Picking what to study when you finish school is a daunting task for most, with a myriad of options and information at students’ fingertips. But New Zealand agency M Theory has come up with a solution by using VR tech. 'The Future of You’ takes students on an interactive, fortune teller's journey through a series of personality-based questions that will help guide them towards a career path they're well suited for.
Media is designed to make us feel things. But can virtual reality – sometimes referred to by the believers as an ‘empathy machine’ – make us do things and influence our behaviour in the real world? Ben Forman and Kat Lintott, co-founders of Wellington production company Wrestler, certainly think so.
The oldest joint in Wellington is offering patrons a modern take on the dining experience as part of the 2017 Wellington On a Plate food festival. The Thistle Inn is using VR to tell the story of one of its meals, from catch to plate, as well as the story behind a Garage Project brew that’s matched with the meal. Idealog took it for a test run.
A new VR and mixed-reality centre has launched in Wellington. That, by itself, is not news. But what is news: the fact that Projectr is being launched with the help of Victoria University of Wellington and other high-profile supporters for far more than just making immersive games.
The co-founders of Wellington production company Wrestler recently travelled around the real world to look at the future of the virtual world. In part four of the series, Ben Forman recounts his time in the Big Apple.
An unlikely pairing, or a match made in heaven? Street art is becoming increasingly influenced by virtual reality, as showcased by galleries, companies and artists around New Zealand experimenting with it.
As part of my experience of getting fully immersed in nerd culture, I, along with other media, (aka people at a similar level of incompetence with advanced technology) was invited for a session at Microsoft’s Mixed Reality Academy in Seattle, Washington. This is what went down.
Staples VR's Aliesha Staples won the Xero Hi-Tech Young Achiever Award at the 2017 Hi-Tech Awards. To celebrate her win, we're republishing this story about a project her company has been involved with.
What once was the stuff of fiction is becoming a reality. Ahead of Techweek’s Future Realities events, we chat with executive member of the NZ VR/AR Association and Blackeye VR CEO Jessica Manins about why companies need to be getting familiarised with this type of tech.