Jim’s WebLetter for 5/14/16

Hi-ya Webfriends!

This week, I came across two stories you may find interesting. The first one deals with the changes virtual reality is bringing about. No longer is virtual reality, or VR just an enhanced way to play video games. Granted, chances are thousands of gamers are wearing a VR headset right now and are playing a hyper version of a warrior game or multi-level racing game, but modern day makers are creating new methods to improve on an old standard … Teaching.   

In this TED Talk, Michael Bodekaer gives a demonstration using software and a smartphone to place you into a virtual world of a laboratory and allows you to perform experiments and learn from the experience. His thought is that students learn by doing and through VR they can work in the virtual world. As is demonstrated in the video, it’s a method that revolutionizes science class. Imagine what else VR can do. https://www.ted.com/talks/michael_bodekaer_this_virtual_lab_will_revolutionize_science_class

The second story is about the new Reality TV. Live Video is making its mark on the Internet and has become, as the Wall Street Journal proclaimed, “social medias latest craze”. This new form of capturing the world as it happens began with a phone app called Meerkat but Meerkat was overtaken by social media Twitter when it released Periscope, an app I have often written about several times because of its’ ability to easily broadcast what you’re doing to the world who’s watching. 

I believe, as thousands of others prove, that this is the new way to push your message to viewers who would never have the opportunity to hear it otherwise. Since it began, the new reality TV viewers have seen professionals talking about their trade, vacationers showing off the fun they’re experiencing and churches broadcasting their worship. Hundreds of people at any given time are broadcasting their locations, their feelings, their uniqueness for all to see and respond.

Facebook noticed what was going on and soon released in limited form its version of the broadcast application called simply, “Live Video” to high profile celebrities to try, then threw open the feature to everyone with a Facebook account to use at their discretion.  

In this article from the Wall Street Journal, Joanna Stern gives you the nuts and bolts of Live Video and includes some helpful hints on what to broadcast. http://www.wsj.com/articles/live-video-what-to-know-about-social-medias-latest-craze-1461691861?mod=ST2&ref=/news/personal-technology
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That’s it this week. Have a great weekend and may God bless you and keep you safe.
c-ya!
Jim

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