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  • Lonely or Bored on V-Day? VR Can Help!

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    Virtual (and immersive) reality has already helped the dating and sex lives of so many people to become so much more interesting, that Valentine's Day applications seem par for the course. If you don't have a date, are in a long-distance relationship, or simply want to try something new this approaching day of hearts, here are a few virtual practices we think you'd like to give a go (and maybe make a tradition of).

    Cyborg Dating

    Photo via Augmented Reality Trends Photo via Augmented Reality Trends

    What you'll need:  a partner, a Google Cardboard headset, a smartphone, the Cyborg Dating app, and a healthy dose of fun and trust

    Contrary to its name, no, you won't be dating a cyborg but a real person, like a special friend or someone you're willing to go traipsing around town with. This augmented reality experience is designed to have couples bond while on a date in the real world - except one of them is experiencing it virtually (in a forest) while the other "guides" both of them in public spaces. It's a thrilling trust activity that requires hand-holding and close contact to avoid real-life obstacles like crowds, traffic, etc.  The couple can gauge how their date is going via their smartphone, and can also switch to night-mode if they want a more romantic ambience.

    Coffee x Augmented Reality

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    What you'll need: a smartphone, the Starbucks Cup Magic app, a special Starbucks season cup, and coffee (partner optional)

    Don't discard that heart-adorned Starbucks cup that comes with your mocha frap! It serves an entertaining purpose: line the heart up with your phone's field of vision, and you will see hearts and petals flying out of it. You can also send a video of this hearty phenomenon as an e-card through email or social media sites.

    V-Day VR Card From a Secret Admirer

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    What you'll need: a Google Cardboard headset, the VRGifts Valentine Card app, someone you admire to send the card to

    Greeting cards are here to stay no matter what form they come in. Valentine VRGifts wants you to act on your secret admirer fantasies by sending that special someone a virtual reality greeting card - but with a twist. You and the person receiving it have to play a couple of mini-games using the smartphone and Cardboard viewer so that they can find out who is sending them a Valentine (and has a secret crush on them all this time!). Romantic? Yes. Creepy? Maybe. Fun? Oh, heck yeah.

  • Exciting Developments in VR!

    Now that I Am Cardboard's own Kickstarter has wrapped up (thanks to all our backers, you are truly an awesome bunch of geeks!), we're turning our attention towards exciting new developments in virtual reality. Though not in our own product roster, we believe that these developments reflect our own vision-mission, which is to make VR accessible to a wide range of people!

    First up, Google is getting ready to launch Daydream in November. As its name implies, it's a headset that aims to take you on incredible adventures in virtual reality at any time of the day, anywhere you may be.

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    Google was first to level the playing field as far (as VR accessibility is concerned)  with the launch of Google Cardboard a couple of years ago. With Daydream, an even more intuitive headset is ready for many immersive experiences - all in a lightweight, attractive, and breathable package. As its product description goes: "Swing a bat, steer an airship, or even cast a spell with a magic wand", because the Daydream controller allows a wide range of movements to complement your imagination.

    Then PlayStation introduced PlayStation VR, which emphasized intuition to enhance the immersive gaming experience.

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    Gamers are in for a virtual treat with this headset. It puts the gamer right at the center of exciting new frontiers like STAR WARS™ Battlefront™,  PlayStation®VR Worlds, Golem, and RIGS Mechanized Combat League. A sleek new design promises hours of distraction-free fun with only your imagination as the limit!

    Of course, there's VR-in-a-snap in the form of our very own Flip 360, a pocket-sized smartphone case with a built-in VR headset. You don’t have to bring a separate viewer, because now your phone case is your viewer! This product is a hit with people on the go who want versatility, portability, and ease of use in a slender, durable package.

    There's no reason not to immerse yourself in virtual reality today - not when awesome new developments are making themselves available for you.

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