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VR locomotion solved? The CAOTS system

One virtual reality developer claims to have solved some of the major problems with getting around in virtual reality beyond room scale. Called the CAOTS system, it utilises head bob tracking and arm motion to calculate your pace and lets you move around large, virtual environments while bobbing, walking and …

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IBM now using biometrics to prevent fraud in online banking

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Banking institutions that make use of IBM’s Trusteer Pinpoint Detect system to help secure their online platforms, will now be able to make use of biometric tracking to prevent fraud. The system is able to track mouse movements, clicks and other interactions, to build up profiles of users, thereby detecting …

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Wireless Oculus Rift prototype shown at Connect 3

Oculus VR made a lot of announcements at this year’s Connect event, but one of the more exciting demonstrations was for a new wireless prototype called Santa Cruz. As well as untethering itself from a PC, it contains a battery pack, on board processing and self-contained positional tracking, meaning you …

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Pokémon Go has a tracking system again! Sort of…

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Removing the three step tracking system entirely from Pokémon Go was one of the worst received moves in recent game developer history. Fans were really not impressed, but it’s good to see Niantic has responded quickly by releasing a newly revamped tracking system in its early stages of development. You …

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Meta data can reveal more about you than you thought

One of the big arguments for more government surveillance, is that they’re only ever after metadata. While that is rarely true, in the cases that it is, it’s cited as being just a record of your calls, not the content of them. But it turns out that knowing who was …

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Adding tracked feet to VR is very, very simple

As much as tracked hands might be one of the major selling points of the HTC Vive, some developers are already looking beyond that. With talk of HTC/Valve releasing standalone tracking pucks at some point, one developer has strapped a pair of ‘old’ controllers to his feet and has used …

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Smartphone app proves almost as effective as contraceptive pill

Although the rhythm method is one that non-religious organisations might mock or deride as ineffective, it turns out that if you take that sort of idea and mix it up with smart tracking, it actually becomes very effective. Natural Cycles is an application that tracks the user’s temperature over time …

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LiveLike shows the future of watching football in VR

We’ve seen what it would look like watching sports in augmented reality, but virtual reality is much closer to an affordable reality. That’s why LiveLike has been putting its efforts into making watching football in VR a reality and it already looks fantastic, with your own personal box-seat, alternative camera …

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Is big-data a real hope for Minority Report style pre-crime?

The use of big-data has exploded in the last few years, allowing for new weather prediction algorithms, Netflix suggestions and more targeted advertising among many other uses, including some controversial ones. Take for example its use in predicting criminal activity. Could this one day lead to a Minority Report-like pre-crime …

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Oculus buys another hand tracking tech firm

Oculus VR made a big splash when it announced prior to E3 that it had developed its own hand tracking controllers, called Touch. It was a surprise too, since Oculus previously purchased a company called Nimble Sense, which used a camera system to track hands, rather than the control system Oculus …

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Philips develops supermarket navigation system using LEDs

For people that don’t shop for their food online, finding their way around supermarkets isn’t always the easiest of tasks. If they haven’t been there before or staff have rearranged everything, they are forced to rely on signs hanging from the ceiling and spotting the particular product they want can take a while. …

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Legislation delays mean US falling behind in drone race

Even though some members of the House of Lords want to see tighter regulations on drone usage in the UK, that may not be the best way to help grow the industry on the British Isles, as the US’ own restrictive governance of the technology has led to it falling behind international developments. …

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