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Virtual Reality, with Feeling

Truly immersive virtual reality requires more than just convincing visuals. Now a British startup has developed a neat way to inject feelings, too. In the past, external cameras have been used to monitor the movement of facial features as a means of …Continue reading

I Tried Oculus’s Cordless VR Headset

Crouched on all fours, I crawled forward to peer through a window cut in a sheet of cardboard and into the living room of a friendly-looking monster. Minutes into a demo of a new prototype VR headset from Oculus, the benefits of …Continue reading

Data Sources

Mobile phones are great sources of data—but we must be careful about privacy. Anyone who has worked with mobile-phone data knows how incredibly useful such information can be, even when it’s anonymous. It is amazing—but at the same time frightening—what massive quantities …Continue reading

Commuter Rail Workers in Boston Are About to Get Bionic Eyes

Add commuter rail to the list of industries adopting augmented reality to boost efficiency, cut costs, and increase their workers’ skills. In September, Keolis Commuter Services (KCS), which operates the Greater Boston commuter rail system for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), …Continue reading