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Google’s WebVR now compatible with Cardboard, new experiments website [Video]

Back in June of 2016, it was revealed that Google was working on a way to make virtual reality accessible from every web browser, dubbed WebVR. Then, with the release of Chrome 56 Beta, Google started to allow developers to begin testing their WebVR projects on the web. Today, Google has published …

'Prosthetic Reality': The art of augmented reality

Through the lens of augmented reality, a new project hopes to change how we interact with the world.<p>The smartphone in your pocket is a powerful little device, and some of its potential is only just starting to unfold.<p>The idea of augmented reality, for instance, has been around for a few years, but …

Augmented Reality

This Magic Leap Demo Shows Off The Mind-Blowing Possibilities Of Augmented Reality

The term Augmented Reality has come into the forefront for consumers of late thanks to the release of the red-hot Augmented Reality game <i>Pokemon Go</i>. <i>Pokemon Go</i> allows users to walk through their neighborhoods spying through their phones, waiting for pokemon to appear on their screen so they can catch …

The virtual Holocaust survivor: how history gained new dimensions

Pinchas Gutter survived a Nazi death camp – and now his story will live on through a hologram that can answer your questions<p>Pinchas Gutter goes out of his way to find me biscuits. In a sun-baked living room in his north London home, he opens a packet of Rich Tea, sits down and tells me about the …

Augmented Reality

This is what a Magic Leap VR headset probably looks like

Even though Magic Leap, the secretive virtual reality company, has raised millions of dollars from just about every tech giant and is valued at over $4.5 billion, almost no one has seen what its technology looks like, or what it actually does. But a patent awarded to the company today shines a bit …

Augmented Reality

This Samsung 4K display was made specifically for VR

VR is all the hype in 2016. We have plenty of players on board, and Google has announced Daydream, which is a much improved successor to Cardboard. It seems the true VR wars are nearing and you can bet mobile giant Samsung will be a huge part of this battle.<p>The Korean manufacturer is already a big …

Virtual Reality

The Netherlands is a serious hotbed for virtual reality content

The Netherlands is already known as an innovation hub. Indeed, this past April the European Commission awarded the European Capital of Innovation (iCapital) to Amsterdam.<p>The country has built an outstanding infrastructure for facilitating innovation. The government has made it easy and affordable …

Visualizing VR Data

<i>Post by</i> <i>Wells Johnston</i><p>Virtual reality has the potential to revolutionize the content industry, and with it, we have uncovered a whole new way to …

Virtual Reality

Apple's VRKit may help it compete with Google's Daydream

Google is bringing VR to Android in a big way with Daydream, which gives developers and manufacturers tools to build great hardware and software. It’s a step ahead of Apple, but that lead may be short-lived.<p>What’s Daydream?<p>Daydream is Google’s new plan for VR on Android. It provides the tools …

Virtual Reality

Scientists Can Virtually Wander Around Mars for Miles with HoloLens

“We are entering a new era of space exploration, one in which we all get to go.”<p>A normal commute for most people involves crawling through traffic or crowding onto buses and subway cars. But for researchers involved in OnSight, a mixed reality tool developed jointly by Microsoft and NASA's Jet …

Augmented Reality

The simple reason why Apple won’t release a VR system anytime soon

“It just works.”<p>These three words stood smugly behind Steve Jobs at many press conferences during his second stint at Apple. It represented his desire for Apple to create simple, easy-to-understand products. It was this promise that was behind the cutesy advertising campaign “I’m a PC, I’m a Mac” …

Virtual Reality

Google Daydream and Project Tango: We've gotta get these guys together

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Google's Project Tango is ready for prime time.<p>Conceived back in 2012 as a way to enable our devices to see like we do, Tango …

Epic Games explains why it’s backing Google Daydream VR

When you’re getting into the blooming virtual reality market, you need strong partners. Few could be better than Epic Games, the developer behind the powerful game-making tool Unreal Engine 4 and decades of blockbuster hits.<p>Earlier this week, Epic Games announced that it created a plugin for …

How Google’s Daydream mobile VR system will work

The Google Cardboard headset has been interesting. Because it’s so simple and inexpensive, a whole lot of people have tried out virtual reality (VR) with it. But it doesn’t give you much control, so experiences are necessarily limited.<p>With Google Daydream, introduced earlier this week at the annual …

Is Google’s new VR project just another … daydream?

As with any major announcement from Google, Daydream’s May 18 reveal came with its fair share of hyperbole and hubris. “Hundreds of millions of users” will have Daydream-enabled phones in a couple of years, claimed the company’s senior product manager, Brahim Elbouchikhi. This, I don’t doubt. …

This week’s top stories [Google I/O Edition]: Android N Preview 3, Daydream, Play Store on Chrome, Assistant, apps & more

In this week’s top stories we round up all of our coverage from Google I/O, the company’s annual developer conference where it also took the wraps off a number of upcoming hardware and software products. Android N Developer Preview 3, the Play Store comes to Chrome, Google Assistant, the new …

Gear VR is Samsung’s calculated move into virtual reality – nothing desperate about it

Samsung’s Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge have been a hit with buyers, particularly in my home country (it’s about time Americans see the light!), but …

Virtual Reality

How to Stop Virtual Reality from Making You Want to Puke - MIT Technology Review

I’m sitting in Gordon Wetzstein’s lab at Stanford University with a hacked-together prototype of a head-mounted display strapped to my face, using a …

Virtual Reality

Bill Gates and Neal Stephenson drive into the future in a Tesla in VR

Science fiction meets technology in the very best way in this short three-minute video posted by Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates earlier this week.<p>In …

Will virtual reality kill the YouTube comment?

And do we want it to?<p>When Google revealed that it was rebuilding YouTube for its new Daydream virtual reality initiative, I began wondering what would happen to one of the platform's notorious weak spots: the comments, often vitriolic or racist or generally incoherent, that cluster under videos. …

Virtual Reality

Virtual reality will continue to disappoint, even when it’s awesome

Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) technologies may get a lot of love from venture capitalists and the tech community, but most people still don’t know what they are. All they have to go on is what they see in the movies: the Terminator and Iron Man use AR, and The Matrix and Tron are …

Augmented Reality

Unveiling the Hidden Layers of Deep Learning

In a recent <i>Scientific American</i> article entitled “Springtime for AI: The Rise of Deep Learning,” computer scientist Yoshua Bengio explains why complex …

Machine Learning

‘Project Arena’ isn’t just an amazing ‘Tron’ tribute, it could be VR’s first eSport

Knees slightly bent and one foot forward, I prepared myself for the battle ahead by adopting an aggressive, ready-for-action pose. My left arm was …

Virtual Reality

Google's plans for VR are even more ambitious than we thought

In 2014, Google introduced Cardboard. It was literally just a cut-out piece of cardboard outfitted with Velcro strips, a pair of lenses and magnets. Insert your smartphone and <i>voila</i>, you got your very own VR View-Master. Though it seemed pretty silly at the time, Cardboard was Google's very first …