Virtual Reality & Beyond

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

Virtual Reality Pioneer: We're Close to Entering the Metaverse

Neal Stephenson’s 1992 novel <i>Snow Crash</i> focused on what he called the Metaverse, a massive, collective virtual world shared by users around the globe, …

Virtual Reality

Hands-On With Sansar, The New Second Life

In 2003, when <i>Second Life</i> launched, all it took was a few customization bars and the promise of infinite possibility to get users hooked on the idea …

IBM Watson’s Interactive Speech now Integrated into Star Trek: Bridge Crew

Last month Ubisoft released its biggest title yet for virtual reality (VR) platforms with <i>Star Trek: Bridge Crew.</i> <b>VRFocus</b> reported that the studio …

Star Trek

VR helped a terminally ill diver swim the Great Barrier Reef from a hospital bed

One day, technologies like 3D bioprinting and artificial intelligence could all but halt death. Today, we can’t necessarily do that — but …

Virtual Reality

YouTube Now Offering Heatmaps for 360 Video Analytics

Spherical YouTube videos with over 1,000 views now include ‘360° Heatmaps’ within the Analytics section of the Creator Studio. The new feature …

Analytics

Virtual Reality’s iPhone Moment

People are expressing disillusionment with the VR industry. This is a mistake. It’s exactly where it needs to be. Every new technology industry needs …

Virtual Reality

The Crazy VR Goggles in HBO’s ‘Silicon Valley’ Are Not a Prop but a Real Prototype

HBO’s show <i>Silicon Valley</i> entertains with tales of the pervasive startup culture of California’s San Francisco Bay Area. While virtual reality has …

Silicon Valley

Does VR Have a Future?

Last year, it seemed like we were seeing an endless parade of articles about virtual reality’s future. MIT invented video you could touch, …

How serious is Apple about VR?

I was really excited to see Apple talk about VR at WWDC this year. It's a sign that Apple can embrace a market it doesn't entirely control, or possibly even fully understand.<p>Microsoft, Google, and Facebook all now offer some form of AR or VR hardware and software stack, and the ways they're …

Apple

Kopin Reveals “Smallest VR Headset” With 2k x 2k Per Eye Resolution @120Hz

Display specialists Kopin in partnership with Chinese company GoerTek have announced a new reference VR headset design that it claims is the smallest …

Virtual Reality

This Company Is Making AR Gear You Might Actually Wear

This Company Is Making AR Gear You Might Actually Wear<p>In the future, Kopin tech might help you ditch your smartphone for an AR-enhanced life.<p>In the …

Augmented Reality

Microsoft Unveils ASUS and Dell VR Headsets

Microsoft had already let users get a glimpse of the headsets from Acer and HP, but now they have revealed what the Windows 10 mixed reality (MR) …

Laptops

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 …

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 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 …

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 …

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 …

Virtual Reality

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, …

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 …

Virtual Reality

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 …

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 …