Tuesday, 23 October 2018 00:00

VR Tools Could Reduce Pain During Workout

Nothing can halt a good workout in its tracks like excruciating pain. But virtual reality (VR) tools could be the solution to that, allowing athletes to keep training long after they might have otherwise given up. Researchers from the University of Kent recently revealed that they’ve found a way to use VR to improve performance and endurance during exercise.

Working with 80 participants, researchers monitored results between two different groups when holding an isometric bicep curl at 20 percent of the maximum rate each person could lift. A control group performed the exercise in a room containing only a chair, table, and yoga mat, while the other group was equipped with a VR headset that simulated that exact environment. After the fact, the researchers asked each participant to rate his pain level.

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If you’ve wondered what life might be like on Mars, a new virtual simulation may give you a good idea. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has put together a 360-degree experience that can be viewed on YouTube. The video features a mockup of a Martian city that has been given the name “Wisdom,” along with showcasing projected mining and laboratory projects imagined to be a part of the city in the year 2117.

Viewers can enjoy the experience through a virtual reality headset, but they don’t have to have special equipment to participate. While watching the video, a movement of the mouse can help viewers take a look around the surface of the fictional city.

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Thursday, 02 November 2017 00:00

Oculus Interface Brings Desktop to VR

Because what could be better than viewing a computer workstation desktop while donning a pair of virtual reality (VR) goggles?

The new software development that makes this possible, known as Oculus Rift Core 2.0, will be available sometime in December as a beta version. If all goes according to plan, Core 2.0 will have the capability of bringing together several different menus in a single hub that should be fairly easy to access.

According to a report from Tom's Guide, "Dash provides a 3D overlay that users will be able to access anywhere, even in the middle of a game. It's designed to work with the Oculus Rift's Touch controllers. When activated, Dash appears as a row of menus which can quickly launch apps or games. Dash can also be used to reach out to online friends. However, the most compelling uses for Dash by far are the multitasking and desktop functionality."

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