Innovators Use Virtual Reality to Improve Our World

first_imgWalking around SXSW (and a lot of walking that is, let me tell you), you can’t go five minutes without seeing some sort of virtual reality (VR) or augmented reality (AR) installation. Our own #DellExperience has no fewer than three different VR or mixed reality experiences event attendees can check out.It’s not necessarily the hot new, break-out thing that everyone hopes to find at this annual mix of industry conferences, trade shows and festivals, though. VR’s been here for years, so it’s easy to dismiss as no big deal. That would be looking at it from the short-term, gimmick point of view.“However, new ways of using AR and VR have emerged to prove that there is a place for this technology outside of 360 videos and shooting zombies that makes it a far more enduring technology than some of the naysayers at the start made it out to be,” Dell’s VR Guru Gary Radburn noted earlier this year.To help illustrate this we pulled together a panel of innovators who have found ways to use this technology to address larger societal issues ranging from treating veterans with PTSD to influencing policy around caring for our oceans.The key element that connects these is the immersive capability of VR. It can do way more than just make your stomach flip like you’re on a roller coaster, it can take you places you’d never go and make invisible people real to you.“You remember with your whole body, not just with your mind,” said Nonny de la Peña the founder and CEO of Emblematic Group, a digital media company focused on immersive virtual, mixed and augmented reality. “You connect to the story in a very unique way.”Ten years ago when I was building giant Dell computers you could walk through in Second Life, de la Peña was building a virtual prison there that allowed users to be incarcerated and subjected to torture techniques in order to bring attention to human rights violations.“VR is the ultimate Skinner box,” said Dr. Skip Rizzo explaining why it was the right medium for the work he is doing to help veterans face their issues after their nervous system becomes tuned for threat. Exposure therapy – where PTSD sufferers are pushed to tell their story over and over in a safe environment – is the way to ultimately reduce their anxiety. By building out 14 different virtual worlds that resemble real places military veterans have experienced trauma, they’ve been able to transport them back to the scene to get through things they didn’t think they could before.“When given the choice, 75 percent pick the VR option [over talking with an individual therapist],” noted Rizzo. He hopes to bring this sort of therapy to civilian first responders in the future, and also leverage it to train them before they are exposed to trauma so that they will be better equipped to handle it later.Other use cases of VR for good discussed by this panel included our Social Good Advocate Adrian Grenier talking about how adding vibration to the experience enabled users to hear the Lonely Whale who otherwise couldn’t be heard because of the low frequency with which he communicates.And Vice President Global Supply Chain Sustainability at Dell, Jennifer Allison, shared how we use virtual reality to open the doors to our suppliers’ and our own manufacturing facilities; allowing customers to see first-hand how our products are made and the people who make them.Watch the replay of the full session here to hear more:last_img read more

Sam Darnold, Cam Newton, Jimmy Garoppolo: What next for NFL’s uncertain crop of quarterbacks? | NFL News

first_img Former NFL coach Rob Ryan tells NFL Overtime that the Cowboys will struggle to replace Dak Prescott after his season-ending ankle injury Prescott was playing under the franchise tag in 2020, with the Cowboys seemingly unwilling to commit to a long-term, big-money deal; Prescott was playing at an MVP level, throwing for 1,856 and nine TDs through five games before being struck down by a devastating ankle injury and Dallas have not won since.Reinebold: “When you talk about the league’s ‘Most Valuable Player’, how valuable was Dak Prescott to the Cowboys? This year is really showing that.“I think Jerry Jones is absolutely out of his mind if he doesn’t give Dak a long-term contract.Ryan Fitzpatrick (Miami Dolphins)Fitzpatrick, a 37-year-old veteran who has played for eight different teams, was always seen as a placeholder in Miami before handing over the reins to rookie Tua Tagovailoa, but he impressed in his six starts to open the season, leading them to a 3-3 record.Young: “I think he’ll be a coach one day in the NFL. He is a very smart guy; I had the opportunity to play with him in Buffalo.“He and coach [offensive coordinator] Chan Gailey are really good friends, and so I’m pretty sure he’ll be on that or some coaching staff one day.”Matt Ryan (Atlanta Falcons) Listen to the Inside The Huddle podcast in the player below, as former Tennessee Titans quarterback Vince Young joins Jeff Reinebold and Neil Reynolds to lend his expertise on the position.They cast their eye over the two young QBs struggling in New York, the Nick Foles/Mitch Trubisky dilemma in Chicago and whether or not Dak Prescott and Cam Newton can earn new contracts…Cam Newton (New England Patriots) Will the winless New York Jets stick with young quarterback Sam Darnold beyond this season? 2:08 Relive some of Nick Foles’ best throws in his first win as a starter for Chicago after the Bears secured a hard-fought 20-19 win over the Buccaneers 2:20 Former NFL coach Rob Ryan tells NFL Overtime that the Cowboys will struggle to replace Dak Prescott after his season-ending ankle injury Cam Newton got off to a good start in New England, winning two of their first three games, but has struggled since 0:48 In an amazing play, Daniel Jones ran 80 yards, destined for a touchdown, only to trip himself up just shy of the endzone Quarterback Matt Ryan sprinted into the edzone for a touchdown in Atlanta’s Week Eight win over Carolina Ryan currently leads the NFL in passing yards (2,462) through the first eight weeks of the season and is on course for a 10th-straight 4,000 yard year, but the Falcons have disappointed as a team, returning a 2-6 record.Reinebold: “When we talk about quarterbacks on this list, it’s about where are you going to get better than what you’ve got? Is Trevor Lawrence going to be better? Maybe, but there’s only one of him in the [2021] Draft.“When you look also at the likes of Kirk Cousins, Matt Ryan, and even Mitch Trubisky and Nick Foles, are you going to be able to find a better quarterback in the draft?“Until you throw away a Matt Ryan, you better make sure you’ve got somebody better lined up.“Historically, drafting quarterbacks is a 50/50 proposition, at best.”Jimmy Garoppolo/Baker Mayfield (San Francisco 49ers/Cleveland Browns) With the usual suspects of Patrick Mahomes, Russell Wilson, Tom Brady and company leading the way in the quarterback position at the midway point of the NFL season, Inside The Huddle looked at players in the position with a more uncertain future.- Advertisement – Relive some of Nick Foles’ best throws in his first win as a starter for Chicago after the Bears secured a hard-fought 20-19 win over the Buccaneers Chicago opened the season with Trubisky – the No 2 overall pick in the 2017 Draft – as their starter, but he was replaced by former Super Bowl MVP Foles in just the third game of the season; the Bears are currently 5-3.Young: “You want to be around a veteran quarterback to help guide you. Trubisky never really had that – he was thrown into the fire pretty quick – and, to me, I think he has the potential to be a really good quarterback.“He has some things he has to work on behind the scenes, and why not learn from a guy like Foles, who has always been that second-string quarterback.“Foles has always been patient. That can help Trubisky understand that this game is not about just a first-string quarterback, because he can go down at any moment – it’s about staying ready, staying prepared, stay focussed.“I think that’s good for him going into the future, with the Bears or be that somewhere else.”Reinebold: “The Bears have so much money tied up into the quarterback position right now, that it’s going to be really difficult to improve their football team.“If you look at the Bears, QB is only one of the problems they have; they don’t have a running game and the offensive line has been problematic for two years now, they don’t have enough dynamic weapons on the outside, nor an elite-level tight end.“The teams that are winning are loaded with talent and the Bears are talent-deficient. It may be a situation where they have to blow the thing up and start again.”Sky Sports NFL is your dedicated channel for NFL coverage through the season – featuring a host of NFL Network programming, a new weekly preview show as well as at least five games a week and NFL Redzone, you won’t miss a moment. Don’t forget to follow us on skysports.com/nfl, our Twitter account @SkySportsNFL & Sky Sports – on the go! 0:21 Jets quarterback Sam Darnold outruns everyone for a touchdown against the Broncos in Week Four Newton is playing on a one-year, prove-it deal in New England; after a good start, Newton contracted Covid-19 to see him miss some action and the team have lost their last four games to fall back to 2-5 on the season.Reinebold: “If they lose to the Jets, or lose again real soon, you’ve got to take a look at [back-up Jarrett] Stidham to know what you have.- Advertisement – “Based on the one-year contract they have with Cam, he’s probably not the long-term solution. He’s getting older and has accumulated a lot of hits to his body – this is a guy who, when he was in Carolina, really had to carry a football team on his shoulders and just got hit way too much.“And in defence of Cam, he had Covid and we really don’t know, there may still be lingering effects of that, because I don’t see the jump in his step we saw earlier in the season.“It’s hard for me to watch, because I’m a big Cam fan – always have been – and they have no talent around him; it’s a really tough situation for him in New England.”Daniel Jones (New York Giants) Will the winless New York Jets stick with young quarterback Sam Darnold beyond this season?
Will the winless New York Jets stick with young quarterback Sam Darnold beyond this season?

Closer ties sought as LyIT reaches agreement with Chinese University

first_imgAn agreement has been reached between Letterkenny Insitute of Technology (LyIT) and its equivalent organisation in Beijing, China that will provide for cooperation between the Asian country and Ireland on a number of issues.A ‘memorandum of understanding’ was signed by Paul Hannigan, President of LyIT, during a visit to Asia, which will pave the way for LyIT and Chengdu Neusoft University to develop closer ties.The memorandum was signed after a high-level meeting between Mr. Hannigan, Minister for Education and skills Joe McHugh, Head of Education in Ireland Giles O’Neill, Ambassador of Ireland to China Eoin O’Leary and their counterparts at the Chengdu Neusoft University. The agreement was reached as Mr McHugh represented the country at the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in China on Monday – turning the 13,171 mile-long Great Wall a bright shade of green.Closer ties sought as LyIT reaches agreement with Chinese University was last modified: March 20th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:educationJoe McHugelast_img read more