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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Minecraft blocks used to make virtual Atari 2600 console

A YouTuber has recreated the Atari 2600 games console – by building a virtual version of the device’s hardware out of Minecraft blocks. Seth Bling, from Seattle, described his project online in a video. The ones and zeroes used by computers as the basis for all programming are represented by alternating blocks – either dirt or stone. However, the emulator is too slow to actually be playable – a single game could take months. Mr Bling’s console comprises a giant screen, which gradually updates as the game animates, and a…

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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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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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