The Oculus Rift made an appearance as a question on Jeopardy this week as well as in the season premiere of Silicon Valley, just in time for television’s big annual conference. We collaborated with Virtual Reality Festival to put together a guide to many of the panels at the National Association of Broadcasters show.
NextVR is broadcasting to viewers in VR live from RED’s booth in Las Vegas. However, you’d have to make it to one of the camera company’s offices to see what it looks like. NextVR uses in-house streaming technology combined with RED’s ultra high-resolution cameras to not only capture high quality wraparound movies but stream them as they occur, opening up possibilities for things like attending sporting events virtually.
Meanwhile, John Carmack at Oculus is working on bringing simple avatars into the Oculus Cinema experience so that watching TV or movies in VR isn’t so lonely.
Therapies using VR explored
PBS published an article about the wide range of therapeutic possibilities for virtual reality, from post-traumatic stress disorder to sex offenders. “Virtual avatars can’t be harmed in the same way that real people can, making them the perfect tool for studying arousal...research has uncovered motor and eye movement patterns in sex offenders that are different from those of ordinary people during arousal.”
Also: “Virtual reality therapies...simply don’t work for some patients for reasons that are unclear, though...they do work for a certain subset of patients who don’t respond to traditional therapy.”
More About Improbable
More details on the $20 million-backed simulation startup Improbable are covered in a feature by Wired. “Improbable can help simulate everything from traffic patterns to economies to contagious diseases...it’s like a super-charged Amazon Web Services.” There’s also an interesting talk by CEO Herman Narula from last year and a preview of the game, Worlds Adrift, that was produced with help from the company.
AltspaceVR seeks partners
The social platform AltspaceVR is looking for partners to use its software development kit, which Cymatic Bruce demonstrates in a video with examples like playing chess in VR. “We’ve really been focused on having something cool to share and having something to do in VR with other people.” The company also posted a breakdown of how it brought hands into VR earlier this year using Intel’s RealSense technology.
The BBC wrote an overview of VR journalism with a viewing of Clouds over Sidra, a VR video about children in Syria. “When you take the headset off and find yourself in the Vancouver Convention Centre you feel a little disorientated and rather silly particularly if, like me, you have tears streaming down your face.”