Using virtual reality for autism therapy
It's always great to see emerging tech being used to make a difference. Floreo is working to put together VR content to help children with autism. Vijay Ravindran, one of the founders, shared with us their story so far.
The game studio with grand VR cat tracking ambitions!
Katie and John reached many news feeds this year after their efforts to track their cat while using the Vive — no more stepping on a cat while in a virtual world! They're running their own independent game studio — Triangular Pixels, and have just started a Patreon to help fund their efforts. Katie took the time to chat about their VR tracker and their VR efforts so far.
Using virtual reality to help reduce unconscious bias
Annie Harper and her team at Equal Reality have been putting together an app that has some high aspirations. They are looking to reduce unconscious bias in the workplace by using virtual reality to change workplace behaviours and attitudes, and were recently accepted into the MIT Entrepreneurship Bootcamp in Brisbane! I had a chat with them about unconscious bias and how their app came about.
What you need to know when building a Gear VR app in Unity
Building virtual reality apps for each platform in Unity can sometimes have a few gotchas. I've spent the past month or so moving a Unity Google Cardboard app into Gear VR, stumbling upon a few quirks and missing a few steps. I thought I'd list the tips I'd come across after it all, to help those who attempt this after me!
Striving to do good in the world with virtual reality and 360 video
Taryn Southern has spent the past decade telling stories in creative ways through her video series, weekly YouTube videos and music. Her current endeavour is incredibly inspirational — striving to use VR/AR for positive social impact in her production and consulting company for social impact digital/VR/AR, Tribe of Good.
Bringing your whole body into virtual reality with Immotionar
After a while with VR, you forget that your full body isn't being tracked... until you try to kick something, or you look down at your non-existent body. Immotionar is a group in Italy who are working on a way to enable full body tracking. Here's how it works and how developers can give it a go in their own apps.