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Virtual leg injury helps train combat medics

Virtual leg injury helps train combat medics

The difficulty in training combat medics is easy to understand. The combat medic is often in the field with other soldiers and at times alone and tasked to save the lives of his friends and fellow soldiers without assistance. Training on how to treat a myriad of wounds and injuries is vitally important. A new virtual system is being used to train combat medics on how to treat leg wounds.

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With Samsung Gear VR a sold-out success, is VR bad for kids’ eyes?

With Samsung Gear VR a sold-out success, is VR bad for kids’ eyes?

Over the past couple of years, we've asked every major maker of virtual reality headsets and content what their stance is on children in the VR realm. The answer is (almost) always the same: no comment. Off the record, we've found VR headset manufacturers to simply suggest that parents watch their children closely - that they make sure kids aren't using virtual reality headsets for extended periods of time. As far as this goes with the Samsung Gear VR (the next VR headset coming to stores), it seems that a "monitor children closely" warning is out just the same.

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10 more VR landmarks to visit with Google Cardboard (in Jordan)

10 more VR landmarks to visit with Google Cardboard (in Jordan)

Welcome to Jordan - Google's opened up the floodgates for virtual reality using "Street View" cameras and Google Cardboard. Without having to travel thousands of miles in a plane, you'll now be able to open up your web browser, tap a link, and open one of a handful of landmarks in the ancient city - placing your phone in your Google Cardboard VR headset to enter 10 unique realms. With Google's help, we're able to direct you to ten fantastic environments where your VR headset will transport you to a distant land in an instant.

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Star Wars’ Millennium Falcon VR coming to Google and Verizon

Star Wars’ Millennium Falcon VR coming to Google and Verizon

This week a combination of releases from Google, Lucasfilm and Disney, and Verizon have lead us to clues about the next big Star Wars virtual reality release. As StarWars.com suggests, the release date for this VR adventure will be December 2nd, 2015. There you'll find what they're describing as "first-of-its-kind serialized Google Cardboard Virtual Reality (VR) experience." That's for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and it's going to allow you to jump aboard our favorite starship. It's going to be epic.

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Gear VR ad reminds you it’s not a phone, preorders quickly gone

Gear VR ad reminds you it’s not a phone, preorders quickly gone

This week will see the launch of what could be the most affordable, ready to use (that is, not DIY) virtual reality headset in the market and Samsung isn't going to pass up the opportunity to remind people of that. Of course, it is pretty much stating the obvious when saying that the Gear VR is not a phone, but it's yet another jab at Apple's "if it's not an iPhone" ads. It is, of course, a completely different experience, one that tries to commoditize virtual reality even more beyond what Oculus itself is doing.

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For Galaxy S smartphone users, Gear VR should be an obvious buy

For Galaxy S smartphone users, Gear VR should be an obvious buy

This week Samsung releases the consumer edition of the Gear VR, a virtual reality headset that works with Galaxy smartphones. At $99, the purchase should come as a fairly obvious consideration for most owners of the Samsung Galaxy S6, Edge, Edge Plus, and Galaxy Note 5. It costs a fraction of the full cost of the device these smartphone users already have, and the door that's opened as a result is well and above worth the cash they'll drop on the headset. It's difficult to understate the ratio of cost to enjoyment in the latter's favor here, really.

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Figment VR makes the case for iPhone virtual reality for everyone

Figment VR makes the case for iPhone virtual reality for everyone

Today the folks at Quantum Bakery LLC have revealed an iPhone case that has a set of flip-up lenses to transform into a VR headset. While you're not getting the same sort of headset you'd get from Oculus - not by a long shot - this system allows you to keep the entire VR experience (as presented by your phone) in your pocket. This is the next step between the VR experience being accessible (read: low effort enough) for the whole world to experience.

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LucidCam camera brings VR content creation to consumers

LucidCam camera brings VR content creation to consumers

Virtual reality holds as much promise for the entertainment industry as it does for the gaming industry, but it is still largely relegated to the realm of high-budget projects able to invest in large VR camera rigs. The team behind LucidCam aims to change that; they've developed a small pocketable camera with stereoscopic lenses that allows the everyday consumer to record VR content, and it won't cost more than the average smartphone.

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Facebook 360 videos enter virtual reality with Gear VR

Facebook 360 videos enter virtual reality with Gear VR

This week the social network is bringing Facebook 360 videos to the virtual reality realm, allowing early adopters of the Samsung Gear VR to partake in the 360-vision environment. This update will include a collection of videos that are already posted to Facebook in their 360-view modes, and will include all videos uploaded to the social network in 360-vision from here on out. This includes a number of publishers that've shared new 360 videos to Facebook just today: GoPro, LeBron James & Uninterrupted, New Orleans Saints, and Nickelodeon included.

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Impacto armband delivers ‘punches’ for extra VR realism

Impacto armband delivers ‘punches’ for extra VR realism

Virtual reality is the next big thing, and anyone who has played with the technology knows that, depending on the quality, it can be easy to momentarily forget you're not really riding a rollercoaster or zipping through outer space. That wonderful feeling of suspended disbelief fizzles away, though, when certain senses aren't engaged in the way we would expect. Taking being punched, for example.

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