virtual reality

Researchers create virtual therapist with webcam and game sensor

Researchers create virtual therapist with webcam and game sensor

Researchers with the University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies are working on a virtual therapist that appears lifelike and is aimed to help those who need some type of counseling but aren't yet ready or able to see a live worker. In addition, the digital shrink, because of the way it is designed, can be used to monitor the minute details of a person's body language over time, helping a live counselor monitor progress.

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Skyrim gets demoed on Oculus Rift VR headset

Skyrim gets demoed on Oculus Rift VR headset

The latest in the Elder Scrolls series of video games from Bethesda, dubbed Skyrim, has been ported over to the new Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. YouTube user Chris Gallizzi uploaded a two-minute-long video demoing how the game works with the new Kickstarter-funded VR goggles, and also provided a bit of details along the way.

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Oculus Rift and Omnidirectional treadmill show the future of gaming

Oculus Rift and Omnidirectional treadmill show the future of gaming

Combine the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset with the Virtuix Omni omnidirectional treadmill and you have access to a fully immersive gaming experience. In a video released by Virtuix, a former marine uses both the Omni and the Rift to play Team Fortress 2. The demonstration shows how using the Omni and Rift can make playing games much more entertaining and much more intense.

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Oculus Rift signs on Team Fortress 2 as first game

Oculus Rift signs on Team Fortress 2 as first game

The Oculus Rift virtual reality headset made a huge splash at CES back in January, and the team behind the extraordinary toy has been hard at work to bring it to the mainstream and make it available to the public. The first step in that process is to get games for it, and the company has announced that Valve's Team Fortress 2 will be the Oculus Rift's first game.

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Google Glass sees laser-projected keyboard possibilities

Google Glass sees laser-projected keyboard possibilities

This week a patent has been revealed as filed by Google for what very much appears to be a laser-projected set of controls emanating from a pair of smart glasses. This of course could mean that Google's Project Glass is about to see some amazing virtual reality controls as their two upcoming developer events come to fruition at the start of next month. And this isn't the first time we've seen wild, futuristic control possibilities for Google's Glass, either!

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