Mozilla Blog: Explore the immersive web with Firefox Reality. Now available for Viveport, Oculus, and Daydream

Mozilla Blog: Explore the immersive web with Firefox Reality. Now available for Viveport, Oculus, and Daydream. “Earlier this year, we shared that we are building a completely new browser called Firefox Reality. The mixed reality team at Mozilla set out to build a web browser that has been designed from the ground up to work on stand-alone virtual and augmented reality (or mixed reality) headsets. Today, we are pleased to announce that the first release of Firefox Reality is available in the Viveport, Oculus, and Daydream app stores.”

Nieman Lab: Here’s the next round of VR journalism innovation ideas (and the ideas for the tools to make it happen)

Nieman Lab: Here’s the next round of VR journalism innovation ideas (and the ideas for the tools to make it happen). “Virtual reality and augmented reality were pushed as new frontiers for journalism — and then the roadblocks came. Maybe the next round of new ideas could help freshen up the space.”

CBC: Virtual reality allows users to experience a Canadian residential school

CBC: Virtual reality allows users to experience a Canadian residential school. “A Winnipeg based project using virtual reality technology takes users back in time to experience Canadian Indian Residential Schools, in hopes of creating a greater understanding of what survivors went through.”

Bio-IT World: Best of Show VR Winner, Nanome, Available For Free Download

Bio-IT World: Best of Show VR Winner, Nanome, Available For Free Download. “Nanome has launched its virtual reality platform for anybody interested in playing around with molecules, the company said. The platform includes a free tier on the Oculus VR Marketplace. Nanome lets users import molecular structures from a local machine or an online database such as RCSB or DrugBank, and manipulate molecular structures by literally grabbing, rotating, or enlarging the area of interest with their hands and a virtual reality headset.”

Arizona State University: ASU Online biology course is first to offer virtual-reality lab in Google partnership

Arizona State University: ASU Online biology course is first to offer virtual-reality lab in Google partnership. “Students in general biology classes usually don’t get to take blood samples from people, but an online class at Arizona State University not only lets students draw blood, they also can manipulate DNA — all in virtual reality. Thirty students in the general biology course under way now are using virtual-reality headsets to complete their lab requirement as part of a new partnership among ASU Online, Google and Labster. In total, 140 pairs of headsets will be available for students to borrow for the next round of classes starting in October.”

University of Southern California: Virtual reality tool designed at USC corrects errors in brain scan data

University of Southern California: Virtual reality tool designed at USC corrects errors in brain scan data. “In recent years, virtual reality technology has begun proving its worth outside the world of gaming, with applications in education, health care, military training and beyond. Now researchers at the Mark and Mary Stevens Neuroimaging and Informatics Institute at the Keck School of Medicine of USC are exploring a new frontier: VR as a tool for processing brain scan data.”

AZCentral: VR tours open up Taliesin West, other Arizona attractions to digital tourism

AZCentral: VR tours open up Taliesin West, other Arizona attractions to digital tourism. “Not all VR is about imagining new, fantastical realities. It also enables people to explore the real world without leaving the house — or even the couch. This summer, Taliesin West, the Scottsdale landmark and winter home to architect Frank Lloyd Wright, added to this ever-growing online library of re-created reality when it launched an immersive ‘digital experience’ that can be viewed on 3-D goggles or by pointing and clicking on a computer screen.”