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Trends With Benefits

Oct 7, 2016

Google takes on everyone, as it attempts to become your life assistant; Oculus Connect 3 debuts the Oculus Touch; Virtual Reality incorporates Social Media; Nike fulfills the wishes of Back to the Future fans everywhere with self-lacing shoes.

Our latest weekly episode of Trends with Benefits features Nick Mokey, Brendan Hesse, Matt Smith and Greg Nibler.

Our topics this week:

  • Google wants to become your Life Assistant: Google came out swinging at it's Made by Google Event on Tuesday, with Pixel phones to take on Apple/Samsung, Google Home to take on Alexa and Daydream to shake up VR systems. Can Google swoop into these emerging markets and become your go to service for....well, your life?
  • Oculus Connect 3: Oculus is in the middle of their Developers conference, leading to some big announcements regarding the VR Platform. The Oculus Tough was the highlight, with the release of the highly anticipated controllers coming soon.
  • Virtual Reality incorporates Social Media: It was only a matter of time before Facebook began including VR options for interacting. In addition a company called VRChat just received funding for a cross-platform, avatar based VR app. Is this the beginning of a newer, more immersive version of Second Life?
  • Nike brings us Back to the Future: Nike has finally announced that the Marty McFly-based Mag, self-lacing sneakers have been produced! You'll need to win a raffle, but it's worth the entry. What kind of movie tech would you like to see come to fruition?!

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