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Nevertheless, the experience of actually seeing another person immersed in VR within the same space as you is hard to put into words. Having already experienced something similar in Hello VR’s Metaworld , Farpoint ’s use of full-body avatars, along with PlayStation VR’s built-in microphone, suddenly makes the virtual simulation you’re experiencing feel far more real than it should. Sony’s PlayStation VR Aim Controller also helps heighten the immersion. Built from the same sturdy plastic of the PlayStation VR, with the same high-quality feel as the PS4 DualShock 4 pads, this rhomboid two-handed controller feels perfect in-hand. While it’s bigger than you may expect it to be – it’s designed to mimic the size of your average rifle – it’s light and feels wonderfully precise thanks to the glowing PlayStation Move orb at its muzzle. It’s no surprise that Farpoint works so well with the Aim Controller, seeing as Farpoint developer Impulse Gear also helped Sony develop the new peripheral.
Mashable
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On Tuesday, Facebook doubled down on its commitment to pushing social media into virtual reality ("doubling down" is literally the language they used). Stalking the stage at F8, Mark Zuckerberg, and later the company's head of social VR , Rachel Franklin, laid out the next phase of Facebook's vision for getting you to take your Likes, emoji reactions, and personal connections into VR using tools like the Oculus Rift. SEE ALSO: I spent 2 weeks socializing in VR, and I saw the future That enhanced commitment took the form of Facebook Spaces , an app the company demonstrated on stage and released to Oculus Rift users right after the event ended. To introduce us to the app, a video shows people interacting from their home Rift set-ups to communicate via Facebook Spaces avatars in VR. Read more... More about F8 , Mark Zuckerberg , Oculus , Oculus Rift , and Facebook Space
21stCenturyWire
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Many need them to communicate, be entertained, figure out where they are, purchase products, or even socially interact with others or the avatars of others. To many teenagers across the world and Generation Y Millennials, the smartphone has always been there. It can be argued that society as a whole is becoming dependent and addicted to smartphones and other smart devices. In fact, with over 2.5 billion smartphone subscriptions world wide in 2016, corporations and marketers are counting on it. Seeing a person interacting with any number of touch-screen devices does not garner much of a second look. Oftentimes, the person without the smart phone is the person who stands out in a crowd, as they are sometimes seen reading one of those archaic things we call a book. It is now commonplace that people can interact with thousands of different applications on countless versions of technological devices.
Techradar
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But before you can start virtual reality video conferencing, youre going to need a digital version of you, or as Facebook keeps referring to them as, an avatar. Here's a video that should help you visualize how it works: To create an avatar, Facebook pulls a picture of you from your profile and does its best to map the 2D image to a cartoonish 3D figure. From there, you can change your eye color, hairstyle, facial features and more to help people recognize you and hopefully make VR feel more like hanging out in person. Avatars can not only converse with each other, but avatars can also video chat with friends and family members who may not have an Oculus Rift via Facebook Messenger. Call a friend who isnt in VR, and they can answer on their phone to instantly open a window into your virtual world. While the latter scenario is probably the more practical one given the Oculus Rifts relatively slow adoption rate, interacting in virtual reality will allow for more interesting interactions.
Reuters
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As Zbigniew Brzezinski once said, “Shortly, the public will be unable to reason or think for themselves. They’ll only be able to parrot the information they’ve been given on the previous night’s news.” That information is provided to them by the worker bees of an elite oligarchy who are intent on controlling the opinions, thoughts, and direction of the American people, a goal they have very nearly reached, if they havent already, partly due to the fact that the CIA has access to the massive amounts of digital data willingly given to corporations and funneled to the NSA for the purposes of surveillance, profiling, and manipulation. This data alone has allowed the Department of Defense to create individual Avatars that can predict the behavior of every man, woman, and child in the country. The information contained in this article is only the tip of the iceberg regarding one aspect of Anglo-American establishment’s technique of perception management.
Washingtons Blog
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As Zbigniew Brzezinski once said, “Shortly, the public will be unable to reason or think for themselves. They’ll only be able to parrot the information they’ve been given on the previous night’s news.” That information is provided to them by the worker bees of an elite oligarchy who are intent on controlling the opinions, thoughts, and direction of the American people, a goal they have very nearly reached, if they havent already, partly due to the fact that the CIA has access to the massive amounts of digital data willingly given to corporations and funneled to the NSA for the purposes of surveillance, profiling, and manipulation. This data alone has allowed the Department of Defense to create individual Avatars that can predict the behavior of every man, woman, and child in the country. The information contained in this article is only the tip of the iceberg regarding one aspect of Anglo-American establishment’s technique of perception management.
Tom's Hardware UK
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Mashable
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When it comes to fielding customer service questions on Twitter, most companies are content to respond with a simple at-reply. But Apple is thinking different. SEE ALSO: Dancer busts gravity-defying moves in Apple's first AirPods ad The Cupertino tech giant just released a series of iPad Pro commercials, each of which address an individual customer's social media concern. The ads each feature an actor holding a giant print-out of a tweet, while chatting with a helpful narrator. The tweets and usernames are real, but the avatars have been changed to match their presenters. The idea is to demonstrate how the iPad might help with some of the real frustrations people have with their laptops. Read more... More about Ipad Pro , Apple , Business , and Advertising
Techradar - Reviews
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Every month, the team adds to these technologies and the choices Microsoft is making seem deliberate. In the time since last year, the Xbox has gained a Friends section on the home screen, DLNA support, as well as improved Snap functionality. Achievements are now easier to access and we've seen the return of our digital avatars from the Xbox 360. Recently, Microsoft has made the push to connect Windows 10 PCs and Xbox Ones by giving the former the ability to stream games over a home network and has finally released the screenshot feature PS4 has had since launch. There have been some downturns in that time, too, but by and large Microsoft's media dream machine is making a comeback one first-party exclusive at a time. What's in the box? The biggest change from last year is that today Xbox One comes in two flavors, with Kinect or without. Either package will come with a power cable and adapter (aka the power brick), a headset adapter, a throw-away headset (seriously, buy a replacement from Turtle Beach ASAP), an HDMI cable and controller with batteries, but you won't get a Kinect unless you pony up an extra $100.
The Guardian - Science
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Hip-swings, leg moves, arm waggles and staying on the beat are the best moves for women who want to be admired on the dance floor, say psychologists Disco divas looking to tear up the dance floor should ditch the soft sway and plump for the hip-swing, leg moves and an arm waggle or two – according to psychologists. The researchers used motion-capture technology to record the moves of women dancing to a drum beat, before turning them into featureless avatars and showing them to both men and women to rate. Continue reading...
Digital Trends
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3D scans of your own face to try on makeup or create custom avatars could be easier to find this year if this new startup is successful. Bellus3D has the hardware to take scans from your smartphone -- now they just need software developers. The post Time to up your selfie game: Bellus3D attachment takes a 3D scan of your face appeared first on Digital Trends .
DNews
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Daily Mail - Science
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Mashable
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One of the most fun parts of using the Oculus Rift is almost hidden in plain sight, and it's called Oculus Avatars. The company rolled out fully customizable Avatars last week, but amid all the excitement around the Touch controllers and apps like Medium and Quill , some may have missed this other amazing new feature. SEE ALSO: 2016 was supposed to be the year of VR. Instead, augmented reality ruled Avatars is easily accessible through your Oculus Home menu and once you decide to edit your avatar you're transported to a dressing room in an apartment that has a stunning view of a futuristic city (one of my favorite parts of Oculus are the amazingly designed menu rooms). Read more... More about Oculus Avatars , Virtual Reality , Vr , Oculus Rift , and Oculus
PC Pro
5 months
As you can see from the video below, they fed in pictures of famous figures – including Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Muhammad Ali and Joy Division’s Ian Curtis, as you do – and the system turned these into eyeless 3D masks. The researchers say this method could one day be used to make 3D avatars in virtual and augmented reality without the need for full body scanning. They also mention the possibility of virtually resurrecting historical personalities from archive photos. “Can we use Computer Vision to bring back our favorite boxing legend, Muhammad Ali, and relive his greatest moments in 3D?” they ask. Facial-scanning technology – such as Intel’s RealSense camera – is already enabling real-time facial scanning and puppeteering, such as in the RSC’s current production of The Tempest . The system put forward by the researchers from Cornell, however, suggests that realistic digital avatars can be made without the need of advanced sensors.
Techradar
5 months
At Stanford University in 2006, a similar experiment was conducted where participants were placed into avatars of both young and old people. Among those who were put into the body of an older person, negative stereotyping of the elderly was significantly reduced . "It was extremely encouraging to find that such a short virtual interaction can change a person’s negative stereotypes," the researchers wrote. "This intervention in immersive virtual reality can have a positive effect on reducing negative stereotypes." Seeing the world through the eyes of another Then there's The Machine to be Another , an art project that asks "what would the world be like if one could see through the eyes of another?". In it, two people - a "user" and a "performer" - are placed in identical environments. The user wears a VR helmet that displays a video feed from a head-mounted camera on the performer, who mimics the user's movements as closely as possible.
euronews
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Mashable
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Hillary Clinton is potentially poised to become the first female president of the United States tomorrow but that doesn't mean it's cool to like her or anything. Posting on Facebook is always a dangerous challenge: say the wrong thing, and watch as the hidden trolls in your Facebook family pop up on your pristine wall. And while posting on social media has always been a risk, for many Clinton supporters, this election cycle has been a particular obstacle. Those who have posted have lost friendships with random strangers on Facebook, and jeopardized relationships with beloved egg avatars. SEE ALSO: 15 awesome ways to celebrate #HeterosexualPrideDay Read more... More about Social Media , Lists , Hillary Clinton , Election 2016 , and Politics
Techradar
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The best character from the 90s sitcom Friends was Joey Tribbiani, and don't even try to argue with me. The womanizing Italian-American actor is simultaneously hilarious and adorable. Which is why it's absolutely right that he was the only cast member to get a (slightly questionable) spin-off, and why it's right that he's going to be the first TV character to be immortalised as an artificial intelligence. Yeah, you read that right. James Charles, Derek Magee and David Hogg from the computer science department at Leeds University are developing a "virtually immortalised" edition of Joey Tribbiani, who they hope you'll soon be able to talk to like you talk to Siri or Alexa. In a paper , which doesn't yet appear to have been peer-reviewed or submitted to a scientific journal, the trio describe their quest to "build virtual talking avatars of characters fully automatically from TV shows".
Daily Mail - Science
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The Avatar XPrize aims to developlimitless travelavatars that can be rented and controlled remotely by a human operator, who will be able to hear, see, and feel what the robot is experiencing.
Daily Mail - Science
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NME
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