Reflections on my Two Week Digital Detox

Reflections on my Two Week Digital Detox

This past December I did something I haven't done in years: I took a full two-week digital detox. As soon as my vacation started I deleted all my social media apps from my phone, left my laptops and tablets at home, and boarded a flight to Orlando. What I learned during my time away from [...]

Telepresence Education for Children with Autism – 360 Interview with Inventor Graham Smith

Telepresence Education for Children with Autism – 360 Interview with Inventor Graham Smith

Serial inventor and telepresence pioneer Graham Smith is paving the way to a future of remote collaboration. At VRTO I caught up with Graham to talk about his latest project, WebMoti, a telepresence system to give children with autism full control of their classroom experience from the comfort of their own home.

GivLuv’s VR Philanthropy Platform Presents New Opportunities for Fundraising

GivLuv’s VR Philanthropy Platform Presents New Opportunities for Fundraising

Charities and non-profit organizations have long relied on creative marketing to bring their causes to light, but VR's strong ability to cause empathy presents new opportunities to tug at the heartstrings of potential donors. At VRTO 2017, the Virtual Reality Toronto Convention, digital agency Primacy debuted GivLuv, their new platform to connect causes to the [...]

Will Astronauts Use VR on Mars? – An Interview with Peggy Wu

Will Astronauts Use VR on Mars? – An Interview with Peggy Wu

What does VR have in store for space exploration? At this year's Virtual Reality convention in Toronto, I sat down with Peggy Wu, the Associate Director for Research in Human-Machine Interaction at United Technologies, to talk about her perspective on this exciting aspect of our future.

VRTO 2017 – Highlights from Toronto’s Virtual Reality Convention

VRTO 2017 – Highlights from Toronto’s Virtual Reality Convention

Sci-fi authors and futurologists have long dreamed of environments and entire worlds existing purely in virtuality - and for the first time in history, technology has caught up to that dream. From June 24-26, 2017, the VRTO Virtual Reality Toronto convention brought hundreds of VR aficionados to Toronto to discuss the future of our reality in the virtual [...]

VR and Games for Empathy and Identity

VR and Games for Empathy and Identity

Author: VyVy Ngo (@SleepyVyVy) New Shoes - What if I could feel what someone else is living through? Imagine a world where you can put on special glasses, and you’d be able to feel, see, maybe even taste what someone else is living through. Maybe we’d understand more easily why someone’s feeling down or share [...]

The 3 Pillars of Augmented Reality

The 3 Pillars of Augmented Reality

As technology advances, we inch closer to the hybrid reality envisioned by sci-fi authors in the last century, a reality in which technological augmentations are as expected and accepted as our phones and laptops today. Augmented reality is becoming increasingly more common a medium, and is seeping into our lives across many industries. There are [...]