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Reach Robotics closes $7.5M Series A for its augmented reality bots

After years of research and development, Reach Robotics has closed a $7.5 million Series A, co-led by Korea Investment Partners (KiP) and IGlobe, to bring its augmented reality bots to market in a big way. The Bristol-based startup is looking to expand into the U.S., and the team is exploring …

Augmented Reality

Augmented reality startup WaveOptics has raised £12 million

WaveOptics, an Oxford-based augmented reality startup, has raised £12 million in a Series B round for its display tech.<p>Existing backers Octopus Ventures, Touchstone Innovations, and Robert Bosch Venture Capital took part in the round. China's Gobi Ventures also took part for the first …

Augmented Reality

VRcade: Be the First to Open One in Your Town

Virtual-reality arcades offer a way for entrepreneurs to become early adopters in a tech industry poised for exponential growth.<p>Virtual Reality (VR) is becoming more prevalent in our everyday lives. Companies are implementing VR in their training, warehouses and marketing -- as well as featuring VR …

Virtual Reality

4 Stocks That Will Shape the Virtual Reality Business

Turning VR into a business is easier said than done, but these four have a shot at leading the industry.<p>Virtual reality has been a topic of …

Virtual reality is taking over NYC

No, you’re not dreaming. In the era of virtual reality, you can zip through space, survive zombie-infested streets or bust a ghost — all while wide …

Virtual Reality

VR-ready gaming PC for $499 means this tech is getting affordable

AMD and CyberpowerPC promise a $499 desktop, as part of an Oculus Rift bundle.<p>The idea of an expensive VR headset can induce sticker shock in prospective virtual-reality gamers, with headsets running from $599 to $799 for the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.<p>But that's not as bad as the high-end gaming PCs …

Virtual Reality

Virtual Reality Headsets Are Everywhere at CES

Virtual Reality (VR) goggles were shown everywhere at CES this year. Exhibitors virtually took over the back half of the South Hall of the convention …

Virtual Reality

Why 2017 could be the year of virtual reality

Virtual and augmented reality have been featured in sci-fi movies for decades, but it wasn't until 2016 that a lot those concepts actually became a …

Augmented Reality

10 weird and wonderful gadgets from CES 2017

Every January the Consumer Electronics Show comes to the weird and wonderful city of Las Vegas, attracting people, companies, and products from all …

Gear & Gadgets

There's a room with a bunch of dudes watching VR porn at CES

In a seedy "meeting room" illuminated by the yellow glow of fluorescent lights at the far end of the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center, there's a room with a bunch of dudes watching VR porn.<p>Even though the meeting room for Naughty America VR is tucked away and hidden from the masses …

Virtual Reality

Watch HTC Vive's wireless VR adapter and object tracker in action

Virtual reality has plenty of hurdles to surpass before it reaches mainstream acceptance, among them is the need to be tethered to a computer for high-quality VR. So it's no surprise that wireless VR tracking is a big focus for the HTC Vive this year. And on top of that, the Vive Tracker will also …

Virtual Reality

This Resident Evil 7 VR candle smells like blood

<i>Resident Evil 7</i> transports the long-running horror series to virtual reality, making it feel like you’re really in a creepy New Orleans house surrounded by deadly creatures. But there’s one sense that VR can’t emulate yet: smell. Luckily, there’s an official <i>RE7</i> candle just for that.<p>Called the …

Vive Tracker brings hand-tracking VR gloves, plastic guns and more into the virtual world

A firehose and camera too<p>HTC today showed off a new piece of hardware at CES that will allow VR users to bring a variety of real-world accessories — like plastic guns, tennis rackets or even a firehose — into virtual worlds running on an HTC Vive VR headset.<p>The Vive Tracker weighs just under three …

I tried to work all day in a VR headset and it was horrible

Alex Hern wanted to get closer to his work by spending a day in a VR world. Future of employment, or a digital headache?<p>Virtual reality is here. You can pilot a starfighter, make sculptures out of virtual clay and experience award-winning journalism … but can you use it to get some work done?<p>I …

The 10 things in advertising you need to know today

Good morning. Here's everything you need to know in the world of advertising today.<p><b>1. Snapchat is making a big push on measurement in Europe.</b> Advertisers in the UK and France can now use third-party measurement firm Moat to analyze the effectiveness of their video campaigns on the app.<p><b>2. These tech</b> …

Advertising

Artificial Intelligence and Virtual Reality Are About to Transform Business. Here's How to Be Prepared.

While we have heard the words AI and VR for years, now is the time to understand that they may significantly change your business.<p>Discussions of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Virtual Reality (VR) inevitably evoke descriptive images of a room full of gamers. But, AI and VR will change the way you …

Artificial Intelligence

Here’s Why It Took a Century and $4.5 Billion to Add Just Three Subway Stops in New York City

The Second Avenue line looked like a sure thing—in 1929. In 2017, the first short leg of it will finally appear. Here’s what (mostly didn’t) happen in all that time.<p>The Second Avenue Subway—or lack thereof—has been the laughingstock of New York for nearly 100 years: the critical project that the …

The Kissenger simulates kissing your long-distance lover

Long-distance relationships are difficult because not only is your lover completely removed from your day-to-day life, but you have absolutely zero possibility of tangible physical intimacy. This is sad. Researchers from the Imagineering Lab at City University London think they can solve this …

2016 burst the VR hype bubble — Epic’s Tim Sweeney thinks that’s not a problem

Epic Games is still working on its first full-length virtual reality game: an arcade shooter called <i>Robo Recall</i> for the Oculus Rift. But the studio best known for <i>Unreal Tournament</i> and <i>Gears of War</i> has already made a huge impact on VR through its popular Unreal Engine, which is being used to create …

Snapchat's acquisition of Cimagine could signal a big push into AR

Snapchat looks like it will be adding some augmented reality features to its messaging app in the near future. The company has reportedly, and quietly, acquired an AR startup in Israel called Cimagine, and the price was allegedly between $30 million to $40 million.<p>See also:<p>These are the Snapchat …

Augmented Reality

Senso is a VR Input Glove With Per-finger Haptics and Simulated Temperature

Senso is a new virtual reality glove input device that offers per-finger haptic feedback and the ability to simulate differences in temperature – all …

Virtual Reality

Best Oculus Rift games for new owners

How to start your virtual reality adventure off right<p>So you’re a lucky person who found an Oculus Rift under the Christmas tree, and you’re overwhelmed by the number of games and experiences available on the store? You’re not alone, and we have you covered.<p>These are the best games and experiences …

Oculus’s Jason Rubin on VR: ‘The next 12 to 24 months are where the real creativity is going to happen’

Every once in a while you get to see not one but two legends occupy a single stage. It happened for music lovers when Billy Joel went on tour with Elton John. It happened for sports fans when LeBron James joined Dwayne Wade in Miami (he came back so I can talk about it again without retching). And …

Virtual Reality

16 of the coolest apps and games for Daydream, Google's new virtual reality headset

Daydream is Google's big new push into virtual reality.<p>Unlike the bulky, several-hundred-dollar pieces of kit from Oculus or HTC, all you need is a relatively cheap headset, the accompanying motion-sensitive remote, and a modern, "Daydream-ready" smartphone capable of running the apps for it.<p>At a …

Virtual Reality

Jimmy Fallon’s ‘Tonight Show’ Debuts Virtual Reality Pictionary Segment with ‘Tilt Brush’

NBC’s popular late night talk show <i>The Tonight Show</i> with host Jimmy Fallon has debuted a new segment called Virtual Reality Pictionary which uses the …

Virtual Reality

Why you should be starting VR/AR/MR design & development right now

tl;dr — This is for all of you that are interested in the phenomena “beyond mobile”. And how this will change the world as we know it. Buckle up …

Augmented Reality

Women feel virtual reality could make sex more enjoyable: Study

When it comes to sex, women are not prudes, suggests a survey that found more than one in 10 women in Britain saying that they would like to have sex …

Worldwide $7 Trillion Augmented Reality (AR) Market Analysis: Market Shares, Strategies and Forecasts 2016 to 2027

Dublin, Oct. 20, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- <b>Research and Markets</b> has announced the addition of Wintergreen Research, Inc's new report "Augmented Reality …

Augmented Reality

Google buys crazy eye-tracking VR tech

Eyefluence wants AR and VR to be controlled via your eyes, and Google wants to help it fulfill this goal.<p>The virtual and augmented reality parties are just now kicking off, and Eyefluence is one of the many startups hoping to own the night. Eyefluence just got a step closer to that goal, announcing …

Augmented Reality