Google Uses AR To Replace The Faces On Dollar Bills With Notable Women

News erupted in 2016 when the U.S. Treasury announced it would replace President Andrew Jackson with the image of Harriet Tubman. The choice to replace the past president with an abolitionist like Tubman, was both celebrated and considered controversial by the public due to the weight of the decision. The leaders on our currency are…

VR Prototype Provides Disability Support Workers With Proper Training

An Australian company, House with No Steps, debuts a VR prototype to better train disability support workers on how to handle potentially dangerous situations. In an industry with insurmountable variables, such as disability support, VR can provide endless opportunities for training. “Virtual reality is a powerful tool,” says Andrew Richardson, CEO of House with No…

Step Into The Body Of A Transgender Man Using VR

Aptly named, Machine to be Another, is a creative VR experience which allows you to see and feel what it is like to be another person. As the age old saying goes, before you judge someone, walk a mile in their shoes. The Machine to Be Another aims to bring this particular ideaology to life…

See Times Square Underwater in Microsoft’s AR Art Exhibit

The Big Apple takes a dip in this location-based augmented experience from Microsoft. According to researchers, if sea levels continue to rise as an effect of climate change, Manhattan will be completely submerged underwater within the next 80 years. In 2012, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reported that by 2100 sea levels could rise from 11…

‘Ocean To Plate’ Uses VR To Reveal Waste In Our Seafood Harvesting

Explore every step of seafood production in Daydream Impact’s latest VR documentary. More than a third of the global harvested seafood is lost or wasted on its journey to your dinner table. In the U.S. it is closer to half, with most fish being wasted by consumers. Ocean to Plate: A Journey into the Seafood Supply…

‘Ocean To Plate’ Uses VR To Reveal Waste In Our Seafood Harvesting

Explore every step of seafood production in Daydream Impact’s latest VR documentary. More than a third of the global harvested seafood is lost or wasted on its journey to your dinner table. In the U.S. it is closer to half, with most fish being wasted by consumers. Ocean to Plate: A Journey into the Seafood Supply…

VR Opens Up Classic Theme Park Rides to those with Disabilities

Netherlands-based theme park Efteling has created a VR experience of one of their popular non-accessible attractions — allowing disabled visitors to experience the roller coaster as their friends and family do. Droomvlucht, meaning “dream flight” in English, is a magical journey through the mystical realm of fairies and woodland creatures. The attraction is a dark,…

Justin Timberlake Connects Fans to Music and Merch With AR

American Express is using augmented reality (AR) to create a new way for music fans to buy merchandise from their favorite musicians — starting with Justin Timberlake. On April 6th, the American Express Music app released a new mobile AR experience called Outside In, in partnership with Timberlake. In the app the you are navigated…

Report: 8% of VR & AR VC Deals Went to Startups With a Female CEO in 2017

Report finds that VR & AR startups still lack female leadership and venture capital. Sexism in the media industry has been a hot-button issue, as more women are continuing to call out inherent sexism and the undercurrent of sexual misconduct. The Harvey Weinstein scandal prompted a shift in tone — thousands of women and men…

This Artist Created a Real Sculpture in Tilt Brush

This British artist turned his Tilt Brush art into a real 3D printed sculpture. Artist Jonathan Yeo was able to completely design and create his own self-portrait in VR using Tilt Brush, which he then 3D printed the sculpture to live both in the real world and virtual. “As a portrait artist who primarily works with…

Canetrollers Could Change VR for Visually Impaired

This VR cane is opening new worlds for the visually impaired. VR is drastically focused on sight. Whole experiences are built around immersing the eyes in headsets to explore virtual environments. Now it appears that Microsoft is working on a cane controller that could someday allow visually impaired people to explore new worlds. The project is…

BBC Launches New VR Studio with Documentary about the Nile

Explore the Nile in this immersive VR documentary released by the BBC’s new VR Hub. Currently, there is contention between Egypt and Ethiopia over the potential damming of the largest river in the world, the Nile River. BBC Africa correspondent Alastair Leithead even says this disagreement could potentially lead to a war over water. In…

VR Project ‘The Enemy’ Tells the Story of Combatants like Never Before

Belgian-Tunisian war correspondent Karim Ben Khelifa and MIT show how VR can be a critical tool for empathy. “When I became a father, I simply knew I could not keep walking on the front lines,” Khelifa said. “Yet, I was not done trying to understand war.” The Enemy is Khelifa’s art installation and narrative long-form journalism…

Kaleidoscope Launches Funding Platform for Premium Content

VR Festival Kaleidoscope just launched a funding platform to connect and equip VR industry leaders. Since launching in May 2015, Kaleidoscope has made its name as a premier VR showcase, exposing audiences worldwide to cutting-edge immersive content. Now, Kaleidoscope has launched a new initiative: an exclusive network for industry leaders, doubling down on the larger goal to drive the direction…

Your Hands are Controllers in Leap Motion’s Interaction Engine

Leap Motion just dropped a major upgrade—Interaction Engine 1.0—to immerse your mind and hands in VR. Last year, digital-physical interaction pioneer Leap Motion released an early access beta of Interacton Engine. In providing developers a way to incorporate scanning technology into Unity, Leap Motion enabled a new breed of VR experience—one where participants used their own…

Watch This Choir Go Viral with the Help of VR

Multidimensional concert uses VR to challenge the traditional role of audience participation. Earlier this month, an old church in Downtown LA filled for a full chorale production, with renditions of Bach, Motown and Cyndi Lauper…along with a live Tilt Brush performance—highlighting the beauty of blending the traditional and the modern. Approximately a thousand people on both June…

These Gloves Let You Play Piano in VR—and Feel It

Combining three discrete technologies, researchers at UC San Diego have created a glove that simulates real-life force in virtual worlds. Researchers at University of California-San Diego have designed a new lightweight glove that can replicate the feeling of touch, using it to play piano. (Just don’t expect the technology to transform you into an overnight Liberace). Designed…

Can VR Help Smokers Quit?

Virtual therapy for smokers might be an app and headset away. VR is being used to help a variety of conditions from pain management to eye disorders, and now a Kickstarter based in Mexico City is looking to help smokers curb the habit. MindCotine is a crowd-sourced VR program that uses your cell phone, a cardboard headset…

How This Woman Was Proposed to Using VR

Kate, 33, was under the impression she and her partner Robin, 37, would be traveling from their home in Brighton to Sheffield to test a new VR experience for a little extra cash. What she didn’t expect was to leave with a fiancé and £5,000. The UK financial provider Santander helped Robin stage an elaborate…