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The Gadget That Will Make You Feel Like Being A Jedi Is Just Months Away

After years of tweaking, the technology that will make you think you're a Jedi— or maybe Tom Cruise in "Minority Report"— is gearing up for its launch later this year.<p>Canadian company Thalmic Labs attracted millions of potential customers last February when it introduced a video for the Myo …

Oculus hires former Valve business guru Jason Holtman

From Valve to Microsoft to Oculus<p>Oculus VR's hiring spree continues, as today the company announced that it has hired former Valve business guru Jason Holtman. Holtman most recently worked at Microsoft — though his tenure was short lived — but is best known for his work at Valve, where he served as …

Into The Virtual Reality Lab With Pioneering Researchers

When Facebook paid $2 billion to buy Oculus VR, the company that makes the virtual reality goggles, it turned heads. Oculus doesn't even make a profit, but many enthusiasts believe this may be a turning point for a technology that's been around for decades.<p>The first time that Mark Bolas donned a …

How to get your own personal Holodeck, courtesy of gaming goddess Jeri Ellsworth

These nerds have made a sort of Oculus Rift/Google Glass hybrid that promises to bring an immersive, Holodeck-like virtual reality straight to your face.<p>But don’t take my word for it! Here’s gamer goddess Jeri Freaking Ellsworth explaining how her little ol’ Kickstarter project works:<p>Brought to you …

Google Glass’ lead electrical engineer Adrian Wong joins Oculus VR

Lead electrical engineer on Google Glass Adrian Wong left Google this month to start "Building the Metaverse" at Oculus VR as an engineer, according to his LinkedIn account.<p>Joining Google in 2010, Wong worked on both the Google Glass Consumer and Explorer Editions overseeing the products' …

Marketing Executive Hired to Lead Google Glass

Now that Glass is available to everyone, Google has to make it appealing to the masses.<p>Google has hired marketing veteran Ivy Ross to lead its Glass …

ANTVR Is An Open-Source, Cross-Platform Virtual Reality Gaming Kit

This embed is invalid<p>Products like the Oculus Rift and Project Morpheus have revolutionized the gaming landscape by making virtual reality headsets accessible to the average gamer, but they have a major drawback. Each are married to their platforms and only work with a relatively limited list of …

Sony's DualShock 4 Light Bar Was Always Meant For VR, They Just Couldn't Tell You

When Sony debuted their redesigned DualShock controller for the PlayStation 4, its light bar turned out to be a very divisive addition. It’s bright (only recently did Sony add an update to dim it), accelerates battery drain and didn’t seem to have a worthwhile purpose. Until today, when Sony’s Jed …

Oculus Rift can now be used to simulate being a bird

A group of deisgners at Zurich University in Switzerland have figured out a way to simulate bird travel using the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset: meet Birdly.<p>Birdly uses the Rift, along with a fan, scent machine and rather complex setup to make players feel like they're birds. Players "flap" …

Oculus Rift helps Norwegian army navigate tanks like they're playing Battlefield

The Norwegian army is experimenting with virtual reality headset Oculus Rift as a way to let tank drivers see their surroundings, Norwegian site TUTV reports.<p>In a video on the site, Norwegian officials explain that the rig includes four separate cameras, each of which films from the side of the …

Oculus wants to build a billion-person MMO with Facebook

When Facebook purchased Oculus VR for $2 billion, both companies stayed fairly tight-lipped about their goals. The money would help Oculus build virtual reality headsets cheaper and better, while Facebook would have a chance to lead the next big computing platform. However, Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe …

Next Attenborough documentary being filmed for Oculus Rift

David Attenborough's next production, <i>Conquest of the Skies</i>, is set to come not only to Sky 3D TV sets, but to virtual-reality headset Oculus …

Hear Palmer Luckey explain why Oculus VR joined Facebook

Last month's news that Facebook bought startup Oculus VR for $2 billion spurred many loud and often furious reactions from gamers and especially those who participated in the project's initial Kickstarter. If you're among those wondering what's next for Oculus and haven't been convinced by the …

This Google Glass App Will Detect Your Emotions, Then Relay Them Back To Retailers

The Emotient app could measure how customers feel about products or promotions. It could also screen for depression.<p>After raising a $6 million series B round, facial recognition company Emotient will open a private beta for a Google Glass app that detects users’ emotions in real time. …

'Ready Player One' Author Ernest Cline Believes In Facebook's Oculus

Virtual reality and science fiction have a long history, and over the years many authors have tried to paint a picture of what life in the future might look like after widespread adoption of the technology. William Gibson gave us the original “Matrix” in 1984′s Neuromancer, and Neal Stephenson had …

Jeri Ellsworth talks castAR's accidental beginnings and its augmented reality future (video)

By now, followers of castAR already know that Jeri Ellsworth created the projected augmented reality glasses back when she worked for Valve Software. But not everybody knows that its invention was, well, an accident. "I was trying to figure out why people got sick when they wore virtual reality …

Oculus Hack Uses Cameras And Music To Mess With Your Perception

By being open to indie developers and relatively cheap, the Oculus Rift has done something that no VR headset has done before it: encouraged experimentation.<p>If you have $350, a bit of coding knowledge, and a crazy idea , you can build it. A decade ago, even <i>tinkering</i> with VR meant dropping tens of …

Oculus VR Hires Ex-Valve Developer Michael Abrash as Chief Scientist

Just days after its acquisition by Facebook, Oculus VR has hired former Valve developer Michael Abrash as its chief scientist.<p>Abrash was involved in Valve’s own virtual reality projects, but is also known for his work on the game Quake and Microsoft’s Natural Language Group.<p>In a blog post, Abrash …

Immersive Technology consortium moves forward without Oculus VR

A group of game and tech companies have created the Immersive Technology Alliance, a nonprofit group to build games for augmented reality, virtual reality, 3D, and gesture controls.<p>But the group won’t have one of the highest-profile virtual reality companies: Oculus VR, which has raised $75 million …

FORBES Climbs The Wall Of Westeros...With An Oculus Rift

As the FORBES team wandered in front of the replica Castle Black elevators at the HBO <i>Game of Thrones</i> exhibition at the South By Southwest festival in Austin, Texas on Friday, we heard a succession of blood-curdling screams. It was Maisie Williams, the 16 year-old British actress who plays Arya …

Move over, Oculus. This startup’s augmented reality will blow your mind.

WOODINVILLE, Wash. — Inside a big home in the forested suburbs of Seattle, augmented reality glasses aren’t just an illusion. They’re about to become real products, dubbed CastAR, that can deliver games and other visual apps with cool 3D effects.<p>Inside the house jammed with pinball machines and …

Glyph developers raise more than $258k on opening day of Kickstarter, plan product demo for tonight

The Ann Arbor company responsible for developing the virtual retinal display headset – the Glyph – will host a product demo tonight at Mash Bar on …

This is what game devs are saying about Valve's prototype VR hardware

We've seen quite a bit the Oculus Rift, but another major player in the coming virtual reality revolution has eluded us: Valve. Save for adding an experimental VR mode to the Steam Client Beta, the company's experiments in the space have been kept largely under wraps. That changed this week during …

Valve joins forces with Oculus "to drive PC VR forward"

Valve believes consumer-ready virtual technology invested by the company is another two years away, according attendees at the developer-only Steam Dev Days conference, and is working with Oculus "to drive PC VR forward."<p>The company also revealed that it currently has no plans to produce its own VR …

Google and James Frey will turn 'Endgame' novels into an augmented reality world

Google's Niantic Labs announced today a partnership with HarperCollins to turn the upcoming young-adult trilogy <i>Endgame</i> into a location-based augmented reality game. The books developed by <i>A Million Little Pieces</i> author James Frey and Nils Johnson-Shelton will build on Niantic's Ingress, a …

Valve releases SteamVR beta just before its Dev Days conference

Valve Software has lately been determined to out-innovate its competitors, as shown by its Steam OS, Steam machines, and proprietary Steam controller. And now it’s introduced yet another pioneering feature to its leading digital games service.<p>The latest technology from CEO Gabe Newell’s company is …

Rumor: Oculus Rift Will Launch Summer 2014 For Less Than $499

<i>Virtual reality headset Oculus Rift will launch this summer with a price tag of $499 or less based on an upcoming product that integrates the technology.</i><p>Oculus VR is demonstrating a new prototype of their virtual reality headset behind closed doors at CES (stay tuned for eyes-on impressions), but …

Meta wants to augment your world with the 'Iron Man' interface

When someone tells you they have a pair of augmented reality glasses with an interface designed by the same Hollywood staple who created the Iron Man suit's UI, you listen. Then, you ask if you can put them on.<p>The glasses come from Meta, a small company with huge dreams that's already comparing …