Now, explore Egypt’s Great Pyramid from the inside, thanks to virtual reality

A team of scientists who last week announced the discovery of a large void inside the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt have created a virtual-reality tour that allows users to ‘teleport’ themselves inside the structure and explore its architecture. Using 3D technology, the Scan Pyramids Project allows visitors wearing headsets to take a guided tour inside the Grand Gallery, the Queen’s Chamber and other ancient rooms not normally accessible to the public, without leaving Paris. “Thanks to this technique, we make it possible to teleport ourselves to Egypt, inside the pyramid, as a…

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Elon Musk Plans to Make City-to-City Rocket Travel A Reality

Earlier this week, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk teased “unexpected applications” for the company’s interplanetary transportation technology, set to be detailed during his presentation at the International Astronautical Congress. We now know what he was referring to — ultra-fast long-distance travel right here on Earth. Fly to most places on Earth in under 30 mins and anywhere in under 60. Cost per seat should be… https://t.co/dGYDdGttYd   SpaceX’s BFR will be capable of taking astronauts to the Moon and Mars, but it’s also set to dramatically reduce the time it takes to travel…

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Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook Boosting Augmented Reality Market: eMarketer

Augmented reality is seeing strong gains among Americans thanks to social networks like Snapchat, Instagram and Facebook, a market research firm said Monday. A new report by eMarketer said some 40 million Americans will engage with augmented reality monthly in 2017, up 30 percent over last year. Virtual reality is also growing, but at a slower pace, according to the researchers. The report said growth in augmented reality is being fueled by Snapchat Lenses, Facebook Stories, and Instagram Stories, while virtual reality usage is driven by 360-degree videos on social…

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Virtual Reality Helps Paralysed Patients Regain Feeling

Virtual reality has helped eight paralysed patients regain some feeling in their legs in “a big surprise”, say scientists. The clinical results of the programme in Sao Paulo, Brazil, show the participants have some sensations and muscle control in lower limbs. A team led by neuroscientist Dr Miguel Nicolelis, of Duke University in North Carolina, used a virtual reality system which monitored the patients’ brain activity to simulate control of their legs. The programme helped the participants convert brain activity into electric signals that power brain-controlled robotics such as exoskeletons and…

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Continental aims to put augmented reality on your car windshield

At Nvidia’s GTC developer conference, Continental demonstrated the next generation of heads-up display that “paints” information on the road. The demo reminds us of Iron Man’s visor, on which Jarvis shows important, relevant information. In current HUDs, information like turn-by-turn direction and signalling to ‘slow vehicle speed’ is projected on the lower portion of the windshield, helping drivers to be alert without looking away from the road. But, this information is mostly a flat, monochrome projection. Applying augmented reality entails merging of computer-generated graphics with real-world view. In cars, it…

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GoPro unveils Omni, its new virtual reality rig

GoPro has unveiled its new virtual reality rig called the Omni. The device resembles a hollowed out cube with six GoPro Hero4 cameras, one for each side. The video from all six cameras are then stitched together to create a single 360 degree video. The company hasn’t yet revealed the price of the device. This isn’t the first VR camera rig to be unveiled by the company. GoPro has earlier unveiled the Odyssey that used 16 GoPro Hero4 cameras. The difference was that the Odyssey is able to capture stereoscopic…

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