While smartphone-based headsets are still the most accessible items on the market, the PSVR is the most affordable and user-friendly high-end VR experience you can buy.Sony will throw in a demo disc with the headset and there's more available on the PlayStation Store.These include the "Dawnguard, Hearthfire and Dragonborn" expansion packs.A follow-up to last year's Until Dawn horror game is heading to the PS VR, but it will have a completely different name to its predecessor.It's a HD virtual reality-compatible remake of the original, which was available on the Dreamcast and PS2 in the early 2000s, and a psychedelic, sensory journey.Traversing through the surreal worlds and shooting enemies in rhythm creates awe-inspiring scenes.
do not Display the Gadget-items Gadget / Virtual realityOne of our readers alerted us that Samsung has started advertising their own products in their television sets.the Ads show up if you use the tv's so-called smart functions.In this case it's about a tv set purchased in the year.According to Samsung's support, you agree to automatically receive advertising when you activate the tv's smarthub.It is not possible to turn off the advertising but it should only be about ads regarding Samsung's tv stuff, and no ads from third party advertisers.
p Wildlife may now be thriving in the Chernobyl exclusion zone, but it's not always been so scenic.After the 1986 nuclear reactor disaster, the area was completely deserted, leaving buildings empty and in disrepair.Now, a VR tour allows you to experience the before and after of the disaster.The Chernobyl VR Project, developed by Polish games company The Farm 51, is the "first ever virtual tour of Chernobyl and Pripyat intended for VR devices".The project was filmed using high-resolution stereoscopic cameras and includes shots from inside houses, amusement parks and offices.The Farm 51 team say the project is intended to "tell the story" of the victims of the disaster.
unfortunately, it's not the sort of thing that you'll want to carry around with you.It's a small gadget that looks to be roughly the size of an iPhone 6 case.Not much has changed since the announcement back in January.The Pocket-VR viewer has a retail price of $70, which might seem a little pricey, when compared to the Google Cardboard.However, instead of being constructed from a paper material, you're getting a hard plastic shell that you can easily take with you anywhere.You can find the viewer available now in both iPhone 6/6s and Galaxy S7 flavors.
During the recently concluded Google I / O 2016 event featured the American sökjätten, just as speculation before the event took place hinted, the new, and the Google-developed virtual reality platform Daydream. Daydream is a much more advanced version of its predecessor Cardboard and is both software and hardware-dependent and is closely linked with the upcoming version of Android, in short, called N. To ensure that it works as well as possible, Google has developed a standard that interested manufacturers must adapt their hardware for, such as special sensors and displays of a certain quality and standard. By doing Daydream dependent on specific hardware, instead of just consist of software, Google can ensure that delay, repsonstider and image flow will be as good as the technology permits, resulting in a better experience for the user. Although Daydream is still in its early years, Google has been able to find no less than eight manufacturers who are interested in producing Daydream compatible devices; Samsung, LG, HTC, Asus, Xiaomi, Huawei, ZTE and Alcatel. Missing from the list does unfortunately including Sony and Lenovo / Motorola, but we're guessing that many more manufacturers will join during the year.
If you ve got a good idea, then submit it to android.com/n, or send it out on social media using the hashtag NameAndroidN.Daydream will provide a very Samsung Gear VR-like home screen for Google s new VR mode, which will give access to a suite of new VR-focused apps including Google Play, and YouTube.Launcher, multi-tasking, and multi-window supportAndroid N now has launcher shortcuts — which means you can set specific shortcuts 3 to 5 within any app that implements them to quickly perform actions.Other changesOf course, apart from adding new features, the Developer Preview 2 also adds some changes to existing APIs in Android N — such as how developers can now specify a separate minimum height and minimum width for multi-window support.Other stellar Android Marshmallow features include improved apps permissions — which give you greater control over what information you share with companies – and Android Pay, which is the newfangled mobile payments app Google made to compete with Apple Pay and revitalize Google Wallet.The 6P easily manages a full and busy workday, but it can t last through two of them.
Image: cgc76Remember that Facebook built a wacky 360-degree camera to record immersive video?Well, now it s shot its first film, which allows you to explore New York s Grand Central Terminal.Mark Zuckerberg posted the video to Facebook overnight, calling it a preview of what a full-length virtual reality movie will feel like.Especially if you re a fan of train stations!You don t need a VR headset to watch the video, but it does work better on a phone than a PC, because you can wave your handset around like a loon to see what s happening around you.Facbook
Our primary family digital photo library now at 50,000 photos , for example, still lives on our desktop as well as in the cloud , as do our Quicken finances, TurboTax taxes, and other critical files.Throw in innovative new small form factor desktops like Intel s Skull Canyon NUC and you have people who may not have considered desktops giving them a serious second look.That number is expected to eventually fall below half, but in many business environments, a fixed, large computing device is still very much an asset.The most compelling and newest demand for desktop PCs, however, is being driven by virtual reality.They still provide the best experience for a wide variety of consumer and business computing applications, and for that reason, will continue to hold an important place among technology solutions for some time to come.Bob O Donnell is the founder and chief analyst of TECHnalysis Research, LLC a technology consulting and market research firm.
EyeSight's innovation doesn't require new hardware to be built, instead embedding a code into apps or software within existing capabilities on smartphones compatible with VR.Photo: Getty ImagesA start-up that makes technology to allow you to control devices touch-free with gestures has raised US$20 million to accelerate its products, including a new product that allows consumers to make selections on a virtual reality VR headset by touching thin air.Israeli-based eyeSight Technologies received the investment from Chinese conglomerate Kuang-Chi, which manufactures and researches new technologies.The solution from eyeSight Technologies allows a user to simply place their finger in front of the VR headset and move it around.A company that produces VR headsets powered by mobile does not need to build new hardware.The funding will help eyeSight commercialise its solutions and also get a foothold in China with Kuang-Chi now on board as an investor.
This system includes VR Mode for Android N - that's the next version of Android for all smartphones and tablets - so this is going to be a fully-integrated big deal for the next generation of smart devices.This system is phone-based.There's still going to be a headset that holds your smartphone, just like Cardboard did.Like what Google revealed earlier today as The Google Assistant, this is more of an idea, or a clarification of terms, than it is a brand new set of apps/hardware.Facts about Daydream VIA Google:• Android component and device manufacturers for Daydream-ready phones: Samsung, HTC, ZTE, Huawei, Xiaomi, Alcatel, Asus, LG, HTC, Mediatek, ARM, Qualcomm, Imagination Technologies• App partners: The New York Times and Wall Street Journal are bringing their VR apps to Daydream, Hulu, Netflix, HBO, IMAX are bringing their libraries to Daydream, USA Today, CNN, MLB, NBA and Lionsgate are also app partners• Gaming partners: Ubisoft, CCP, Netease, Electronic Arts, Otherside Entertainment, Minority VR, Resolution, Turbo Button, nDreams, Climax Entertainment are creating games for Daydream• Google services like YouTube, Street View, Play Movies, Play Store and Google Photos will have VR apps• Daydream home will be the first place you go with Daydream, a place for your content, apps, and to discover new thingsGoogle suggests that they are "working with Android manufacturers to add a few key components like specific sensors and screens to their upcoming devices that will make them Daydream-ready."Google also says that they are "sharing a reference design for a viewer and controller with Android manufacturers so they can make their own, they will focus on being comfortable and intuitive."
If you thought Google I/O would be nothing but smartphones and complex code, you clearly weren't banking on Google diving head-first into virtual reality.Sure, Google Cardboard has been around for a while, but it looks like chump change compared to Oculus Rift or HTC Vive.It starts with Android N, which is getting overhauled with plenty of VR-specific tweaks, like faster screen response times, reduced latency and more accurate motion sensors for better head tracking.The first handsets won't be turning up until later in the year, but Samsung, HTC, Huawei, LG, Asus, ZTE, and other manufacturers are all on board.Your phone will still slot inside, but a comfortable head strap should keep it locked in place without making your arms cramp up.Daydream is set to arrive in the Autumn, but developers will be able to start putting games and tech demos together as soon as Android N arrives.
From virtual reality to bringing the next 1 billion people online, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is all about big ideas these days.His latest brainstorm was trotted out at F8 this year: opening Facebook s Messenger to chatbots.The primary challenge is fragmentation and a lack of standardization, said Jon Cifuentes, a research analyst for VentureBeat Insight.And I tried TechCrunch s newsbot, which sent me a news summary each day that just seemed like a basic newsletter I can already get via email.All fine.It s certainly artificial, but there s a notable lack of intelligence.Cyber Galaktioni Chat Bot tries to simulate the mind of the poet, all his answers are based on his writings, biography, memories and letters.Until we see broader adoption from consumers — and really, better chatbots that help people, there s no need for search and discovery right now.
From Marketing Land:Data provider Acxiom opens up its turnkey marketing analytics environmentMay 17, 2016 by Barry LevineCalled Acxiom Marketing Analytics Environment or AMAE, it offers the first full integration of the company s 2014 LiveRamp acquisition.9 reasons you should attend SocialPro in Seattle this JuneMay 17, 2016 by Marketing LandAre you a professional social media marketer focused on driving results for your company or clients?Botnet hijacks search results to siphon Google AdSense for Search revenueMay 17, 2016 by Ginny MarvinThe click-fraud botnet Redirector.Paco has infected nearly 1 million computers worldwide since 2014, according to researchers.Email provider Bluecore, UGC platform Olapic team up to use consumers photos in marketing emailsMay 17, 2016 by Barry LevineThe collaboration points to the growing incorporation of user content into more marketing channels.Google launches their new mobile-friendly testing toolMay 17, 2016 by Barry SchwartzGoogle revamped the mobile-friendly testing tool after its launch back in November 2014.The Biggest Mistakes in Usability Testing, www.uxmatters.comAmazon Wants Alexa to Take Control of Your Smart Home, www.wsj.comConnexity, Inc. Launches Enhanced AudienceView, connexity.comFirst Intentionally-Initiated Out-of-Stream Format Displays Both Direct Response and Engagement Ad Creative, www.vibrantmedia.comLatest Hootsuite App Dynamically Manages Social Between Desktop and Mobile, hootsuite.comMavrck Launches Beta Program for Pinterest Influencer Activation Engine, www.mavrck.coNetLine Advances with Account-Based Marketing Platform Powered by First-Party Intent Data, www.prnewswire.comProgress Announces New Digital Transformation Solutions to Combat Digital Denial, www.businesswire.comFive Questions You Need to Ask Before Purchasing New Technology, www.marketingprofs.com30 Practical Tips for Producing Great Facebook Live Videos, www.problogger.net5 Best Practices to Consider Before You Use Livestreaming Video, blogs.constantcontact.comTwitter is testing a Periscope live-streaming button inside its mobile apps, techcrunch.com
But even if the Oculus Rift is now actually going to buy in the US and elsewhere in the world is almost impossible to get hold of! so HTC and Valve popped up from nowhere and snuck past the oculus through rush to market with a complete Virtual Reality solution called HTC Vive. Fortunately, ASUS has been kind and lent this ASUS ROG G20 computer. Oculus Rift support admittedly also tracking as it is called when the system records the user's physical location, but on a much smaller area. They just need to be connected to power, but must have a line of sight to each other and to be tilted downward by about 35-40 degree angle to track the user's every movement on the playing surface. But HTC Vive is still a giant leap into the technology of tomorrow.
The evening begins Google's huge developer conference in Silicon Valley - here are the points we want to know more about. Earlier in our test we ran a preview version of Android, N, and was able to report on the news that split screen, new notifieringsfunktioner and several other exciting news interface. Read also: We have tested the Android N - here are 6 smart improvements However, I / O Reveals certainly more Androidfronten. Android Auto and self-driving cars Google's self-driving cars have gone around the streets of Mountain View for over a year now and have been involved in traffic accidents. Virtual reality Google reported a large bet on the vr, and the prerelease version of Android N line includes expanded support for the technology. We have already been introduced for super cheap Google Cardboard, but there are low odds on Google within a few days has published its very own VR platform.
Among those showing virtual reality films — all short productions for which viewers must don a headset — is Madagascar co-director Eric Darnell, whose six-minute Invasion!Another virtual reality film showing in Cannes is Giant , whose director Milica Zec says the immersive experience means audiences can choose where they look and what they see.Zec and Darnell agree the technology still has a long way to go but virtual reality films will one day become the norm.I just hope it doesn t forget the story when it starts enveloping us in a world that we can see all around us and make our own choices of what to look at.In other signs that Cannes is embracing the new this year, it has also partly opened the door for streaming video giants, allowing Amazon to make its debut.It kicked off with Woody Allen s Cafe Society , one of five Amazon films selected.
MUST SEE: This hidden iPhone trick just became my new favorite featureGrand Theft Auto has grown much less controversial over the years as the world continued to be desensitized.Remember all the commotion GTA used to cause in the early days?Now it seems like anyone and everyone plays Grand Theft Auto games, and GTA 5 did more than $1 billion in sales in its first three days alone.The full video is embedded below in GIF format so that you can spend the rest of your day watching it on loop and wishing you were the one actually getting to play GTA in VR.It s a big file so you might have to give it a few seconds to load.Thanks to the sharing economy, living in five different cities in five years has never been more doable.
Marcio Jose Sanchez / AP Photo: Google I / O has previously been held indoors. Around 5000 participants are expected to flock to Google I / O, the Internet giant's developer conference which starts on Wednesday. To cope with the nearly 30-degree heat in Mountain View, Google has put together a survival kit for the conference visitors. It includes, for example, sunscreen, sunglasses, a water bottle and a headgear that can be worn as headband, hat and, for the slumbering, blindfolded. One must assume that Google hopes that the sunglasses will be a bigger hit than the deferred project Google Glass, whose purpose was to develop a computer worn as a pair of glasses. In addition, participants receive a copy of Google's own virtual reality glasses of cardboard and plastic.
Anyone who s seen a person use HTC s Vive virtual reality headset will know that it is a solo experience, and one that you ll want to keep your distance from.Jukin MediaYou see HTC s headset doesn t just let you look around a virtual world, it lets you walk around it, touch it and in some instances punch it.So it was a hard truth that this man learnt first hand when his colleague proceeded to engage in what we can only assume was a particularly vigorous VR game.Sadly neither he, nor his colleague were aware that HTC s headset comes with a range of safety features which warn the user that they re about to thwack someone rather heavily round the head.Ignorant of these features she did indeed then proceed to thwack him, his innocent head clearly obstructing the intended virtual target.Just like hoverboards, Google Glass and the Smart Car before it, virtual reality has passed the innovative technology test by making sure you look like a complete idiot while using it.
GIFFirst revealed earlier in the year at CES, Speck s ultra-thin folding Pocket-VR viewer is finally available for those who want to dabble in virtual reality and are looking for a cost-effective solution that falls somewhere between Google s cheap Cardboard and Samsung s pricey Gear VR.What your $70 alternative to Oculus Rift gets you is a VR viewer made of durable plastic—not cardboard—that cleverly folds flat so it s slim enough to stash in a pocket.Designed for either the iPhone 6/6s or the Samsung Galaxy S7, the Pocket-VR won t actually work with other smartphones since it requires them to be wrapped in an included case for the viewer to properly and securely assemble.The Pocket-VR s open design gives full access to the touchscreen and buttons on whichever smartphone you re using it with, which solves a an annoyance with Google s Cardboard viewer.You re definitely paying a premium for that convenience here, but also its well though-out design that you can quickly whip out and use anywhere.
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