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South Korean TV 'reunites' mother with dead daughter in VR show

Feb 15, 2020 - 11:53 AM

MBC documentary 'I Met You' shows a tearful reunion between a South Korean mother and her deceased 6-year-old daughter via advanced virtual reality

Facebook buys maker of hit VR game 'Beat Saber'

Nov 27, 2019 - 3:26 PM

In the virtual game, players use light sabers to slash oncoming, large cubes to the beat of music, sometimes twisting or ducking to avoid oncoming walls

OCULUS. A gamer uses an Oculus Rift headset in the Oculus booth during the annual E3 2016 gaming conference at the Los Angeles Convention Center on June 14, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images/AFP

Virtual reality: game-changing revolution in esports

Nov 01, 2019 - 5:38 PM

VR may be crucial to the future of esports, although it remains unclear how radical the revolution will be

AFTER-H. Screenshot from official After-H trailer

Facebook unveils virtual social space for its Oculus users

Sep 26, 2019 - 12:32 PM

Inside Horizon, Facebook's new virtual world, Oculus users will be able to choose an avatar and interact with others

HORIZON. A promotional image for Facebook's new virtual world features colorful visuals and a cartoony style. Image from Facebook

St Clare boots out San Beda in D-League playoffs as CSB holds on

May 28, 2019 - 7:26 PM

The fatigued San Beda squad fails to overcome St Clare's 3rd quarter surge

CONQUEST. St. Clare- Virtual Reality boots out San Beda in the 2019 PBA D-League playoffs. Photo from PBA Images

D-League: Kouame drops 24 in Ateneo rout of St Clare

Apr 09, 2019 - 3:50 PM

Angelo Kouame puts up another monstrous double-double for Ateneo, as he finishes with 24 points and 29 rebounds

MASSIVE OUTPUT. Angelo Kouame leads the Blue Eagles with 24 points and 29 rebounds. Photo by PBA Images

Bodybags, rats, waste: Disaster response turns to VR for grim training

Mar 27, 2019 - 2:28 PM

Virtual reality is increasingly sought after for skills training. Disaster zone rescue is the latest in a series of VR simulations from the Red Cross.

VR FOR TRAINING. This photo taken on February 26, 2019 shows a Thai forensic police officer using a virtual reality headset to search for victims in a simulated city in ruins at the police headquarters in Chon Buri province. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

For the love of technology! Sex robots and virtual reality

Feb 23, 2019 - 9:00 AM

'Digisexuals' are turning to advanced technologies, such as robots, virtual reality environments and feedback devices known as teledildonics, to take the place of human partners

'DIGISEXUAL'. Sex with robots will increase, as technological developments produce new love interests. Shutterstock

D-League: Ex-FEU stars carry Wangs; San Beda downs NCAA rival Perpetual

Feb 21, 2019 - 9:07 PM

Arvin Tolentino and Axel Iñigo team up as Wangs Basketball rolls past Trinity University of Asia

NEW TERRITORY. Arvin Tolentino sill continues to control the game even in the PBA D-League scene as he notches a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds. Photo by PBA Images

A passion for virtual reality: VR Philippines and growing the niche

Feb 21, 2019 - 6:28 PM

Rappler talks with Cristopher David of VR Philippines about virtual reality and augmented reality technology and the passion that's put into breaking it out of niche status

VIRTUAL REALITY. A delegate enjoys a virtual reality experiences at a stall on the sidelines of the NASSCOM Technology Leadership Forum 2019, in Mumbai on February 20, 2019. Photo by Indranil Mukherjee/AFP

Virtual reality makes splash, but it's not ready for prime time

Jan 11, 2019 - 5:18 PM

Even with impressive visuals, virtual reality appears to be in the slow lane toward mass adoption, according to analysts and industry attendees at the 2019 Consumer Electronic Show

VIRTUAL REALITY AT CES 2019. Attendees take a virtual reality tour at the Intel booth at CES 2019 consumer electronics show, January 10, 2019 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by Robyn Beck/AFP

Virtual reality resurrects ancient Rome bit by bit

Nov 24, 2018 - 7:00 AM

The Rome Reborn tour is the first to show users over 7,000 buildings and monuments from the year AD 320, allowing both those with VR goggles or just a computer to explore over 14 square kilometers

This photo handout on November 21, 2018 by the Rome Reborn Virtual Reality project and Flyzone Productions, shows people using Virtual Reality googles to view a digital reconstruction of the ancient city of Rome. The Rome Reborn tour is the first to show users over 7,000 buildings and monuments from the year AD 320, allowing both those with Virtual Reality googles or just standard computers to explore over 14 square kilometres. The Rome Reborn VR project, in development since 1997, consists of a digital reconstruction of the ancient city of Rome within the Aurelian walls, as it appeared in ad 320. Handout / ROME REBORN VIRTUAL REALITY PROJECT / FLYOVER ZONE

IN PHOTOS: This VR gaming spot makes the trek to the Marikina-Pasig boundary worth it

Oct 30, 2018 - 2:30 PM

Get ready for a different kind of gaming experience

VirtualPH at the Ayala Malls Feliz, October 26, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Facebook unveils upgraded wireless Oculus headset in VR push

Sep 27, 2018 - 11:21 AM

'This is the wireless virtual reality experience we have been waiting for,' says Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg

Watch Andres Bonifacio and Emilio Aguinaldo come to life at the Ayala Museum

Sep 26, 2018 - 12:10 AM

The first-ever Aguinaldo and Bonifacio VR 360º diorama experience starts September 25

Into The Void: hyper-real 'Star Wars' VR makes you the hero

Jul 29, 2018 - 2:33 PM

The virtual reality simulation costs about $30 to $35 for 10 minutes, and lets players see, hear, smell, and feel the world of 'Star Wars'

VR JEDI. Clients of the VR attraction, The Void, put on their 3D head sets in Anaheim, California on July 19, 2018. Photo by Veronique Dupont/AFP

Apple developing AR, VR capable headset – report

Apr 30, 2018 - 4:00 PM

The headset is currently in development and is expected to arrive in 2020.

APPLE. This file photo taken on June 13, 2016 shows the Apple logo displayed on a screen at Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference presentation at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, California. File photo by Barielle Lurie/AFP

Data-driven education, students as cybercrime targets at EduTech PH 2018

Feb 21, 2018 - 7:17 PM

Teachers will not be replaced by technology; however, teachers who do not make good use of technology may be replaced by ones who do, asserts one speaker at the tech-in-education conference

DAVID WARING. David Waring of Smoothwall discusses the typical profile of an educational institution when it comes to cybersecurity. Photo by Victor Barreiro Jr./Rappler

Virtual reality may reduce paranoia in psychotics – study

Feb 09, 2018 - 8:40 AM

Scientists report that in clinical trials involving 116 patients in the Netherlands, virtual reality exercises led to less fraught social interactions

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Oct 27, 2017 - 10:37 AM

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Marawi in 360: The Cost of War

Oct 26, 2017 - 9:09 PM

Part 2: Experience firsthand the living conditions of the evacuees. Listen to their pain and their worries. Witness the cost of the war through the first-ever, virtual-reality war documentary on the city and surrounding towns.

MASS BURIAL. Bodies were recovered from the main battle area in Marawi city where IS-linked Maute Group are holding ground. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Marawi in 360: Inside the War Zone

Oct 23, 2017 - 6:44 PM

(UPDATED) Part 1: Experience firsthand what has been left by the battles in Marawi, and the challenges faced by the Philippine military through the region's first-ever, virtual-reality war documentary

ON THE GROUND. Soldiers at the battle zone. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Oculus unveils standalone virtual reality headset

Oct 12, 2017 - 11:23 AM

The new Go headsets will be priced at $199, a price point that Facebook believes should help them eventually reach a billion VR users

OCULUS GO. The new VR headset doesn't require a phone to use. Photo from Oculus

Myanmar's startups map past, shape future with virtual reality

Aug 23, 2017 - 6:44 PM

Tech startups are emerging around Myanmar s commercial capital Yangon many seeking to improve the lives of rural people most of whom still live without paved roads or electricity

VR IN MYANMAR. In this photograph taken on August 11, 2017, Nyi Lin Seck (R) speaks about virtual reality technology to curious people wanting to learn more about it during a one day open house at his office in Yangon. Photo by  Ye Aung Thu/AFP

For Ayala Museum, virtual reality is just one way to connect

Aug 13, 2017 - 4:00 PM

The institution is using new technology and tested marketing techniques to draw more people to art culture and history

What's The Big Idea? Virtual reality history at the Ayala Museum

Aug 10, 2017 - 9:52 PM

How did the big idea of Jose Rizal's execution in virtual reality evolve? How is technology changing the way curators present art and culture?

[E3 2017] Bethesda brings in the old and the new

Jun 12, 2017 - 4:57 PM

From Fallout to Skyrim to Wolfenstein Bethesda stuck to what they knew and introduced either additional content or sequels to their current creations Here are the highlights

VR guru Palmer Luckey leaves Facebook

Mar 31, 2017 - 2:51 PM

The co founder of Oculus Facebook s VR acquisition in 2014 is out of the company

IMPERFECT VISION. Facebook's virtual reality arm, Oculus, has seen some legal hurdles in 2017. Photo by Tobias Schwarz/AFP

Ace Combat 7’s VR mode is an absolute adrenaline rush

Mar 28, 2017 - 11:56 AM

The flight simulator s VR mode will have you picking up that PSVR headset again

VR seeks to inspire environmentalism at Sundance

Jan 24, 2017 - 1:08 PM

Virtual reality invokes a level of empathy and compassion that s hard to find in other mediums say filmmakers

Oculus purchase details surface in Zuckerberg testimony

Jan 18, 2017 - 6:25 PM

Mark Zuckerberg s testimony says Facebook actually paid 3 billion in total – 700 million of which was used to retain key Oculus employees with an additional 300 million as a bonus for hitting milestones

BUYER'S REMORSE? Facebook's purchase of Oculus are not without issues. Screengrab from Oculus Rift website

Zuckerberg to testify in $2-B lawsuit involving Oculus

Jan 16, 2017 - 1:45 PM

One lawyer calls the case one of the biggest technology heists ever

Facebook co-founder and chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, speaks at an Oculus developers conference while wearing a virtual reality headset in San Jose, California on October 6, 2016.  Photo by Glenn Chapman/AFP

30 days with the PS VR: great potential, many problems

Jan 12, 2017 - 5:46 PM

It s a great device but currently lacks a definitive experience to be labeled a must have

Virtual reality seeks momentum at CES gadget gala

Jan 09, 2017 - 4:36 PM

This year s CES feature the largest collection of VR technology ever at a trade show

A woman wears a FLIR Virtual Reality Simulator during CES in Las Vegas, Nevada on January 7, 2017. Photo by David McNew/AFP

CES 2017 looks beyond 'smart' to new 'realities'

Jan 02, 2017 - 10:29 PM

The Consumer Electronics Show will offer trade professionals a look at new robotics connected cars and a dizzying assortment of gizmos from connected sneakers to drones

THE MAGIC OF TECHNOLOGY. A man tries out virtual reality goggles with an EHang Ghost Drone 2.0, which has 4K video, Avatar tilt control and VR goggles at the CES 2016 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada on January 7, 2016. File photo by David McNew/AFP

The Year In Tech: Fake news, burning phones and mixed realities

Dec 10, 2016 - 11:58 AM

Pokemon GO virtual reality s emergence the creation of the Department of Information and Communications Technology – these are among the 10 that make this year s list of best and worst of tech in 2016

Computer games relieve phantom limb pain – study

Dec 02, 2016 - 2:36 PM

With the aid of virtual reality researchers dramatically reduce pain for phantom limb sufferers

VIRTUAL LIMB. Seeing a digitized version of the missing limb triggers inactive areas in the brain that eventually cause the reduction in pain. Screengrab from Chalmers - Biomechatronics and Neurorehabilitation Laboratory/YouTube

WATCH: British WWII veteran gets virtual tour of town he liberated

Nov 09, 2016 - 8:30 AM

Thanks to virtual reality Frank Mouqué gets to see the town of Armentières again after 72 years

RECEIVING THANKS. Frank Mouqué listens to residents of Armentières who thank him for liberating their town during World War 2. Screen shot from YouTube.

Virtual reality's growing role in treating mental illnesses

Oct 11, 2016 - 10:52 AM

Beyond virtual reality s entertainment value it can potentially be used to help therapists treat phobias anxiety disorders and post traumatic stress

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Apple still a star without Steve Jobs, but doubts linger

Oct 04, 2016 - 5:55 PM

With each successful generation of a product it becomes harder The question becomes What s the next big thing? and it s not clear what that is going to be

(FILES) TO GO WITH AFP STORY ON STEVE JOBS DEATH 5TH ANNIVERSARY This file photo taken on October 05, 2011 shows an ipad 2 displayed on October 5, 2011 in Los Angeles, showing the changed Apple website paying homage to the company's visionary leader Steve Jobs who died from cancer aged just 56. Jobs revolutionized modern culture and changed forever the world's relationship to technology through inventions such as the iPad and iPhone. AFP PHOTO/Frederic J. BROWN / AFP PHOTO / FREDERIC J. BROWN

Google to unveil Pixel smartphones, VR headset – reports

Oct 04, 2016 - 2:25 PM

The October 4 event is set to feature the latest hardware from Google

THE PIXEL LINEUP? Google is likely going to announce a new phone lineup at its October 4 event. Screen shot from YouTube.

VR game Ace Banana is a sleeper hit in the making

Oct 03, 2016 - 2:45 PM

Despite the cartoony graphics this PlayStation VR launch title packs serious fun

NOT YOUR ORDINARY PRIMATES. It's great to see more VR games that do attempt to create more cartoony worlds as opposed to extreme realism. Screengrab from Sony

What virtual reality racing on the PlayStation 4 feels like

Sep 19, 2016 - 2:26 PM

Crashing into a wall felt real enough that my body went rigid for a split second before I realized this wasn’t real

TEST DRIVE. Driveclub VR will be coming out this year but the specific month hasn't been published yet. Photo by Michaela Nadine Pacis/Rappler

IFA dives head-first into virtual reality

Sep 04, 2016 - 11:42 AM

From VR headsets and 360 degree cameras to AR glasses tech giants like Samsung Qualcomm and Acer are offering visitors a glimpse of reality altering experience

VIRTUAL WORLD. This file photo taken on September 3, 2014 shows people trying out the Samsung Gear VR, a virtual reality device at an event in Berlin in advance of the consumer electronics trade fair 'Internationale Funk Ausstellung' (IFA). Odd Andersen/AFP

For Honor showcases epic sword battles + 9 other big Gamescom 2016 news

Aug 23, 2016 - 11:00 AM

The Ubisoft title has unsheathed its nasty predilection for melee battles Along with Metal Gear Survive Resident Evil 7 and the proposed Mass Effect remake the game was a star in the recently concluded gaming expo

FOR HONOR. The MOBA-like game from Ubisoft features visually striking battles among medieval factions brandishing really sharp objects. Photo from Ubisoft.

Night Terrors could be the horror Pokemon Go – if it releases

Aug 17, 2016 - 8:09 PM

The spooky augmented reality app is in development hell but is still pushing through says developer Novum Analytics

SCARE TACTIC. The iOS app digitally populates real-life environments with ghostly figures. Screenshot from Novum Analytics

PlayStation VR in the Philippines: What it is, where to pre-order

Jul 29, 2016 - 9:59 AM

Here s what you need to know about the PlayStation VR ahead of time in case you re interested in trying out virtual reality gaming

PlayStation VR heading to PH in October

Jul 28, 2016 - 1:55 PM

The PlayStation VR unit will cost P22 900 and there will also be a bundle with the PlayStation Camera for P25 290

Huge quarter for Facebook lifts shares

Jul 28, 2016 - 1:00 PM

The social network s net profit for the second quarter of 2016 jumps 186 while the number of its monthly active users hits 1 7 billion

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks at the F8 summit in San Francisco, California, on March 25, 2015. Zuckerberg introduced a new messenger platform at the event. AFP PHOTO/JOSH EDELSON / AFP PHOTO / Josh Edelson