John Carmack receives a lifetime achievement award at GDC 2010. Photo by Official GDC via Flickr
In recent years, virtual reality has evolved from an overambitious 1990s pipe dream into a bona fide technological marvel. Leading the charge is Oculus Rift, a head-mounted virtual reality display in development by Oculus VR. The company initially raised $2.4 million through crowdfunding site Kickstarter, and, in 2014, was bought by Facebook for $400 million in cash and a further $1.6 billion in Facebook stock. To date, the company has only released a number of development kits, with a final consumer version of the product expected sometime this year.
In trying to create a children’s reading app, engineer Keenan Wyrobek discovered he had a feedback problem. More specifically, he learned that teachers frequently didn’t have time to give individual attention to students as they practiced reading aloud. “As a teacher with 20, 30 kids, I only listen to each kid once a week—best-case scenario,” one educator informed Wyrobek. He decided that’s what would make his app, Bam Boomerang, different.
Punch a destination into re:route, a new app from eco-rewards company Recyclebank, and it will provide several options. You could walk to the subway, take it to your stop, pick up a bike from the bike share, and ride to your destination. You could get off the subway a stop early and walk. You could ride your own bike, or walk halfway and pick up a bike to get you the rest of the way there.
Whichever path you choose, you're not using your car. As a reward for making that decision you’ll receive a reward at the end of each journey—5 Recyclebank points, which can be combined and exchanged for discounts on a slew of products.
Stroll through any arcade, and you’ll spot at least a few teenagers grooving to electronic beats on one of those Dance Dance Revolution consoles. A new partnership wants to take advantage of that DDR craze—which is more than a decade old and still going strong—to keep kids healthy.
This holiday season's animated blockbuster might be a tale of triumph about a band of cute fur seals trying to rescue their penguin friend from a misunderstood polar bear on a melting iceberg. That's certainly something Disney could pull off now that they've applied for a trademark for the term "SEAL Team 6."