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TECHLIFE’S PRACTICAL MONTHLY ROUND-UP OF ALL THE LATEST VIRTUALAND AUGMENTED-REALITY APPS AND EXPERIENCES, ALONGSIDE NEW AI-DRIVEN BOTS AND OTHER USEFUL TOOLS.
WITH THE FIRST Oculus Rifts arriving on Australian shores around the start of April last year and HTC’s Vive, Sony’s PSVR, Google’s Daydream and OSVR all soon following suit, 2016 is undoubtedly the year virtual reality (proper) arrived — and based on the geopolitical climate, we couldn’t think of a better year to have introduced an additional reality to escape to. In addition to that hastily-constructed VR landscape, we’ve also seen the rise of augmented reality, centring around the official global release of Microsoft’s HoloLens headset and the astoundingly-popular debut of mainstream AR smartphone apps like Pokémon GO, which showed the untapped potential of a mixed physical-and-digital-reality. As Google reshapes the Play Store amongst fears that smartphone apps have reached saturation point, many are hailing ‘bots’ (or AI applications that you interact with via language) as the convenient and specialised future of the ‘app’. These emerging areas of technology are all poised to become the staples of tomorrow, so if you’re as keen as us to be ahead of the bell-curve, then there’s plenty of cutting-edge tech here to drag you away from the physical reality.