It's Time to Consider 3D Printed Homes

It's Time to Consider 3D Printed Homes

Last week I was on a panel discussing how 3D printed home building could help emerging countries more rapidly deal with homeless issues, reduce the discrepancies between the poor and rich, and create a more sustainable future.Let's talk about 3D printed homes, and we'll close with my product of the week, the ARM-based HP Elite Folio.

The Evolving Future of the Office

The Evolving Future of the Office

These trends all suggest that most of us will continue to work from home and that company offices will need to be redesigned; not with huddle rooms that still put folks in close physical proximity, but with systems that can better protect employees from viruses.

Virtual reality tourism ready for takeoff as travellers remain grounded

Virtual reality tourism ready for takeoff as travellers remain grounded

Oculus launched its Quest 2 headset in October and the most popular experiences include National Geographic VR, which takes users to places such as Antarctica – where they can navigate icebergs in a kayak, climb an ice shelf and survive a raging snowstorm as they search for a lost emperor penguin colony.

Why Is SteamVR Running So Poorly On Oculus Quest?

Why Is SteamVR Running So Poorly On Oculus Quest?

PC VR titles running through the Oculus Dash or through the Epic Game Store worked perfectly, it was only SteamVR titles that caused problems.With some of my favourite VR games now completely unplayable, I decided to take a serious look at what’s going wrong with SteamVR using Oculus Quest.

CES 2021: What Worked, What Didn't

CES 2021: What Worked, What Didn't

We'll close with my favorite product at CES, a promised new vehicle from GM: the Cadillac Lyriq.What's fascinating is that they pointed out what wasn't working with events like CES, though they focused on our more typical Zoom, WebEx, and Microsoft Teams meetings.

Americans Balking at Buying Smart Home Devices

Americans Balking at Buying Smart Home Devices

While pricing can be discouraging to consumers, more low-cost devices are beginning to reach the market, noted Blake Kozak, senior principal analyst for the smart home at Omdia.

PC Market Upswing Accelerates in Q4 2020

PC Market Upswing Accelerates in Q4 2020

The report revealed that much of the market growth during the year was driven by notebooks and mobile workstation shipments, which increased 44 percent over 2019, reaching 235.1 million.

At-Home Workouts Reshape the Fitness Industry

At-Home Workouts Reshape the Fitness Industry

"In designing a great home gym, the problem to solve is not in finding equipment, but rather in creating functional space," said Green.People creating their home fitness spaces are also discovering that exercise equipment doesn't need to be big and bulky.

Smart Device Life Cycles Can Pull the Plug on Security

Smart Device Life Cycles Can Pull the Plug on Security

One out of three households in the United States with broadband connections owns at least one smart home device, and interactive security systems that allow remote connection and control capabilities are installed in 20 percent of these households, research firm Park Associates reports.

Game Nights: ‘Pistol Whip: 2089,’ ‘Warhammer 40,000: Battle Sister,’ and ‘Myst’ Release Dates Revealed

Game Nights: ‘Pistol Whip: 2089,’ ‘Warhammer 40,000: Battle Sister,’ and ‘Myst’ Release Dates Revealed

At Facebook Connect, we shared a slate of new titles coming to the Oculus Platform.Purchase of the game will also include an exclusive Myst-themed Oculus Home environment.

Some Smart Home Devices Headed to the 'Brick' Yard

Some Smart Home Devices Headed to the 'Brick' Yard

Still others, like Belkin and Best Buy, may have found that providing cloud-based access for their smart device products was not worth the time, cost, need for technical support and effort required.

VR lessons from Arizona Sunshine's success

VR lessons from Arizona Sunshine's success

Ideally, you would develop these versions in parallel to preserve content and feature parity and allow for cross-platform play in a multiplayer game such as Arizona Sunshine.

It’s Time to Try Virtual Reality. Here’s Where to Start.

It’s Time to Try Virtual Reality. Here’s Where to Start.

The goggle-like gadgets, which float a screen in front of your eyes to create a virtual 360-degree landscape, offer an immersive way to play increasingly powerful video games, make art, exercise, and even spend time with friends.

Why are Homes and Autos Still Built the Old Fashioned Way?

Why are Homes and Autos Still Built the Old Fashioned Way?

The reason is that people who build homes, cars, and other things would need to be retrained -- but the result would be a more sustainable and safer world.There is a company called Blu Homes that builds houses like this.

Microsoft Hones Edge in Time for Holiday Shopping

Microsoft Hones Edge in Time for Holiday Shopping

In anticipation of this move, Microsoft has aggressively updated its new Chromium version of the Edge browser with several features that should help you find gifts and save money while remaining far safer while on the web.

Blair Witch Game Is Headed To VR This Halloween

Blair Witch Game Is Headed To VR This Halloween

Developed by Bloober Team, they're are bringing us the VR game we didn't know we needed this year as if 2020 hasn't already been horrifying enough.Looking at a release date of October 29th for Oculus Quest just in time for some Halloween fun.

This extremely slippery VR treadmill could be your next home gym

This extremely slippery VR treadmill could be your next home gym

Following an earlier business- and arcade-focused device, it’s supposed to ship in mid-2021 for $1,995, and Virtuix is announcing the product with a crowdfunding investment campaign.Virtuix isn’t describing these investments as “preorders.” VR crowdfunding campaigns can be a high-risk proposition, since markets and technology can change rapidly as companies are building a product.

Oculus Partners with TIDAL to Deliver Six Concerts in Venues, Starting with Charli XCX

Oculus Partners with TIDAL to Deliver Six Concerts in Venues, Starting with Charli XCX

Today, we’re announcing a six-concert series in partnership with TIDAL, which kicks off October 9 with electro pop star Charli XCX.It’s gonna be super cute, I can’t wait,” says Charli XCX.Fans can now enjoy an exclusively curated playlist on TIDAL from the pop artist before seeing her take the stage.

Microsoft Ignite and Dominating the Future of Tech the Right Way

Microsoft Ignite and Dominating the Future of Tech the Right Way

Satya Nadella came in, and now Microsoft is both more powerful and not threatening because they approach market dominance the right way -- by not focusing on it.

FundamentalVR Expands Immersive Learning Capabilities With Teaching Space

FundamentalVR Expands Immersive Learning Capabilities With Teaching Space

While this was a marked improvement, the virtual operating room still lacked a number of basic resources important for immersive learning, including note-taking features.Further, Teaching Space works along with @HomeVR and HapticVR so that users can switch back and forth between the virtual classroom and the virtual operating room.

My predictions for the Facebook Connect

My predictions for the Facebook Connect

Today on Upload VR I’ve seen that the box of the device has already been leaked , so I think we can expect a launch of the preorders starting from tomorrow and a release before the holidays, when Facebook plans to sell a lot of devices.

Microsoft Surface Duo: Rethinking the Smartphone

Microsoft Surface Duo: Rethinking the Smartphone

Let me walk you through why, and we'll close with my product of the week -- the new Nvidia RTX 30 card that may make you look better on your next Zoom call.

Virtual tourism could offer new opportunities for travel industry, travelers

Virtual tourism could offer new opportunities for travel industry, travelers

Their technique involves measuring and then digitizing the curvatures and angles of objects and the distances between them using drone footage, photos and videos, and could make virtual travel experiences more realistic for viewers and help revitalize the tourism industry, they say.

The Perils of IT Security Hubris

The Perils of IT Security Hubris

Corporate cybersecurity has been increasingly compromised since businesses and organizations began implementing work-from-home (WFH) policies in March as the pandemic continued its spread.

Retailers to Consumers: Let's Get 'Phygital'

Retailers to Consumers: Let's Get 'Phygital'

"Retailers need to build personalized experiences across all channels in order to adapt to changing consumer preferences, and combining the physical and digital realms are a great way to do that," Christian Selchau-Hansen, co-founder and CEO of Formation, told the E-Commerce Times.

Could The Pandemic Be Good For VR?

Could The Pandemic Be Good For VR?

Virtual Desktop And Meeting Software Are Great Now. One of the big problems with remote work is that many people don’t have conducive work environments at home.

Victory Gardens 2.0: Gardening in the Pandemic Era

Victory Gardens 2.0: Gardening in the Pandemic Era

The fact that in the U.S. the pandemic stay-at-home orders began during the spring enticed people to experiment with growing things, in some cases for the first time.

Google Bringing Cash, Nest to ADT

Google Bringing Cash, Nest to ADT

In a statement, the pair explained that the partnership will integrate Google's hardware and services and ADT's DIY and professionally installed smart home security solutions to innovate the residential and small business security industry.

The Art of Sewing's Hi-Tech Revival

The Art of Sewing's Hi-Tech Revival

"The Internet offers anyone wanting to learn a new sewing or crafting technique instant access to videos, tutorials, and online classes," Angela Wolf, ambassador for Brother International Corporation, told the E-Commerce Times.

Amazon Gives Alexa App a Makeover

Amazon Gives Alexa App a Makeover

"As smart speaker adoption continues to grow, the user base has begun to tilt more towards a less technically adept consumer who is less likely to use the app to create reminders and routines and download new skills and voice apps," observed Kristen Hanich, an analyst with Parks Associates.