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Everyone Should Know More About Virtual Reality Headsets

Everyone Should Know More About Virtual Reality Headsets

Have you ever wanted to feel like you were living within your favorite game? Virtual reality headsets might be for you, because this an more is exactly what they promise.

The big promise: The Oculus Rift

Without doubt, virual reality headsets are incredibly interesting devices. That said, they are still very much in the development phase. Indeed, the Oculus Rift, which is probably the most well-known virtual reality headset, has yet to be released in its final form.

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    As of right now, you can only purchase the “developer’s edition.” This means that software is still being created for it, and that the hardware is being optimized for the official release. Still, you should be able to get your hands on an Oculus Rift by 2016 at the latest.

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    The reality: The Samsung Gear VR

    In the meantime, you can test out a kind of stripped down version of the Oculus Rift, otherwise known as Samsung’s Gear VR, which is basically a headset that you can strap a Galaxy Note 4 to in order to simulate a virtual reality experience.

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      The Samsung Gear VR is a preview of things to come. It uses your Galaxy Note 4 to project two images, one for your left and right eye. The headset also accounts for head movement, and comes preloaded with a few different types of VR software that you can play around with. It is fairly simply to use. All you need to do is strap it on your head, place it over your eyes, and go. Because it completely blocks your vision, it would behoove you to use it in a relatively hazard free area.

      In many ways, the Gear VR is an example of how virtual reality headsets will work for years to come. Like its unreleased brethren, it basically removes you from the outside world, providing a level of immersion far beyond that of current gaming technology.

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      Of course, the Gear VR is merely the tip of the iceberg. It was developed in part by Oculus, and thus is the first consumer release of their virtual reality technology. Therefore you shouldn’t expect an entirely polished experience, as this articles states multiple times over.

      Many big companies are jumping on the VR hype

      Regardless, the future is bright for Oculus VR, in part because they were recently purchased by Facebook for around $2 Billon. With more money, they were able to field a larger development team, and thus should be able to release their device to consumers more rapidly than they had previously planned.

      Many see virtual reality headsets as having an unlimited amount of potential. Indeed, experts suggest that with improvements to the technology, these headsets could both fulfill “science fiction fantasies” and stimulate breakthroughs in the “industrial and medical” industries.

      With such a promising future, there should be no surprise that companies other than Oculus are looking to jump into the virtual reality arena. These include familiar names such as Microsoft and Sony. Microsoft in particular is an interesting case, as they’ve already made some headway into the VR world with Kinect. Experts speculate that Kinect, when combined with a custom-made virtual reality headset, could prove to be a potent combo that rivals Facebook/Oculus’ future offerings.

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      Sony is also attempting to journey into the virtual reality world with its Project Morpheus, a headset meant to be paired with their Playstation 4 console.

      What about the other big fish in the gaming industry, Nintendo? Shigeru Miyamoto, creator of famed games such as Super Mario Bros and The Legend of Zelda, believes we should temper our expectations. He states that he feels “a little bit of uneasiness with whether or not [using a virtual reality headset is] the best way for people to play,” in part because he is unsure if the improved immersion is worth removing the social aspect from gaming.

      Nevertheless, virtual reality is bound to make a gigantic impact. It has to, with huge companies like Facebook, Microsoft, Samsung, and Sony all interested in seeing it succeed as a platform.

      What can you do to get VR right now?

      You don’t really have many options if you want to experience virtual reality in its current state. You can either purchase a Gear VR for $350 (which also requires that you own a Galaxy Note 4), or wait until companies like Oculus and Microsoft release final versions of their products. You can also purchase the aforementioned Oculus Rift Development Kit for $350, as long as you keep in mind that it is not really meant for use by the general public.

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      All things considered, I think that virtual reality might become the next big trend in gaming. With hardware improvements plateauing in recent years, what really matters is the software, and your ability to craft an immersive experience. I can think of no better way to simulate immersion than with a virtual reality device of some kind. Either way, we will find out in a year or two at most.

      What’s your take on virtual reality? Is it something that interests you? Let me know in the comments below!

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      11 Brain Training Apps to Train Your Mind and Improve Memory

      11 Brain Training Apps to Train Your Mind and Improve Memory

      Whether at work or at school, people these days are under tremendous pressure to perform, perform and perform! Stress and pressure can have adverse affects on the well-being of a person, and need to be controlled.

      Now, this doesn’t mean you make a dash to your nearest therapist. There are a number of wonderful and smart apps that you can use on your phone. These brain training apps have been scientifically designed to target specific areas of the human mind and control harmful emotions such as anxiety, as well as to improve memory and sharpness of the brain.

      Here are 11 iPhone apps that you will not only enjoy but also find useful in keeping your mental health balanced at all times.

      1. Lumosity

      This app consists of games that focus on improving the user’s memory, problem-solving capability, attention span, and thinking. There are three games in each session, and they challenge the brain by changing every time. The user has to complete the games while playing against a clock.

      Free of trial. $15 per month for the full version.

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        2. Fit Brains Trainer

        This brain training app has 10 sets of games that work on different areas of the brain and improve memory as well as concentration. A user is required to finish a particular task from each category on a daily basis and the app tracks the progress by a color coded graph.

        Free.

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          3. CogniFit Brain Fitness

          Developed with the help of neuroscientists, this fun app improves a person’s cognitive abilities, which includes memory and concentration. The progress made by the user over a period of time can be tracked. Users can also play challenge rounds with their friends. The app also modifies the difficulty level to suit the profile of the user and provide recommendations based on the results. Spending 20–30 minutes a few times every week can give measurable improvement in the performance of a user.

          First four games free, then $13 a month.

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            4. Brain Fitness Pro

            The makers of this app claim that it can improve the IQ of a user, and improve intelligence and memory. The app is fun and is user friendly, and 30 minutes a day can fetch you results in less than three weeks.

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            Buy for $3.99.

            5. Happify

            If nothing else makes you happy in life, this app will. Well, this is what the developers claim at least. This app comes loaded with lots of quizzes, polls and gratitude journals, which work on the fundamentals of positive psychology. The app also helps to control stress and emotions to make you feel better.

            Free to use.

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              6. Clockwork Brain

              You will like the little gold robot that comes in every time to explain the next game you are going to play. While the games are not much different to those offered in apps such as Luminosity, the look and feel reminds me of a workshop from old times.

              Free.

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                7. ReliefLink

                Initially created as an app for suicide prevention, it has found its use as a great app for tracking the mood of the user by taking measure of all things relevant to the user’s mental health. In case the user experiences high emotional stress, the app has a coping mechanism that includes voice-recorded mindfulness, exercises and music for relaxation. There is also a map that informs the user of the nearest therapist and medical facilities for mental health treatment.

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                  8. Eidetic

                  Eidetic is a memory enhancement app and uses a ‘spaced repetition’ technique to help users memorize information such as important phone numbers, words, credit card details or passwords. It also notifies you when it’s time to take a test to see what you remember, so that you retain information in your long-term memory.

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                    9. Braingle

                    Braingle helps to maintain the sharpness of the brain and improve the reasoning ability of a person through riddles and optical illusions. It is different from other brain training apps that employ memory and reaction based tests. You can also compete with your friends and family members in figuring out the fun riddles.

                    Free.

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                      10. Not The Hole Story

                      If you have a penchant for solving hard riddles, then this app is a must-have for you. Filled with exclusive riddles along with a simple-to-use interface, the app gives you riddles that you have to solve through a book. You will be given hints along the way, and when you give up, the answers will be revealed. This app will encourage you to broaden your thinking and put your mind to a challenging test.

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                      Free.

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                        11. Personal Zen

                        This fun brain training app follows the journey of two animated characters who travel through a field of grass. Personal Zen is a nice app meant for reducing anxiety and trains the brain to focus on the positive aspects. The developer’s advice is to use the app for 10 minutes a day to see the best results.

                        Free.

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