Sundance 2015: New Frontier’s Virtual Reality

Filmic experience "Perspective; Chapter 1: The Party" couples innovative technology with emotional gravity

Virtual Reality (VR) experiences were highly sought after at this year’s Sundance—with New Frontier Exhibitions, the cutting-edge art and storytelling division of the festival, offering an array of otherworldly experiences. There, attendees could fly like never before on a custom simulator or stand in a field of roaming buffalo, with almost no limitations to the visual depths and dimensions. And the technology for each installation …

The Ebove Bike from Activetainment

A virtual reality-compatible indoor mountain bike trainer that blends elements from video games with training

For most adrenaline-seeking mountain-bikers, sitting on a stationary bike is less of a substitute for the real thing and more cruel and unusual punishment. But as technology aids indoor trainers in becoming more engaging, staying bike-fit throughout the dark days of winter can feel a bit less like work and more like the fun of actually getting outside. Oslo-based fitness tech company Activetainment recently unveiled …

StreamMeUp

The SXSW Interactive installation that allows users to explore alien worlds through Kinect

While a good majority of panels and projects at this year’s SXSW Interactive centered around the NSA and government surveillance, interactive installation StreamMeUp offered a lighthearted alternative to the discussion on where advancements in technology can lead us as a society. Created in collaboration between Microsoft Studio and an impressive team lead by artist and acting Technical Director James George—with art direction and design by …