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QUT researcher Kerrie Mengersen with hardware used to capture Amazon footage. Vanessa Hunter/Flickr

Virtual reality brings new dimension to conservation

Virtual reality is enabling researchers to get first hand experience of remote environments, helping them make better decisions about their conservation.
Indiana University football coach Kevin Wilson explains VR-enabled training to his players. Indiana University Athletics

Athletes look for an edge in a new place: virtual reality

Virtual reality technology is a radical departure from traditional video presentation, with myriad applications in both consumer media and in athletic practice.
Drone racing can be done indoors or out, as long as there are obstacles that make the course interesting. Porco 777

Explainer: what is FPV drone racing?

There's a new sport in the making, with enthusiasts racing tiny drones through obstacle courses while wearing 3D goggles.
How does feeling you inhabit a body different than your own affect your racial biases? Trends in Cognitive Sciences, Maister et al.

Virtual bodyswapping reduces bias against other races

In 1959, John Howard Griffin, a white American writer, underwent medical treatments to change his skin appearance and present himself as a black man. He then traveled through the segregated US south to…
Virtual worlds, but real-life therapeutic benefits. Massil Benbouriche/University of Montreal

How virtual reality can help treat sex offenders

The quality of virtual reality systems – immersive, computer-generated worlds – has advanced dramatically in recent years, as can be seen by the expansive editorial from journalists testing Oculus Rift…
“I honestly can’t stand you guys in real life.” Janus Sandsgaard

The virtual reality hype train is starting to make me queasy

Anyone who subscribes to an online hi-tech gizmo newsfeed can’t have failed to notice a certain preoccupation in the past couple of years on the part of developers to bring viewers close to the action…
With an Oculus Rift and a few off-the-shelf items, you can have virtual reality at home. Sergey Galyonkin/Flickr

How to build a virtual reality system – in your living room

Virtual reality is no longer the expensive, cumbersome exercise it once was. Google Cardboard, launched at last week’s Google I/O conference, is a no-frills, cardboard frame that, when used with open software…
Oh hi Dad, can you put Mum on? nan palermo

Oculus Rift brings a whole new dimension to communication

Mark Zuckerberg’s latest spending spree has landed Facebook an exciting new gadget in the form of the Oculus Rift, a virtual reality headset that is used by gamers and researchers alike to enhance encounters…
True change requires that our perspectives are altered from within. Ferran

Are you racist? You might want to change your avatar

Is racism a matter of perspective gone wrong? And, if so, how can we fix it? A new study in Consciousness and Cognition demonstrates technology may be able to offer part of the solution: donning the skin…
Where does our sense of intrinsic “me-ness” come from? ronny-andre

Extending the self: some cold truths on body ownership

“Who are you?” Some might ponder this question philosophically, while others will answer straightforwardly: “I am my body and my personality”. But the boundaries of “self” are not as straightforward as…

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