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This is Lenovo’s Windows Holographic VR headset

Lenovo just showed us its first VR headset, a prototype device that works with Microsoft’s Windows Holographic platform. Next to other tethered PC headsets like the Oculus Rift or the HTC Vive, it’s noticeably smaller and lighter — Lenovo says it’s targeting around 350g for the final product’s …

This VR device promises to make both Oculus Rift and HTC Vive wireless

The virtual reality smorgasbord set to hit CES is just a few days away, but standout companies are already popping up, including one with a unique …

Meta’s New AR Glasses Let You Touch The Virtual World

The $949 headset, which is shipping now, lets you interact with digital objects without the need for physical controllers.<p>It takes automakers many years to go from design concept to showroom-ready cars, and by the time designers see their new vehicles in the flesh, it’s often too late to make any …

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Michael Bay is working on a 'gritty' action VR project

Michael Bay is getting into the VR game, and you can bet there will be some explosions. The <i>Transformers</i> director is working on a virtual reality project with a startup production studio called The Rogue Initiative, <i>The Hollywood Reporter</i> reports. Bay will also serve as a "strategic advisor" for the …

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You can now watch Hulu in VR on the Oculus Rift

The Oculus Rift has been out for months now, and one of the more curious quirks of its library is a conspicuous lack of video content — especially when compared to Samsung's Gear VR, which also uses the Oculus store. Hulu launched its own Gear VR app in March, for example, but now the streaming …

Why the Virtual-Reality Hype is About to Come Crashing Down

The depth and breadth of content is coming up short, appearing more like a demo than a full-fledged product<p>Makers of virtual-reality headsets think 2016 will be the year of VR. The experience “is radically different than any computing experience you’ve had before,” says Marc Metis, a vice president …

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Magic Leap’s Latest Surprise: It’s Working on Robots - MIT Technology Review

Could secretive augmented reality startup Magic Leap be working on artificial intelligence for robotics, too?<p>A brief mention in a lawsuit the company …

Google Daydream VR vision: With opportunity comes challenges

NEW YORK (AP) — Upcoming virtual-reality headsets based on Google's new Daydream VR system could give more people a taste of VR and make better games …

eBay has a virtual reality shop in Australia

eBay is giving Australians another high-tech way to spend their money. The e-commerce company has teamed up with Myer, a department store in the country, to launch a virtual reality shop. It can be accessed through existing headsets like Samsung Gear VR, though they also seem to be giving away …

Next big thing for virtual reality: lasers in your eyes

SAN FRANCISCO – The next big leap for virtual and augmented reality headsets is likely to be eye-tracking, where headset-mounted laser beams aimed at eyeballs turn your peepers into a mouse.<p>A number of startups are working on this tech, with an aim to convince VR gear manufacturers such as Oculus …

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Facebook unveils “Surround 360” open source VR camera

How can Facebook get more 360-degree video in the News Feed and VR content on Oculus? By inventing its own virtual reality camera from scratch and open sourcing it so people can build their own and start shooting.<p>Today at F8, Facebook revealed the “Surround 360”, a 17-lens 3D VR camera that looks …

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Why Virtual Reality Will Change Design Forever

VR won’t just change the way we experience life. It will change the way we create.<p>My dining room may never be the same. The Ikea table and vintage fiberglass chairs have been pushed aside. The perimeter is traced with dangling cords, precariously connecting a constellation of hastily tape-mounted …

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Samsung Has Patented An Augmented Reality Smart-Contact Lens

Technology Photo credit: Alpha Zynism/ShutterstockGoogle Glass perhaps didn’t receive the earth-shattering response the company – and world – had …

Continental to augment reality on your windshield

BMW offers a pretty impressive heads-up display (HUD) on its cars, with color graphics projected on the windshield to give navigation and vehicle speed information, but at Nvidia's GTC developer conference, Christian Reinhard demonstrated the next generation of heads-up display, using augmented …

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Report: Google’s main focus in the long run is augmented reality, not VR

According to a new report from The Information, behind closed doors Google is much more interested in augmented reality than it is in virtual reality. Google of course has publicly marketed its Cardboard VR product heavily, but that’s apparently not the end-goal for the company — augmented reality …

AltspaceVR wants to make VR chat sessions part of everyday life

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Finally, a camera that can live stream virtual reality

The medium of virtual reality is just beginning to blossom and developers are experimenting with how to take advantage of the technology. There have …

Ikea turns kitchen remodeling into an HTC Vive VR game

Today Ikea is launching a pilot virtual reality app called the Ikea VR Experience as the first HTC Vive headsets begin to ship. The app, built using the Unreal Engine 4 from Epic Games, puts Vive headset owners into a virtual Ikea kitchen of real-world size. Users can then change the cabinet and …

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Nvidia Places Its Bets on Virtual Reality and Artificial Intelligence

Nvidia is betting that its computer graphics smarts will help it make a name for itself in virtual reality and artificial intelligence.<p>On Tuesday, …

Dell wants to bring virtual reality to the enterprise

Virtual reality isn’t just about gaming. If it’s going to be a $30 billion business by 2020 (as predicted by tech adviser Digi-Capital), it’s going to have trigger growth in a lot of markets. Dell believes that VR will make an impact in the enterprise workstation business, as companies will have to …

No Matter Which VR Headset You Buy, This Company Wins

When visitors to the Leviathan Project strap on a virtual reality headset, they find themselves inside a science lab, suspended from the belly of an …

Get virtual courtside tickets for the NCAA Final Four and National Championship with Gear VR

The NCAA has announced that the Final Four and National Championship will be broadcast in live VR to owners of the Samsung Gear VR. When game time arrives, users can launch the dedicated app and transport themselves to court-side seating. More than just a virtual reality experience, this stream …

Facebook wants to build this crazy arm controller to make VR even more realistic

This week, Facebook started shipping the first of its long-awaited Oculus Rift virtual reality headsets, but it may well have more VR technology up its sleeve—or, on top of it.<p>A patent published Mar. 29 shows that Facebook has acquired the rights to develop an arm-mounted controller that can be …

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New NASA Exhibit Lets You Virtually Tour Mars With Buzz Aldrin

No spaceship required<p>At its most optimistic, the earliest NASA can hope to put people on Mars is sometime in the 2030s. But we're impatient, and want more Mars. NOW.<p>In order to bridge the decade-plus gap between the present and Mars (and probably to drum up public support for crewed Mars missions), …

Google's new VR View tool allows easy embedding of 360-degree content

Google wants to make 360-degree content more accessible for more people, and to do so, it is introducing a new tool: VR View. This allows developers to embed 360-degree photos and videos in their websites or apps simply by adding a few lines of code. Google says the aim is to make this sort of …

HoloLens could get into finance with this VR workstation

SAN FRANCISCO, California — As HoloLens makes its way from Microsoft’s development labs into the hands of early developer and enterprise customers, …