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Joint statement deplores ‘assault on UK sovereignty’ and says only plausible explanation is that Russia is responsible<p>The leaders of Britain, the US, Germany and France have released a joint statement strongly condemning the Salisbury nerve agent attack as “an assault on UK sovereignty” and saying …

Angela Merkel

America's 'silent killer' is still out of control: Here's how to stop it

About 75 million Americans — a whopping 29 percent of us — have hypertension, or high blood pressure. To make matters worse, the condition isn’t anywhere close to being kept in check, especially among African-Americans.<p>Although it's a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke, less than half …

MixCast VR Studio Helps Devs Add Mixed Reality Capture Features to VR Games

Blueprint Reality, developers of VR puzzle game Awaken, have launched the MixCast VR Studio on Steam. Developers can quickly add the free SDK to …

Plugin Aims to Help VR Game Devs Make Better Haptics, Faster

Founded in 1993, Immersion Corp. designs and licenses haptic technology that’s come to be used in gamepads you’re well familiar with. Now the company …

Virtual Reality

Samsung’s new VR controller isn’t perfect, but it’s a great start

Samsung has announced a motion controller for the Gear VR, at last addressing the headset’s biggest problem. It was first introduced during Mobile World Congress, but now we have a date and a price: It will be available April 21 for $39 on its own, or $129 paired with the headset.<p>The controller …

New augmented reality visualization app Dotty has launched in the app store

As augmented reality continues its march into the workplace, new tools are emerging to integrate collaboration and visualization tools into virtual and augmented reality.<p>One application, which recently launched on both iOS and Android, is DOTTY, which provides three-dimensional visualization tools …

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Performance Preview

CPU and System Performance<p>Snapdragon 820 included Qualcomm’s first fully-custom 64-bit CPU cores. The unique microarchitecture’s floating-point IPC …

Snapdragon 835 Hands On and Qualcomm Visit Part 1: Benchmarks, Performance & Power Savings

Last week, we were invited to Qualcomm’s Headquarters in San Diego, California, to get a first look and hands on with the Snapdragon 835 in the flesh.<p>…

Advanced Brain Monitoring EEG Metrics and Experimental VR Treatments for Neurodegenerative Diseases

Advanced Brain Monitoring is a 17-year old neurotechnology company that has been able to extract a lot of really useful information from EEG data. …

Disney software allows users to catch real balls in VR

Virtual reality can already sweep us away to weird and wonderful places, but how we interact with ordinary objects in those worlds could play an …

InvestVR

A 20 year seasoned finance professional with significant ties to the global finance industry and high net worth individuals. He has demonstrated time …

Omnichannel Realities

In my last <b>VRFocus</b> article from September, I stressed the importance of Virtual Reality (VR) applications in focusing on usefulness and superseding …

Report Predicts AR and VR Headset Shipments to Approach 100 Million by 2021

In a new report from IDC (International Data Corporation), the market research firm predicts a near 10 fold increase in the shipments of augmented …

NASA's 'Mission: ISS' is an Impressively Detailed View of Life in Zero Gravity

NASA and Oculus have launched their collaborative project ‘Mission: ISS’ for the Oculus Rift for free and it’s offers a detailed, visually sumptuous …

Virtual Reality

Biometric Data Streams and the Unknown Ethical Threshold of Predicting & Controlling Behavior

I recently attended the Experiential Technology Conference where there were a lot of companies looking at how to use biometric data to get insights …

Disney Research Shows How VR Can Be Used to Study Human Perception

Researchers from Disney use a virtual reality headset and a real ball tracked in VR to understand the perceptual factors behind the seemingly simple …

Avegant Claims Newly Announced Display Tech is "a new method to create light fields"

Accommodation<p>In the real world, to focus on a near object, the lens of your eye bends to focus the light from that object onto your retina, giving …

'Ghostbusters VR' Experience Comes to PSVR, from Makers of Acclaimed 'The Walk' Demo

It seems the <i>Ghostbusters</i> franchise isn’t done capitalizing on the video game market just yet, because the first installment of a new <i>Ghostbusters</i> …

Lowe's is using AR and VR to make how-to easier

Last year home improvement chain Lowe's teased what it was doing with Google's Tango augmented-reality technology, and now the company is ready to debut the next wave of its high-tech initiatives. First up is the outfit's new In-Store Navigation app, which it says is Tango's first retail …

Mission: ISS takes VR viewers into orbit to humanity’s greatest space station

Virtual reality is a great platform for users to experience fantastic worlds and wonders, but it’s also a portal into the real life wonders very few humans get to enjoy. Outer space is one of, if not the, most incredible of those wonders and VR users are getting an opportunity to be an astronaut. …

Will Untethered Headsets Like This One Help Reverse the VR Slump? - MIT Technology Review

It’s difficult to lose yourself in a virtual world if you keep getting tangled up in real-world wires, yet the most powerful VR headsets on the …

High-end VR just got cheaper: Oculus gives Rift and Touch a permanent price cut

If you were holding off on getting a high-end VR headset because of pricing, Oculus just made the hit on your wallet a bit lighter, with a …

Ready Player One

Buckle Up: Samsung 'Space Wheel' Showcases 4D VR

As VR improves, expect to see more virtual rides appear in amusement parks and rec centers.<p>PCMag reviews products independently, but we may earn …

Microsoft's new VR headset could bridge HoloLens, Windows and Xbox (hands-on)

Microsoft doesn't have its own VR headset. It has <i>five</i> -- last year, Acer, Asus, Dell, HP and Lenovo all signed on to make wearable screens for Windows PCs.<p>There's just one thing: Microsoft insists that these five devices <i>aren't</i> virtual reality headsets. They're "mixed reality."<p>This week, as Acer …

Augmented Reality

Futuremark unveils new VR benchmarks and Servermark tests

Futuremark, best known for the wildly-popular 3D gaming prowess test 3DMark, is at both the Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona and the Game …

Apple reportedly has ‘over 1,000 engineers’ working on AR, could show up in next iPhone

Another day, another iPhone rumor. Today’s comes from a UBS research note summed up by <i>Business Insider</i> that claims that Apple "may have over 1,000 engineers working on a project in Israel that could be related to AR.” The UBS note also commented that the company expect Apple to include augmented …

High-End VR Just Got A Whole Lot Cheaper: Oculus Slashed The Price Of The Rift

It’s been a little less than a year since Oculus started shipping the Rift CV1. After years of anticipation, hype, and Oculus executives telling us …

Breakthrough in Imaging Equipment Through Virtual Reality

Over in France, over 200 specialists from the GE Healthcare Global Center of Excellence in Medical Imaging Software have been working together to …