Google’s Super Cheap Virtual Reality Headset Is About to Get Better | TIME

The audio experience is getting more realisticMoreWhy GoPro’s Stock Is TumblingAmazon Is Building a Sequel to One of Its Most Popular ProductsVirtual reality newcomers are bound to be overwhelmed by the mesmerizing, lifelike visuals that surround them when putting on a VR headset for the first time. But creating an immersive audio experience is just as necessary to make a virtual reality environment feel realistic. Now, Google is helping developers do just that.The company recently announced that the software development kit for its Cardboard headset will now support spacial audio. Translation: audio in VR will behave more like the sounds we hear in our everyday lives. Google likens this effect to the way sound changes when a firetruck zooms by or when an airplane is heard passing overhead.Support for spacial audio is coming to Android and Unity, a development platform that’s used to build high-end mobile games.

Source: Google’s Super Cheap Virtual Reality Headset Is About to Get Better | TIME

Virtual Briefings

I recently had the opportunity to converse with several briefing experts regarding the trend toward mobile “video conferencing” applications. While all of these applications provide a way to seamlessly and instantly connect with others, the message of the conversation can often be compromised by the newness of the technology. As with any conversation, face to face or via a video conference, remember to try to mitigate the surrounding distractions and focus on the intent of the conversation. You will notice when the distractions are eliminated the hardest part of the conversation begins.

What’s the hardest part?  Listening!