Virtual reality is one of those things that periodically comes out on the table as a future technology that will become indispensable any day now. But with each new VR promise, the public quickly gets annoyed with the technology in reality. Valve has apparently been testing Team Fortress 2 made for VR to see if there’s any future in VR-based Valve games.
A brain implant that allows monkeys to move an avatar’s arm and feel objects in a virtual world has been demonstrated for the first time. The animals used the device to control the arm by thought alone, and feel the texture of the objects it touched through electrical signals sent directly to their brains.
In theory, VR goggles are cool, and so companies keep making them. But in practice, they’re not so cool, because in the past, they’ve been bulky, uncomfortable and a good way to get a headache. But in November, Sony is releasing the HMZ-T1 3D visor and hoping that the unit’s light weight and snazzy design will get people interested in the idea. Maybe.
Nintendo tried (poorly) at virtual reality with the Virtual Boy, and at some point in the 90s, everyone thought that virtual reality was the next future thing that would take hold at aaaaany moment now, it never really caught on for a variety of reasons. But at this year’s CES, Sony showed off some fancy new VR goggles and hinted that they may end up attached to the PS3 at some point.
Everybody loves cookies, but what if, in the future, you could just wear a silly hat and eat a cookie that’s any flavor of cookie that you wanted? Developed by the University of Tokyo, this device does just that— you eat a plain cookie, and cameras and piped in scents trick your brain into thinking that you’re eating any flavor that you want.