Virtual Reality

Lytro’s VR Camera System Promises Unprecedented Immersion

Lytro last week announced its Immerge concept, a virtual reality camera system that promises to plop people right in the center of an experience the company calls “six degrees of freedom.” Lytro’s Immerge harnesses the potential of light field technology. Light field enables Immerge to capture data from all points, and viewpoints, inside any given volume of space.

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Karma Serves Up $50 All-You-Can-Eat Data Plan

Karma Mobility last week unveiled Neverstop, an all-you-can-eat data plan for its mobile hotspot. There are no data caps, and the service, which runs on Sprint’s 4G LTE network, is available in more than U.S. 450 cities. For $50 a month, customers get unlimited data minutes at speeds of up to 5 Mbps for both downloads and uploads. When LTE isn’t available, the hotspot runs at CDMA speeds.

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Microsoft’s latest facial recognition project rates your moustache

Microsoft’s new facial recognition tool is out to judge your facial hair. The machine learning-based project comes just in time for Movember. The website, called MyMoustache.net, is designed to guess a person’s beard length. Facial hair is reviewed and rated as either “nostache,” “getting there,” or “ultimate mo.” Here’s how Microsoft describes the project: We started with a simple […]

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The President of the United States gets an official Facebook Page

The Obama Administration has launched a Facebook page around the office of the Presidency. The page has already been verified by the social networking company and will center around the president’s wish to communicate directly with the public. President Obama’s first post included a video where he gave a quick tour of the White House […]

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Collaboration software provider Atlassian to go public with $250M IPO

Atlassian, the company behind collaboration software like HipChat and JIRA, has filed paperwork with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to go public. The company is seeking to raise $250 million from the public market through its Initial Public Offering (IPO) and will trade on the NASDAQ stock exchange under the symbol “TEAM”. The […]

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How real-time, real-place targeting is reaping huge rewards (webinar)

VB WEBINAR: This webinar is now available on demand. Watch right here for free. Trying to stay current with marketing strategies in a mobile-first world can make you feel like you’re running a marathon with no goal in sight. No wonder marketers are fatigued, especially in trying to nail the delivery of relevant and personalized experiences to users […]

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100,000 students and counting: Google brings VR kits to schools in 15 more cities

Google is expanding its Expeditions Pioneer Program, an initiative to help teachers and students use virtual reality (VR) in schools around the world. The program is adding new locations in the U.S.: Alexandria, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Detroit, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, New Orleans, Orlando, Phoenix, Portland, Salt Lake City and Washington DC, as well as coming to […]

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Twitch fans watch 5.4M minutes of famous painter Bob Ross making art

Gameplay livestreaming site Twitch took a risk nine days ago when it announced Twitch Creative, a new platform that enables musicians and artists to livestream their works in progress. They celebrated the launch with a live broadcast of all 403 episodes of the TV series The Joy of Painting, hosted by artist Bob Ross, a series aired originally […]

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