Virtual reality

August 23, 2019

Wayfair’s first brick-and-mortar retailer is now open in Mass.

Wayfair’s first brick-and-mortar store opened Wednesday at the Natick Mall, and it’s offering a shopping experience straight out of the future.
August 20, 2019

Westworld Awakening is a VR sport that places you within the footwear of a newly self-aware android

Westworld Awakening, a new video game developed by HBO and Sprint Vector studio Survios, was the first time in a long time I’ve felt actual fear while in virtual reality. I was embodying Kate, a recently self-aware android in the universe of the hit HBO show about artificial intelligence, and I was instructed by my human companion over voice com to start sprinting. If I didn’t, a murderous, deluded android — unaware that he was no longer tasked with playing his scripted part — would cut me down with a Bowie knife. So I started swinging my arms furiously.
August 19, 2019

Bring on the expertise bans!

In mid-July 2019, Oakland, California, became the third U.S. city to ban municipal departments from using facial recognition technology. Meanwhile, Congress began hearings on whether and how to regulate it on a national level. In a surprising moment of bipartisan consensus, the only thing lawmakers fought about was how extensive restrictions ought to be.
August 19, 2019

Boston Bruins to make cease at Connecticut state Capitol

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Boston Bruins are making a stop in Connecticut, where they plan to outfit young players with new hockey gear and mingle with fans.
August 15, 2019

Women and Men Are Equally Bad at Multitasking, Study Finds

Men and women are equally bad at multitasking, according to the authors of a study that debunks the widely held view women are better at juggling jobs.
August 14, 2019

Oculus co-founder Nate Mitchell is leaving the corporate after seven years

Nate Mitchell, one of the co-founders of Oculus VR and one of the last few remaining public faces of the company, is leaving after seven years of helping to build the virtual reality company. Mitchell made the announcement this morning on the Oculus subreddit, writing that he’s “taking time to travel, be with family, and recharge.”
August 8, 2019

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10 gained’t work with its Gear VR headset

Samsung’s just-announced Galaxy Note 10 is not compatible with Gear VR, the company’s virtual reality headset that works only with a phone slotted in front of the lenses, according to a tweet from tech analyst Anshel Sag. The decision to shut off support for its headset on its newest flagship phones casts doubt on the future of both the Gear VR and phone-based headsets, as standalone devices with built-in displays like the Oculus Go are on the rise.
August 7, 2019

The Future of Music season 2 debuts mid-August

The Verge is back with season 2 of The Future of Music, a show about how tech is pushing the limits of how we create and experience music. Music has always been a way for people to connect and communicate. It’s part of being human and a language we all share. Thanks to technology, that language is evolving — fast.
July 31, 2019

Brain-computer interfaces are growing sooner than the coverage debate round them

A few days ago, Facebook disentangled itself from a nettlesome investigation by the Federal Trade Commission into how the company violated users’ privacy. And then, with that matter now squarely behind it, Facebook on Tuesday stepped forward to share some information about its effort to read our minds.
July 25, 2019

Awesome bomb defusal sport Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes involves telephones subsequent week

The bomb defusal game Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes — one of the coolest games first developed for virtual reality — is launching for iOS and Android phones and tablets on August 1st for $9.99. As on other platforms, Keep Talking is a cooperative party game where one person tries to disarm a procedurally generated bomb covered in mysterious wires and buttons, and the other players talk them through the process using a digital or printed manual.