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‘Digital prophet’ predicts the internet of emotions (not things) Special

Brooklyn - Forget the Internet of Things, the idea that soon everyday objects will be connected to the Internet. ‘Digital prophet’ David Shing believes that the future belongs to the Internet of Emotions.

Dentists are turning to virtual reality to help patients

Portsmouth - Dentists have been exploring the effectiveness of virtual reality for helping distract patients and to ease the feelings of pain when procedures are undertaken. Significant benefits have been reported.

Apple's macOS 'High Sierra' update focuses on the future

Apple has officially announced macOS High Sierra, the next version of its desktop operating system that'll be available on Mac PCs later this year. The company has refined existing apps and introduced new forward-looking technologies.

PlayStation VR passes the one million sales mark

Sony's PlayStation VR console virtual reality headset has now sold over one million units worldwide, the company has revealed. It puts the system ahead of competing products including desktop-based solutions like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.

How virtual reality is helping medicine

Virtual reality is beginning to make progress in the field of medicine. Two recent examples are helping visually impaired users navigate and with easing phantom limb pain.

Google unveils standalone VR headsets – no smartphone needed

Google has announced a new range of "standalone" virtual reality headsets that operate independently of a smartphone. The company said the devices will help to create a new category of VR experience with a simplified setup procedure.

Elon Musk's $1 billion AI startup trains robots in VR

OpenAI, the artificial intelligence research company set up by Elon Musk, has come up with a new method for teaching robots — giving them a demo in virtual reality.

FaceDisplay VR headset adds a social touch to virtual worlds

A team of researchers at the Ulm University in Germany have created a virtual reality headset that could remove one of the biggest issues with rival VR systems. FaceDisplay includes exterior displays so spectators can get involved with the virtual world.

Palmer Luckey was restrained at Facebook: 'I could not cosplay'

In his first interview since leaving Facebook in late March, Oculus cofounder Palmer Luckey said he felt restrained while working for the social network, which acquired his virtual reality startup for $3 billion in 2014.

Facebook looks to augmented reality as its future focus

Facebook has announced a new focus on augmented reality, unveiling a set of features for developers and users that will enable you to communicate online in VR and AR. It includes an app for hanging out in a virtual environment and new camera effects.

Google unveils the all-new Google Earth

Google has launched a brand-new version of Google Earth, its rapidly aging mapping software designed to let you explore the planet. After a lengthy development period, today's rethinking brings new features to help you discover the world around you.

Google to launch all-new Google Earth next week

Google has unexpectedly announced it's building a "brand new" version of Google Earth that will give users "new experiences." After neglecting Earth for several years, Google seems to be substantially reviving it, possibly by emphasising virtual reality.

Amazon is looking into virtual and augmented reality store spaces

Amazon is looking to use cutting edge AR and VR technology to revitalize the physical retail environment. With all sorts of physical store space projects on the go, the ecommerce company thinks virtual and augmented reality could help out in a big way.

Facebook to unveil 'mind-reading device' next month

Facebook is reportedly working on a "mind-reading device" as one of a number of experimental hardware projects ongoing in secrecy at the social network. The company could be planning to unveil a prototype next month, creating a new form of social media.

Seeing preserved mummies clearer thanks to virtual imaging

London - Advanced imaging has interfaced with antiquities thanks to a new initiative from the British Museum in London. This makes use of imaging software designed to enhance the visitor experience.

Here's a first look into how well virtual reality is selling

For all of the hype surrounding virtual reality, we still don't know if the technology is a breakout hit or fading fad.

Google's headset removal tech lets you see faces in mixed reality

Google has developed a system that lets you see the faces of people participating in mixed reality environments. The headsets used in current mixed reality setups completely mask the face of the wearer, hiding the visual cues which indicate emotion.

Essential Science: Virtual reality game detects schizophrenia

Exeter - A low-cost, but effective, means of detecting schizophrenia has been developed by means of a virtual reality "game." The computer program requires users to replicate the movement of a computer avatar.

Valve boss Gabe Newell 'comfortable' with idea VR could fade away

Gabe Newell, boss of gaming company Valve, has opened up about his views on VR in a rare press interview. He said Valve remains "optimistic" about VR's future but is also "comfortable" with the possibility of the technology failing to gain mass appeal.

Oculus VR pop-ups closing in Best Buys due to lack of interest

Facebook is closing around 200 of its 500 Oculus virtual reality demo stations at Best Buy locations across the U.S., Business Insider has learned.

Developer blends HoloLens and Vive, creates 'shared reality'

A software developer has combined the power of the Microsoft HoloLens and HTC Vive headsets to create a new kind of digital experience dubbed "shared reality." It mixes augmented and virtual reality together, creating a more collaborative joined world.

Asus ZenFone AR is the first phone with Google Tango and Daydream

Asus has announced a new premium smartphone that includes both Google's Tango and Daydream technologies. It makes it the first mobile device to offer built-in virtual reality and augmented reality capabilities.

Hyped mixed reality firm Magic Leap 'years' behind schedule

Magic Leap, a Silicon Valley start-up that's attracted feverish attention for its eye-catching mixed reality tech, is reportedly "years" behind schedule. It has also published a fake demo and failed to miniaturise a critical component of its technology.

Oculus Touch brings hand tracking and gestures to virtual reality

Oculus has launched its VR Touch controllers, bringing motion tracking and gesture detection to its Rift headset. The uniquely shared gamepads feature analogue sticks, buttons and triggers for gaming, as well as support for standing experiences.

Xbox One game streaming to Oculus Rift lets you play games in VR

Microsoft has announced it will enable Xbox One game streaming to the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset in early December. Coming just in time for the holidays, it will let gamers experience console titles in a special virtual reality environment.

Alcatel launches the first Windows 10 phone with virtual reality

Alcatel has unveiled the IDOL 4S, a flagship Windows 10 Mobile smartphone with very high-end specs. It supports all of Windows 10's headline features and also includes virtual reality, a first for the platform. The premium phone is priced competitively.

New ARM GPU to bring VR to low-end phones by 2018

ARM has launched a new GPU design that's built to bring virtual reality to low-end smartphones. The Mali-G51 uses ARM's Bifrost architecture to create an affordable chip that's optimised for virtual reality and augmented reality content.

HTC launches Vivepaper, the first immersive VR reading experience

HTC has announced a new virtual reality app called Vivepaper. Built for the company's Vive VR headset, the app is the world's first immersive reading experience. It provides a new way to view and browse online news content through a tactile interface.

Facebook's Oculus unveils way to make virtual reality affordable

Facebook's Oculus has announced it has found a way to make VR more accessible by using software tweaks to reduce the minimum system requirements of VR headsets. A high-performance PC is currently required, preventing people from adopting VR.

Google's Daydream View VR headset puts comfort first

Google has been talking about its upcoming Daydream VR platform for several months. Today, it unveiled the final component in the system, its Daydream View headset. It is designed to "simplify the complexity" behind virtual reality, making it comfortable.
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