Issue 21 _ July 20, 2016
Co-founders Jim Hang and Serneg He began design work on the Nico360 in Q1 of 2015 and launched their product July 2016. Nico360 is a "nano-sized" waterproof 360 degree camera that is a fraction of the cost and, at just 96 grams, size of others on the market.
Not only is this camera pocket sized and financially accessible, it boasts one of the highest resolutions on the market. It is also the first 360 camera to have live streaming capabilities, making live VR streams on Facebook Live and YouTube 360 Live simple. Your friends could easily watch your live feed in virtual reality with their VR KiX!
Hang and He designed the Nico360 to be extremely user friendly. There is no photo or video editing needed, as the camera stitches the shots into a complete 360 shot by itself. There are no complicated buttons, just one that functions as a power button, to take photos and videos and to switch between camera modes.
The campaign still has a month left to go and they have reached 276% of their goal at the time of publishing. Because of their success they have established "stretch goals" that include making a case for deep sea diving and later adding support for 4K videos. They will begin shipping to backers in December of 2016.
You can take advantage of the reduced pricing during the campaign with the early bird twin pack ($229 for two) or reseller packs ($1999 for 20). You'll want to act quickly, as they are selling out of each reward level fast!
appliedVR - Transforming Patient Care
written by Jessica Lacombe, VRKiX.com
Imagine the next time you walk out of your doctors office, you are holding a prescription for gaming rather than one for narcotics. Mathew Stoudt ofAppliedVR hopes to make this scenario a reality.
Applied VR is a startup that has been building a library of VR content specifically made for coping with anxiety and pain relief for before, during and after medical procedures. The platform is used now for pain management, in clinics during blood drawing, doctors offices and hospitals. The content distracts the user from their pain and anxiety as they are drawn more into the games.
a look at appliedVR's content library
Technology and research of the past has supported VR for pain relief, but it was impractical for doctors and hospitals to spend the $35,000 average price for VR. AppliedVR has not given a price for their bundle yet but did say that it will cost more than a Gear and Samsung headset, but much less of the VR of the past.
Applied VR provides the medical facility with a Gear VR headset and the content library. They currently have three VR experiences for pain management and one for anxiety. Bear Blast, an app that has a player move their head around to throw balls at cartoon bears, is their most popular content so far.
Lets have a little fun!
We've all seen it before - sometimes things just get lost in translation! During the process of testing and evaluating many headsets directly from China, we came across tons of user guides and product inserts that were translated to English. What did we notice? Some translations were downright hysterical, while many made no sense at all!
Do you have an example of a translation that just doesn't fit? Send them our way!