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I'm suffering from crowdfunding, Kickstarter and Indiegogo fatigue

Some amazing products have been funded on Kickstarter, Indiegogo and other crowdfunding platforms, and that’s great. We are all in favor of smart entrepreneurs, designers, or otherwise creative people finding alternative forms of funding. If you can interact directly with your audience and cut out …

If you back a Kickstarter project that sells for $2 billion, do you deserve to get rich?

Oculus's backers could have had a 145x return on their donation. Here's why that never would have happened<p>The Oculus Rift virtual reality headset raised $2.4 million on Kickstarter, no strings attached. Those donors weren’t looking for a payout; they wanted to support something they believed in, …

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 …

Swiss Watchmakers Rebuff Apple's Partnership and Hiring Advances

Apple allegedly is trying to tap Swiss watchmakers for their technical and metallurgy expertise as the company works to brings its rumored iWatch to the market, reports the <i>Financial Times</i>. Though Apple is reaching out to several companies, most are not willing to work with the Cupertino …

GameStop looks to tech, not games, to expand

The company plans to open between 300 to 400 stores in the next year that will sell Apple products and mobile devices.<p>GameStop might generate the vast majority of its revenue from gaming, but the company is looking to expand rapidly in tech.<p>Speaking during a conference call after releasing …

With Microsoft's Project Spark, Anyone Can Build A Video Game

Microsoft wants gamers build their own worlds—playable game worlds, in fact. Microsoft’s Project Spark, in open beta now for Windows 8 and the Xbox One, splices together a Minecraft-like sandbox with actual developer tools, enabling budding game makers to actually build a playable game from scratch …

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 …

'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 …

Former Valve developer Michael Abrash joins Oculus as Chief Scientist

Former Valve developer Michael Abrash, whose career includes time at Microsoft and id Software, announced today that he joined Oculus VR as Chief Scientist to work on the virtual reality headset technology.<p>In a blog entry written to the Oculus VR website, Abrash wrote about his journey from working …

Valve's Michael Abrash Joins Oculus as Chief Scientist

VR "the platform to end all platforms."<p>Michael Abrash, a programmer, former id Software employee, and ex-Valve developer, has joined Oculus as its …

Valve’s virtual-reality mastermind joins Facebook’s Oculus VR

Facebook acquires Oculus. Oculus acquires Michael Abrash. It’s the circle of virtual life.<p>Just days after Facebook purchased Oculus VR for its groundbreaking Oculus Rift virtual-reality headset, the startup picked up one of the biggest brains in the field: Valve Software‘s virtual-reality guru …

Oculus VR hires Michael Abrash away from Valve as its new chief scientist

Oculus VR has a major hire — Michael Abrash will be leaving Valve to join Facebook's latest acquisition as its chief scientist. Abrash had been pioneering wearable technology at Valve for several years; as he writes on the Oculus blog, he had spent time developing augmented reality technology but …

Sony vs. Facebook: the battle for your reality has just begun

Virtual reality is here, but it's not what you expect<p>Virtual reality is truly coming. There’s no longer any question. In the span of a single week, two titans emerged to proclaim that VR would be the future of their industries. Facebook and Sony, companies which respectively defined social …

New Kinect for Windows looks just like Kinect for Xbox One

Microsoft has revealed the final look of its Kinect for Windows v2, and unsurprisingly, it looks very familiar.<p>Microsoft hasn’t announced its price or release date yet, but it teased in today’s reveal that “as this first look at the Kinect for Windows v2 hardware indicates, we’re getting closer and …

This Oculus Rift competitor will work on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC

More than seven years ago, a Canadian hardware firm teased a virtual-reality headset for Xbox 360. It has now resurfaced just days after Facebook acquired the leader in VR.<p>The company is True Player Gear, and its virtual-reality headset looks a lot like the competition from Oculus VR and Sony. The …

Valve's Top VR Expert Jumps To Oculus

Valve's Michael Abrash, who was just giving a talk about the wonders of virtual reality at the company's Steam Dev Days in January and has seemingly …

Between the Panels: Why Is Harley Quinn So Popular?

Her puddin' doesn't appreciate her, but we do.<p>Harley Quinn is an interesting character in that she's among the last of the truly great, iconic Batman …

GamesBeat community: Write about VR and win The Witch and the Hundred Knight

Virtual reality is a hot topic in gaming right now, with Sony announcing Project Morpheus for the PlayStation 4 and Facebook buying Oculus VR, the makers of the Rift headset. I know our community has its own opinions on the matter, so we want you to write them down for GamesBeat Unfiltered, our …