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What Can VR Tech Truly Change?

PLAYA VISTA, CA - OCTOBER 27, 2010:  Mark T. Bolas Associate Director of the mixed reality lab and Associate Professor of Interactive Media Division in the USC School of Cinematic Arts wears the HMD, Head Mounted Display while viewing a scene through the specialty lenses in the mixed realty lab at the University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies that has moved to a new location in the Playa Vista development October 27, 2010. The new location features their first 10 years of work in developing new technologies for teaching, training, education and entertainment. They specialize in virtual humans, visual effects and immersive environments. The Institute for Creative Technologies was founded with a $100 million Pentagon grant and housed at the University of Southern California with a self-described mission to tap the best of Hollywood to create "synthetic experiences so compelling that participants react as if they are real." (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

I ask the follow as a very serious question considering VR (Virtual Reality) and AR (Augmented Reality) technology taking off this year and a recent announcement from Microsoft declaring that next year for $299, the two concepts will be married in a “mixed reality” headset. Yet, in spite of these promotions and reported innovations, I think one thing that has been neglected by most journalists who work with technology in any capacity, which is most of them, is the question of just how VR will impact society or more importantly advance technology. Now the good news is that VR does open plenty of avenues for technology in the future, but one must also consider that this tech is really only new in terms of being available for public consumption. VR and AR have been around in a limited degree in military applications, like training test pilots and science programs. It is only new to us because for the first time, at least when it comes VR, we are now living and experiencing science fact, not fiction. [Read more →]

What Net Services Are Doing With Our Data


Last week I discussed some of the potential hurdles the internet is currently facing. However, I was writing that piece, a revelation occurred to me: What do people actually use all their data on right here and now? Today, with the help Kimberlee Morrison of SocialTimes and her article “Internet Users Want to Know How Their Data Is Used,” I think have a pretty good idea. First thing to keep in mind this in, that the data represents people who have/use password-protected login required accounts. Second, this has as much to do with password security as it does the most commonly used services on the web. In a world where many are concerned about how their personal data is used by these internet corporations, the numbers of how this information treated is staggering. [Read more →]

Is the Web Eating Itself From Within


The way the internet has changed journalism is nothing short of drastic. In the last 20 years digital media empires like Facebook, Google, and YouTube have risen to unbelievable heights and in the process have taken the other leaders from media along for the ride. However, what started as a series of improbable garage projects and college students/dropouts working to revolutionize the world of technology as we know it falling apart. The web is still the dominate form for getting information, but like most media has hit a stumbling block, leading to questions of how prolific it will be in the coming years as it continues to grow.  [Read more →]

What’s new to make this site better

First, I added a search bar which was long overdue, so now one can find my posts via searching. I also added the first of many RSS feeds to allow greater connectivity to the blogs I comment on/follow. Both of these things not add to the completeness of the site, but also create a greater sense of  alignment and consistency. I also cleaned up the page giving more contrast to the articles to allow better breathe-ability and better space management, along with cut off points that introduce a topic, but create a cut-off point if desire to read more. Lastly, I moved the Meta widget to the right side so the front page looked even and had an easier sense of usability and unity.