Facebook testing ads on Oculus virtual reality headsets

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The social network has started displaying ads for the VR device wearer to see. Facebook has started displaying ads in its Oculus virtual reality headsets, even though Palmer Luckey has previously said the company would never take that step. The company referred to the newly displayed ads on the VR wearables as an experiment. The social network has specified that this experiment is exclusive to a single game, called Balston, in which the ads will start appearing. However, it also stated that other developers will begin to roll out similar…

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Black History Month comes alive with a virtual reality technology experience

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A Richmond site provides a VR lesson like no other with a glimpse into an important past. A new virtual reality technology-based experience is opening an entirely new perspective from which to learn about the tragedies and triumphs woven into Richmond’s Black history. Virtual visitors are able to use Hidden in Plain Site: Richmond for an enriched education experience. Through virtual reality technology, the Hidden in Plain Site: Richmond experience can send virtual visitors walking by the slave-holding facility called Lumpkin’s Jail, which is currently the site of a patch…

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New Bill Nye virtual reality science kit launched in time for holiday shopping

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This toy allows children to wear goggles and immerse themselves in the scientist’s world. This holiday season, children can experience science as they never have before with a fully immersive Bill Nye virtual reality experiment toy that was recently released. The kit includes a free mobile app as well as VR goggles compatible with any smartphone. The Bill Nye Virtual Reality Science Kit is retailing for $59.99 and includes the VR goggles kids need to wear as well as the free mobile app for any smartphone. The idea is to…

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Virtual reality for pain can be helpful in inpatient settings

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A recent review of VR studies shows that the technology offers substantial painkilling benefits. A recent meta analysis of studies examining virtual reality for pain has shown that VR can be helpful in painkilling. This was the case in 12 of the 18 studies that were examined in the analysis. The review focused on VR technology when used in inpatient settings for help in acute pain relief. The review of studies determined that virtual reality for pain that was acute and in which the treatment was combined with late sedation…

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Viewing virtual reality nature programs can improve wellbeing, study

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New research has shown that just watching VR or high-quality video of natural scenes boosts the mood. Watching virtual reality nature programs or even just high-quality video has the capacity to boost people’s moods, reduce negative emotions and help ease boredom related with isolation or remaining indoors for long periods of time. These were the findings of a new study published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology. The research showed that virtual reality nature viewing had notably greater benefits than simply watching it on a high-resolution TV screen, which did…

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