Elite Daily: Here’s How To Play “Snappable” Snapchat Games Using Your Facial Expressions. “If you spent hours during Easter weekend trying to complete the Snapchat Egg Hunt, you’re in for a real treat. The beloved social media app has just introduced Snappables, which are cool new virtual reality (VR) games. However, they’re unique to the VR gaming world because you control them with your face. So if you think you have some strong AF facial muscles, here’s how to play ‘Snappable’ Snapchat games. Say goodbye to all productivity, and forget about being shy in public.”
GadgTecs: US Army Getting Training in Virtual Environments Created From Actual Cities. “The U.S. Military can now prepare soldiers for combat in specific, challenging settings with the push of a button. That’s because of virtual reality. Satellite imagery, street view data, and other readily-available information about our world rapidly generate these Synthetic Training Environments (STE), based on a US Army white paper. Artificial intelligence renders the digital worlds based on the available information, analyzes soldier performance to make the trainings more effective, and introduces variability into the simulations to keep troopers on their toes.”
The Verge: Google will help preserve endangered historical sites in virtual reality. “Google has partnered with 3D laser scanning nonprofit CyArk to help preserve historical sites around the world that are at risk of irreversible damage or total erasure due to human conflict and natural disasters. The joint effort, called the Open Heritage project, will use CyArk’s laser-scanning technology to capture all the relevant data at a historical site needed to re-create it virtually, so it can be preserved and explored online either on a computer, through a mobile device, or while wearing a virtual reality headset.”
TechCrunch: Facebook’s plan to unite AR, VR and News Feed with 3D posts. “What if you could digitally sculpt a 3D object and share it on Facebook, play with it in virtual reality or insert it into your world with augmented reality? Facebook is polishing up stages one and two today after debuting posts of interactive 3D models in News Feed in October that you can move and spin around.”
Express Tribune: Virtual reality to showcase old and unique heritage in Lahore: WCLA. “The Walled City of Lahore Authority (WCLA) has decided to use virtual reality (VR) technology to showcase the old and unique heritage of the walled city… The authority is developing its new website that will offer VR tours of different sites of the walled city, especially historical monuments. These VR tours will enable the people to see the walled city from anywhere in the world, a spokesperson of the WCLA told The Express Tribune on Wednesday.” Lahore is a city in Pakistan with a population of over 11 million people.
Yahoo Finance: BBC Earth virtual reality app launched for Google’s Daydream VR platform. “The BBC has launched a free virtual reality app on Android to enable users to enter the worlds featured in some of its best nature documentaries. BBC Earth: Life In VR uses Google’s Daydream VR technology and Daydream View headset to drop users into animated 360-degree environments based on those seen in shows such as Blue Planet II.”
Recode: What Facebook (and many, many others) get wrong about VR. “When Jeremy Bailenson was hired by Stanford University in 2003, he named his work on virtual reality the ‘Virtual Human Interaction Lab’ — back then, he says, VR was considered so ridiculous that ‘I couldn’t be seen as “the VR guy.”‘ Flash-forward to 2018: Companies like Facebook, Google, Samsung and Apple are investing heavily in VR and its sister technology AR — short for augmented reality. But Bailenson, the author of a new book called ‘Experience on Demand: What Virtual Reality Is, How It Works, and What It Can Do,’ says there’s still a long way to go.”