Virtual reality is changing the way Honda designs its vehicles

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This may not be obvious from the consumer point of view, but for designers, it’s a big change. Honda has stepped away from the auto design strategy that has been in practice for nearly 100 years and has implemented virtual reality technology to create its cars. Honda continues to rely on life-sized clay models for the evaluation of its newly designed cars. That said, those models – which are an industry-wide practice originally created by Harley Earl, a designer for GM – aren’t as critical as they used to be.…

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Metaverse virtual reality pioneer John Carmack leaves Meta

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The VR expert reportedly departed the company over a creative disagreement with Mark Zuckerberg. Meta’s Oculus VR Chief Technology Officer John Carmack is leaving the company over a virtual reality strategy disagreement with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. Carmack first joined Oculus as a VR developer in 2013, just before Facebook bought it in 2014. According to a recent Bloomberg report, Carmack detailed in his resignation letter that he didn’t feel adequately able to impact Meta’s virtual reality efforts in the right direction. He had been working for Oculus since the…

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Virtual reality developed to support substance use disorder recovery

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Researchers at Indiana University have come up with the innovative new immersive therapy. Indiana University researchers have unveiled an innovative new use for virtual reality they have developed for use as an immersive therapy for people struggling with substance use disorders. The researchers recently obtained more than $4.9 million from the National Institutes of Health. With the funding, the team launched an Indiana University (IU) startup company for the testing and further development of the virtual reality technology. The team was led by assistant professor of psychiatry Brandon Oberlin from…

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VRAI to use VR simulation training for the offshore wind sector

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The company is seeking to use virtual reality to help companies overcome the energy crisis. VR simulation experiences aren’t proving to be nearly as appealing to consumers and businesses as many large companies, such as Meta, had anticipated. Even gamers aren’t as enthusiastic about virtual reality as many tech giants had thought would be the case. Training and education appear to be an area where this technology remains highly promising. VRAI, a start-up from Ireland, is seeking to create a place of leadership for itself in VR simulation training. It…

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FTC moves to stop Meta from acquiring virtual reality company

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The US regulator is also acting to stop Facebook’s parent company from buying a fitness app. The Federal Tarde Commission has filed a complaint in a San Francisco federal court against Meta and its CEO Mark Zuckerberg, seeking a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction against the acquisition of a fitness app and a virtual reality company. The acquisitions in question are for the Supernatural app and the Within Unlimited VR firm. According to the FTC’s filing, allowing Meta and Zuckerberg to complete the acquisition of the fitness app and…

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