Computer Sciences

Virtual reality game simulates experiences with race

Video games that use virtual reality to create immersive experiences have become increasingly popular for entertainment and for research. However, the representation of race in these simulations is often shallow—and fails ...

Engineering

Spherical display brings virtual collaboration closer to reality

Virtual reality can often make a user feel isolated from the world, with only computer-generated characters for company. But researchers at the University of British Columbia and University of Saskatchewan think they may ...

Engineering

Researchers develop a dynamic keyboard character recognition system

Researchers at NIT Silchar, India, have recently developed a new dynamic hand-gesture-based keyboard character recognition system. This virtual keyboard system, presented in a paper published in Springer's Journal of Ambient ...

Engineering

3-D displays that 'accommodate' the human eye

Have you ever felt dizzy or nauseous after watching a 3D movie or using a virtual reality headset?  If so, it is probably because you were subconsciously able to detect the subtle differences between the virtual 3D scene ...

Consumer & Gadgets

Virtual reality makes splash, but not ready for prime time

Virtual reality showed off its spectacular side at the Consumer Electronics Show this week, whisking people onto hockey arenas, baseball fields and even into the internet with animated film trouble-maker "Wreck-it Ralph."

Hi Tech & Innovation

Cutting-edge VR in Magdeburg

Europe`s biggest 3-D mixed reality laboratory is located in Magdeburg. Four meters high and sixteen meters in diameter, the Fraunhofer Institute for Factory Operation and Automation IFF's Elbedome resembles a hemisphere. ...

Computer Sciences

Helping the blind to navigate

Picture yourself going to an unfamiliar supermarket for the first time. If you are a person who can see, you can simply look around to guide yourself and identify objects and obstacles. However, blind people must use other ...

Consumer & Gadgets

Google's shoe idea teases moonwalks in the VR zone

"Try walking forwards and the magic quickly falls apart—either when you walk into a wall, or are yanked back by the cable attaching your headset to a computer." That is Alistair Charlton in GearBrain. He was—you guessed ...

Robotics

Virtual learning robot for youngsters

Programming a robot: something most kids would love to do. "RosieReality" makes it possible – even if it's only in augmented reality. The ETH spin-off plans to use the new technology to teach young kids about programming ...

Consumer & Gadgets

Eating with your eyes: Virtual reality can alter taste

Humans not only relish the sweet, savory and saltiness of foods, but they are influenced by the environment in which they eat. Cornell University food scientists used virtual reality to show how people's perception of real ...

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