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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Thursday, 17 November 2016 00:00

New Mars Exhibit Lets Visitors Walk on Mars

Imagine being able to walk on Mars without ever leaving the surface of the Earth. Visitors to National Geographic’s Experience Mars dome in New York City recently did just that. The National Geographic Channel set up a series of domes in a vacant parking lot in Manhattan, where members of the press and public were invited to experience Mars for themselves.

Participants are first strapped in and fitted with virtual reality goggles, at which point they experience a realistic landing on Mars. Once that experience is over, visitors are taken to a second room, where they hop on treadmills while wearing another pair of virtual reality goggles. The experience includes an airtight bubble, which inflates to give the person the sensation of walking on Mars while they step forward on the treadmill.

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