Virtual Reality

Virtual reality, real injuries: How to reduce physical risk in VR

Virtual Reality - Science Daily - 8 January 2020 - 6:24am
Carpal tunnel, stiff shoulders, eye-strain headaches -- these are all well-known side effects of prolonged computer use. But what happens when you step away from the desktop and into virtual reality? A recent study assessed how some common virtual reality movements contribute to muscle strain and discomfort. It's an effort to ensure future user safety in this fast-growing technology that's used not only for gaming, but also increasingly for education and industrial training.
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Virtual reality could help flu vaccination rates

Virtual Reality - Science Daily - 3 December 2019 - 10:38am
Using a virtual reality simulation to show how flu spreads and its impact on others could be a way to encourage more people to get a flu vaccination, according to a new study.
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To navigate, flies make flexible mental maps of the world

Virtual Reality - Science Daily - 20 November 2019 - 10:13am
Flies use visual cues to finesse their mental maps of the environment. Two new studies use virtual reality to show how.
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'Epidermal VR' gives technology a human touch

Virtual Reality - Science Daily - 20 November 2019 - 10:12am
Researchers have developed a new thin, wireless system that adds a sense of touch to any virtual reality (VR) experience. Not only does this platform potentially add new dimensions to our long-distance relationships and entertainment, the technology also provides prosthetics with sensory feedback and imparts telemedicine with a human touch.
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Researchers bring gaming to autonomous vehicles

Virtual Reality - Science Daily - 18 November 2019 - 4:25am
Researchers have designed multiplayer games occupants of autonomous vehicles can play with other players in nearby self-driving cars. A new study details three games created for level three and higher semi-autonomous vehicles. The researchers also made suggestions for many exciting types of in-car games for future exploration.
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Computer scientists develop new tool that generates videos from themed text

Virtual Reality - Science Daily - 14 November 2019 - 8:58am
A global team of computer scientists have developed ''Write-A-Video'', a new tool that generates videos from themed text. Using words and text editing, the tool automatically determines which scenes or shots are chosen from a repository to illustrate the desired storyline.
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Army researcher promotes cooperation between humans, autonomous machines

Virtual Reality - Science Daily - 12 November 2019 - 1:02pm
The trust between humans and autonomous machines is a research priority -- as machines become integral to society, it is critical to understand the impact on human decision-making.
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Is virtual reality the next big thing in art therapy?

Virtual Reality - Science Daily - 12 November 2019 - 10:04am
Researchers have conducted a study to see if virtual reality can be used as an expressive tool in art therapy.
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Specific neurons that map memories now identified in the human brain

Virtual Reality - Science Daily - 12 November 2019 - 6:57am
Neuroengineers have found the first evidence that individual neurons in the human brain target specific memories during recall. They studied recordings in neurosurgical patients who had electrodes implanted in their brains and examined how the patients' brain signals corresponded to their behavior while performing a virtual-reality object-location memory task. The researchers identified 'memory-trace cells' whose activity was spatially tuned to the location where subjects remembered encountering specific objects.
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Larger than life: Augmented ants

Virtual Reality - Science Daily - 12 November 2019 - 5:16am
The first app of its kind allows users to interact with biodiversity research through augmented reality.
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Immersion in virtual reality scenes of the Arctic helps to ease people's pain

Virtual Reality - Science Daily - 8 November 2019 - 4:49am
Watching immersive 360 videos of icy Arctic scenes helps to relieve intense burning pain and could hold hope for treating chronic pain, a small study has found.
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New photonic liquid crystals could lead to next-generation displays

Virtual Reality - Science Daily - 7 November 2019 - 2:05pm
A new technique to change the structure of liquid crystals could lead to the development of fast-responding liquid crystals suitable for next generation displays -- 3D, augmented and virtual reality -- and advanced photonic applications such as mirrorless lasers, bio-sensors and fast/slow light generation, according to an international team of researchers.
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Virtual speed bump for lightning-fast markets proposed

Virtual Reality - Science Daily - 29 October 2019 - 11:07am
A researcher says a tiny tweak to how certain trades happen could make for more efficient stock markets, and it's already being adopted by major players.
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Intuitive virtual reality: Bimodal 'electronic skin' developed

Virtual Reality - Science Daily - 29 October 2019 - 7:48am
Through the crafty use of magnetic fields, scientists have developed the first electronic sensor that can simultaneously process both touchless and tactile stimuli. Prior attempts have so far failed to combine these functions on a single device due to overlapping signals of the various stimuli. As the sensor is readily applied to the human skin, it could provide a seamless interactive platform for virtual and augmented reality scenarios.
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Compact depth sensor inspired by spiders

Virtual Reality - Science Daily - 28 October 2019 - 1:43pm
Inspired by jumping spiders, researchers have developed a compact and efficient depth sensor that could be used on board microrobots, in small wearable devices, or in lightweight virtual and augmented reality headsets. The device combines a multifunctional, flat metalens with an ultra-efficient algorithm to measure depth in a single shot.
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Escapism: A powerful predictor of internet gaming disorder among video gamers

Virtual Reality - Science Daily - 22 October 2019 - 9:11am
A new study is the first to compare professional electronic sport (esport) players with recreational video game players and explores the similarities and differences between what motivates each group. While the two groups are psychosocially different, they found that both esport and recreational gamers run the risk of developing internet gaming disorder when their intense immersion in the activity is tied to escapism.
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Novel method turns any 3D object into a cubic style

Virtual Reality - Science Daily - 21 October 2019 - 8:49am
Computer scientists have developed a computational method to quantify an abstract cubic style. Additionally, their method also enables users to create new shapes that resemble the input shape and exhibit the cubic style.
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Artificial skin creates first ticklish devices

Virtual Reality - Science Daily - 20 October 2019 - 5:49am
A new interface takes touch technology to the next level by providing an artificial skin-like membrane for augmenting interactive devices such as phones, wearables or computers.
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New haptic arm places robotics within easy reach

Virtual Reality - Science Daily - 20 October 2019 - 5:49am
Imagine being able to build and use a robotic device without the need for expensive, specialist kit or skills. That is the vision that researchers have now turned into reality, creating a lightweight, affordable and simple solution for everyday users.
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New augmented reality system lets smartphone users get hands-on with virtual objects

Virtual Reality - Science Daily - 16 October 2019 - 12:37pm
A new augmented reality system places virtual objects within real-world backgrounds on cell phone screens and lets people interact with those object by hand as if they were really there.
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