Posts Categorized: Culture

A Rant About Why Snapchat 2.0 Is No Disappearing Teen Fad

March 30, 2016   |   filed under Apps, Community, Conversation, Culture, Interaction, Participation, Social Media, Technology, Video

Though Snapchat began as temporary pictures/messages (risqué or not), it has blossomed into an entirely new platform of communication with it’s new update.  The new update now includes auto-advance (the user selects one story, and the succeeding stories will play automatically), Stickers which adjust to conversation (After typing, applicable stickers to what the user just typed… Read more »

The future of Interactive Music is Here, Courtesy of Jeff Buckley

March 29, 2016   |   filed under Apps, Community, Conversation, Culture, Interaction, Music, Participation, Social Media, Technology, Video

Jeff Buckley’s new video allows the listener to change up the animation on the fly.  As exciting as that is, there is more.  About 15 seconds into Buckley’s new music video, it is possible for the viewer to create a remix as the video plays.  Additionally, the viewer can strip the song down to Buckley’s… Read more »

Hulu Steps Into Virtual Reality With a New app for Samsung Gear VR

March 24, 2016   |   filed under Apps, Community, Conversation, Culture, Interaction, Participation, Technology, Video

Hulu has entered the world of VR.  With the new Hulu/Oculus VR app, viewers can watch their favorite movies or tv shows from a fully immersive environment.  Viewers play an active role as the app allows for adjustments of outside scene, lighting, and the entire look and feel of the experience.  Hulu claims this is… Read more »

Visionary VR grabs $6M to Power Virtual Story Creation

March 23, 2016   |   filed under Community, Conversation, Culture, Interaction, Participation, Technology, Video

LA based story creation software company, VISIONARY VR is on a mission to build an “instinctive” experience with their VR headsets, allowing the user to create and experience their game at the same time.  DFJ recently led Visionary’s quest for funds, and came out with an astounding $6 million.  The $6 million will assist in… Read more »

Cinemacraft Raises $3.9M For Its Interactive Video Embed Technology

March 17, 2016   |   filed under Apps, Community, Conversation, Culture, Interaction, Music, Participation, Social Media, Technology, Video

Cinemacraft, a Tokyo-based start up that just closed a $3.9 million deal, is granting publishers and content creators an alternative to the standard video embed.  The $3.9 million will allow the company focus in product development and international markets.  Cinemacraft created the “videogram”, which allows the user to view a selection of moments from a… Read more »

Play Your Steam First-Person Shooters in Full Virtual Reality With MyDream Swift

March 16, 2016   |   filed under Apps, Community, Conversation, Culture, Interaction, Participation, Technology, Video

MyDream Swift, a VR conversion software,  is combining Virtual Reality software with old steam content, bringing games such as Battlefield and Borderlands into an immersive experience!  Swift was not a planned project, the company originally planned to convert their own game (MyDream) into a virtual reality experience where users can build their own world.  It… Read more »

Blippar Augmented Reality Search Engine Raises $54 million Series D

March 9, 2016   |   filed under Apps, Community, Conversation, Culture, Participation, Technology

Blippar, described as the “leading visual discovery app using most advanced mobile augmented reality”, has reached $54 million dollars in funding, which it will use for machine learning, building their team, and the artificial intelligence the app must use in order to identify items with the AR search engine.  In 2012, Blippar launched in hopes to… Read more »

How Disney Thinks About Virtual Reality For Its Theme Parks

March 8, 2016   |   filed under Community, Conversation, Culture, Interaction, Participation, Technology, Uncategorized, Video

Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Technologies Lead Bei Yang recently discussed the progress the entertainment industry has made in relation to virtual reality.  Disney has been brainstorming possible virtual reality experiences since the 1980’s with the in-depth Disney Quest experience, and the “Nintendo’s Virtual Boy”.  As those projects fell short, Disney continued their virtual reality excursion… Read more »