Virtual Reality as a Tool to Sharpen Cognition

Detailed within a study published by the journal Nature Neuroscience, with research led by UCLA professor Mayank Mehta, virtual reality simulations have been observed to increase (in mice) the active brain phenomenon known as theta rhythms—which are, according to Fast Company, when “your brain thinks not just in frequencies but in syncopated beats.” This important, if not mysterious, rhythm is deeply important to cognition. Mehta is “arguing …

Six Immersive Highlights from the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival

Online and in person, this year's reality-enhancing projects and events

The 2021 Tribeca Film Festival (online and in-person from 9-20 June) incorporates the annual event’s most dynamic immersive division to date. This slate of augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR) and extended reality (XR) projects populates three verticals: the Storyscapes competitive category on location at Spring Studios, Outdoor and Interactive Experiences in and around NYC, as well as the Virtual Arcade which can be accessed from home with an HTC …

Four Highlights from SXSW 2021’s Virtual Cinema Competition

Immersive stories of connection, transformation, observation and decision-making

This year’s SXSW Online XR slate of programming debuts an abundance of imaginative, adventurous and sometimes otherworldly filmic works. The roster includes a virtual cinema competition with many world premieres, as well as a division for projects already garnering international attention (including CH selects from previous festivals like 4 Feet High VR, Paper Birds and Finding Pandora X, and others we’ve loved like Namoo). For …