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VIRTUAL REALITY CADDIE NEVER SOUNDED SO GOOD
June 28, 2016 1:10 pm

Virtual Reality, the newest entertainment outlet, is going again to the U.S. Open this year. NextVR is helping bring the green grass and polo shirts to the homes of its viewers in a way that can only be appreciated by experiencing it yourself.

Virtual Reality is an amazing thing. For the years that VR has been available, I never was impressed with it, never appearing to be anything more than cool gimmick. Just like 3D TV’s or motion controls for games, I thought VR would come and go. But I was/am so wrong.

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I got the chance to try out the HTC Vive and it was absolutely incredible. Hight felt real as I stood up 20 feet above the ground and objects felt tangible as they would appear closer and further away. The world seemed real and the culmination of HD graphics, motion controls and 3D really made the experience one of a kind. If you haven’t tried out VR yet, you need to check it out as soon as possible. Go to a tech demo, a Best Buy if they have it, or find a friend who has it and get under the goggles for at least an hour, the level entertainment value is quite impressive. 

With three major options, HTC Vive, Playstation VR and Oculus Rift, each ranging from $400 to $800 (not including the game system or computer), the price for such a novelty can be steep to say the least. Although, this is the case for all new technology, the LCD TV I have now was originally $1,600 dollars 10 years ago and today I could buy something 12 inches larger with 4K resolution for $1,400. So yes, VR is expensive now, but good things come to those who wait.

The U.S. Open this year is not totally in VR, only a few holes for a couple of days were captured and broadcast this way. But just being there, closer to the player and seeing the environment they see while they play is a treat in it own.

As VR drops in price and has more content, it will become a household staple. It won’t replace TV or movies, but watching sports and video games will be amazing in years to come. Even though golf lovers and sports enthusiasts will get a kick out of VR Golf, it will take years before it hits any significant market or demographic.

Here is a bit from BBC last year about NextVR:

YOUR NEW A.I. ASSISTANT
December 23, 2015 4:21 pm

Artificial Intelligence has come a long way from being just a theme in sci-fi. It has become something that is present in our daily lives. From Microsoft’s Cortana, to Apple’s Siri, artificial intelligence has come into our lives, becoming an essential way to live easier. Way easier.

X.ai is a company that was funded in early 2014 with the thought of using artificial intelligence as a personal assistant. The product that they created was Amy.

Amy is an A.I. made by x.ai that acts as a personal assistant by using data you offer in order to book appointments for you. You start off by emailing x.ai your availability and Amy then keeps that stored for future reference when booking your appointments. Once that is completed, you just simply CC Amy when sending out an email or a reply, where you would have to schedule a meeting, and Amy does the rest. Amy corresponds back and forth with the other person and gives them available times for meetings.

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Amy makes sure that you have a set time and when it is all set and done, sends you an email confirming the date at the end. While this product is made for mostly business types, it is one that is available to anyone. If you want to schedule a dinner date with your friend, you can totally do that with Amy. It might make you look like lazy, but has that ever stopped you from doing something, or nothing, before?

What makes Amy different than most other A.I. is its eerie human likeness. From the testimonials on twitter, it seems that most people find Amy to be a product that is competent and something that they
can rely on. Not as charming as Samantha from Her, not as life threatening as Hal from 2001: A Space Odyssey, Amy is right in the middle of the A.I. spectrum on a zone that Goldy Locks and I would call just right.

While Amy is a great service for the modern businessman, it might not be the case for the everyday lay person. If you are coming in and out of meetings every day and don’t know how to manage your work and home life, then Amy will become a cheap alternative to having an assistant. If you don’t fit the aforementioned type then this product is probably not a practical option. Better to just text your friends back and forth until you find a common open date. If you need a little guidance, a planner might come in handy. Or not. I’ve found out the hard way that when you take out your planner in the middle of a conversation to plan a date, you just get mocked.

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