Business Insider: Facebook accidentally put hidden messages like ‘Big Brother is Watching’ and ‘The Masons Were Here’ in ‘tens of thousands’ of VR controllers. “Facebook said it accidentally hid bizarre and ‘inappropriate’ messages inside ‘tens of thousands’ of virtual-reality controllers, including ‘Big Brother is Watching’ and ‘The Masons Were Here.'” This company is worth over 500 billion dollars.
Nevada Today: University Libraries using Virtual Reality technology to preserve the past. “Technology, entertainment and design. These three topics make up the acronym TED, a media organization that continues to spur and share new ideas worldwide. TEDxUniversityofNevada, an independently organized event, recently took place, and featured 22 talks and performances, all with big ideas worth spreading. The event saw record-setting attendance with more than 1,700 people present in the audience. The University of Nevada, Reno’s own Michelle Rebaleati was one of the events speakers. She is a multimedia production specialist for University Libraries. Rebaleati captivated the audience with her big idea worth spreading: Using virtual reality to preserve the past.”
EurekAlert: Virtual reality enables real-time, internal view of patient anatomy during treatment. “Immersive virtual reality (VR) may enable interventional radiologists to improve treatments using real-time 3D images from inside a patient’s blood vessels. New research presented today at the Society of Interventional Radiology’s 2019 Annual Scientific Meeting shows that the interactive technology could provide faster, more efficient treatment, with less radiation exposure and greater precision, ease and confidence.”
EurekAlert: How virtual reality may provide a new non-invasive therapy for autism. “Autism was first described by U.S. researchers more than 70 years ago, and today the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 1 in 59 children are identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), affecting more than 3.5 million Americans.”
Mashable: Facebook announces $399 Oculus Rift S to launch in spring. “The $399 Rift S isn’t a minor upgrade. With new features such as built-in cameras and sensors for tracking your hands in the virtual world, improved image quality, and a new head strap design that makes long-term wear more comfortable, the Rift S is everything the original should have been.”
Free Technology for Teachers: How to Use Your Own VR Tours in Google Expeditions. “Google’s VR Tour Creator is probably my favorite new tool of the last year. I love being able to make my own virtual reality tours and share them with others. Recently, Google added support for VR Tour Creator tours to the Android version of Google Expeditions. This means that you can create your own VR tour then play it back and share it in Google Expeditions. You can even lead other people on your tour through Google Expeditions. In the following video I demonstrate how to use your VR Tour Creator tours in Google Expeditions.” There are two more videos embedded in the article.
Wired: Fortnite’s Marshmello Concert Is The Future Of The Metaverse. “BY THE STANDARDS of outdoor EDM performances, Marshmello’s DJ set on Saturday came up a little short. Ten minutes isn’t usually enough time for festival-goers to congregate in front of a stage, let alone build up to a good crescendo—but the Pleasant Park crowd had been waiting for the gig for days, and so everyone nobly held up their end of the party transaction.”