Oculus Rift

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, …

Virtual Reality

AR/VR Weekly: Can Transformers spark China’s AR/VR interest?

Transform and roll out … and into your neighborhood virtual reality arcade. That’s what Transformers fan will soon be doing in China.<p>This week, Hasbro and DMG Entertainment announced they were launching augmented and virtual reality experiences around Transformers, the robots that turn into cars, …

Virtual Reality

The first employee at Oculus just left the company

The first employee hired to work on the Oculus Rift at Oculus VR — the virtual reality headset company Facebook paid $2 billion for — is quitting.<p>"Chris Dycus, employee number 1, out," he wrote in a Facebook post on May 15.<p>Dycus was a hardware engineer at Oculus VR, where he worked on early …

Virtual Reality

How I lost the first national VR gaming tournament, but saw the future of esports

My hands are shaking. But I know that these kinds of events are driven by sugar and adrenaline, so I ignore my nervous muscle twitches and stuff a couple more Oreos into my mouth, one package of many on a table laden with pizza, sugary drinks, and various packaged sweets. Familiar foods to fuel the …

Virtual Reality

12 Best VR Games You Will Love Playing

For years, gamers have been looking out for titles where they can be part of the story and have ability to step inside, interact and reach get a …

Virtual Reality

Facebook launches itself into developing brain reading tech

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF<p>Mark Zuckerberg wants to create the world’s largest, and maybe only, telepathic network and he’s slowly pulling all the …

Augmented Reality

Four short links: 22 May 2017

<i>Meta Tutorial, Network Game, Indigenous VR, and Facebook Moderation</i> • An Interactive Tutorial on Making Interactive Tutorials -- full of the little …

Indigenous Australians

The Week In Games: A Rime For All Seasons

It’s been nearly four years since the game that looked like if <i>Wind Waker</i> had a baby with <i>Ico</i> was announced. How time flies!<p>Development woes and the …

Xbox One

There could soon be video games that plug directly into your brain

What could go wrong?<p>There’s this super impactful moment in The Matrix, where Keanu Reeve’s character realizes that there’s a hole in the back of his head and that the world he thought he knew is not real. His entire reality has been fabricated and it doesn’t exist, it’s just brain stimulus. More …

Virtual Reality

HelmetVR Combines an Oculus Rift with a Real Race Helmet

Said to be the world’s first VR sim racing helmet, the HelmetVR is perhaps the ultimate in VR sim racing excess, combining a real Arai racing helmet …

Virtual Reality

Now You Can Run an Entire Bar from the Comfort of Your Home

Virtual Reality Bartending<p>Virtual reality games often try to test how you’d fare in a job. Flairtender is a new game for the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift …

The Future

React VR speeds up Oculus Home on Samsung Gear — it’s three times faster

Gear VR got a massive refresh recently. Not only did a new version of Samsung and Oculus’ mobile VR headset release with a new motion controller, but there were updates on the software side, too. These updates were delivered with the help of the new React VR framework.<p>When the new Gear arrived, so …

John Carmack

In Google's Vision Of The Future, Computing Is Immersive

Google offered a glimpse of how it sees the future at its annual developer's conference this week. And it involves a lot of blending between the virtual and the real worlds using augmented and virtual reality. Google is calling that blend immersive computing.<p>Clay Bavor, who heads up Google's AR and …

Augmented Reality

The Next-Generation of Virtual Reality for Brands and Marketing

If we gauge virtual reality’s mass-market impact by what’s happened since the launch of Oculus Rift, in 2016, then by that measure we’re at the start …

Virtual Reality

Awesome tech you can’t buy yet: 3-wheeled longboards. smart shirts, and more

<i>At any given moment, there are approximately a zillion crowdfunding campaigns on the web. Take a stroll through Kickstarter or Indiegogo and you’ll</i> …

Gear & Gadgets

HTC Beats Oculus To Standalone VR

In a bombshell announcement yesterday at Google I/O surrounding Qualcomm’s design for standalone Daydream VR headsets, it was revealed that HTC is …

Virtual Reality

Interview: TheWaveVR’s Founders Talk The Future Of Music And Gaming Crossover At FORM Arcosanti

FORM Arcosanti, which took place last weekend, is easily the most unique music festival I’ve ever been to. It turned me on to tons of new music and …

Virtual Reality

An April story about Oculus Rift founder Palmer Luckey stated that the VR pioneer donated to the Pre

<b>An April story about Oculus Rift founder Palmer Luckey</b> stated that the VR pioneer donated to the President’s inauguration through companies named …

Virtual Reality

Google’s Daydream VR platform adds sharing, screen-casting

Last October, <b>Google launched its mobile virtual platform, Daydream</b>. Meant to be work with phones from several companies–including Google's own Pixel–<b>it signaled the company's desire to build a broad VR ecosystem and let a variety of partners decide on many aspects of the hardware</b>.<p>Today, <b>Google</b> …

Virtual Reality

Daydream VR Standalone Headsets Announced By Google (video)

As expected during this year’s Google I/O event the technology giant has unveiled plans to launch two new stand-alone virtual reality headsets that …

Virtual Reality

What You Should Care About From Google's I/O Conference - Bloomberg

During a two hour keynote presentation at its I/O developer conference, Alphabet Inc.'s Google showed off its prowess in the technology world's …

Google

Google to Bring Standalone VR Headsets to Market This Year - Bloomberg

Alphabet Inc.’s Google plans to push virtual reality to more people by working with hardware partners on standalone headsets.<p>At its I/O developer …

Virtual Reality

Why Did Google Acquire Owlchemy? (GOOG, FB)

Alphabet Inc. (GOOG​) subsidiary Google announced the acquisition of virtual reality (VR) game studio Owlchemy last week. At first glance, the …

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

2017: The Year Virtual Reality Grows and Stays

Virtual reality headsets are one of the fastest growing industries in the world today, with more massive companies trying to get a piece of the cake …

Virtual Reality

Architects, Engineers, Designers Ditch Blueprints for VR Experiences

The visual world of architecture, engineering and design is a fertile ground for virtual reality. GPU Technology Conference attendees last week got a …

Virtual Reality

Oculus is pumping up support for its developer site

Facebook wants to get better at helping its Oculus Rift developers.<p>The virtual reality division of the social-networking behemoth announced today that it has collaborated with its development community to find out what resources it needs to provide to empower creativity in the people making VR …

Virtual Reality

Photorealistic VR is 20 years away

VR headsets have made great strides since the days of the Virtual Boy (neck cramp anyone?), but by today’s standards the visual fidelity of VR games …

Virtual Reality

The number of people who plan on buying a VR headset is still very low

Google kicked off its big I/O developer conference on Wednesday, and, among many other announcements, said it’s working to create “standalone” virtual reality headsets. As in, headsets that work independently, without having to be tied to a smartphone or PC.<p>Google isn’t the first company to try …

Virtual Reality

The company which successfully sued Oculus for $500 million is now suing Samsung

ZeniMax, the media company which successfully sued Facebook's Oculus for $500 million (£387 million), has a new target: Samsung.<p>The company has filed a new US lawsuit against Samsung over its Gear VR headset.<p>The suit alleges Samsung has profited from intellectual property first developed at …

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