The Oculus Rift Is Here, But Virtual Reality Is Still Rough Around the Edges

March 28, 2016: Read article in the New York Times. A dream of science fiction, which is how Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg describes virtual reality, is about to come true. Oculus, the virtual-reality company that Facebook acquired for $2 billion two years ago, released its much-hyped Oculus Rift system on Monday. With a headset, camera and game controller, the system, which costs $1,500 when bundled with a powerful computer, is the first virtual reality product of its kind to reach consumers, before similar ones coming this year from HTC...

Someone to Watch Over Me

May 24, 2014: Read article in IEEE Spectrum. Science fiction writer Nancy Kress explores a future in which implants in a human eye can enable others to see what the person sees. In this story, an obsessed ex-wife uses an implant in her infant daughter’s eye to spy on her...

Podcast: The Empathy Machine

September 9, 2015: Listen to Podcast from Gizmodo on Soundcloud. This podcast imagines a future in which people can truly experience “standing in someone else’s shoes,” so to speak, by donning an “empathy machine” and exchanging emotional experiences. When technology can augment and expand our emotional capacities, what will be the consequences for human relationships, mental healthcare, religious practice, social development among children, and criminal...

Could New Virtual Reality Technology Worsen the Problem of Social Withdrawal?

June 25, 2015: Read article in The Irish Times. An estimated 700,000 Japanese young people, mostly male, suffer from hikikomori, a psychological withdrawal in which one shuts oneself in one’s bedroom, spending the entire day on the Internet and communicating with others only online. The parents of these Internet-addicted recluses worry that virtual reality technology could exacerbate the problem, causing more and more young people to...

Gloveone Smart Gloves Will Let You Feel Virtual Reality

June 9, 2015: Read article in TechTimes. A new addition to the virtual reality experience comes in the form of Gloveone, which contains sensors and motors to enable the wearer to feel as though they are actually holding an apple, shaking a friend’s hand, or even warming their hands by the...