New augmented reality comic book shows the resilience of acid attack survivors

Mashable

As an acid attack survivor, Monica Singh once found it incredibly difficult to look in the mirror. Her scarred skin brought her back to the day men poured a bucket of acid on her in Lucknow, India -- a violent retaliation for her rejection of a marriage proposal. More than half of Singh's body was burned instantly, altering her appearance forever. But the activist says using a mirror has helped her reclaim love for her reflection, and for herself. More than a decade after her attack, Singh's story is now being used to empower other acid attack survivors through an unusual medium -- a comic book.


Auschwitz, sex assault and police shootings -- where virtual reality is going next

Washington Post - Technology News

The fundraiser invitation promised a night of "Cocktails and Virtual Reality." More than 40 people crowded into a Washington rowhouse, sipping mixed drinks in Mason jars before settling into folding chairs and adjusting the focus on their Oculus Rift goggles. It has become home to about 120,000 Rohingya Muslims in Burma who fled violence from Buddhist mobs four years ago. Flora Lerenman, an elementary school teacher, said she had read articles about the plight of the Rohingya, but after watching the film she felt much closer to their struggle. "I was right there," she said.


Virtual Reality's Role In Building The Next Generation Of Jails

Forbes - Tech

Strolling down the hall of the brand new El Centro jail expansion, opened April 2018, Correctional Officer Sergio Romero points out the holding cells near the processing center, the strip search room, and the nursing station. Comprised of 274 beds, the jail is arranged in dormitories instead of the traditional cells, each with a restroom, laundry area, and a 150-foot outdoor exercise space. Every bathroom has modesty panels, so inmates can have some privacy when changing. At this point, I need to clarify that I'm not actually at the jail, but 600 miles away in a conference hall in Sacramento., attending the American Jail Association's annual conference and jail expo. The jail I'm looking at is a virtual reality construction, used by Vanir Construction Management to aid in the building of the jail.


2 California men fall off edge of ocean bluff while playing 'Pokemon Go'

Los Angeles Times

The mania surrounding "Pokemon Go" continued Thursday as more users found themselves in precarious situations while playing the augmented reality game. In North San Diego County, two men fell off a bluff while playing the smartphone game, while farther north in Anaheim, a player was stabbed by group of men in a park recently. The incidents come as law enforcement agencies across the nation are reporting a plethora of Pokemon-related attacks and odd happenings since the game was released last week. On Wednesday, firefighters rescued two men who fell several stories off the crumbling sandstone bluff in Encinitas, according to authorities. The men, who were in their early 20s, were playing "Pokemon Go" at the time and likely were led to the cliff when they were trying to catch characters, said Sgt. Rich Eaton of the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.


The US Needs Real Data to Confront Bias in Police Shootings

WIRED

The United States has no national database tracking fatal shootings by police. The absence of good data has meant that much of the research on the role of implicit racial bias in these deaths takes place inside laboratories. Officers play word association games or go through virtual reality simulations to measure bias. But these methods have some obvious weaknesses. "An officer is not going to killed or injured if they mess up in a simulation," says University of Louisville criminologist Justin Nix.