What Is the Metaverse, and Will It Be Worth the Wait?
Imagine a three-dimensional online world where you teleport from your London office to a meeting room in Singapore, shop at a digital replica of your favorite clothing store then join a friend for a round of virtual golf. To some, this aspirational version of the internet known as the metaverse is the future of human interaction. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg changed the company’s name to Meta Platforms Inc. and is pouring billions of dollars a year into efforts to dominate this “next frontiewashingtonpost.com
The Infinite: Get closer look at International Space Station through The Infinite VR Experience
Houston is the home to human spaceflight, and it is fitting that it would be the first place in the US to feature a one-of-a-kind, multi-sensory, interactive virtual reality experience exploring inside and outside the world’s orbiting space laboratory--the International Space Station.
This International Space Station VR experience lets you explore the ISS… and it’s as amazing as it sounds
VR allows you to reach places and achieve things that most can only dream about, including floating around the ISS. We tested the experience that made our space station dreams come true.space.com
Within a decade you may be working with an avatar or a digital twin
Employee avatars take part in a virtual meeting using VR company Spatial's platform. That is the prediction of Paul Jacobs, former CEO and executive chairman of Qualcomm who co-founded XCOM Labs two years ago along with other former Qualcomm top executives to develop and commercialize transformative wireless technologies. "I think workforces will adopt hybrid models where some people will be at the office live in-person, and others will be working remotely. It may be that digital objects a team is working on together float in the air in front of the group, he added. "Some of these things seem like science fiction but the technologies behind many of these concepts already exist.cnbc.com
Facebook will soon let Oculus users build their own avatars so they can play laser tag on the moon
Facebook is trying to lure more users to its Oculus headsets by introducing a virtual reality world. On Wednesday, the company announced Horizon, an animated world of avatars, that will launch for Oculus headsets early next year to a select group of customers. Horizon is reminiscent of the Oasis game in the book "Ready Player One," where VR users around the globe interact with one another in a virtual world. Facebook acquired Oculus for $2 billion in 2014, and has since struggled to get market traction beyond a niche audience because of the hefty price of VR headsets and the amount of technology required to use them. Palmer Luckey, Oculus's founder, was forced out of the company in 2017.cnbc.com
Breathe, focus, headset: Women turning to VR in labor
She put on the headset, and was immediately transported to a beach scene, where a soothing voice guided her focus and breathing. She never forgot she was in labor, but the VR visuals and the disembodied voice helped her calm down and shift attention away from her pain. Across the country from her, Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital in Santa Rosa, California, has a dozen headsets, including one that patients can use during the early stages of labor and for common in-office gynecologic procedures. It included 27 women using VR headsets during unmedicated contractions and found that the technology may be effective for helping with pain and anxiety during labor. CEO Matthew Stoudt says more than 130 hospitals are currently using his company's VR platform in regular medical practice, including Santa Rosa Memorial and Cedars-Sinai.
Virtual Reality helps patients during physical therapy sessions
It's also gaining more attention for helping patients during physical therapy, including for one local teen in a wheelchair. in Omaha, and is using VR in his sessions. Young has seen progress with Marty since he started using VR. Ewing says he will continue using VR in hopes of getting out on the field once again. "It's going to continue get me stronger, and I hope to continue to get stronger and regain function for sure."