Virtual Reality & Beyond

By Luis Sotillos | Content and applications for Oculus Rift, Gear VR an other VR devices

Elon Musk's $1 billion AI startup has developed a system that trains robots in VR

OpenAI, the artificial intelligence research company set up by Elon Musk, has come up with a new method for teaching robots — giving them a demo in virtual reality.<p>The non-profit, which is funded to the tune of $1 billion, trained a self-learning algorithm to complete a task after a human …

Artificial Intelligence

First Glimpse of HTC’s Standalone Vive Headset Powered by Google Daydream, Launching Later This Year

Google and HTC are partnering up on Google’s new standalone Daydream VR initiative which will see fully-self contained mobile VR headsets built on …

Virtual Reality

How to Make Real Money in Virtual Reality

Sarah Hill doesn’t seem like the most obvious person to be a player in the blooming virtual reality space. Hill spent twenty years as a local TV news …

Virtual Reality

Google unveils VR headsets that don't need smartphones

What the Google started at last year's I/O conference, where it announced the Daydream mobile virtual reality platform and headset, is now complete with the announcement of Google's new, standalone (no smartphone needed) VR headset project that uses inside out tracking it calls WorldSense.<p>Google's …

Virtual Reality

Games that get you to physically engage in the game play are good for brain health: Study

Playing video games which get you moving are an effective way of boosting brain health as we age, according to a new European research. Led by …

The Brain

The Final Frontier In Virtual Reality? Hacking Your Muscles

Tiny bursts of electrical stimulation could help users feel walls and spaces in VR.<p>There are all sorts of devices designed to make virtual worlds feel more real by mimicking physical sensations: full-body suits, gloves, robotic hands, and exoskeletons. These products mimic sensations, but they …

Acer's $300 Windows headset bodes well for the future of cheap VR

For Microsoft, the future of computing is not only virtual reality but also "mixed reality," the company's term encapsulating AR and VR experiences. That started with HoloLens, but that device costs $3,000 and is targeted at developers. Microsoft has something else in mind for consumers: $300 VR …

Virtual Reality

Microsoft's Sub-$300 Mixed Reality Headsets Are Coming, and I Tried One

They say you shouldn’t look directly into the sun for too long, but I couldn’t help myself. I was too busy watching little balls of fire jumping …

Virtual Reality

Oculus Rift a year after launch: The state of VR

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - A year after Facebook launched the modern era of virtual reality by releasing the Oculus Rift, the genre is still trying to find …

VRgluv Brings 1st Force Feedback Haptic Glove to VR - VR News, Games, And Reviews | VR & FUN

Share The Latest News<p>What do you get when you lock a team of product engineers and “VR freaks” in a dark, Atlanta warehouse with a 3D printer for a …

A year after the HTC Vive’s launch, VR’s hype bubble is finally deflating

And that’s a good thing<p>One year ago today, HTC released the Vive virtual reality headset, marking a turning point for virtual reality. The Vive wasn’t the first commercial VR headset, or even the first commercial high-end headset. But besides the simple Google Cardboard, it was the first major …

The VR web is here

Over the past several years, the technologies underlying the modern internet have begun to mature. The web has gone through a second renaissance, …

Virtual Reality

Google figures out how to make VR headsets vanish

The technology might make VR demonstrations and sales pitches less of an awkward experience.<p>No matter how good the virtual reality technology is, …

Virtual Reality

This giant VR gaming chair spins 360 degrees so you feel like you're in the game

MMone is a new simulator developed by Ukrainian-based company MMOne. Its applications can be used for entertainment purposes such as gaming, VR simulations and educational courses.<p>They're hoping to make the simulator a VR attraction at theme parks and shopping malls. Last year's prototype cost …

Virtual Reality

Europe’s virtual reality sector has grown to nearly 300 companies

Europe’s booming virtual reality ecosystem now consists of nearly 300 companies, according to the first European Virtual Reality landscape released by The Venture Reality Fund and France’s LucidWeb.<p>Silicon Valley-based venture firm The Venture Reality Fund tracks investments in the augmented …

Here's Mark Zuckerberg's Ten-Year Prediction for Virtual Reality

Top-tier video game developers, your so-called Triple-A shops, aren’t wasting their time on creating the next <i>GTA V</i> or <i>Mass Effect</i> for Oculus Rift, the …

Virtual Reality

OpenVR SDK Adds 'Initial' Support For OSX, DX12

Valve promised OpenVR support for Mac users in late 2016. Now in early 2017, the company is taking the first steps towards that promise.<p>The SteamVR …

The Complete Beginner’s Guide to VR 360° Cameras

VR is a HOT topic. This guide is for all of the upcoming content creators that want to start shooting their own 360 VR videos for the world to enjoy. …

Cameras

VR Builds Empathy–It Can Build More Inclusive Business, Too

From training diverse workforces to understand each other to putting product designers in the shoes of their customers, VR is poised to be far more than just a game.<p>It’s a truism of history that in a time of upheaval and change, empathy is the first virtue to go. Our current moment is no different. …

Virtual Reality

Calculus Is Way More Fun With An HTC Vive & Tilt Brush

<b>It looks like virtual reality can make anything entertaining.</b>I should start by making my hatred for any form of math perfectly clear. I hate it. Just …

Virtual Reality

Second Life Is Back for a Third Life, This Time in Virtual Reality

In theory, you can do whatever you want in virtual reality, and my VR tour guide and I are taking this seriously: we’re dressed like aliens (he’s …

Augmented Reality

How Silicon Valley Is Trying to Solve VR's Biggest Problems

Technology companies and futurists have long argued that virtual reality, or VR, will give rise to the next generation of personal computing, forever …

Experiencing Near Death in VR Makes People Lose Fear of Dying

Near-death experiences are ideal scenarios for the existentially fearful: The immediate payoff is that you don’t die — and moreover, the very …

‘Sansar’ Will Open to All in First Half of 2017 with a New Approach to Virtual Worlds

<i>Sansar</i>, a virtual world platform from the creators of Second Life, will open its doors to everyone in the first half of 2017. Developer Linden Lab …

Augmented Reality

HTC Vive is leaving Oculus Rift in the virtual dust, says Epic co-founder

HTC’s Vive is virtual streets ahead of the Oculus Rift in terms of how well it’s selling, at least according to the outspoken Tim Sweeney, co-founder …

Oculus co-founder reveals the future of VR at CES 2017

You might expect one of the co-founders of Oculus to say that the future of VR is going to be Oculus Rift or the recently released Oculus Touch …

Virtual Reality

Linden Lab Wants VR Creators to Start Making Money on Sansar

When I last spoke to Linden Lab CEO Ebbe Altberg a few months ago, he was hopeful they’d be able to open Sansar to the public at the start of 2017. …

Haptic bodysuits and the strange new landscape of immersive VR

Today’s virtual reality product landscape has come to resemble something of a Wild West show, with steely eyed robber barons jockeying for position …

These Shoes Let You Feel The Surface You're Walking On in Virtual Reality

There’s an obsession with “immersion” in virtual reality. Everyone wants to find the next way to make VR experiences feel more real. So far, the best …