretty cool,...

Richard Adhikari
Google Makes It Easier to Create Virtual Reality Videos
06/28/17 3:16 PM PT | TechNewsWorld | 615 Words

Not Yet Ready for Prime Time
The VR180 format has applications in various segments, such as demo videos in the real estate and art fields; as productivity tools for remote workers; and perhaps gaming, as part of a mixed reality ...

James Hollander
A Glimpse into the Future of E-Commerce
02/04/99 12:00 AM PT | E-Commerce Times | 833 Words

However, in light of some exciting innovations in 3-D Virtual Reality online store technology , it seems that consumers will find that the e-commerce malls of the future are starting to more closely resemble their offline brick-and-mortar counterparts. Until now, online stores largely...

Rob Enderle
We'll Soon Live in an Imaginary World
04/20/15 5:00 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 1334 Words

... and augmented reality and holographic image technologies are coming at us with the speed of a freight train, and it won't be long until we'll no longer be able to distinguish between what is real and what isn't. How we are getting...

David Jones
Report: Apple Has Assembled a Crack Team of VR and AR Experts
02/01/16 1:36 PM PT | E-Commerce Times | 551 Words

... has hired a team of hundreds of workers as part of a plan to develop a new set of virtual reality headsets, the Financial Times reported last week. The report came on the heels of Oculus VR finally taking preorders on its...

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