Build a VR Room, Share with Your VR Friends
The rooms act a hub where the owner can post video, news and music.
Back in the early aughts, it was cool for kids to decorate their rooms with posters of their interests. Now that time-honored tradition is coming to virtual reality thanks to myVR. Set to launch in October for Google Cardboard and Samsung Gear VR, the free app is a new take on social networking in virtual reality.
Hoping to appeal to a wider audience outside of gamers and early adopters, myVR allows viewers to create interactive "rooms." Once created, the rooms act a hub where the owner can post video, news and music via feeds categorized under 21 customizable interests including entertainment, DIY, Sports, Tech News and Life Hacks. In addition to perusing through a friends virtual music collection, you can also browse the web or have a group chat.
Creating a room is fairly simple. After selecting the decor on myWebRoom, you assign a feed to a certain part of the room. For example, you can designate the television as a music feed, letting you watch videos.
For my personal room I chose the Oceanside retreat, which created a room with large bay windows with varying shades of blue paint on the walls. To preserve the feng shui, I kept my interests short, choosing Apps & Gadgets, Tech News, Pets, Music, Games and Videos.
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From there, it was up to me to click on an interest and customize my feed choosing from a number of popular sources. Under pets, I had a choice of I Can Haz Cheeseburger gifs, photos and videos along with content from the Dodo, Today Show and Animal Planet.
Once the initial room was complete, I started tinkering with the default furnishing, changing my MacBook into a Razer Blade, the chess board into an Oculus Rift and a Dalmatian into an American Pit Bull Terrier, to reflect my handsome boy.
Creating a room via website is a surprisingly in depth and addictive experience, but I'm curious to see how the experience will play out in virtual reality.
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SEE PHOTOS: Wearable Electronics Take Over (Photos)
This week, our tech slideshow is all about the Mobile World Congress, the consumer electronics show that takes place in Barcelona each year. Innovative smartphones, wearable computers and Internet-connected cars are among some of the technologies that were on display. Here are some of our favorites.
The Mirama smart glasses, from
, have a gesture recognition system combined with augmented reality technology. The wearer uses her hands to interact with virtual objects seen in the glasses. Brilliant service wants their smart glasses to one day replace for smartphones.
For its unique aluminum unibody design, the HTC ONE was awarded this year's "Smartphone of the Year."
Walldorf, Germany-based SAP is working with the German national football team to prepare for the World Cup in 2014, and take soccer to the next level. The ball has embedded sensors and electronics that capture and analyze a wealth of data in real time, including spatial analysis of player movements.
Blackphone is the world's first smartphone that places security back into the hands of the user. The $629 phone, which comes unlocked, was developed in a partnership between Silent Circle and Geeksphone. Along with the PrivatOS, built on Android, the phone comes with a suite of Silent Circle apps, including Silent Phone, Silent Text and Silent Contacts; anonymous search, private browsing and VPN from Disconnect. SpiderOak provides a secure cloud file storage and the Blackphone ships with a remote-wipe and device recovery tool.
LG was on hand to promote its new G Flex, which has a 6.0” curved OLED screen, that while not flexible, does have a shape that fits well into the palm of a hand. The big screen provides an impressive panoramic view, while minimizing glare.
Samsung's Galaxy Fit was among many wearable fitness devices on display at the Mobile World Congress. The Fit has a thin, curved shape meant to follow the wrist; the user navigates menus by swiping horizontally. Along with a heart monitor, the Fit is designed to provide notifications for calls, e-mail and text message. A personal fitness coaching app is an option.
One of the most surprising announcements at the Mobile World Congress came from Mozilla, who plans to launch seven new devices using Firefox OS, including a smartphone -- the ZTE Open C -- priced at $25. The devices are being aimed at people in developing countries.
Chinese company Gionee presented its Elife 5.5, the world's thinnest smartphone. At 5.5 millimeters thick, the phone edges out the 5.75mm Vivo X3. For comparison, the iPhone 5s is 7.6mm thick.
The new Xperia Z2 phone and tablet from Sony are waterproof, come with brighter screens and noise-canceling earbuds.
Sony's SmartBand SWR10 is also waterproof, which makes sense if you plan to sweat while wearing them.
Practically speaking, cars are becoming gadgets. Ford was among several automakers displaying their versions of fully connected Internet cars. These cars work in conjunction with a person's smartphone or work like a smartphone to run apps that connect to the Internet, play music and movies, display GPS navigation and control security features at home, among many other features.