Emerging Tech

Nvidia’s new A.I. creates entire virtual cities by watching dash cam videos

Nvidia From the Grand Theft Auto franchise to the plethora of available Spider-Man titles, plenty of video games allow you to explore a three-dimensional representation of a real (or thinly fictionalized) city. Creating these cityscapes isn’t easy, however. The task requires thousands of hours of computer modeling and careful reference studies before players have the […]

Emerging Tech

Australian ‘virtual fence’ halves roadkill on one deadly stretch of road

Courtesy of the Save the Tasmanian Devil Program Anyone who has ever driven along a stretch of road outside of a built-up area will have seen the grisly evidence of animals killed by passing traffic. In the U.S., for example, an estimated 1 million vertebrates are run over each day, a rate of approximately one […]

Emerging Tech

Virtual newscaster wants to know: Is this the real me or just a fantasy?

[embedded content] “Hello, everyone. I’m an English artificial intelligence anchor. This is my very first day in Xinhua news agency.” Those are the introductory words of one of two A.I. clones presented the World Internet Conference taking place in Wuzhen, China, BBC News reported. Previous Next Xinhua news agency real and virtual news readers Xinhua news […]

Computer

These gloves will make virtual reality feel even more immersive

[embedded content] Virtual reality can be a truly immersive experience, but a touch of an object in the virtual world doesn’t quite equate to a physical touch you would expect in real life. That is exactly what scientists from EPFL and ETH Zurich have worked to address with newly developed thin and light VR gloves. Called Dextres, the […]

Computer

Virtual reality breaks free as the HTC Wireless Adapter hits store shelves

Gamers can finally break free from the tethers of virtual reality (VR) as HTC’s Vive wireless adapter officially hits store shelves today, September 25. With models available for both the HTC Vive and Vive Pro, hardcore gamers and developers alike can enjoy stepping into VR without needing to worry about tripping over wires or becoming […]

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Parts of a ‘Virtual’ Border Wall, Built With the Tech Behind Driverless Cars

ImageA Quanergy lidar sensor in Del Rio, Tex., near the Mexican border. The sensor, using driverless car technology, captures a three-dimensional image of anyone who walks into the area.CreditCreditTamir Kalifa for The New York Times SectionsSkip to contentSkip to site index Parts of a ‘Virtual’ Border Wall, Built With the Tech Behind Driverless Cars In […]

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Google enables virtual tour creation via Street View or a smartphone

[embedded content] Digital tours presented in a 360-degree perspective are the closest thing to exploring a new location in real life — and now Google is helping anyone create a tour, no images required. Google Tour Creator is a tool designed to simplify the process of creating a virtual tour. After launching on May 9, Google […]

Gaming

Nintendo Virtual Boy emulator lets you enjoy VR like it’s 1995 again

Virtual reality might not have quite taken over in the way some predict it will, but there is no denying that it’s come a long way in a short space of time. Case in point? Comparing the Virtual Boy, Nintendo’s ill-fated, red-tinted head-mounted display, with today’s HMDs. While the Virtual Boy deserves credit for being […]

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This $610 million real estate company doesn't have an office for its 8,000 employees – instead, everybody works from this completely virtual island

Screenshot If you’ve ever wondered what the next phase of working remotely could be like, look no further than eXp Realty. In most respects, eXp is your typical real estate brokerage company. It employs thousands of licensed agents to help clients buy and sell their homes. And business seems to be good: eXp’s stock price […]

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Trilobites: It’s Time for a Chemistry Lesson. Put on Your Virtual Reality Goggles.

It’s Time for a Chemistry Lesson. Put on Your Virtual Reality Goggles. A new tool allows researchers to manipulate molecules in three dimensions, recalling physical models used to visualize forests of atoms in the past. By Veronique Greenwood July 3, 2018 There was a time when biochemists had a lot in common with sculptors. Scientists […]

Gaming

Life in (virtual) pit lane: The war stories of video game car design

Enlarge/ Variety is the spice of life, and Forza Motorsport 7 has a lot of variety. Early racing games, though? Phew… Turn 10 Studios Like it or not, there’s no denying that the entire history of video games as a popular medium can be told through the steady evolution of three simple acts: shooting a […]

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Google Arts & Culture explores remote world heritage sites in virtual reality

[embedded content] Thanks to Google’s new Arts & Culture project, developed in collaboration with a non-profit called CyArk, you can tour some of the most remote but historically significant locations in the world. The Open Heritage project provides virtual access to 26 world heritage sites in 18 different countries, complete with data about each location, […]

Gaming

The Golden Age of Virtual Pets

From Tamagotchi to Neo Pets, let’s explore digital pocket animals of the 1990s. PCMag reviews products independently, but we may earn affiliate commissions from buying links on this page. Terms of use. In 1996, Bandai rocked the toy world with the introduction of the Tamagotchi virtual pet, a pocket-sized electronic keychain toy that required constant […]