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Stop to smell the virtual roses: why scent could be the next frontier for VR

Stop to smell the virtual roses: why scent could be the next frontier for VR

Gaming
By popular demand, the only thing missing from the VR version of Resident Evil 7: Biohazard is the smell of rotting corpse. Now even that could change, thanks to the Tokyo-based startup Vaqso that is working to incorporate the sense of smell into virtual reality. In a story about VR haptics a few weeks ago, I surmised that smell was still pretty far outside the scope of VR engineering know-how. In a testament to the frenzied pace of innovation, only a short while later we now have multiple companies staking ground in this once uncharted frontier. While Vaqso may be one of the savvier companies to tackle VR smell, it is by no means the only player. Another early contribution comes from the OhRoma device, brainchild of the erotic website CamSoda. The OhRoma attempts to bring smell to watc
Fake Christmas trees could make you sick

Fake Christmas trees could make you sick

Health
Adam C Bartlett/Getty Images Americans buy 9.5 million fake trees each year, but some people could get sick from them. If the holidays are leaving you feeling lousy, it may not be your in-laws. It could be the fake tree. Many of these trees are made with polyvinyl chloride, the PVC used in construction pipes, car interiors and toys. It's fire-resistant and uses different metals as stabilizers. "PVC also releases gases known as volatile organic compounds, which are gases that can irritate the eyes, nose, and lungs," Glenn Harnett, chief medical officer of American Family Care, told Men's Health. Exposure to PVC can cause reproductive, developmental and other problems, according to the National Institutes of Health. And there’s the big question of what to do once the needles fall off the rea
Microsoft buys Havok physics from Intel, could boost Xbox One cloud gaming

Microsoft buys Havok physics from Intel, could boost Xbox One cloud gaming

Gaming
Share This article For the past decade, many of the most popular video games have used a common physics engine — Havok. While it’s had some competition from competing solutions, like Nvidia’s PhysX, Havok has powered Call of Duty, the Assassin’s Creed series, DOTA 2, and a number of Source-based titles, including Half Life 2 and the Left 4 Dead franchise. Microsoft has now announced that it had acquired Havok from Intel for an undisclosed sum. As part of the acquisition, Microsoft has agreed to continue licensing Havok to third-parties and competitors, which could be important to the continued success of the middleware engine. Havok has long had a reputation for running on just about every platform known to man, from game consoles to PCs and even smartphones. Microsoft also notes that
These robotic spider legs could let helicopters land anywhere

These robotic spider legs could let helicopters land anywhere

Technology
Share This article When the US finally decided to evacuate its troops, diplomatic officers, and local allies from Vietnam in 1975, the biggest problem was a lack of helicopter landing zones. The country had left the job so late, it had no choice but to conduct the evacuation with choppers that required large, level clearings — and the US embassy had nothing of the sort, beyond the roof. Heroic efforts were required to finish the job, including having soldiers chop down trees and even push unneeded helicopters into the ocean. But that was 1975 — surely modern technology has come up with something better, by now? Well, not really. Helicopters offer more control to pilots than ever before, but you’ll still need to be one hell of an ace if you want to put down safely on anything other tha
Colts WR T.Y. Hilton could play next week

Colts WR T.Y. Hilton could play next week

Sports
Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images T.Y. Hilton watches the ball before a catch in front of Stephon Gilmore on Sunday. INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Colts Pro Bowl receiver T.Y. Hilton did not sustain any structural damage to his injured left knee and could play next week. The injury forced Hilton to leave Sunday’s 27-14 loss at Buffalo during the second half. Initially, the fear was the injury could keep Hilton out several weeks. But coach Chuck Pagano said Monday an MRI was negative and that Hilton was listed as day to day. Hilton said the swelling went down overnight and that he already was feeling better. Pagano also said running back Frank Gore was “fine” after being forced to leave the game early because of cramps in his calf. Indy (0-1) faces the New York Jets (1-0) next Monday at Lucas Oil Stadium
Self-healing material could patch up damaged spacecraft in under a second

Self-healing material could patch up damaged spacecraft in under a second

Technology
Share This article Space is big and mostly empty, but it’s the small part that isn’t empty that ends up being an issue for space exploration. Even a tiny piece of debris from a derelict satellite or ancient bit of space rock can cause damage to a spacecraft, and that damage can expose your fragile atmosphere-loving body to the harsh vacuum of space in a real hurry. Researchers from the University of Michigan working with NASA have developed a material that might add an extra layer of protection from space debris, a material that can heal itself to seal hull breaches. The International Space Station is the most heavily shielded craft ever built, a necessary distinction as it’s designed to operate for years in orbit. The current design relies on a series of impact shields known as Whipp

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