Tag Archives: Virtual Reality

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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How artists add humanity to virtual reality

Virtual reality may have gotten its start with shoot-’em-up video games and porn, but now artists are making VR that puts the emphasis on reality as well as humanity. And Seattle filmmaker Sandy Cioffi argues that the Pacific Northwest could well blaze … Continue reading

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VR takes you on a trip to Mars and other worlds

NASA has been offering virtual-reality tours of Mars for years — but now, with Google’s help, the space agency has come up with one of the most accessible tours yet. “Access Mars” lays out a 3-D terrain for five of the spots … Continue reading

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