‘Nottopia’ began as a fantastical virtual island, and has since become a floating castle in the sky.
Facebook’s parent company is now called Meta, as part if its move to embrace the metaverse - the blurring of the online and real worlds via virtual and augmented reality technologies.
Smart glasses like Facebook’s Ray-Ban Stories could be used to record you surreptitiously. If the company adds facial recognition, you could be even more exposed.
Facebook is adamant its new “smart glasses” won’t be a privacy nightmare. But it is clearly bidding to normalise the use of wearable tech. And if video Ray-Bans go mainstream, what comes next?
Is a ‘metaverse’ blending real and virtual worlds the future of the internet?
The term metaverse was coined by Neal Stephenson in his 1992 science-fiction novel Snow Crash.
If you ever felt nauseous, fatigued or disoriented after using your phone or computer, you may be experiencing a condition similar to motion sickness.
Researchers are using mixed reality technologies to investigate how people behave in in emergency situations. The findings are helping shape disaster responses.
Augmented reality has largely enjoyed cover from critique by being taken as a benign gaming technology. But recent developments suggest we need to get serious about it.
Emerging ‘mixed reality’ technology promises to bring history back to life.
Recreating the Mayflower and its crew and passengers from a few vague accounts took a lot of technical know-how.
The Oculus Quest 2 headset is the latest step in the construction of a ‘mirrorworld’ built on high-tech surveillance and targeted advertising.
What if the being responsible for creating our world wasn’t God, but some far lesser, far more fallible being like a scientist or video game designer?
From VR music festivals to immersive meeting spaces, headsets are go.
Tech companies have big plans for augmented reality, but all of them involve huge amounts of surveillance of our everyday lives.
There are more than 101 ways to immerse yourself in a foreign place, without having to leave your living room.
Powerful owls need old, hollowed-out trees to nest in, but humans keep chopping them down. Now, designers have partnered up with ecologists to build them high tech artificial nests.
New modelling techniques shed light on the ancient city of Ugarit and can help plan effective conservation.
Sex technologies and ‘erobots’ could help address issues related to human desire, and physical and emotional needs of astronauts in space.
The convergence of technologies such as 5G, artificial intelligence and virtual reality may offer hope for the way we manage future bushfire disasters.