The Oculus Rift helped helped James Blaha see 3D for the first time in his life. Now his Kickstarter company Diplopia is using virtual reality to help other people with vision disorders.
Oculus Rift and Project Morpheus use headsets. But KeckCAVES at UC Davis uses projectors to create a virtual reality “cave.” Is it the future of VR?
Jaron Lanier and Kevin Kelly discuss the past, present, and future of virtual reality
For me, the very most important thing about VR was that when you were in it, you’d feel your own existence in the sense that if all the sensory input is artificial, then what’s floating there, that’s your consciousness. So to me, it was sort of proof that subjectivity is real; that consciousness is real, that it’s not just a construct that we put on things.Jaron Lanier and Kevin Kelly talking about the past, present, and future of virtual reality
In the wake of Facebook’s purchase of Oculus VR, can this revolutionary technology triumph anew?
Disney thinks it could turn drones into flying TV screens and puppet masters
Disney has never lagged in animatronics or high technology for its shows and theme parks — they’re more or less tiny, high-tech surveillance dystopias with classic rides, exorbitantly expensive food, and all your favorite TV and movie characters from childhood. But a handful of patent applications pointed out by MarketWatch are particularly interesting: the company is coming up with ways to use drones as TV screens and animatronic puppet masters. Each of the patents outlines uses for synchronized swarms of tiny quadcopters or multicopters, which could either supplement or replace its existing light shows, fireworks displays, and parade balloons.
It sounds stupid. Their cuteness makes any serious conversation about emojis difficult, like talking to a baby in a grown-up voice. It feels embarrassing to posit these little cartoons as a vehicle of emotion or even a global language, yet they really are an almost universally understood form of communication.Everybody Smiley Poops — Matter — Medium
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