People remain calm as the world ends, video game study suggests

As the world ends, will you lock arms and sing ‘Kumbayah’ or embark on a path of law-breaking, anti-social behavior? A new study, based upon the virtual actions of more than 80,000 players of the role-playing video game ArcheAge, suggests you’ll be singing. The study found that despite some violent acts, most players tended toward behavior that was helpful to others as their virtual world came to an end.

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Studying altruism through virtual reality

A computer-based environment has been developed with the aim to shed light on the origins of altruism. This new study immersed participants in a virtual environment that reproduced a building on fire which they had to evacuate in a hurry, deciding whether to save their lives or interrupt their escape and help rescue an injured person. The results showed that altruistic individuals self-reported to have greater concern for others’ wellbeing and had larger right anterior insula (a brain area involved in processing social emotions) compared to non-altruists.

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Computer simulations first step toward designing more efficient amine chemical scrubbers

A proof-of-concept molecular modeling study that analyzes the efficiency of amine solutions in capturing carbon dioxide is the first step toward the design of cheaper, more efficient amine chemicals for capturing carbon dioxide — and reducing harmful CO2 emissions — in industrial installations.

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Virtual reality training for ‘safety-critical’ jobs

New virtual reality training could help prevent accidents in ‘safety-critical’ industries like the NHS, aviation, the military and nuclear power.

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Inside Oculus’ Quest to Design an Invisible VR Controller

The Oculus Touch goes on on sale today, and it’s more than a set of VR controllers. The devices are, in effect, your hands. The post Inside Oculus’ Quest to Design an Invisible VR Controller appeared first on WIRED.

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The Bridge Headset Powers Up iPhone VR With Positional Tracking

Without external cameras or beacons, Occipital’s environment-mapping headset adds advanced mixed-reality capabilities to the iPhone 6, 6S, and 7. The post The Bridge Headset Powers Up iPhone VR With Positional Tracking appeared first on WIRED.

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The Inside Story of Google’s Daydream, Where VR Feels Like Home

In Google’s Daydream VR, you don’t spend your time on a spaceship. You spend it in the woods or your attic. The post The Inside Story of Google’s Daydream, Where VR Feels Like Home appeared first on WIRED.

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So, You Got a VR Rig. Here’s All the Other Stuff You Need

Here’s a list of devices and accessories to enhance your VR experience. The post So, You Got a VR Rig. Here’s All the Other Stuff You Need appeared first on WIRED.

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Inside IMAX’s Big Bet to Rule the Future of VR

The company that turns cinema to spectacle is betting big on the future of face-computers. The post Inside IMAX’s Big Bet to Rule the Future of VR appeared first on WIRED.

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Dear Angelica Is the Film—and Filmmaking Tool—VR Needs

Making a female-led VR experience sets a precedent for the industry, and the animation tool Quill puts the creative power in VR users’ hands. The post Dear Angelica Is the Film—and Filmmaking Tool—VR Needs appeared first on WIRED.

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It’s called virtual “reality” for a reason

It all started with a fish tank. It was the 1990s, while I was in grad school working on a project for University of Michigan’s Advanced Technology Lab in their EE department. Someone at another university had aimed a webcam at the office fish tank and published the feed on the early web. You could hit the refresh button every 30 seconds on primitive browsers like HotMetal to see if…

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Six Flags and Samsung unveil ‘mixed reality’ rollercoaster

To many of us, roller coasters are just fine without extra visual stimulation. However, last year, several amusement parks introduced virtual reality devices, letting you fly through space or a gargoyle-infested dystopia. Six Flags and Samsung have done that one better now with the New Revolution Galactic Attack mixed reality experience. As before, Six Flags is using Samsung’s Gear VR headset, but now it’s using the passthrough camera on the…

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