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War’s terrifying reality made virtual by Red Cross

BANGKOK (Reuters) – The crack of a sniper round strikes terror as you crouch behind a cinder-block wall. An explosion rips into your ear drums. Down the street a building collapses into dust. A helicopter gunship emerges through the smoke, leaving nowhere to hide. This is not a real battle, however, but a virtual reality simulation evolved by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to help train those who work in war zones. “We had some people who tested our product from Syria and they could not finish…

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Fortnite: ‘Millions attend’ virtual Marshmello concert

Image copyright Marshmello/Fortnite Image caption Marshmello held the first ever Fortnite concert live from the game’s Pleasant Park area Move over Adam Levine. While the Maroon 5 singer was courting controversy for his Super Bowl half-time show on Sunday, video game fans were revelling in the afterglow of a different live performance. “Millions attended” a concert on Saturday starring masked DJ Marshmello, who played a set including 2018 hits Everyday and Happier. The twist? The concert was entirely virtual, briefly turning Fortnite from third-person shooter into music venue. When players…

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How virtual reality can help you manage pain

A company in Israel is using virtual reality to help patients deal with chronic pain, or to assist rehabilitation after a stroke or brain injury. VR Health was founded by an air force pilot with neck injuries, who was sure VR techniques could aid his recovery. This is part of the BBC’s Disruptors series. You can read the full article here. Reporter: Lucy Hooker; camera: Boaz Shamir; producer: Ben King; video editor: Gordie Watt Source link

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Virtual cities: Designing the metropolises of the future

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The cities of the future will be informed by data as much as by design Simulation software that can create accurate “digital twins” of entire cities is enabling planners, designers and engineers to improve their designs and measure the effect changes will have on the lives of citizens. Cities are hugely complex and dynamic creations. They live and breathe. Think about all the parts: millions of people, schools, offices, shops, parks, utilities, hospitals, homes and transport systems. Changing one aspect affects many others. Which…

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CES 2019: Virtual reality shoes are exhausting to use

A pair of shoes has been demoed that tracks the wearer’s movements in real life and mirrors their steps in virtual worlds. The Cybershoes product is currently compatible with virtual reality games on the PC gaming platform Steam. But there is one big limitation – the owner’s endurance level. BBC Click’s Omar Mehtab tried out the footwear at the CES tech trade show in Las Vegas last week for as long as he could manage. Read and watch all our CES coverage at bbc.com/ces2019 Source link

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Care home trials virtual cycling trips for dementia patients

Stapely Care Home in Liverpool is trialling a scheme where exercise bikes and videos are used to enable residents living with dementia to go on virtual cycling trips to locations around the world. Staff say the project, which originated in Norway, has boosted wellbeing and happiness. Filming and editing: Tom Brada Source link

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Talking horses and perfect faces: The rise of virtual celebrities

Image copyright Dengeki Online Image caption Virtual YouTubers are animated characters, often anonymously controlled by human users A different kind of internet celebrity is emerging; virtual characters that talk on YouTube or pose on Instagram like living, breathing people. Is this the dawn of a new breed of star? Kizuna AI has 2.3 million YouTube followers. She post videos nearly every day, talking to camera about life, love and video games. But she is also a CGI construct; a fictional character made to look like a young woman, voiced by…

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New York regulator grants virtual license to bitcoin ATM operator

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New Yorkers will be able to use their mobile phones to obtain bitcoin or sell it for cash at kiosks similar to ATMs in and around New York City after the state Department of Financial Services said on Thursday it has approved the virtual currency license of Coinsource Inc. FILE PHOTO: The Bitcoin logo is seen on a pillow on display at the Consensus 2018 blockchain technology conference in New York City, New York, U.S., May 16, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Segar/File Photo Bitcoin teller machines operator Coinsource,…

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Good Country: The new virtual country with no borders

If you were to create your own country, you might think about a territory, language and passports. Simon Anholt and Madeline Hung have taken a different approach. When they launched the Good Country in September, they ditched notions of national identity and focused instead on the international interest. In the current climate of aggression and competition between countries and their leaders, the Good Country aspires to change the way that nations interact. Their research suggests that 10% of the world’s population could share their world view. Based on that, they…

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