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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Facebook unveils the Infinite Office VR platform

The social media company is trying to sell the idea of productivity through a virtual experience. Facebook has unveiled a new VR platform in its lineup called Infinite Office. The concept may be well timed, considering the number of companies that have their employees working from home due to the pandemic. Moreover, many are now wondering if they can reduce or even eliminate their need for physical office space. Virtual reality has been strongly linked to entertainment and highly technical experiences. Facebook is aiming to use Infinite Office to help…

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Virtual reality for seniors helps people in long term care homes stay in touch

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The technology has made it easier for residents to stay safely connected during the pandemic. As the pandemic continues to leave many people isolated, virtual reality for seniors can help those living in long term care homes and assisted living homes feel less confined. Residents of a growing number of facilities are gaining access to VR tech. Virtual reality for seniors is available at locations such as The Summit in Hockessin, Delaware and The Virginian, in Fairfax, Virginia, among others. It allows them to experience activities and stay connected in…

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Facebook creates most thin VR glasses in the world

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The social media giant says it developed the thinnest virtual reality headset ever made. Facebook recently announced that it has created ultra thin VR glasses unlike anything else currently available. The virtual reality headset is still in its prototype form, but it moves away from much larger gadgets. The company claims that these thin VR glasses are the slimmest in the world. They appear nothing like the large, box-like headgear that is the current standard image of the technology. Images of the device show that it looks like a pair…

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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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