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New virtual reality training tech makes its way to Kiwi firefighters
The new training technology, developed by a university academic, helps prepare firefighters for complex and unsafe scenarios which are difficult to reproduce using traditional training methods.
Vault Hunters: Prepare for a Bloody Harvest in Borderlands 3
Vault Hunters, it’s time to let the skeletons out of the closet, equip some mean guns and get ready for a Spooktacular update to Borderlands 3.
Feeling it: Robotic arms a step closer to expressing touch
Researchers at the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom have come up with a way to turn robotic arms into moving, feeling devices that provide touch feedback.
New tech makes up 25% of US$1.7 trillion consumer spending
Consumer spending on technology is forecast to reach US$1.69 trillion in 2019 with a quarter coming from emerging technologies such as VR/AR.
Melbourne uni researchers at the forefront of forensics technology
Researchers at Monash University in Melbourne Australia are working with industry professionals to develop technology that will help forensic investigators to track bullet paths in shooting victims.
Aussie uni utilises AR and VR to discover the human body
Students studying anatomy at La Trobe University are utilising digital technologies as opposed to textbooks to learn about the human body.
Blue Hat launches AR play-based learning center in China
The play-based learning center will provide an immersive learning experience across art, emotional, health, language, science, and social subjects.
Christchurch firm sells AR tech to US retail marketing giant
Christchurch software development firm Smudge has sold a lucrative slice of its augmented reality (AR) technology to an American firm called InContext Solutions.
VR boom shows no sign of slowing
The virtual reality market will exhibit a 42.2% CAGR, as big brands move to offer an advanced user experience says Fortune Business Insights.
Telstra brings advanced VR streaming to Aus
At the recent Telstra Vantage showcase, the companies delivered an Australian first providing live, 8K VR streaming over Telstra’s 5G network with images captured by a Kandao Obsidan R 8K camera from the Gold Coast to viewers in Melbourne.
VR becomes critical tool for tackling NZ skill shortages
The Ministry of Social Development is putting its weight behind Joy Business Academy (JBA) to boost virtual reality use in industry training – particularly in construction.
AR 'Live View' navigation is coming to Google Maps
Live View will allow those travelling on foot around cities to navigate streets a little easier with turn-by-turn navigation.
Company-X creates new reality for AR & VR technologies
“Pepper Creative and Company-X share some fundamentals that really confirm to me that this decision is the right one,” says Pepper Creative founder Lance Bauerfield.
Kiwi employees embracing a future of AI
Kiwi employees are the most secure in their roles when it comes to embracing artificial intelligence in the workplace, compared to all other countries surveyed including, Australia, USA, UK, Germany and Japan.
Facebook faces new frontiers with real time brain-to-text research
Siri and Google Assistant are popular at home or in the office, how many people have used them in crowded rooms, or in a busy street? That’s where ‘thinking’ words comes into the equation.
Kiwi Smart City projects win big in IDC Awards
New Zealand initiatives won three categories in the IDC Smart City APAC Awards – Civic Engagement, Education, and Sustainable Infrastructure.
Kiwi tech company creates AR experience for new home builds
AR studio Reactar created a mobile platform called homeAR that helps buyers of new homes decide how their house should look.
WiMi hologram listing helps open AR market to foreign capital
The online holographic AR advertising solution embeds holographic AR ads into films and videos.
Retail study challenges myth that digital natives only shop online
Despite beliefs that the younger generation prefers to shop online, they’re actually the most likely to do more shopping in physical stores.
Matariki AR comes alive without the need for special apps
The Matariki AR experience used a markerless Web AR platform. The experience works directly from many browsers, such as Chrome, Safari and Explorer.
Vivo develops new tech for 5G era
Vivo is developing new 5G-enabled technologies for consumers around the world.
NBA and Unbnd announce an immersive content partnership
By creating engaging and memorable experiences, Unbnd aims to transform the way brands connect with people.
Fantastical virtual reality art show comes to Tauranga
Two artists from different disciplines have collaborated on a show that utilises virtual reality to take attendees into imaginative lands.
Game review: Blood & Truth (PlayStation VR)
SIE London Studio releases VR action-movie inspired cockney crime caper, Blood & Truth for PlayStation VR. FutureFive’s Darren Price takes a butcher’s.