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Apple VR is Going Full speed with Flyby Media and 3 other Company Acquisitions.

Apple VR is Going Full speed with Flyby Media and 3 other Company Acquisitions.

Right off the back, Apple VR? Is Apple ready to push into the VR game by buy­ing Fly­by Media? Just so you know back in the Steve Jobs days, Apple had attempt­ed Vir­tu­al Real­i­ty head­sets and the like but pushed it aside because it was still not up to par. The tide has changed with increased com­pe­ti­tion in the space from the likes of Sam­sung with Gear VR, Facebook’s Ocu­lus Rift, Mag­ic Leap (jobs at Mag­ic Leap), as well as sig­nif­i­cant efforts from Google and Microsoft. If you don’t know Fly­by, they’re a com­pa­ny that was key in the devel­op­ment of two things we’ve spo­ken briefly about in the recent past, the first being machine vision, and the oth­er is Google’s Project Tan­go. The com­pa­ny has devel­oped tech that allows mobile phones to “see” the world around them. So Fly­by is tak­ing the IP, branch­ing its capa­bil­i­ties and spread­ing it across the con­sumer spec­trum. I’m not going to get into what Flyby’s app is capa­ble of doing because it’s a gim­mick, but I assure you the tech behind the app, which is a very “inter­net of things” is the sole rea­son for Apple’s inter­est. The hard thing is for machines…

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Haptic Suit Technology and Virtual Reality Porn can kill a Marriage — Thank God!

Haptic Suit Technology and Virtual Reality Porn can kill a Marriage - Thank God!

What’s there to say about Vir­tu­al Real­i­ty Porn?  Let’s begin with the fact that Samsung’s Gear VR pow­ered by Ocu­lus sold out in 2 days on Ama­zon over the 2015 hol­i­day sea­son. To make this even more inter­est­ing Gold­man Sachs, one of the largest bank­ing firms pre­dicts Vir­tu­al Real­i­ty will dom­i­nate over Tele­vi­sion in 10 years’ time. Gold­man Sachs ana­lyst Heather Belli­ni says of Aug­ment­ed Real­i­ty and VR, “it’s real­ly going to change, I think, many aspects of our life and be com­plete­ly dis­rup­tive,… over the next 10 years, it’s going to take off.” Gam­ing and enter­tain­ment will dri­ve much of the growth, but car mak­ers, retail­ers and even inte­ri­or design­ers could bank on VR tech­nol­o­gy, Gold­man said. Now make note all of this is based on hard­ware sales, Gold­man Sachs’ esti­mat­ed VR soft­ware sales fig­ure of $72 bil­lion, VR would gen­er­ate $182 bil­lion, near­ly twice as much mon­ey than the TV mar­ket. You know what I say? That’s absurd, I say the Vir­tu­al Real­i­ty Porn indus­try is gonna blow past those num­bers way soon­er than 2025! And let’s not for­get that it’s going to be way more than just visu­al stim­u­la­tion! Vir­tu­al real­i­ty is how the mass­es will be…

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Marriot and Samsung turn your Hotel room into a Virtual Reality Fantasy Hub!

Marriot and Samsung turn your Hotel room into a Virtual Reality Fantasy Hub!

Mar­riot hotels is tri­al­ing a new enter­tain­ment ser­vice that would bring Vir­tu­al Real­i­ty into your rooms with a Sam­sung VR head­set and head­phones. The team up of Mar­riot and Sam­sung are call­ing it the “Vroom Ser­vice” and are test­ing it for a cou­ple of week in their New York and Lon­don hotels. The VR head­sets and head­phones will be deliv­ered direct to a guest’s bed­room where they can enjoy an “in-room vir­tu­al real­i­ty trav­el expe­ri­ence.” Last Sep­tem­ber Mar­riot had tried a full sen­so­ry sim­u­la­tor that uti­lized an Ocu­lus Rift heas­d­set with envi­ron­men­tal con­trol (i.e., wind, smell, tem­per­a­ture) for giv­ing vir­tu­al guid­ed tours of Hawaii and Lon­don. Coin­cid­ing with the Vroom Ser­vice will be “VR Post­cards”, an all-new VR con­tent plat­form that pro­vides an “inti­mate and immer­sive trav­el sto­ries that users expe­ri­ence in 360 3D via a vir­tu­al real­i­ty head­set”. Matthew Car­roll VP at Mar­riot Hotels says “VRoom com­bines sto­ry­telling with tech­nol­o­gy, two things that are impor­tant to next gen­er­a­tion trav­el­ers.” Some of your first VR expe­ri­ences will be an ice-cream shop in Rwan­da, Chile’s Andes Moun­tains, and the streets of Bei­jing. If VR just isn’t your thing, Mar­riot also locked down Net­flix (jobs at Net­flix) for your hotel room TV. Sweet!…

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Oculus Rift acquires Surreal Vision and it leaves Microsoft in the dust.

Oculus Rift acquires Surreal Vision and is and leaves Microsoft in the dust.

This news comes straight from the Ocu­lus Rift blog page, “We’re thrilled to announce that the Sur­re­al Vision team has joined Ocu­lus Research”! Sur­re­al Vision is a State of the Art com­put­er vision team that is spear­head­ing into the realms of real-time 3D scene con­struc­tion which basi­cal­ly means map­ping the phys­i­cal world on the fly in the same way self-dri­v­ing cars use LIDAR to see and cre­ate their envi­ron­ments. The tech­nol­o­gy gen­er­ates a pre­cise rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the real world in the vir­tu­al envi­ron­ment Ocu­lus pro­duces to the extent that a user wouldn’t be able to dis­tin­guish between the two expe­ri­ences. By bring­ing onboard Sur­re­al, Ocu­lus (jobs at Ocu­lus Rift) gains the exper­tise of the three found­ing PhDs, Richard New­combe, Rena­to Salas-Moreno, and Steven Love­grove all from Andrew Davison’s pio­neer­ing lab at Impe­r­i­al Col­lege Lon­don, So here is the mag­ic, if Ocu­lus Rift has the abil­i­ty to repli­cate the world around you in real time, you could do some pret­ty out­landish things. Imag­ine sit­ting in your liv­ing room with your bud­dy who just hap­pens to be a vis­it­ing Mar­t­ian all while shar­ing chips from a bowl on your cof­fee table or vice ver­sa. This can cre­ate a whole new lev­el of…

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Is the next exodus of mass media in 3D Optics, Gestural Interfaces and Augmented Reality?

Is the next exodus of mass media in 3D optics, Gestural Interfaces and Augmented Reality?

I am going to tell you right here, right now, we are in for a com­plete par­a­digm shift of what con­tent and adver­tis­ing will mean. I don’t want to scare you and I don’t want to change sub­jects, but I just dis­cov­ered the word – Tech­no-telepa­thy, you see what I’m say­ing, get ready to be flipped upside down. So back on track, have you heard of Microsoft Hololens or Ocu­lus Rift, how about Daqri Smart Hel­met? So with the Microsoft Hololens they’ve cre­at­ed a per­son­al and work­place device, a head­set that ren­ders 3D con­tent only the wear­er can see. To the out­sider you will just be wear­ing bug­gy eyed glass­es. This AR (aug­ment­ed Real­i­ty) sys­tem is over­lay­ing images and objects onto your liv­ing rooms and offices. Don’t wor­ry, It affords you the mobil­i­ty to maneu­ver about the space with­out injury. The head­set tracks your move­ments, pays atten­tion to your gaze and reor­ga­nize what it is you see by pro­ject­ing light at your eyes with no ill effect. Since the device tracks where you are, you can use hand ges­tures; for now it’s lim­it­ed to midair clicks by rais­ing and low­er­ing your fin­ger to inter­act with the 3D images. The head­band…

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