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Luci, a New VR Headset Company, Wants to Take You to the Movies

Luci, a New VR Headset Company, Wants to Take You to the Movies

Virtual reality startup Luci is debuting a new headset that is intended for at-home VR movie viewing (though, yes, the devices can be used with video game systems too). The Luci Immers headsets can be used for 3D movies, and the headset can put them in a virtual movie theater for a more immersive experience. The company is following the growing trend of lighter, more mobile VR headsets, like the Oculus Go. The goal is to make the devices more comfortable to wear in public or on a plane.
Bizarre Japanese app where you’re ‘breastfed’ in VR by busty anime YouTuber revealed

Bizarre Japanese app where you’re ‘breastfed’ in VR by busty anime YouTuber revealed

The experience will take place in virtual reality, and is part of a crowdfunding campaign to improve the busty cartoon character's design. Virtual YouTuber Note Takehana – known by fans as 'Note Mama' – has more than 33,000 subscribers, despite just being an anime cartoon. Most of her content is live-streamed video, covering topics like video gaming, ASMR and anime. Her creators have launched a crowd-funding campaign to create a more convincing 3D model. And the top "funding tier" is a bizarre "experience of virtual feeding from Note Mama" – with bottled milk. The experience is priced at 1million yen (~£6,850) and was limited to one customer – who has already paid up.
Virtual reality helps demystify voting for disabled people

Virtual reality helps demystify voting for disabled people

Going to cast your vote on polling day should be simple. But for Dave Morton, who has a learning disability, it has always seemed an intimidating experience. That's why he has never voted before. But thanks to virtual reality technology, he and others have been taken through the entire process in time for next month's council elections.The learning disability charity Mencap has been working to create a scheme to ease anxieties that disabled people might have about going to the polling station. It walks users through everything, from explaining what canvassers are to showing them how to mark their ballot paper.
Nintendo is bringing Zelda and Mario into virtual reality

Nintendo is bringing Zelda and Mario into virtual reality

Nintendo’s  Labo VR kit may just be a little cardboard experiment, but Nintendo is taking a chance on throwing its most beloved titles into the headset. Today, the company announced they will be adding support to play two of the Switch’s flagship titles.Though “Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild” seems to just be gaining VR viewer support, “Super Mario Odyssey” is actually getting some new content alongside the updates, which adds a trio of new mini-games. Both games are getting this update for free later this month, on April 25.
Believing virtual reality is a promising tool for learning languages, companies, colleges invest

Believing virtual reality is a promising tool for learning languages, companies, colleges invest

When Quinn Taber was growing up in Paris, his parents did humanitarian work with refugees abroad, so his family moved around a lot.“I have all these memories of how I’d be in a new part of the Middle East where I didn’t know the language,” says Taber, founder and CEO of Irvine-based virtual reality language-learning company, Immerse. “But it was so fun, because as a little kid, I’d pick [it] up … I’d listen and be like, ‘I think he’s talking about the kitchen and that probably means he’s saying this.’ ”But when his family moved to Orange County, he was struck by how hard it was for him to learn Spanish and French in school. As an adult, he returned to the Middle East and found it similarly difficult to learn Arabic in a classroom.
Teaching With NYT Virtual Reality Across Subjects

Teaching With NYT Virtual Reality Across Subjects

In late 2015, The New York Times released the NYT VR app and published the Magazine cover story “Displaced,” a multimedia journey in text, photographs and virtual reality that tells the stories of three child refugees.Since then, The Times has published dozens of films that use V.R. technology on topics including exploring Antarctica and Pluto, civil rights issues and the Hiroshima bombing. The Times has also begun experimenting with A.R., augmented reality, which doesn’t require the app.To help us provide teachers with practical teaching strategies on using NYT VR in the classroom, we’ve teamed up with Travis Feldler, founder of TechRow Fund, a nonprofit organization that explores how to leverage immersive technology inside schools to improve learning outcomes. This post is part of a series of guest lessons we occasionally publish featuring partnerships with outside organizations who make especially good use of New York Times materials in their programming and curriculums.
Magic Leap AR headset to be sold in AT&T stores ahead of 5G testing

Magic Leap AR headset to be sold in AT&T stores ahead of 5G testing

The Magic Leap One Creator Edition augmented reality headset will be sold through three AT&T stores from April, for its current retail price of $2,295.Magic Leap has been selling the device directly through its own website since August 2018, for the same price charged by AT&T. But the move into brick-and-mortar stores (as well as being available through AT&T's website) will give the headset a dose of public attention.The move also means visitors to the three AT&T stores chosen to stock Magic Leap will be able to try out the augmented reality system before deciding to part with their cash.
I rode with Nissan’s AR and 5G-powered virtual passengers

I rode with Nissan’s AR and 5G-powered virtual passengers

Nissan’s vision for the future of connected cars is about as buzzword-laden as possible. Making use of 5G, AR, and VR to power an advanced in-vehicle experience, the company’s “Invisible-to-Visible” (I2V) technology not only allows for HUD-style overlays but also humanoid virtual assistants that ride alongside you to provide conversation and locally relevant information.Got it? Yeah, probably not — so I recently visited Nissan’s Grandrive proving ground in Yokosuka, Japan to see for myself how this would work. The car maker has just begun testing the system in a moving vehicle with 5G technology provided by NTT Docomo, Japan’s largest carrier. The test vehicle is based on an NV350 Caravan.
Alibaba acquires Israeli startup Infinity Augmented Reality

Alibaba acquires Israeli startup Infinity Augmented Reality

nfinity Augmented Reality, an Israeli startup, has been acquired by Alibaba, the companies announced this weekend. The deal’s terms were not disclosed. Alibaba and InfinityAR have had a strategic partnership since 2016, when Alibaba Group led InfinityAR’s Series C. Since then, the two have collaborated on augmented reality, computer vision and artificial intelligence projects.Founded in 2013, the startup’s augmented glasses platform enables developers in a wide range of industries (retail, gaming, medical, etc.) to integrate AR into their apps. InfinityAR’s products include software for ODMs and OEMs and a SDK plug-in for 3D engines.
Scope AR Closes $9.7 Million Series A Funding

Scope AR Closes $9.7 Million Series A Funding

Scope AR, one of the pioneers of enterprise-class augmented reality (AR) solutions, today announced it has secured a $9.7 million round of Series A funding. The round was led by Boston-based Romulus Capital, which is focused on enterprise software, with follow-on investment participation from existing investors. Scope AR provides tools to make knowledge-sharing easy and just-in-time enableing companies to link remote workers in the field with specialists in the office, turning low-skilled workers into high skilled ones. Their AR software supports employee training, product, and equipment assembly, maintenance and repair, field and customer support. The company’s device-agnostic technology supports smartphones, tablets, and wearables, making it easy for large organizations like Boeing, Toyota, Lockheed Martin, Honeywell, GE, and others to quickly scale their use of AR.


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