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VR’s biggest reason to jump in now: price drops

I feel genuinely bad for CNet’s Dan Ackerman. Earlier this week, he wrote a sad breakup note to VR, explaining that his huge investment (including day one purchases of Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and Sony PSVR headsets, plus optional accessories) hadn’t produced enough enjoyment over two years to keep …

MIT Researchers Have Created a Bizarre Headset That Lets You Communicate Without Speaking

It looks so stealthy...<p>MIT researchers have invented a new computer interface that's totally hands-free and voice-free, but it doesn't read your …

Toshiba's smart glasses are powered by mini Windows PCs

Toshiba is stepping into the world of wearable computing with its new Windows-powered smart glasses. You can think of them as a slightly more powerful pair of Google Glasses -- except, instead of being purely standalone, they're attached to one of Toshiba's dynaEdge Mini PCs. Those systems are …

Hollywood's scariest supercomputer joins the Amazon Alexa family

"I'm sorry, Alexa. I'm afraid I can't do that."<p>No one seems particularly freaked out at the idea of computers in our homes that listen to us, respond …

Beijing police are using facial-recognition glasses to identify car passengers and number plates

Police on the outskirts of Beijing are using facial-recognition glasses that can identify passengers and car number plates within milliseconds.<p>The smart glasses were first tested in Beijing at a highway checkpoint last week, according to Reuters.<p>Powered by artificial intelligence, the eyewear …

Surveillance

5 virtual reality trends to watch out for in 2018

The entire VR industry is projected to be worth $5.2 billion in 2018, and $45 billion by 2025 — up from a measly $90 million in 2014.<p>Surely, this is an exciting industry to pay attention to, but what are the trends to watch out for? Here are my predictions:<p><b>1. Expect to see more 360° VR …

This cheap 3D-printed home is a start for the 1 billion who lack shelter

Printed by Vulcans on planet Earth<p>Food, water, and shelter are basic human needs, but 1.2 billion people in the world live without adequate housing, according to a report by the World Resources Institute’s Ross Center for Sustainable Cities. Today at SXSW, an Austin-based startup will unveil its …

3D Printing

Snapchat is stuck in the uncanny valley of AR glasses

“Timing,” Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel said cryptically when asked what the greatest threat was for Snap Inc. “I think the big risks are always the really big product ideas that we’re investing in that are just hard to get right,” he told the Goldman Sachs conference two weeks ago.<p>The statements got …

Augmented Reality

Holoportation is still on Microsoft's mixed-reality radar

Microsoft is promising an ambitious year on the mixed-reality front. And, seemingly, holoportation/teleportation is still part of its …

Magic Leap finally unveils augmented reality goggles, says it’s shipping next year

After more than three years, Magic Leap has unveiled what it describes as a “creator edition” of its augmented reality system. The Magic Leap One consists of a pair of oversized cyberpunk-y goggles, a puck-shaped external computer called a Lightpack, and a handheld controller. It’s supposed to …

Travel to the future in China's huge new virtual-reality theme park

A huge virtual-reality theme park is set to open in southern China. East Science Valley has been under construction in Guiyang, the capital city of Guizhou province in the south-central part of the country.<p>Billed as a ‘science fiction theme park’, East Science Valley will utilise virtual-reality …

Is virtual reality cosmetic surgery a gimmick or game-changer?

You’re no doubt familiar with virtual reality (VR), the computer technology using headsets to generate realistic images, sounds and other sensations that make a user feel as though they are physically experiencing something. Beyond its use for films and games, the evolution of VR for medical …

Watch the 2018 NBA playoffs from every angle, thanks to Intel, TNT, and VR

You’ll soon be able to get closer to NBA playoff action, as well as your favorite team. Intel on Tuesday announced a multiyear partnership with …

Olympus announces Android-powered Google Glass clone with a processor from 2011

Despite all of the product's problems, I still wish Google had decided to release Google Glass to the general public (the $1,500 Explorer edition …

Byond will help enterprises build AR, VR, and 360-degree experiences

Byond is launching a publishing platform that allows companies to create augmented reality, virtual reality, and 360-degree applications. It’s one more set of tools designed to encourage enterprises and brands to take the plunge into promising new technologies.<p>The Los Angeles-based startup has …

Augmented Reality

Geek Deals: 90% off the Complete VR Development Bundle

The HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and PlayStation VR are all dropping in price, smartphone VR is improving significantly, and Google and Facebook are …

Olympus made $1,500 open-source smart glasses

Olympus is reviving the EyeTrek brand it used at the turn of the century to sell a series of head-mounted displays that were as ahead of their time as they were problematic. But the company isn’t creating a new set of TV glasses, at least not yet. Instead, the newest EyeTrek — the Insight EI-10 — …

Amazon adds an AR shopping feature to its iOS app

Amazon today is introducing a new feature called AR View that lets customers visualize online products in their own living space, using their smartphone camera. Launched today in the Amazon app for iOS devices, AR View offers the ability to view thousands of products for the home or office – …

With Facebook’s , Oculus Is Fending off Old Enemies, Former Friends, and New Foes

Blink and you might have missed it—a lot has happened in the VR landscape in the last few months. At Oculus Connect, the company’s annual developer …

Virtual Reality

New ‘Furion’ software allows untethered high-quality VR

The virtual reality industry is faced with a conundrum: Users must be tethered to a server or PC in order to play high-quality apps.

Virtual Reality

This handheld 3D body scanning device could replace the MRI — using the motion-sensing technology from a Nintendo Wii

Sometimes, a little toying around can pay off.<p>Joshua Broder, an ER physician at Duke University, couldn't understand why his son's handheld Nintendo Wii controller was better at detecting movement than the professional ultrasound machine he used work.<p>One day, while his son was playing Wii, he got …

Imaging

"VR's potential is literally infinite" - Oculus

Virtual reality, exciting as it may be for enthusiasts, is a technology that has yet to truly take hold with the masses, let alone transform people's …

How Windows Mixed Reality wants to tempt you into mid-range VR

You may well have heard of Mixed Reality headsets, lower cost VR devices that work with Windows 10, and it's likely you'll be hearing much more about …

Microsoft Mixed Reality Headsets: What You Need to Know

Partnering with several popular PC makers, Microsoft has launched its new line of mixed-reality headsets. Designed to work with integrated graphics, …

Rylo is a game-changing 360-degree camera from the makers of Hyperlapse

Shoot first, frame later<p>Just like the $299 Insta360 One or the $699 GoPro Fusion, Rylo is a 360-degree camera that’s not really about filming 360-degree photos and videos. Rylo, which costs $499 and goes on sale today, is a dual-lens camera that lets you do creative things with the full 360-degree …

Virtual Reality Museum Puts Rembrandt in High-Def

The Kremer Collection has spent the past two decades loaning out its collection of 17th-century Dutch and Flemish art to museums and galleries around …

Virtual Reality

'Star Wars: Jedi Challenges' AR headset might be the best toy of the year

"There has been an awakening... have you felt it?"<p><i>Star Wars</i> fans will indeed get to have their own awakening once they put on the <i>Jedi Challenges</i> …

These AR glasses are what Google Glass wanted to be

A pair of AR glasses from Everysight were announced today with Qualcomm technology inside. The Everysight Raptor AR Smartglasses work with a Qualcomm …

Microsoft's new studios create Mixed Reality holograms

Augmented Reality