New device provides simulated sensation of solid objects in virtual reality systems

Virtual reality systems - People using VR

The gadget attaches strings to the hands and fingers to provide a user with haptic feedback. The current virtual reality systems are able to provide impressive and immersive experiences in terms of what you can see and often what is heard as well. However, there is rarely much more than that. That said, a new device has made it possible for users to feel simulated solid objects with their fingers. A new device makes it possible to give virtual reality systems users the ability to feel essentially anything, from walls…

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Virtual reality provides pilgrims with options as Jerusalem quarantines

Virtual Reality Travel - Jerusalem

Since the holy city is in lockdown, many people have turned to technology over religious holidays. With Jerusalem locked down, many people around the world have turned to virtual reality travel as a way to visit the city during holy days occurring during the coronavirus pandemic. This would typically be an exceptionally busy time for the city as many holidays have aligned. This year marks the first since 1992 that Passover, Easter and Ramadan have all occurred in the same month. It was expected to be a time that would…

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eSight wearable technology to aid blind veterans in seeing

Man wearing eSight deivce - eSight YouTube

This new tech was created to help improve the vision of veterans who are legally blind. eSight, a firm that designs and makes a type of high-tech wearable medical vision aid device is working with veterans who are blind or have low vision. Their goal is to help those individuals to regain their independence through improvements in their sight. Approximately 130,000 veterans in the United States are legally blind and over 1 million have low vision. Blindness and low vision lead to decreased ability and independence when going about necessary activities every…

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Virtual reality shopping experience makes home delivery more like in-store

Virtual reality shopping - young woman on couch with VR headset

As more customers must rely on e- and m-commerce, VR lets people feel like they’re still at the mall. As social distancing shuts down more brick-and-mortar shops, LifeStyles In 360 is providing a virtual reality shopping experience. This lets those brands close their physical doors while still allowing customers to feel as though they’re not just buying through a screen at home. The Florida-based tech firm created the VR commerce experiences for several large brands. LifeStyles In 360 is the company behind the virtual reality shopping experiences offered by large…

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Firefighter VR training may play a vital role in combating future wildfires

VR Training - Firefighter

Virtual reality could help give these emergency workers with a head start without water, damage or smoke. The entire world has been watching the devastation as Australia burns under record bushfires, but VR training could help to prepare firefighters for future events. The risk of wildfires is rising with climate change trends and more trained responders will be needed. The problem is far from unique to Australia. California has had record wildfires with intensities never seen before. Parts of Canada, other areas in the United States, regions of Europe, and…

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