Director Ang Lee is experimenting, and presenting, a 3D 4K 120 fps motion picture, but that version only shows in 5 cities, globally.
Elsewhere, IMAX is working on “theater-based VR”. The latter may begin with short (less than 15 minute) VR experiences in “IMAX VR Centres” located within theater complexes as a separate VR area – but initially as a marketing and technology experiment.
The article notes that for now, a lot of “gee whiz, I’ve got to see this VR thing” is driving interest. But eventually, VR-based content needs to deliver compelling content in the form of stories.
The results showed that AR-technology experience was beneficial especially for the pupils, who otherwise belong to the lowest achieving school success group. They were reaching up the gap with other students while learning science. On the other hand, the students with the high-performance school success gained more challenge and quality for the learning outcomes. Augmented Reality (AR) differs from Virtual reality (VR): VR is totally virtual and illusion, but AR creates mixed reality by adding visual elements into real, physical environment around us. This research group from the University of Helsinki has been doing research related to informal learning and Augmented Reality for more than a decade now. Now, only after the Pokémon phenomenon this AR-technolgoy has become known by wider audiences. However, many experts don’t consider the Pokémon technology as AR-solution, but as the recent Scientific American calls it as “location-based entertainment.”
Could the “Hawthorne Effect” been at work here? In other words, did the act of participating in the experiment influence the children? The press release does not say if this was considered in the experiment.
Scientists are developing an early diagnosis system for neurodegenerative disorders. The system is intended to such diseases as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease and others. The diagnosis system is based on virtual reality (VR) – a person is immersed in a virtual environment to carry out some functional tests. Researchers vary the parameters of the virtual environment and record changes in the person’s movements.
A researcher compared the virtual reality experience with two different systems: the one with VR headsets versus one with an immersive projection system using a concave-spherical screen, developed by his research team and called Hybrid Virtual Environment 3D (Hyve-3D). He immersed 20 subjects whom preferred the virtual reality without headsets, because they could interact with other viewers and share their impressions in real time.
The new Google Daydream VR Headset is said to work while wearing eyeglasses unlike most VR Viewers. The headset is designed to work only with “Daydream-ready” smart phones, which appear to be the Google Pixel and some Moto Z phones, at this time (late 2016). Future phones from other manufacturers will presumably be compatible. “Daydream” is not just the headset but a set of hardware features built in to compatible phones, plus Daydream software apps too.
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