Oculus Start: One-Year Anniversary!

Oculus Start: One-Year Anniversary!

February 6th marked the one-year anniversary of Oculus Start , a program created for developers new to our platform, who are building the next generation of VR games and applications.

Walking with Pokémon

Pokémon GO is a very popular augmented reality game and University of Tokyo researchers revealed for the first time how the game positively impacted the physical activity in players over 40.

Apple Banishes Facebook Data Reaper From iPhones

Apple Banishes Facebook Data Reaper From iPhones

"Finally," she added, "less than 5 percent of the people who chose to participate in this market research program were teens -- all of them with signed parental consent forms." Spying on Competitors Since 2016, Facebook has been paying users in the 13 to 35 year-old age bracket $20 a month, plus referral fees, to install the Facebook Research app, TechCrunch reported.

EMBODY Aims to Eliminate Barriers Between VR and Your Body

EMBODY Aims to Eliminate Barriers Between VR and Your Body

MAP Design Lab has previously collaborated with Microsoft to create the MoveStudio program for its mixed reality headsets. MoveStudio is free and requires the use of a Microsoft Mixed Reality headset.

At Sundance's New Frontier, VR and AR are poised to go epic and weird

At Sundance's New Frontier, VR and AR are poised to go epic and weird

Now playing: Watch this: What it's like to experience Magic Leap One 6:42 It's one of three Magic Leap projects at New Frontier this year. Mechanical Souls at New Frontier Central also developed artificial intelligence that coordinates with VR to stage something like an immersive-play mystery game.

NYPD Using Virtual Reality to Help Community Teens Facing Tough Choices

NYPD Using Virtual Reality to Help Community Teens Facing Tough Choices

Supported by The New York City Police Foundation and as part of its crucial Neighborhood Policing initiative, NYPD is launching the Options VR program to run simulations of tough situations that young New Yorkers may find themselves in.

And finally: Next Apple Watch could let you clench your fist to answer calls

And finally: Next Apple Watch could let you clench your fist to answer calls

Fitbit wants your help to fight diseases The wearable tech heavyweight and the National Institutes of Health announced a new Fitbit Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) project to aid researchers in the prevention and treatment of diseases.

Virtual video visits may improve patient convenience without sacrificing quality of care

It did not surprise us that they found virtual visits more convenient, but we were impressed that nearly all perceived the quality of care or communication to be the same or better than at the traditional and familiar office visits." The MGH TeleHealth Program was launched in 2012 after 10 years of successful experience developing TeleNeurology.

Virtual reality transforms hospital stay for kids

Virtual reality transforms hospital stay for kids

It’s a program where we utilize traditional technologies such as tablets, mobile, virtual reality headsets,” said Thomas Caruso, MD, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford.

IMAX Closes Last 3 VR Arcade Centers

IMAX Closes Last 3 VR Arcade Centers

‘With the launch of the IMAX VR center pilot program our intention was to test a variety of different concepts and locations to determine which approaches work well’. In fact, StarVR was the company supplying IMAX VR arcade centers.

IMAX is shutting down its virtual reality arcade business for good

IMAX is shutting down its virtual reality arcade business for good

Every time I’ve asked VR headset maker HTC why it was certain virtual reality would go big over the past few years, IMAX’s arcades would inevitably come up — and when we finally visited the first actual arcades in Los Angeles and in Toronto, we were actually pretty impressed with their potential to introduce people to the wonders of VR gaming.

StarVR puts dev program on hold as company shifts from public to private

StarVR puts dev program on hold as company shifts from public to private

“We believe it is the most responsible course of action to put the StarVR Developer Program on hold while our company is in the process of going private, which may entail some changes to our operations.

Rift Referrals Paused Recently Due to High Demand, Now Back Online

Rift Referrals Paused Recently Due to High Demand, Now Back Online

Oculus recently opened a referral program that lets U.S. residents generate discount codes for friends, family, or anybody in else that wants to buy a Rift or Go at 10% off. Oculus Launches Referral Program, Free Store Credit When a Friend Buys Rift or Go

Arkansas Adds CrashCourse Concussion Ed on Facebook's Oculus VR

Arkansas Adds CrashCourse Concussion Ed on Facebook's Oculus VR

Facebook donated VR kits to every public Arkansas high school through its Techstart program last year, allowing students to watch CrashCourse content on the Oculus Rift. Arkansas is now the first state to roll out a concussion education program to each of its high schools.

U.S. Army Chooses HoloLens For $480 Million Contract

U.S. Army Chooses HoloLens For $480 Million Contract

The United States Army awarded a $480 million contract to Microsoft that will equip military personnel with prototype versions of HoloLens intended to increase “lethality, mobility, and situational awareness.”

Virtual Reality in the Classroom: 3 Real-world Applications

Virtual Reality in the Classroom: 3 Real-world Applications

Fans of VR for learning are likely already familiar with the Google Expeditions program, which enables educators to lead students on in-class virtual field trips using low-cost cardboard VR headsets.

VAQSO Offers Sense of Smell for VR with Dev Kit

VAQSO Offers Sense of Smell for VR with Dev Kit

A company called VAQSO VR is changing how virtual guests experience VR with a sense of smell that matches their surroundings and interactions. Developers will want to buy into the VAQSO $999 developer kit to begin creating scent patterns for specific games and experiences.

How virtual reality is about to revolutionize medicine

How virtual reality is about to revolutionize medicine

VR developers have created ways to better prepare health professional by immersing them in simulations of stressful situations that they are likely to encounter in real life. The French company SimforHealth aims to train health professionals through VR and sums up its concept with "Never the first time with a patient".

StarVR One Developer Edition To Be Priced At $3200

StarVR One Developer Edition To Be Priced At $3200

The headset will be available in 35 countries, and developers interested in purchasing the device must apply for it through the StarVR One website. After developers applied for and are accepted into the program, they will then receive the purchase information.

UnitedHealthcare will pay for your Apple Watch if you meet your fitness goals

UnitedHealthcare will pay for your Apple Watch if you meet your fitness goals

UnitedHealthcare Motion members will either be able to use their existing Apple Watch or buy a new one for the program. Motion can earn you up to $4 a day if you hit 12,000 steps.

VRTIGO lets you test your nerves in virtual reality

VRTIGO lets you test your nerves in virtual reality

EPFL researchers have developed a virtual-reality program that examines how users – equipped with a headset and sensors – react to a vertiginous stroll. And their bodies react accordingly – their palms start sweating and they start walking very carefully," say João Rodrigues and Erik Studer, two of the researchers who developed the program.

Studies show potential of virtual reality to reduce children's anxiety, pain

The first study found virtual reality hypnosis (VRH) reduced anxiety, total postoperative opioid consumption and vomiting in children after scoliosis surgery.

Disney Co. and Lenovo Create ‘Starlight Xperience’ for Kids in Hospitals

Disney Co. and Lenovo Create ‘Starlight Xperience’ for Kids in Hospitals

Their newest endeavor, the Starlight Xperience, is a Virtual Reality (VR) initiative that’s currently helping millions of children get distracted during hospital visits and procedures.

Dreem wants to make the fight against bad sleep a more personal one

Dreem wants to make the fight against bad sleep a more personal one

These programs are designed to tackle a variety of sleep-related problems including chronic insomnia, anxiety and sleep deprivation offering tips and personalised exercises to help address these issues.

‘SyncThink Express’ Post-Injury VR Solution Available

‘SyncThink Express’ Post-Injury VR Solution Available

SyncThink’s eye tracking program is available for short-term equipment rental for sites and programs that want access to potentially life and brain-saving VR technology. Getting SyncThink Express before its needed would not only be more convenient for staff treating athletes moments after head impact, it could also save lives.

Virtual reality program unveiled at Halifax seniors’ facility as part of pain management

Virtual reality program unveiled at Halifax seniors’ facility as part of pain management

Northwood residents and older adults in the community will now be able to view a collection of 360-degree videos featuring Nova Scotia landmarks and places of cultural significance.

Driving Skills for Life program comes to Saskatoon

Driving Skills for Life program comes to Saskatoon

The driver training program also allows participants to experience not only virtual but real-life driving situations. To teach them some driving skills that go beyond what you might consider a traditional driver training program.”

RCMP Heritage Centre exhibit whips ‘Cadets’ into shape

RCMP Heritage Centre exhibit whips ‘Cadets’ into shape

So it’s almost like you actually have a real person, in this case Francois, helping you as the drill sergeant.” RCMP Heritage Centre Manager of Guest Experience and former officer Dan Toppings knows Desfosses personally, and believes he fit the bill perfectly.

Psychologist uses virtual reality to teach kids how to cross streets safely

Psychologist uses virtual reality to teach kids how to cross streets safely

In a study of 130 children aged seven to 10, those who were trained in street-crossing techniques using the program fared much better than a control group of kids who didn’t get the virtual reality training.

New virtual reality residential school hopes to educate Canadians

New virtual reality residential school hopes to educate Canadians

Called Embodying Empathy, the project is based on the Fort Alexander Indian Residential School that ran from 1906 through 1970 on Manitoba’s Sagkeeng First Nation. The new Embodying Empathy project will let viewers see a residential school in a virtual reality setting.

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