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VR virtual reality May Reveal How Time is Perceived in Space

VR virtual reality May Reveal How Time is Perceived in Space

Einstein’s time-dilation hypothesis states “that time slows down the faster you travel,” according to the European Space Agency (ESA). Flying atomic clocks aboard aircraft have verified the hypothesis, and astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) are continually studying their perception of time in space.Right now, ISS astronauts are traveling at 17,895 mph (28,800 km/h), which is so fast it’ll make them 0.007 seconds younger when they return home.  In accordance to Einstein’s prediction, astronauts on the space station say that “time seems to speed up in microgravity,” according to the ESA. How time is perceived in space is important to understand, since precision is key in many non-terrestrial experiments, so astronauts are using VR virtual reality to learn more, testing reaction times and time duration.
You will be able to experience AR with your own hands thanks to Levitate

You will be able to experience AR with your own hands thanks to Levitate

The EU-funded Horizon 2020 plan has brought to light a great many interesting projects. The one that most attracted my attention is Levitate, an initiative that aims to make you physically touch and interact with virtual objects shown on a display or through a VR headset.
HTC Vive Focus Plus makes it easier for VR virtual reality developers to port PC content

HTC Vive Focus Plus makes it easier for VR virtual reality developers to port PC content

HTC’s Vive Focus VR virtual reality headset is getting an upgrade, and it could make it easier than ever for content parity across stand-alone VR systems and those tied to a PC.The Vive Focus Plus will use the “six degrees of freedom” system used in the current Vive Focus, but now with support for dual “six degrees of freedom” controllers, as well.With this integration, HTC Vive is aiming to make it easier for PC VR development software to move content over to the stand-alone Vive Focus Plus.“This rollout of Vive Focus Plus furthers our commitment to rapidly iterate and refine the VR market for both businesses and consumers,” HTC Vive Americas GM Daniel O’Brien said in a press release.
A new $6,000 virtual reality headset lets you see with 'human-eye' resolution

A new $6,000 virtual reality headset lets you see with 'human-eye' resolution

Finnish start-up Varjo launched its first virtual reality (VR) headset on Tuesday in a bid to capture the growing industrial market for the technology, despite slow pick-up among consumers.
USA Today Launches Oscars AR Experience to Highlight Work of Costume Designers (EXCLUSIVE)

USA Today Launches Oscars AR Experience to Highlight Work of Costume Designers (EXCLUSIVE)

USA Today is getting ready for the Academy Awards with an augmented reality (AR) experience dedicated to the work of the costume designers on some of the Oscar-nominated movies.The experience, which went live in USA Today’s Android and iOS app Monday, presents wardrobe from 6 movies in augmented reality, including costumes worn on “Mary Poppins Returns,” “The Favorite,” “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Black Panther.”“We wanted to give our readers a different feel, a hands-on experience,” said USA Today Life managing editor Alison Maxwell in an interview with Variety. The experience allows readers to explore individual costumes in their own four walls, thanks to mobile AR technology.
Lego’s newest playsets are haunted by AR (update)

Lego’s newest playsets are haunted by AR (update)

As much as we like to shake our metaphorical canes at kids and lament how they're all about Minecraft and Fortnite these days, the truth is that they're still really big into physical play too. Children still love Lego, both the plastic bricks and the worlds they can create with them. However, the company is now going to try to unite all these different aspects -- building, video gaming and storytelling -- with its new AR-based line, Lego Hidden Side. Kids can construct sets and bring them to life using their phones, with a continuing narrative to keep them coming back for more.Hidden Side isn't Lego's first foray into augmented reality. In the past it's experimented with letting you use AR to preview toys in the store, and last year the Lego Playgrounds app used ARKit2 to add animation and other flourishes to existing sets. Hidden is the first line designed around the tech, with a storyline that's only fully accessed through the app.
The BBC is giving 'Doctor Who' the  VR virtual reality treatment

The BBC is giving 'Doctor Who' the VR virtual reality treatment

There may be no new series of Doctor Who for 2019, but the BBC is preparing a little something to keep fans entertained in the meantime. The corporation has announced that it will release a short episode of the show, available exclusively in VR virtual reality. at some point in the near future. Doctor Who: The Runaway will be a 12-ish minute episode that places the virtual reality software programs viewer inside an animated version of the TARDIS console room.Current star Jodie Whittaker lends her voice to the animated Thirteenth Doctor, who will guide you through the interactive story. According to the release, viewers will become the Doctor's "champion" that'll "help her on this exciting adventure, as they find themselves at the centre of the action facing a deadly threat."
Intel’s virtual reality software programs ‘True View’ Puts Fans In The Boots Of Their Favorite Footballers

Intel’s virtual reality software programs ‘True View’ Puts Fans In The Boots Of Their Favorite Footballers

In 2018 alone, technology investments into sports reached nearly $1 billion. Despite this impressive commitment however, the industry is far from immune to disruption, as consumer behaviour continues to shift among sports fans. This ongoing consumer migration is driving VR virtual reality developers, leagues, and brands to look for new ways to meet the expectations of supporters with more powerful, meaningful, and emotional experiences. This of course makes immersive technologies an ideal candidate among corporations.“Imagine watching a season-defining moment, then reliving it from any angle including from the perspective of your favourite player as they run up to take a penalty or make an improbable goal-line clearance.” That is the promise that Intel’s VR development software latest partnership is selling to fans of the three most popular clubs in Premiere League Football (or soccer if you’re American).
Apple Taps iPhone Executive to Be First Head of Marketing for AR augmented Reality

Apple Taps iPhone Executive to Be First Head of Marketing for AR augmented Reality

Apple Inc.assigned a longtime iPhone executive as its first head of marketing for AR augmented reality, demonstrating the importance of the technology to the company’s future.Frank Casanova moved from leading iPhone marketing for wireless carriers into the new role this month. On his LinkedIn profile, Casanova said he’s now "responsible for all aspects of Product Marketing for Apple’s Augmented Reality initiative."Casanova has worked at Apple for about 30 years, and was key in launching the original iPhone, striking deals with carriers to promote the handset, and developing older Apple products like the QuickTime video player.
NordicTrack's VR virtual reality fitness bike wore me out at CES

NordicTrack's VR virtual reality fitness bike wore me out at CES

I'll never forget riding a flying horse in VR while pedaling a bicycle and nearly wanting to throw up. That happened years ago when I tried VirZoom, a low-cost stationary bike that worked with fitness games and both mobile and console VR headsets.VR and fitness biking can be a rough mix. NordicTrack aims to do Virzoom one better with a far fancier machine, the NordicTrack VR Bike, coming this summer. I got to play with it in Las Vegas during CES 2019.The bike works with HTC's Vive Focus mobile VR headset, playing several VR development software programs games that will sync with the bike's various motion-control features. The VR bike bundle will cost $1,999, which is a lot more expensive than VirZoom. But the NordicTrack VR Bike also has a lot more features than the pretty basic VirZoom ever had. It also comes with a Vive Focus headset (around $599) and a one-year iFit Personal Trainer subscription with workout programs ($396), so the bike only technically costs about $1,000. 


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