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HTC's Vive Tracker Has Brought Out The Best In VR Innovation

HTC’s Vive Tracker presents an elegant solution to the VR peripheral problem. Instead of releasing hundreds upon hundreds of different controllers …

BAE is planning to use virtual reality simulators to train next-gen pilots

BAE Systems is planning to provide virtual reality sessions to train next-generation pilots at its new state-of-the-art military training facility in …

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This Flexible Thermoelectric Skin Has Made Me a Believer in Thermal Haptics

Korea-based TEGway is developing ThermoReal, a thermoelectric array which can generate heat and cold with impressively low latency. The flexible …

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HTC is developing new VR products at different price points and a new Vive headset

HTC is developing new virtual reality products at different price points and a new Vive virtual reality headset.<p>“We’re always developing new …

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SWMI Sim Lab and VR Room Helps Prepare Students for Real World Patient Encounters

“Train like you fight, fight like you train.” This is one quote that many can say they’ve heard throughout their Naval career. The fact is, when one …

Defense Industry

Varjo promises a VR headset with 'human eye-resolution'

A Finnish company called Varjo that has been working in secret until now has unveiled a new type of VR and AR headset code-named "20/20." It supposedly has a display with "human eye-resolution" quality of over 70 megapixels versus around 1.2 megapixels per eye for the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.<p>Varjo …

Augmented Reality

Boeing: Productive VR Cuts Training Time by 75%

The aircraft manufacturer uses VR to help with training and maintenance tasks, finding it is a far more effective medium than traditional manuals.

Virtual Reality

[ARTICLE] The role of virtual reality in improving motor performance as revealed by EEG: a randomized clinical trial – Full Text

Virtual reality (VR) is the simulation of a real environment generated by a computer software and experienced by the user through a human–machine …

Kopin’s Prototype VR Headset is Incredibly Thin & Light, More Than 3x the Pixels of Rift and Vive

Kopin is touting a new prototype VR headset featuring their 4K OLED ‘Lightning’ microdisplay that they say is made specifically for VR. At nearly …

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IDC's Data Shows VR is Not Dying, Not Even Close

VR is not dead. VR is not dying. VR is very much alive according to IDC’s numbers.<p>Apple’s WWDC 2017 keynote made that abundantly clear with their …

Valve’s new Vive base stations won’t work with current HTC Vive headsets

Why it matters to you<p>Valve has developed a new tracking solution for future VR headsets that will enable multi-room and 'warehouse scale' VR.<p>Valve’s …

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Walmart’s new VR training program sounds like a bad ‘Black Mirror’ episode

Why it matters to you<p>Walmart's VR tech will enable its employees to practice scenarios to provide better customer service.<p>Virtual reality can …

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Virtual Reality Finally Catches On---With Businesses

Gary Steinberg, Stanford University’s head of neurosurgery, has been operating on brains for more than three decades. Only in the past year has he been able to do something that he says gives him a significant advantage: preview the surgery and practice it.<p>Donning a virtual-reality headset, the …

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Intel cuts the HTC Vive's annoying cords

The virtual reality headset goes completely wireless with Intel's new WiGig tech.<p>Right now, the HTC Vive is the most immersive and amazing VR experience you can get. It's also a tangled mess of wires chained to a PC that takes up a lot of space. Not so, however, with a new Vive prototype equipped …

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VR has a hard time showing you things up close, but Oculus might have a fix

The company is focusing on focus.<p>Even though VR headsets are small enough to strap onto your face, they can make objects in the virtual scene seem far off in the distance. The headsets accomplish this immersive, visual trick by having two key optical parts: screens inside that display the images, …

To Spread Thunderbolt, Intel Will Let Others Make it, Royalty-Free

Expect to see Thunderbolt ports on many more computers, peripherals, and even VR headsets once Intel opens up the specification next year.<p>Intel's …

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Oculus Getting Serious About Room-scale VR, Dropping ‘Experimental’ Tag

As of the upcoming version 1.15, Oculus software will “fully support” the three-sensor room-scale configuration, giving VR players a large 360 degree …

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Virtual reality patients are teaching med students how to break bad news

How do you deliver bad news?<p>It's an unfortunate question we all grapple with at some point in our lives. But regularly having tough, life-changing conversations is a job requirement for many doctors.<p>A newly developed technology called MPathic VR helps medical professionals learn how to deliver bad …

Health Care

With a new controller, Microsoft just took a big shot at Facebook and Sony in the race for cheap virtual reality

This holiday season, Microsoft and Acer are teaming up for a $399 virtual reality bundle — containing Acer's $299 Windows 10-powered virtual reality headset, along with brand-new motion controllers made by Microsoft specifically to control VR apps and games.<p>There's one big question, right off the …

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Study: VR twice as effective as morphine at treating pain

Over 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain. Since the 1990s, opioid prescriptions have tripled in the US, a country with five-percent of the world’s population that’s now responsible for consuming 80-percent of its opioids. It’s clear we need an alternative.<p>VR industry veteran Howard Rose …

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Oculus Patented New Eye Tracking Device Days After Acquiring The Eye Tribe

Back in mid-April we wrote about a new patent from Oculus that further supported theories the company may one day release hand-tracking gloves for VR …

​Acer's Windows-ready VR headset wants to be cheap and easy to use

VR is a pain to set up. According to Microsoft, it's the top reason for VR headset returns at Microsoft Stores.<p>When I tried Acer's Windows 10-ready VR headset for myself, I realized how simple it could be to use. I say "could be," because it depends on whether its tracking cameras end up being more …

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TPCAST Announces Business Edition Wireless VR Kit, Up to 6 Simultaneous Users

TPCAST, makers of a 60GHz wireless VR add-on for the HTC Vive, have announced a Business Edition version of the device which is said to allow up to …

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Vive to Get Eye-tracking Add-on with Optional Corrective Lenses

7invensun, one of the latest companies accepted into HTC’s Vive X accelerator program, is launching an eye-tracking add-on made specially for the …

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How will virtual reality transform workplace training?

As with everything in the business world, from Fintech and blockchain changing the banking sector to AI making inroads into customer service across a …

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 …

AR's potential in the enterprise

<i>This story was delivered to BI Intelligence Apps and Platforms Briefing subscribers. To learn more and subscribe, please click here.</i><p>While the consumer-facing side of augmented and virtual reality (AR and VR) is gaining exposure through companies like Facebook’s Oculus, Samsung, and HTC Vive, some …

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New HTC Vives Weigh 15% Less Than They Did at Launch

While the Vive is often criticized for its front-heavy weight, the headset has actually managed to slim down over time thanks to manufacturing …

Virtual Reality

Xbox Scorpio VR is a thing, just not yet

How much? When will it happen?<p>By next year, you’ll be able to play virtual reality games on your Xbox Scorpio, at least if Microsoft keeps its word you will.<p>“Our plan is to bring mixed reality content to the Xbox One family of devices, including Project Scorpio, in 2018,” according to a press …

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