Tag: virtual-for-real

virtual office
Office Garden

Make the World Your Office

Working from home is accepted more openly these days, and with modern technology, why not? You can have a conference or video meetings with everyone from your office, while you sit at home in your PJs. However, imagine being able to attend work and meetings, as well as operate in a professional environment from anywhere – and not just by taking your work laptop to a coffee shop or remote location. We are talking about actually entering the work environment you are used to, thanks to a digital representation of reality. It sounds crazy, but it’s entirely possible with technologies like augmented reality and virtual reality.

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video games
Society of Simulations

The Next Nature Guide to Games in 2017

In the next nature, many people spend as much time in the digital world of gaming as they do in the real world. We have covered video games before, but this year we thought it could be fun to list some of our favorites. These are the games that in 2017 have been transporting us into the future, blurring the line between virtual and real, and giving us access to new hybrid experiences.

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In Silico Farming
Food Technology

Farming in Silico

Agriculture has been with us since the dawn of civilization, and since then all kinds of machinery have helped make the process physically easier. But farming is more than just manual labor. For many farmers, the hard part is not planting and harvesting, but knowing when, where and how to plant in order to get the best yield. Thankfully, there’s an app for that too: growing crops in silico – on a computer screen.

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virtual reality, virtual social network
Society of Simulations

Virtual Networking, the Future Social Media

In a way, social media is a form of virtual reality. You portray a version of yourself, but that representation isn’t exactly you. You have to leave some aspects of yourself out, and people often add in pieces that don’t exist in the real world. People tend to show only the best parts of their lives, while leaving out the negative and unexciting parts. Some day soon, that virtual version of yourself will become much more realistic, but still it won’t necessarily represent what you really are. Virtual reality technology, which is already becoming a part of the conversation surrounding social media, will enable this shift.

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ideal office
Office Garden

Work Remotely in VR Nature

Wide icy glacier landscapes, juicy green forests, deep blue lakes, that sounds like an ideal office setting. The reality usually looks quite different. Spaces in the middle of traffic jams, without plants and with artificial lights; that’s what we usually get. Even though it is scientifically proven to be everything but productive and balancing. This problem could be solved thanks to an Icelandic company that provides the ideal work environment with the help of virtual reality.

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flight attendants with augmented reality headsets
Augmented Bodies

Cyborg Cabin Crew

Fasten your seat belts, Air New Zealand is equipping its flight attendants with augmented reality headsets to explore in-flight optimization. The project, currently in beta testing, uses Microsoft’s Hololens technology to improve inflight customer service, giving passengers a glimpse of what the future of air travel might look like.

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vr out of body
Society of Simulations

Experience Death with VR

What it’s like to be dead? That’s a question we humans cannot answer until we are there, at the end of our lives. The big unknown. But this virtual reality experience developed at the University of Barcelona might get you a glimpse into how it could feel like to be dead, and with that eventually reduce the angst of leaving this earth.

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