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Society of Simulations

Explore Mars with NASA’s VR Experience

Exploring the surface of Mars at least 15 years before a human being in flesh and blood will be able to, this is the new ambitious idea of the people at NASA. To make this happen they teamed up with MIT in Boston and the media company Fusion to develop a VR application that allows the viewer to experience life on the Red Planet.

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Virtual Reality Can Intensify Emotions

Virtual reality games are often on the spot for being responsible for alienation and health issues. Recently, researchers in Finland discovered that people’s reactions to 3D images of facial expressions are more emotional than the responses to classic 2D images, such as photographs, illustrations or videos.

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Society of Simulations

“The End”: a Virtual Opera Singer, Millions of Fans and the Meaning of Death

Sixteen-year-old Japanese singer Hatsune Miku grew in short time to a worldwide popstar. With her colourful appearance she counts millions of followers on social media, she collaborated with Pharrell Williams, opened Lady Gaga’s concerts and even appeared in car commercials. She was in the Netherlands last summer to perform in her very own opera The End. More precisely: the hard-disk containing her was.

Because she is not made of flesh and bones, she is an entirely digital hologram with a computer-generated voice. Nevertheless, the huge concerts of Miku that take place in the biggest stadiums of Japan are often sold out in the blink of an eye. Hundreds of thousands of ecstatic fans love her dance moves, her dress designed by Louis Vuitton, her characteristic blue hair and, above all, the sound of her voice.

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Society of Simulations

Solutions to Virtual Reality’s Big Problem

Virtual reality glasses come with a big limitation: motion sickness. The human eye just wasn’t built to look at screens this way, you see yourself riding a virtual roller coaster while your body doesn’t feel the movement. This mental discrepancy not only affect the believability of the VR-experience, it also leaves you nauseous, dizzy and suffering from headaches.

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Information Decoration

Artworks that Look Virtual, but Are Completely Hand Painted

These paintings by Johnny Abrahams look almost computer made – except they are not. Working mainly with black and white acrylic paints and with a lot of patience, the American artist is able to create dizzying, hyper digital-like canvases by hand. Compared to the many examples of digital art that we see emerging these days, it’s hard to believe that these extremely organised paintings did not roll out of a computer.

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Analogue vs Digital: Innovative Nostalgia

Ever noticed that the design of your iBookshelf looks quite like the traditional, analog bookshelf in your living room? Fast changes in technology make us to constantly adapt ourselves to an ever-changing media landscape. Designers link new technology with more familiar phenomena to ease the changes. Browsing through your virtual bookshelf gives you the feeling of having an easily accessible collection of books, just like your good old analog one.

From the Analogue vs Digital Memory Game