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Oculus Founder Serves up Scathing Review of Magic Leap One, Calling It A "Tragic Heap"

While Palmer Luckey provided his own Magic Leap One headset to <i>iFixit</i> for their tear down, the founder of Oculus certainly had his chance for a proper …

Augmented Reality

HTC VIVE Pro Full VR Kit Unveiled Steam VR 2.0 Base Stations And Pro Controllers For $1,700

It has taken HTC a while to release a full kit with everything you need to jump straight into virtual reality for their new Vive Pro VR headset. But …

The reason thousands of Swedish people are inserting microchips into themselves

Thousands of people in Sweden have inserted microchips, which can function as contactless credit cards, key cards, and even rail cards, into their bodies. Once the chip is underneath your skin, there is no longer any need to worry about misplacing a card or carrying a heavy wallet. But for many …

Qualcomm aims to spark virtual reality market with its first stand-alone AR/VR chip

By having a dedicated virtual/augmented reality chip, Qualcomm hopes to be able to drive a better experience for untethered AR/VR devices — with …

Are China's theme parks the answer to VR's money troubles?

After the giddy days of 2014, when Facebook acquired Oculus VR for $2 billion and we were all on the brink of a glorious, virtual future, all has …

3-D Printed Buildings Are a Tech Twist on Ancient Construction Techniques

3-D printed buildings are finally happening, in concrete jail cells, foam homeless shelters and earthquake-proof bungalows<p>Many inventions, in hindsight, feel more like discoveries. Think of the bicycle, or the steam engine, or glass—all simple and useful enough to be widely copied once they were …

Prototyping

A robot can build this $10,000 house within 12 hours — take a look inside

Building a house by hand can be both time-consuming and costly — so some homebuilders are now automating part of the construction process.<p>The homebuilding startup ICON uses a 3D-printing robot that can make parts for houses. The machine can print the walls, roof, and floor of a 650-square-foot …

El Salvador

3D printed robotic flowers could save bee populations

An Australian artist has come up with a novel idea for saving declining bee populations. The conceptual project, called “Synthetic Polleniser,” …

Full transcript: VR researcher Jeremy Bailenson on Recode Decode

“You should do impossible things in VR. You shouldn’t do things you would do otherwise.”<p>On this episode of <b>Recode Decode, hosted by Kara Swisher</b>, Jeremy Bailenson, the director of Stanford University’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab, talks about his new book, “Experience on Demand: What Virtual …

NOLO Home 6DoF VR Beta Application Now Available To Download

After creating their original NOLO CV1 virtual reality platform thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign, NOLO have this week announced and …

NFL adopts HP's 3D-scanning tech to bring customized cleats to players

HP's FitStation is a dual hardware and software platform that captures 3D scans of the foot, foot pressure measurements, and gait analysis.<p><i>Video:</i> …

Sony patent suggests new PlayStation VR controller

One of the biggest pitfalls holding back PlayStation VR is its reliance on PlayStation Move controllers.<p>They usually get the job done, but getting …

Tobii makes a compelling case for more natural and immersive VR with eye tracking

We've heard murmurs about the benefits of eye-tracking in VR headsets for quite some time now, but even with the number of press days and trade shows …

Intel's new cameras add human-like 3D vision to any machine

They're ready-to-use devices meant for makers and educators.<p>Intel has released two ready-to-use RealSense depth cameras, the D415 and the D435, that can add 3D capabilities to any device or machine. They both come in a USB-powered form factor and are capable of processing depth in real time, thanks …

A closer look at HTC’s new higher-resolution Vive Pro

HTC just announced a new Vive Pro with higher-resolution displays and built-in headphones. HTC has increased the resolution of the dual-OLED displays to 2880 x 1600 (1400 x 1600 per eye, and 615 ppi), a 78 percent increase from the 2160 x 1200 (1080 x 1200 per eye) resolution in the current Vive. …

Intel says its new palm-sized PC is the smallest VR-ready computer ever

To showcase its latest 8th gen Core i7 processor at CES 2018, Intel has unveiled two flavors of a new NUC that fits in the palm of your hand and is said to be capable of running VR experiences and games.<p>That means powerful graphics performance in a tiny package that’s easy to carry around and use …

Amazon’s blended-reality mirror shows you wearing virtual clothes in virtual locales

How would that glitzy cocktail dress look on you when you’re on the dance floor at the GeekWire Gala? Now Amazon has a patented technology for that: …

We Need to Talk About Magic Leap's Freaking Goggles

Magic Leap finally did it. After $2 billion in funding and a few years of leaks, teases, and hints, Magic Leap finally has an actual product that …

A Conversation With Jaron Lanier, VR Juggernaut

Jaron Lanier may not have sired the term <i>virtual reality</i>—that honor generally goes to French playwright Antonin Artaud in 1938—but he’s one hell of a …

The VR Fund: Entertainment VR investments jump 79% in second half of 2017

Hollywood is embracing augmented reality, virtual reality, and mixed reality (a blend of both) in a big way. The Venture Reality Fund, a venture capital fund that tracks investments in the sector, reported tonight that the number of investments in the entertainment sector in the second half of 2017 …

A word of warning on VR

The Health and Safety Warnings accompanying the Oculus Rift say the VR headset not be used by children under the age of 13, partly because the …

VR developers pivot to location-based entertainment

Virtual reality in the home is taking off slower than expected, as evidenced by CCP Games’ decision to shut down VR game development. But there’s a good chance that VR will find a way to thrive in arcades, whether in Asia’s internet cafes or America’s shopping malls.<p>Should VR game makers pivot to …

3D printing makes stainless steel three times stronger

The new printing process has the potential to revolutionize how we manufacture steel.<p><i>Video: New 3D printing technique creates stronger stainless steel</i><p>…

Acer becomes the majority owner of Starbreeze’s StarVR

Acer might have just launched its very own VR headset, but the company is continuing to invest in the StarVR device, too.<p>Last year, Acer revealed that it had partnered with StarVR creator Starbreeze to help design, manufacture and sell the device. Now Acer has revealed that it’s added $5 million to …

Gartner's Brian Blau on the State of the VR & AR Industries

Brian Blau is the vice president of research for personal technologies at Gartner Research where he’s in the business of making predictions about the …

Watching This Neural Network Render Truly Photorealistic Faces Is Creepy and Mesmerizing

In 2015, Google released DeepDream, a bonkers, art-generating neural net users put to work rendering everything from disturbing dog collages to even …

Deep Learning

Is This How Virtual Reality Goes Mainstream?

Nomadic’s forthcoming free roam attraction brings physical objects into the virtual world<p>Earlier this month, TheWrap put on a backpack and goggles, …

Pimax "8K" Surpasses Oculus Rift as Top VR Headset Kickstarter Project, $2.45M Raised So Far

Pimax, the company aiming to deliver three flavors of its high field of view (FOV) headset via their Kickstarter, have recently blasted past the $2 …

There’s No Oculus Rift 2 Coming Anytime Soon

By on July 24, 2017 at 10:13 am<p>In the wake of Oculus’ decision to cut the price of the Oculus Rift <i>with controllers</i> to $400, there’s been some worry …

Virtual reality and exoskeletons helped paraplegics walk again

A study showed significant improvements in voluntary muscle function<p>A combination of motorized exoskeletons and virtual reality could help paraplegics regain some control of paralyzed limbs, according to a new study.<p>New research published today in the journal <i>Scientific Reports</i> looked at how this …