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Envelop VR And How It Differs From Virtual Desktop and BigScreen

Since late last year I’ve been hearing about <i>Envelop VR</i> and its plan for a Windows “VR shell”. It would allow you to operate all the apps on your PC …

4 VR headsets that could blow away Oculus Rift and HTC Vive

Introduction<p>Thanks to the release of the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift the age of VR has already begun, but there's still a lot more to look forward to on …

Lenovo is set to reveal next-gen VR/AR hardware: here's what we know so far

Lenovo and Movidius are working on VR together, using chips used in DJI's latest drones.<p>Lenovo looks like it's set to debut new virtual reality hardware in a year already full of VR surprises, and it's doing it with the help of a chipmaker named Movidius.<p>A few days in advance of Lenovo's Tech World …

Coming Soon: Firefighter's Masks With Built-In Thermal Imaging

Where there's smoke, there's fire. And soon, where there's fire, there's augmented reality.<p>Are firefighter's masks about to get disrupted? Thermal imaging may be about to go mainstream in future masks. There have already been masks with these capabilities revealed, and now, straight out of …

Augmented Reality

How Microsoft plans to win VR without making a VR headset

Imagine if the HTC Vive virtual reality headset and Microsoft's HoloLens augmented reality system worked together. That's the very idea that Microsoft hopes will inspire a wave of Windows developers.<p>Virtual reality is here, but Microsoft's HoloLens is not.<p>Microsoft doesn't want to build a …

3D-printed hair leads to fuzzy machines and sticky blocks

A while back, MIT researchers found a way to easily create 3D-printed hair: smart software can create thousands of tiny polymer strands (smaller than 100 microns, if you want) that give objects a fuzzy texture. Now, however, they're finding practical uses for those natural-feeling surfaces. If you …

This Adorable Tiny Car Is Actually A Bike

The PodRide has headlights, a trunk, a roof–and even a motor.<p>After he got tired of biking to work in Sweden’s cold, wet winters, engineer Mikael Kjellman decided to redesign his bicycle. He took inspiration from fabric-covered bike trailers made for children–and decided to make an adult version, …

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Virtual Dining Experience Allows You To Taste Food Without The Calories

It may just be an illusion, but it doesn't taste like it.<p>The future of dining is here, and it's all about molecular gastronomy, augmented reality headsets and multi-textured algae -- and it's virtually no calories.<p>Researchers at Project Nourished have found a way to merge the taste, feel and smell …

Watch: Magic Leap's new promo demos Augmented Reality to rival the HoloLens

The American startup Magic Leap has released a spectacular video showing a virtual screen superimposed over a real-world environment. This is seen …

Augmented Reality

Ocean Platform Allowing you to Walk Towards the Water

Pour le Yeosu Expo 2012 (une compétition internationale coréenne), le studio d’architecture Daniel Valle Architects a imaginé une plateforme de 30 …

The ultimate guide to 3D technologies

We’ve been hearing about how 3D and “holograms” will become an integral part of lives for a long time.<p>It infuses our pop culture, and from Panasonic’s first commercialized first 3D TV system in 2010 to our present day fascination with VR/AR, it has become more and more of a focus for both our …

One dramatic chart shows why electric cars are about to become mainstream

So when car companies are able to make batteries cheap enough to put electric vehicles (EV) on par cost-wise with gas ones, they'll finally have a chance to mainstream.<p>Well, we're just about there.<p>Researchers estimate that once EV batteries cost $150 per kilowatt hour (kWh), they'll be …

Electric Vehicles
Augmented Reality

The best VR headset you can buy

Back in 2016, the world of consumer virtual reality changed forever with the launch of the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift VR headsets. While both were …

Microsoft shows off the company's latest innovation using HoloLens: 'holoportation' | On MSFT

Have you ever wanted to be able to stand in the same room with someone who was thousands of miles away? Have you fantasized about being able to enter …

Augmented Reality

Microsoft's HoloLens Big Play - Big Miss

When Microsoft showed HoloLens at TED in Vancouver, its presentation was dramatic and impressive. I wasn't sure why, but the TED crowd of techno early adopters and thought leaders seemed less than impressed. The augmented reality glasses promised to place holograms on top of the real world.<p><i>photo:</i> …

Five Reasons Why Virtual Reality Is A Game-Changer

Humanity has had an uncanny obsession with technological innovation since its earliest days.<p>From the invention of the wheel, to the subsequent birth of the automobile, or the dawn of modern means of communication such as the television and radio, to the more recent rise of personal computers and …

Virtual Reality

Inhabitat's Week in Green: BMW's car of the future, and more!

What if installing solar panels were as easy as rolling out a carpet? That's the promise of the Roll-Array, a powerful, flexible solar system that can be set up in two minutes flat. Meanwhile, Deltec has launched a line of solar-powered prefab homes that start under $100,000, and we spotted an …

Virtual reality doesn't mean what you think it means

Just as hoverboards don't actually hover, everything people are calling VR isn't necessarily "VR." Here's how to tell the difference.<p>Blame the media. Blame Google search. Blame lazy marketing. But just like hoverboards that don't actually hover, everything you view in Google Cardboard or Samsung …

Watch Oculus, Valve, Sony, and even NASA talk VR and AR on summit livestream

If you want to learn more about the virtual and augmented reality craze that (many hope) is about to hit world, you may want to watch this livestream.<p>It’s from the Vision VR/AR Summit, a Unity Technologies event taking place on February 10 in San Francisco and featuring speakers from notable VR …

Augmented Reality

Google reportedly building Cardboard v2

It’s been a year and a half since Google first introduced the world to VR with its low-cost Cardboard headset that worked with almost any smartphone. The Financial Times reports that the company is now working on the next iteration of its VR viewing device, slated for release later this …

Virtual Reality

Microsoft's New Gadget Could Change How We Watch Football

Without a doubt, Sunday’s Super Bowl 50 will pay homage to the game’s past. But like Walter Payton breaking a tackle, Microsoft, the league’s …

How IRL Love Can Survive in the Age of VR

What happens when “long distance” means going digital?<p>Gender Swap - Experiment with The Machine to Be Another from BeAnotherLab on Vimeo.<p>Back in 2013, when Spike Jonze released the movie <i>Her</i>, the concept of a virtual relationship felt both otherworldly and hauntingly close. Three years later, we’re …

Virtual Reality

Intel launches x-ray-like glasses that allow wearers to 'see inside' objects

Smart augmented reality helmet allows wearers to overlay maps, schematics and thermal images to effectively see through walls, pipes and other solid objects<p>Intel has launched a set of glasses built into a helmet that give x-ray-like vision using its RealSense 3D camera.<p>The glasses-cum-hardhat was …

[Visual Dictionary] The Year Virtual Reality Grew Up

Visual definitions shed light on 2015's biggest art trends.<p><i>We asked some of our favorite artists to visually define some ideas and genres we felt had a big presence in 2015. Net artist, GIF maker, animator, and director Kyttenjanae visualizes virtual reality through the lens of the digital world</i> …

Augmented Reality

Blippar Demonstrates New Real-Time Augmented Reality App

Ambarish Mitra just revealed Blippar’s next-generation app at TechCrunch Disrupt London 2015. By just pointing the app at everyday objects, the app identifies and categories nearly everything in the frame. The app launches in two weeks in an effort to become a visual browser.<p>The most important …

How Microsoft and Autodesk Are Making 'Star Wars' Technology a Mixed Reality

Microsoft and Autodesk hope to turn <i>Star Wars</i> holographic sci-fi technology into a mixed reality for businesses.<p>The tech giants have partnered to …

Smartphones to die out 'within five years', says new study

According to a new study of 100,000 consumers, mobile technology is expected to be replaced by artificial intelligence<p>Many consumers believe smartphones will cease to exist within five years, according to new research carried out by researchers on behalf of Ericsson.<p>The company's ConsumerLab …

Mobile

McLaren's MP4-X Formula One concept could be mistaken for a fighter jet

McLaren has unveiled a new concept for a Formula One car: the MP4-X. It's a "vision of the future" that looks deadly, but comes with a strong focus on safety. As well as a heads-up display similar to those seen in fighter jets, and tire sensors that warn drivers of imminent blow-outs, the MP4-X …

Amazon wants to use holograms to turn your living room into an augmented reality

Internet giant Amazon is visualising holograms playing a central role in the living room of the future, according to patents granted by the US Patent …