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Virtual-Reality Company Sandbox VR Files for Bankruptcy

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Virtual-reality startup Glostation USA Inc., which does business as Sandbox VR and has drawn investments from such celebrities as Justin Timberlake and Katy Perry, has filed for bankruptcy protection, a victim of business disruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Glostation and a handful of affiliates filed for chapter 11 Thursday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Woodland Hills, Calif. But Sandbox VR Inc., the parent company of Glostation USA, is not part of the chapter 11 case….

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Apple Wants to Bring Virtual Reality to Your Car to End Motion Sickness

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Apple’s interest in virtual reality extends beyond its rumored smart glasses and VR headset. A recent patent application suggests the company is looking at how virtual reality in an automobile can help people with motion sickness. The system would be installed in vehicles, both those with a driver and those piloted autonomously.

According to the recently discovered patent, the VR system would be installed in a vehicle, presumably from the factory.

The virtual reality environment could be projected on a window or viewed within a headset.

Every car would need to be equipped with a sensor system that feeds external data to the VR system to rebuild the outside world accurately.

The system would provide a virtual view that replicates the real world with a few fundamental changes to combat motion sickness. For example, the system could slow or speed up non-critical external visual cues that are known to contribute to motion sickness.

The virtual reality system would be completely immersive, with the virtual view replacing the real-life view right down the smallest details. A stereoscopic view will give the sensation of depth and will change as the user moves throughout the environment. Even the motion and acceleration of …

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Sun Life makes in-person benefits enrollment a virtual reality

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“Enrollment season is already a challenging time for employees, as there are many benefit options to consider and a lot of decisions to make,” said David Healy, senior vice president of Group Benefits at Sun Life U.S. “We recently expanded our technology solutions to provide more customized options for digital benefits enrollment, and we are constantly innovating to continue to improve this support in the future.”

Sun Life also provides a customized landing page for the employer, giving employees a familiar, company-branded portal to navigate. The landing page offers live or recorded informational sessions with a benefits counselor, informational videos, the employer’s enrollment materials and a link to their enrollment page. Interest in the customized landing pages has increased dramatically during the pandemic, as employers seek engaging digital options to replace traditional on-site meetings. Approximately 98 percent of employees who register for their employer’s landing page utilize it for enrollment.
“We expect even more interest in virtual enrollment as we get closer to enrollment season in the fall,” added Healy. “The way people engage with their benefits is changing, and now more than ever it’s important for us to serve employers and employees where they are.”For employers already using …

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University students produce virtual reality film series on police-minority relations

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Posted: Aug 13, 2020 / 10:52 AM CDT
/ Updated: Aug 13, 2020 / 10:55 AM CDT

URBANA-CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) — Some former University of Illinois students created a virtual reality film series shedding a light on relations between police and minorities.

The filmmaker got her start two years ago with the walls of the Siebel Computer Science Building when she first started working on the movie. She graduated last year, but her film and her team are winning some big awards now.

The movie is a three-part series told through the eyes of a mother, her son, and a police officer. The movie clip you see on your screen might not look like it, but once the film is released and you watch through a phone or tablet, you’ll be able to drag the scenery around for a 360-degree view.

It’s won awards and recognition at six film festivals, including the indie film night and France’s 360 Film Festival.

“I realized there’s so many other perspectives we don’t cover,’ said Jewel Ifeguni of YouMatter Studios. “In order for us to really not only drive the conversation but translate it into action, we need to be able to be empathetic toward all perspectives.”

Ifeguni …

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Virtual is the new reality

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At large, today’s consumer is idle, yet they take the form of tech pioneers. They want to be entertained and offered value beyond a social media post. In essence, consumers today want to immerse themselves, with ease, in what you as a brand have to say.VR / AR (virtual and augmented reality) is fast becoming a perfect tool to do so. The future is coming and it looks virtual. In fact, predictions in 2016 suggested that over 200 million VR headsets will be sold by 2020. In addition, according to Forbes, 75% of the world’s most valuable brands have created some kind of virtual or augmented reality experience to engage with consumers.However, VR / AR cannot work single-handedly and the congruence between storytelling and digital is an alliance that simply can’t be ignored. Storytelling in marketing has been propagated as the future of marketing for quite some time. Today, many globally operating companies take advantage of the fact that a brand will be better memorised if it has an emotional connection to its target audience. Brands that are associated with a story are said to be remembered about 22 times more effectively.The immersive nature of VR / AR makes it a powerful marketing tool and …

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3 Virtual Reality Stocks to Buy Before Next-Gen Consoles Hit | InvestorPlace

3 virtual reality stocks to buy before next-gen consoles hit | investorplace

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Virtual reality is a subject that has captured the imaginations of most Americans from their early childhood. Granted, most of us in your youths probably thought that VR would have advanced to a stage where we could feel the air or smell the water in video games, just like we saw in our favorite SciFi movies. However, there are several companies that are working to change this. That’s leading to a lot of interest in virtual reality stocks.
Also, we are at the cusp of launches for the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X. Both of these platforms will use virtual reality extensively. However, they are not the only gaming consoles offering this immersive experience.
Its also important to note here that apart from games, virtual reality is used for several other purposes. Since the 1980s, VR has been used to train pilots, assist in military exercises and help doctors treat patients with post-traumatic stress disorder. According to a research report, the virtual reality market will grow by 21.6% from 2020 to 2027 to reach $62.1 billion. With such a large pie, the biggest players in the industry stand to gain a lot. Keep reading to learn how the following three companies are …

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Virtual Reality in Aerospace and Defence: Media Trends

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Virtual reality (VR) technology has evolved significantly over the past five years, with improvements on both the hardware and software side. However, issues such as latency, nausea, high prices, and underdeveloped ecosystems have been obstacles to widespread adoption.
Listed below are the key media trends impacting the VR industry, as identified by GlobalData.
Gaming
Gaming is the most fertile ground for virtiual reality. Sony sold 4.2 million PSVR headsets between October 2016 and March 2019, while the newly launched Oculus Quest gaming headset is competing directly with the popular Nintendo Switch, which offers the Labo VR kit. Valve’s Index VR and HTC’s Vive Focus Plus headsets – both launched in 2019 – are also in the race. VR gaming job postings are also growing, with Indeed.com reporting a 93% increase between 2015 and 2018.
The next-generation gaming consoles from Sony and Microsoft are expected to feature advanced VR technology. Gaming represents an instrumental application area that will shape VR’s progress over the next few years.
Arcades
VR arcades serve two purposes: spreading awareness about immersive entertainment technologies and content, and catalysing adoption. Of the approximately 4,000 VR arcades estimated to be operating globally, China has more than 3,000 of them, whereas the US has fewer than 100. With …

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Covid-19 Impact on Global Virtual Reality (VR) in Healthcare Market 2020 Segmentation, Demand, Growth, Trend, Opportunity and Forecast to 2024 |

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Covid-19 Impact on Global Virtual Reality (VR) in Healthcare Market 2020 Segmentation, Demand, Growth, Trend, Opportunity and Forecast to 2024 | Medgadget

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Digitizing Burning Man

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For decades, Burning Man has represented an escape from the current reality. An event for free-er spirits to rethink new age ideals inside a stateless entity where art, music and partying reign supreme on the desert plains.
Over the years, the Bay Area-founded event has dealt with an internal clash as the gathering has grown larger and attracted a heavy presence from Silicon Valley’s wealthy tech class, with tales of turnkey experiences, air-conditioned camps, helicopters and lobster dinners. Now, under the shadow of a historic pandemic, the organization behind the massive, iconic event is desperately working to stick to its roots while avoiding financial ruin as it pivots the 2020 festival to a digital format with the pro bono help of some of its tech industry attendees.
With just a few weeks before the event is set to kick off, the organization is bringing together a group of technologists with backgrounds in virtual reality, blockchain, hypnotism and immersive theatre to create a web of hacked-together social products that they hope will capture the atmosphere of Burning Man.
Going virtual is an unprecedented move for an event that’s mere existence already seems to defy precedent.
Burning Man is held in …

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