Mashable: How virtual reality can be used to treat anxiety and PTSD

Mashable: How virtual reality can be used to treat anxiety and PTSD . “Virtual reality may become instrumental in the workplace, could potentially be vital for reimagining crime scenes, and has even salvaged strip clubs in the midst of a pandemic. Its possibilities and applications are vast, still being discovered and toyed with. Now, new research shows that VR may be an effective treatment for anxiety. Published by open access digital health research publisher JMIR Publications, the study looked into virtual reality exposure therapy, or VRET.”

Tubefilter: Facebook’s New $10 Million Fund Will Pay Creators To Make VR Content

Tubefilter: Facebook’s New $10 Million Fund Will Pay Creators To Make VR Content. “Facebook plans to shell out some serious cash to get creators making content on its virtual reality platform Horizon Worlds. The social media giant this week announced it’s put together a $10 million Creator Fund that will disburse to content creators and developers over the next year.”

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign: Nahrstedt to Shake Off Zoom-Fatigue With an Augmented-Reality System for Virtual Meetings

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign: Nahrstedt to Shake Off Zoom-Fatigue With an Augmented-Reality System for Virtual Meetings. “The COVID-19 pandemic has forced hundreds of millions of people to interact with each other over online videoconferencing systems instead of meeting face-to-face—and no one would deny that tools like Zoom have made the pandemic far easier to cope with. However, such services provide only an unnatural-seeming meeting environment that emphasizes participants’ isolation and potentially leaves them feeling marginalized, unseen, uncomfortable, and less able to focus, resulting in less productive conversations. Now, under a new grant from the National Science Foundation, Illinois CS professor and Coordinated Science Laboratory director Klara Nahrstedt will lead a timely effort to create a next-generation, mixed-reality, immersive meeting environment that offers attendees a vivid experience that better simulates the feeling of in-person conversations.”

New York Times: One Man’s Endless Hunt for a Dopamine Rush in Virtual Reality

New York Times: One Man’s Endless Hunt for a Dopamine Rush in Virtual Reality. “Since the arrival of the seminal Oculus headset in 2013, [Wolf Heffelfinger] has played games in virtual reality, watched movies, visited distant lands and assumed new identities. He sees his virtual adventures as a relentless search for the dopamine rush that comes when the technology takes him somewhere new. When he reaches the edge of what the technology can do, the rush wanes. He has put his many headsets on the shelf, where they have sat for months. But when advances arrive, he leaps back in.”

Motherboard: Facebook Spending $50M Researching How to Not Ruin Metaverse Like It Ruined the Real World

Motherboard: Facebook Spending $50M Researching How to Not Ruin Metaverse Like It Ruined the Real World . “Facebook, a company that has spent the last 15 years helping turn the real world into a hellscape, will spend $50 million funding research on how to avoid turning a new virtual world into a hellscape, the company announced Monday.” Gosh, why don’t I feel reassured?

University of Colorado Colorado Springs: Immersive Global Middle Ages institute will recreate worlds that no longer exist

University of Colorado Colorado Springs: Immersive Global Middle Ages institute will recreate worlds that no longer exist. “The project, called Immersive Global Middle Ages, aims to create new ways of experiencing medieval history on a global scale, even though these societies have faded from existence. Supported by a $250,000 award from the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Institute for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities, the project will teach participants to use advanced computer modeling and virtual reality tools to reconstruct global societies from 500-1500 C.E.”

NewsDirect: Experience World’s First-Ever Virtual Walk-Through of UNESCO World Heritage Site, Machu Picchu (PRESS RELEASE)

NewsDirect: Experience World’s First-Ever Virtual Walk-Through of UNESCO World Heritage Site, Machu Picchu (PRESS RELEASE). “With the exclusive approval granted by the Peruvian Government to fly drones through the magnificent site of Machu Picchu, Cityneon leveraged on the team’s state-of-the-art Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) technology to capture the best-in-class cinematic and visual assets of the invaluable UNESCO World Heritage Site, to create an immersive experience consisting of outstanding virtual reality, sophisticated augmented reality system and in-person interaction elements.”

Metaverse style: the fashion houses vying to dress your online avatar (N Lifestyle)

N Lifestyle: Metaverse style: the fashion houses vying to dress your online avatar. “This weekend, Dolce & Gabbana’s couture NFT (non-fungible token) collection will be released. The fashion house is to reveal its high jewellery and haute couture collections for men and women (Alta Gioielleria, Alto Sartoria and Alto Moda respectively) in Venice, and it will also unwrap its first-ever NFT collection called Collezione Genesi. Comprising nine pieces, four will be entirely digital, while the remaining five – two dresses, a man’s suit and two crowns – will have both physical and digital iterations.”

CNN: Facebook wants you to hold your next meeting in VR

CNN: Facebook wants you to hold your next meeting in VR. “For those who don’t think Zoom meetings are a good enough substitute for the real thing, Facebook has another idea: a virtual reality app that lets you and your coworkers feel like you’re sitting around a table in a conference room. On Thursday, Facebook (FB) unveiled Horizon Workrooms, a free app for users of its Oculus Quest 2 headset, a device that starts at $299.”

The Verge: SteamVR beta lets you arrange desktop windows inside your virtual world

The Verge: SteamVR beta lets you arrange desktop windows inside your virtual world. “As of its latest beta release, Valve’s SteamVR software can add floating desktop windows inside VR games, letting you keep an eye on other apps without leaving VR. It’s a helpful addition, allowing players to keep an eye on anything from Discord, to a Twitch chat, or Netflix during a lower-intensity game.”

Mashable: Jurors could use VR to visit crime scenes, and help them reach a verdict

Mashable: Jurors could use VR to visit crime scenes, and help them reach a verdict. “In a paper published this May, researchers from the University of South Australia investigated whether the ability to inspect crime scenes in virtual reality could help jurors make decisions in courtroom trials. Measuring the impact of viewing the same crime scene in either VR or a photographic slideshow, they found that virtual reality led participants to a different, more consistent verdict than one based only on photos.”