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 […]
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 ex-husband.
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 […]
August 26, 2015: Read article in the MIT Technology Review. A Portland startup called Wild is combining virtual reality with elements of the physical world.
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 fire.
June 14, 2015: Read article in The New York Times. As virtual reality becomes integrated into social media and video games, developers must explore the practical considerations, such as how to avoid virtual harassment and how to best enable users to avoid hitting real-world objects while walking through a virtual space.
June 11, 2015: Watch video and read article in The Huffington Post. Matt McMullen, the inventor of RealDoll, plans to incorporate robotics, artificial intelligence, and virtual reality technology into a new kind of sex doll. McMullen hopes users will be able to connect with the doll on an emotional and intellectual level, more than merely physically, […]
June 11, 2015: Read article in The Guardian. German design company Hyve has created a new device called Icaros which fuses virtual reality with strenuous exercise. Wearers can experience ocean dives and interstellar flights through the VR headset, while navigating the virtual terrain using their bodies, balancing and turning with their own strength.
June 4, 2015: Read article in Computer World. Virtual reality headsets could revolutionize the way people work together in the business world. Some possibilities imagined in this article include: architects virtually exploring new building designs before construction even begins, businessmen and women attending conferences virtually, and hiring managers interviewing candidates remotely.