Canadian city’s police uses virtual reality to improve mental health crisis response

Virtual Reality - Hamilton, Ontario

The city of Hamilton, Ontario is training with VR headsets to better their response to these cases. Officers in the Hamilton Police Service in Ontario, Canada are training using virtual reality to improve their response to individuals suffering mental health crises. The technology is helping officers to better diffuse situations and calm people without using force. The officers are experiencing highly realistic scenarios in a three-dimensional environment using a virtual reality headset. It allows them to experience a situation similar to one they might encounter in real life. It allows…

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Volkswagen and Microsoft launch augmented reality glasses project

augmented reality glasses - technology

The companies are working to use the HoloLens 2 to bring AR into the driving experience. Volkswagen and Microsoft have announced that they will be collaborating on a HoloLens 2 augmented reality glasses project that will bring the experience right into a driver’s own vehicle. The idea is to provide a holographic display of relevant information right when the driver needs it. The augmented reality glasses project would bring technology closer to being able to provide information such as traffic conditions, weather reports, shopping recommendations and highlights of points of…

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Meta Platforms open first physical store to sell Oculus Quest 2

Oculus Quest 2 - Open Store

The shop will also sell other forms of hardware relating to virtual reality and the metaverse. Meta Platforms has announced that it is opening its first physical store to sell VR hardware like the Oculus Quest 2 to help to broaden the popularity of equipment needed to access the metaverse. While many teens already have VR headsets, they’re simply not using them as they’d use their phones. Meta has been trying to boost the number of people using VR headsets like the Oculus Quest 2 to dive into the metaverse,…

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VR headset restricts breathing for more accurate environment simulation

VR headset - University of Salzburg

Salzburg University researchers have developed the gadget to create more realistic scenarios. While a VR headset that restricts breathing doesn’t sound like much of a feature, it was created on purpose to help provide a more realistic experience to the wearers. The device, which is called AirRes, was developed by researchers from Salzburg University. The AirRes VR headset attachment is shaped somewhat like a snorkel. It was developed to control how much air the wearer can breathe. According to the researchers behind it, it could help to make the experience…

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Facebook’s virtual reality investments have lost almost $20B since 2020

Virtual reality - Facebook investment

Last quarter alone, Meta spent $2.96 billion to continue the company’s attempt to build the metaverse. Meta has been aggressively pursuing its virtual reality metaverse world, but this pursuit has come with a large price tag as the company has consistently lost money on the effort until now. The metaverse is meant to allow users to navigate a VR world in the form of their digital avatars. The Facebook parent company has released its first quarter 2022 financial results and has revealed that this year alone, the virtual reality investments…

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