Look at what Google knows about you

The following is a set of links that let’s you see exactly what Google knows about you.   The good part is that it’s you manage that information if you want to delete anything.

And you can download it all as one big file.

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Touching Masterpieces – Haptic VR for the Blind

This is a pretty touching and amazing video on enabling Blind people use VR headsets to be able to ‘see’ art in a tactile way in a much more meaningful way than just imagining it in their heads.

 

Drax Interviews Dr. Jeremy Bailenson on the Impact of Virtual Reality on Society

Today, Draxtor Despres interviewed Dr. Jeremy Bailenson, who is a professor of communication at Stanford University and founding director of the Virtual Human Interaction Lab. He has written a newly-published book titled Experience on Demand: What Virtual Reality Is, How It Works, and What It Can Do, which is an in-depth look at virtual reality and how it can be harnessed to improve our everyday lives. Jeremy said that this interview was the longest time he had ever spent so far in a social VR app!

Read more: Link

How to build the world’s biggest VR website: pivot to hardcore porn

Daniel Peterson runs the world’s biggest virtual-reality website. It just happens to be dedicated to porn. He claims his site, VRporn.com, gets 10.5 million views per month. According to SimilarWeb, this is almost double that of Oculus.com, the website for the VR company that Facebook bought for $2 billion (£1.5bn) in 2014. “I don’t want to say we’re a big deal, but we are kind of a big deal,” Peterson says.

Read more: Wired

Watch sports, movies and TV with friends in VR together

Social is going to be one of the big draw for VR experiences once enough people have headsets.  The following three videos show the first glimpses of what is to come where you can sit and watch your favorite sports together with other fans, or get together with friends and family to watch movies and TV shows together.

The MAYA Principle: Design for the Future, but Balance it with Your Users’ Present

The following is an interesting article talking about a principle called MAYA which describes why some products get adopted successfully and others failed.  MAYA stands for Most Advanced Yet Acceptable and is based on the premise that design needs to be advanced, but not more advanced than what users are able to accept and embrace based on their norms.   This becomes relevant especially when talking about AR and what will users find acceptable in terms of wearing a headset in public.

 

“The adult public’s taste is not necessarily ready to accept the logical solutions to their requirements if the solution implies too vast a departure from what they have been conditioned into accepting as the norm.”

Read more: Link