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Virtual realities

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.

Microsoft Build 2017

Virtual reality and augmented reality have been hot topics for a while now, but where are the world's biggest tech companies envisioning it going? And how can companies make the most of this futuristic technology? Speaking at Microsoft’s Build event, Microsoft Hololens creator Alex Kipman discussed the company’s ideas around a mixed reality future.

The past is a foreign country

It may seem like it’s gone on for ages, but 2016 is finally coming to an end. Just keep the champagne away from your screen.

Virtual Reality

For Idealog's recently launched Technology Issue, we wanted to bring the cover to life, so we shacked up with Resn, Bend and Spark and conducted an experiment. The end result was an immersive VR world that could be explored with a (newish) smartphone, a cardboard headset and a set of functioning eyes. The response has been amazing. We've had people say they had acid flashbacks while they tried it out at Friday drinks, we've had parents who haven't been able to get the headsets off their kids (for extra VR-related fun, Idealog recommends downloading a rollercoaster app), and we've had people saying 'oh my god, there's a whale', even though there aren't actually any whales. Just goes to show that the world, even if it's virtual, is what you make of it.

Architecture/Design

Architecture and design are reaching new heights with the development of visualisation technology, making concepts all the more real.