A head-mounted virtual reality system to be worn by fire-fighters could revolutionise fire safety, according to its developers at the Vienna University of Technology. The prototype ProFiTex system is designed to provide first-responders with an unprecedented view into the layout and temperature of burning buildings, giving them a better chance of saving lives. Jim Drury reports.
AP (Mar. 20, 2014) New technology is fueling a comeback for virtual reality helmets, which came onto the scene decades ago. Several companies unveiled virtual reality prototypes at the Game Developers Conference in San ... watch video
Reuters - Innovations Video Online (Jan. 21, 2016) 2016 will be a breakthrough year for virtual reality, as the technology starts evolving past a gaming platform towards a new tool to experience live content, according to experts. Ben Gruber ... watch video
AP (Oct. 14, 2014) Augmented reality brings virtual monsters and heroes to life on city streets, even your own backyard. But A-R is moving beyond games as businesses are finding practical uses to solve real problems. ... watch video
Reuters - Innovations Video Online (Jan. 27, 2014) A prototype gaming system being developed by scientists in Austria is taking virtual reality to a new level, allowing gamers to physically walk or run through their virtual world. Its inventors at ... watch video
AP (Feb. 20, 2013) Computer scientists at the University of Illinois at Chicago have turned science fiction into reality with a wraparound virtual reality system where researchers can take a walk through their data. ... watch video
AFP (May 29, 2015) The annual Google developer’s conference opens in San Francisco with announcements on new versions of Android platforms and a new platform for virtual reality.
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Reuters - Business Video Online (June 19, 2015) At this week's Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles, fans tested out new virtual reality devices, and the big gaming companies showed off their new titles. Bobbi Rebell reports.
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June 5, 2013 Engineers have developed new image processing techniques for rapid exploration and characterization of structural fires by small Segway-like robotic vehicles. A sophisticated on-board software system ... read more
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