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Overdue Reviews: 'Strange Days'

Overdue Reviews takes a critical look at tech-centric films that are well-loved, well-loathed or eye-rollingly obscure. When Kathryn Bigelow's 'Strange Days' was released in 1995, it didn't even break $8 million at the box office; with a production budget of $42 million, it was by all accounts a commercial disaster. Even the critically panned 'Johnny Mnemonic' pulled in $19 million, and...

Lockheed Builds Jets in Seriously Awesome, Kind of Embarrassing Virtual Environment

When designing a new aircraft, engineers must be able to get a feel for how the jet might come together -- and, generally, the only way to do that is to actually build a mock-up and crawl inside. But, with the Collaborative Human Immersive Laboratory or CHIL (which is pronounced exactly how you'd expect... with a heavy dose of shame), engineers can get some "hands-on" time with their creations...

Virtual Reality Treadmill Looks Perfect for Human-Sized Hamsters

One of the ironies of virtual reality is that the endless digital worlds which it provides require some real-life square footage in which to operate. Researchers and programmers have been battling this problem ever since VR's heyday in the '90s, coming up with weirder and weirder-looking contraptions to mask the fact that you're "walking" through a make-believe "world." German, Italian and...

Robotic Steps Let You Walk in Place, Forever

Never ones to let an economic downturn get them down, Japanese researchers have created yet another bizarre robot that will probably never reach U.S. shores. The bots, shaped like large tiles, measure the pressure of your step and determine where you'll next place your foot, according to Popular Science. They then scoot to that spot on the floor, giving you the sensation of walking in place....

Virtual Golf Makes Sport More Accessible for South Koreans

Don't expect Tiger Woods to practice this way, but for many South Koreans, hitting the virtual greens is much more practical than playing the real sport. According to a report from CNN, many of the country's 3.5 million golfers opt to play golf simulators instead of the 260 golf courses, which tend to be prohibitively expensive and crowded. In contrast, a round of virtual golf costs somewhere...

Virtual Reality Exhibit Gives You Animal Senses

The 36th annual Siggraph conference, which celebrates "computer graphics and interactive techniques," hit New Orleans last week with exhibits ranging from animation workshops to displays of 'emerging technologies' like the Pull-Navi ear-navigator. One of the more intriguing exhibits, presented by Texas A&M University's (A&M) visualization department, featured a "deep immersion,"...

Bizarre Virtual 'Restaurant' Air Yakiniku a Huge Success

Proving once and for all that perception is everything, Japanese virtual restaurant Air Yakiniku has become the 29th most searched site on Yahoo!. (Warning: Google Translator does little to help with this one.) Allow us to explain. The virtual Korean BBQ restaurant, originally designed for the Japanese market, virtually hands its customers an apron, which they are asked to print out onto a...

Japanese Dinosaur Exhibit a Virtual 'Jurassic Park'

While cloning is still in its infancy, the Canon corporation is doing the next best thing to genetically reproducing departed species: virtually recreating them. According to DVICE, the global imaging company, which has also designed a virtual aquarium exhibit, is developing a museum show in Chiba, Japan called "Dinosaurs -- Miracles of the Desert." Wearing virtual reality goggles, visitors to...

Google's Holodeck Presents Interactive StreetView at 360 Degrees

Ah, Google. Making human contact obsolete one development at a time. At its Mountain View Googleplex, the search engine-turned-megalith brought out its StreetView Holodeck simulator for the Google I/O Conference on Wednesday. The Holodeck, like a Disney ride for adults, is a small, circular, one-person viewing room with a 360-degree view of the nearby area projected on its walls. (Think...

New Headset Creates Virtual World of Sight, Smell, Taste, and Sound

In an effort to bring the other three senses up to par with sight and sound in the virtual landscape, researchers in the UK have developed a headset that not only offers a stereoscopic display and four speaker surround sound, but throws in smells, tastes, and a fan for heating your grill up (or cooling it down) for good measure. The Virtual Cocoon doesn't look too terribly comfortable (this...

Virtual Reality Used as Pain Treatment in Army Study

US Army researchers are currently assessing the merits of virtual reality games as treatment for burn victims, MetaFilter gleaned from the Chronicle. In keeping with the study, severely burned veterans play a virtual reality game entitled 'Snow World' while their wounds are being cleaned. Set in an arctic landscape, the game offers the patients a first-person perspective as they maneuver icy...