Posts Tagged: Virtual Reality

Facebook’s $250 Million Dollar VR

October 7, 2016   |   filed under Interaction, Technology, Uncategorized, Video

Mark Zuckerberg revealed this week that Facebook-acquired VR entity “Oculus” will put forth an estimated $250 million towards new virtual reality content and a ‘standalone, affordable’ headset. “More than a million people actively use virtual reality products every month,” Zuckerberg said, calling Samsung Gear VR, produced with Oculus, and the Oculus Rift “amazing” experiences. “This is happening,… Read more »

NBC will stream the debates and other election coverage in VR, starting tonight

September 21, 2016   |   filed under Community, Conversation, Culture, Interaction, Participation, Technology

Facebook is live streaming the presidential debates with help from ABC News, and Twitter this morning announced it will host its own live streams, courtesy of a Bloomberg partnership. NBC, however, in an effort out-tech them all, will instead stream the debates in virtual reality. Welcome to the future, where watching TV is that weird thing that only… Read more »

Twitter launches an Alexa app

September 12, 2016   |   filed under Apps, Community, Culture, Interaction, Participation, Social Media, Technology

Too lazy to read your tweets? Now, Amazon Alexa can just read them to you instead. Yes, that’s right: Twitter today has launched an app for Amazon’s voice platform Alexa, which means you can listen to the latest from Twitter right on your Echo speaker or other Alexa-powered device. The new app can give you general information on… Read more »

Adobe reveals video collaboration, VR and animation updates for Creative Cloud

September 6, 2016   |   filed under Apps, Participation, Technology, Video

Adobe has a host of new features for its Creative Cloud video tools it’s debuting at IBC 2016 this week. The improvements include new team collaboration features, as well as new improvements to its VR video workflow, as well as updates to its beta Character Animator software. There are also performance improvements throughout, hopefully helping speed up your… Read more »

Google now lets you explore U.S. National Parks via 360-degree virtual tours

August 25, 2016   |   filed under Apps, Community, Culture, Interaction, Participation, Social Media, Technology, Uncategorized, Video

Exploring the world is something that’s always been a bit of a luxury for those who can afford to travel, but technology is changing that. With VR and 360-degree videos, you can now immerse yourself in virtual environments that give you a real sense of what a place is like, without actually being there. Google has… Read more »

NBC will offer 85 hours of VR Olympics programming, courtesy of Samsung

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

NBC has already hinted at plans to capitalize on the exponential interest surrounding VR by adding the format to its planned wall-to-wall Olympic coverage, but for the first time, the Rio broadcasting network is shedding some real light on how it intends to do so. The plan revolves around Gear VR — exclusively, in fact. Owners… Read more »

Facebook unlocks tilt-viewing of your panoramas with “360 Photos”

June 10, 2016   |   filed under Apps, Community, Culture, Interaction, Participation, Social Media, Technology

No more frustrating zoom-in/zoom-out. Facebook finally made a modern way to view panoramas and VR photos with your phone. Its new feature “360 Photos” rolls out tomorrow on iOS, Android, web, and Gear VR, and it will democratize creation of 360 and VR content. You can see Mark Zuckerberg’s example here from the top of One World Trade Center…. Read more »

Periscope Now Saves Broadcasts — And Streams From Your Drone

June 2, 2016   |   filed under Apps, Conversation, Culture, Interaction, Music, Participation, Social Media, Technology, Video

If you want to know what’s really cool right now, go to a concert. Any concert. Once you get there, don’t look at the musicians. Watch the smartphone screens everyone throws up in the air as soon as the headliner appears. Look at the apps they run. Some people boot up the camera. Others choose Instagram or Snapchat. But… Read more »