Posts Categorized: Technology

Chatfuel lets publishers — and anyone — build bots for messaging apps

March 18, 2016   |   filed under Apps, Community, Conversation, Interaction, Social Media, Technology

  Chat has become the center of the smartphone universe, so it makes sense that bots are being used to deliver information in a convenient and engaging manner. But how do brands or media companies get started and create a bot? That’s where Chatfuel, a company that’s currently going through Y Combinator, is looking to make its mark…. 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 »

Oculus Announces New Social Features To Help Personalize VR Experiences

March 15, 2016   |   filed under Apps, Community, Conversation, Interaction, Participation, Social Media, Technology, Video

  Virtual Reality may be the future of “social space” for long distance friendships.  With the Gear VR platform, users can now create their own profiles and interact with others who have done the same in virtual space.  Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook (Parent company of Oculus) stressed, “…pretty soon we’re going to live in… Read more »

This Writing App Deletes Your Work if You Stop Typing

March 14, 2016   |   filed under Apps, Interaction, Participation, Technology

  Writer’s block? Sadly, we’ve all been there and much to the disarray of our various colleagues, unfinished works, and missed opportunities. Thankfully, a cure has been found. Named quite appropriately as The Most Dangerous Writing App, this new program has one simple rule. “DON’T STOP. IF you stop typing for more than five seconds, all progress will… Read more »

Run Away From Reality With The Virtuix Omni

March 10, 2016   |   filed under Community, Conversation, Interaction, Participation, Technology, Video

Virtuix Omni, is a newly released $699 device that allows the consumer to walk/run on what is described as “slippery concave bowl”, through virtual reality, (with a VR headset).  The movement of the machine is generally 1:1, in order to eliminate the possibility of motion sickness.  The Omni is a huge development within the virtual reality… 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 »