Apple’s Tim Cooks thoughts on Augmented Reality

In a wide-ranging interview, the CEO of the biggest tech company in the world explains how AR will change our lives, and why he thinks the world is actually getting better.

Read more: http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/features/apple-iphone-tim-cook-interview-features-new-augmented-reality-ar-arkit-a7993566.html

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Learning to speak a new language by immersing yourself in VR environments

Often times, people who have not yet had a chance to experience VR with one of the higher end headsets like Vive and Rift ask the question ‘what would I use it for?’
The article below gives an excellent example of where using VR can absolutely make a huge difference in how we can do things.  If any of you have ever tried learning another language, then you realize it can be sometimes pretty difficult with the learning curve and the best way to learn a language is to immerse yourself it, often by visiting the country while using and seeing the language on a daily basis.
Think about it.   We learn languages and usage best when there is context and experiences tied to what we are doing and this is what VR can do extremely well.   Instead of doing rote memorization of vocabulary, you can use the learn the language through interactions, places and people.   Read more in the article below.
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Recently, a new type of app for teaching languages has hit the market – utilizing an approach that seems to have significant promise for many students. Learn Languages VR by Mondly, a new virtual reality foreign-language teaching app, enhances the language learning experience by placing people into situations in which they need to use the language.

Read more: https://www.inc.com/joseph-steinberg/the-new-way-to-learn-languages-virtual-reality_1.html

Using VR headset enabled a person to see depth for the first time

This is a fascinating story.  I came across a post on Reddit where user PoxiPolus shared his experience where he was never able to perceive depth from birth, but after using a VR headset for the first time, it somehow rewired or retriggered his brain to enable him to see depth and shares the story with the community.

Read more: https://www.reddit.com/r/Vive/comments/6cin6l/so_my_depth_perception_is_fixed_thanks_to_the_vive/

In First Interview Since Leaving Oculus, Founder Palmer Luckey Talks VR’s Mobile Future, Facebook, and Cosplay

Having founded Oculus in 2012 and been an important face for the company throughout its growth from fledgling startup to $2 billion acquisition by Facebook and beyond, it was a shock to see Palmer Luckey leave the company just two months ago. Having shied away from the public eye since September 2016 after the ousting of a polarizing political position, Luckey has gone on record in an interview for the first time since leaving the company.

Read more: http://www.roadtovr.com/oculus-founder-palmer-luckey-first-interview-since-leaving-oculus-facebook/

The best virtual reality from the 2016 Sundance Film Festival

Excerpt: I went to Sundance 2016 for the express purpose of covering virtual reality, and over the past week, I tried out all but a handful of the 30-plus VR-related experiences at its experimental New Frontier show. New Frontier is obviously just one part of the festival, but since last year, virtual reality has been big enough to merit a collection of the weirdest, darkest, and most sublime excursions that we’ve taken into other worlds. Here are some of the most interesting moments from my show — I’ve chronicled several more over the course of our Sundance coverage.

Read more: http://www.theverge.com/2016/1/29/10871384/sundance-film-festival-2016-best-vr