Tag Archives: Virtual Reality

Mixed reality takes you on an expedition to Titan

It’s doubtful anyone alive today will get to ride through the ice volcanoes of Saturn’s largest moon — but you can do the next best thing at Seattle’s Pacific Science Center, thanks to a mixed-reality experience called Expedition Titan. The walk-through … Continue reading

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How ‘avatars’ will let you travel virtually

When it was time for Kevin Kajitani to put his ideas for traveling through telepresence to the test, he chose a familiar experimental subject: his son. Kajitani — the co-director of the Avatar division at ANA Holdings, the parent company of … Continue reading

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A virtual-reality virgin finally takes the leap

BELLEVUE, Wash. — My wife was a VR virgin. Tonia Boyle isn’t exactly a thrill-seeker. Skydiving, bungee jumping and zipline rides have never been her cup of tea. But when it came to taking a virtual-reality risk at Portal VR’s newly opened … Continue reading

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How VR can make things go better in the real world

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Can being in the middle of an opera take your mind off pain? Here at the University of Maryland, scientists are studying the therapeutic value of experiencing a virtual-reality recording of Francis Poulenc’s “Dialogues of the Carmelites.” The hope … Continue reading

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Alaska Airlines adds VR to in-flight entertainment

Alaska Airlines is adding virtual reality to its in-flight entertainment menu in an experiment aimed at recreating a movie theater experience at 35,000 feet. The Seattle-based airline has partnered with SkyLights, a French-American immersive-media company, to offer VR headsets and noise-canceling … Continue reading

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5 tech twists from ‘Ready Player One’

“Ready Player One,” the Steven Spielberg movie that blends memes from the 1980s with a virtual-reality vision of 2045, is getting mostly positive reviews from film critics and filmgoers, and from box-office trackers as well. Some see the film as a metaphor for the … Continue reading

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Microsoft Edge gives VR boost to Virgin Galactic

Virgin Galactic hasn’t yet started taking tourists into space on its SpaceShipTwo rocket plane, but the company now offers a virtual SpaceShipTwo tour on its website, with a big assist from Microsoft Edge Web Showcase. The upgraded website is a lot … Continue reading

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