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Meet the First 4K VR Headset

PIMAX 4K VR Headset Front

While the initial development of VR HMD’s (Head Mounted Devices i.e. headsets) is coming out of United States, Taiwan and Singapore, it is widely expected that the next generation of VR devices, and most progress will come out of China. There are over a hundred headset manufacturers, and while some have doubtful track record – there are many manufacturers that see VR as  the ticked for their “place in the Sun”. One such vendor is PIMAX. Thanks to David from Gearbest VR equipment etail store, we learned of an exciting headset coming out of Shenzhen, China. PIMAX 4K UHD Virtual Reality Headset could the the

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AMD, Analysis, ARM, Breaking, Business, Enterprise, Exclusive, Hardware, HP, Intel, Military, Nvidia, Qualcomm, VR World

China Now Leads the Server Race: Meet the Phytium MARS Processor

Phytium MARS Front.jpg

Two decades ago, the US high end microprocessor industry was a lively, diverse market where about five various instruction set architectures battled it out across the workstation and server fields. You had choices like DEC’s Alpha – the speed leader; MIPS – the Silicon Graphics heart; SPARC from Sun Microsystems, IBM POWER, HP PA, the nascent X86, and a few custom architectures for MPP massive parallel processing, for instance. The rest of the world pretty much had nothing – British Transputer and German Hyperstone platforms died out due to lack of funding, while ARM was still keeping to the low end embedded arena after the end of the

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Analysis, Auto, BMW, Breaking, Business, energy, Tesla, Uber

Tesla New Master Plan: 5 New Vehicles, Uber 2.0, Power 2.0

Tesla Model 3 from the behind

In the late afternoon California time, or early morning Singapore time, Elon Musk, Chairman of the Board and CEO of Tesla Motors, Inc. posted what is his second Master Plan for Tesla. On August 2nd, 2006 Elon posted the first Tesla Master Plan, one we can say the company pretty much checked all the marks. Just a few days before the 10 anniversary, we’re treated to another plan. In this article, we’ll bring you the most interesting bits: Tesla is Becoming an Utility Company “Create a smoothly integrated and beautiful solar-roof-with-battery product that just works, empowering the individual as their own utility, and then scale that throughout the world.

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AMD, Analysis, Apple, ARM, Breaking, Business, Graphics, Hardware, Intel, Nvidia, Samsung, VR World

Intel to Buy Imagination Technologies or AMD’s RTG?

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This week started with a milestone announcement of Japanese SoftBank moving in to acquire ARM Holdings for a record $32 billion. Many analysts lamented that the takeover was a result of Brexit, even though everyone in their right minds should know that negotiations of this magnitude take years and typically are made in complete silence for 6-18 months (due dilligence and all that jazz). However, this might not be the only acquisition in the modest pool of British semiconductor players. As we reported on multiple occasions, Intel is reorganizing, i.e. restructuring the company. As a part of that reorganization, the company performed no less than three rounds

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Augmented Reality (AR), Breaking, Business, News, , Software Programs, startups, Wearables

New AR App Elevates Shopping Experience

Wayfair Logo

The connection between e-commerce and smartphones is a blossoming relationship. With desktop computers no longer the only option available to browse and shop online, this marriage of technology and convenience is one that’s likely to be rock solid for generations to come. However, this relationship should be prepared to add a new addition into their lives: Augmented Reality i.e. AR. this technology is also beginning to be marketed as Mixed Reality or MxR (blame Magic Leap for that one). Online furniture retailer Wayfair just released a brand new app called WayfairView. For use on smartphones and tablets, the app can project a lifelike 3D image of

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Breaking, Business, E3, Entertainment, Gaming, Graphics, Hardware, Interviews, startups, Virtual Reality (VR), VR World

Jake Rowell: How The best VR Experience Came to Life

WeVR theBlu: Whale Encounter

After spending the past ten days in Hollywood, we met with numerous industry members who are working on next generation of Virtual Reality content. There’s little doubt that we are witnessing the dawn of a new medium, with Hollywood leading the charge when it comes to content development. As an industry, we need immersive experiences that will show what VR brings to the table and so far, there are two experiences one should go through: WeVR’s “theBlu” for HTC Vive and Crytek’s “The Climb” for Oculus Rift. For a pure enjoyment, theBlu experiences simply are the best way to immerse a person in virtual reality,

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Augmented Reality (AR), Breaking, Business, News, Virtual Reality (VR)

Live Surgery in 360 Degree Video Supercharges Education

360fly 4K camera in the operating room (OR).

Virtual Reality, Mixed Reality and 360-degree videos are starting to change the shape of education. Heavily backed startup 360fly teamed up with GIBLIB and LIVIT to deliver a medical-grade 360-degree camera which is broadcasting a select number of surgeries to invited audience. Honor of performing the first 360-degree surgery went to Dr. Shirin Towfigh, a renowned hernia specialist from the Beverly Hills Hernia Center. The push for educating new generations with the most advanced medical procedures resulted in expensive, but very efficient industry which reduced the recovery rates from weeks to days and even hours. In order to expand the knowledge that enables quicker recovery and lower risk,

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Breaking, E3, Entertainment, Gaming, Graphics, Hardware, News, startups, Virtual Reality (VR)

Did Razer Just Won the VR War? $399 OSVR Hacker Development Kit

Razer  OSVR VR Headset

Even though E3 opens its doors on June 14th, there are numerous pre-conference activities. Bethesda announced that is bringing the world of Fallout 4 into Virtual Reality and there will be a series of VR experiences and games announced during this ‘media frenzy’ week. Still, what needs to happen for VR is to bring the cost of VR equipment down and one of potential solutions is coming from a company that is starting to challenge Apple with their retail philosophy. Razer is the driving force behind the OSVR, an Open Source Virtual Reality industry initiative. This initiative was one of key reasons why Razer became a unicorn, and

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Apple, Augmented Reality (AR), Breaking, Business, Entertainment, , Game Developer Conference (GDC), Google, Hardware, Microsoft, News, Samsung, startups, Virtual Reality (VR), Wearables, Wearables

Did Seebright Just Launch Google Cardboard for AR?

Seebright Ripple Augmented Reality Developer Kit

Augmented Reality, also called Mixed Reality (MR, MxR) is set to represent a very large part of our lives. Even today, if you own a car with a heads-up display (HUD), you are a user of Augmented Reality. Still, the development of AR applications is extremely difficult due to high barrier of entry. Unlike the VR, where you can purchase an Open Source VR Hacker 1.4 headset (OSVR) for just $299.99 –   AR headsets can set you back for thousands of dollars. Case in point is Microsoft’s HoloLens, where a development kit will set you back for $3000. Osterhaut Design Group sells their R-7 glasses for $2799.99. Thus,

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Analysis, Augmented Reality (AR), Breaking, Business, Entertainment, Exclusive, Gaming, News, Opinion, startups, Virtual Reality (VR), VR World, Wearables

How Hollywood and Razer Are Shaping the Future of VR?

Hollywood Sign. Credit: By Thomas Wolf, www.foto-tw.de

Electronic Entertainment Expo will open its doors from June 14-17 and with all the deliberate and non-deliberate leaks, there will be a significant lack of Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality gaming titles. Heads of Activision Blizzard, Electronic Arts and Take Two all said openly that they do not believe in VR. Still, they might be in for a nasty surprise as the entertainment industry known as Hollywood is actively looking to upstage the gaming industry and get back on the Entertainment throne. Several (un)related announcements came to the limelight over the past couple of days, and those announcements are what is shaping the future of content and

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Augmented Reality (AR), Breaking, Business, Entertainment, Exclusive, Graphics, Interviews, startups, Virtual Reality (VR)

Can Virtually Live Replace Pay Per View Television?

Virtually Live Formula E Menu

Couple of years ago, we witnessed a trend of “cutting the cord”, i.e. canceling the cable subscription in the United States. Still to this date, cable subscription is the primary way how majority of households receives its TV channels. Their offering got expanded with the advance of expensive PPV (pay-per-view) programs, such as UFC / MMA fight nights and the shift of Formula 1 World Championship from FTA (free-to-air) to the PPV model. The arrival of Virtual Reality headsets is bringing another possibility – unlike TV, which puts you in a passive position – VR can make you ‘a part of the match’, or a ‘part of

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Augmented Reality (AR), Breaking, Business, Hardware, Military, Mobile, News, Virtual Reality (VR), Wearables, Wearables

OTOY and ODG: Look Into the Future of Virtual Reality

ODG's R-7 VR/AR Glasses served as a base for a consumer product.

Hot on heels of last week’s announcement that OTOY is teaming with Osterhaut Design Group to deliver a consumer version of their Augmented / Virtual Reality glasses, Jules Urbach Founder, Chairman and CEO of OTOY came on CNBC’s SquakBox. In a two minute, thirty second video Jules described the work they are doing with ODG in bringing this new and exciting product to market. We reached to Jules for comment and here’s what he said: “Video of live Light field streaming working on a Samsung Galaxy S6 is really a milestone we’ve been working on for a while. But the ODG glasses are pretty amazing as

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Augmented Reality (AR), Breaking, Business, Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Gaming, Hardware, News, Virtual Reality (VR), Wearables

Cher Wang: Vive to Become a Standalone Company

HTC Vive Pre Set. New controllers, new HMD, new 'Lighthouse' tracking units

Back in October 2015, we had a conversation with an senior industry executive close to HTC. In that conversation, the soft-spoken executive claimed that HTC’s virtual reality group will go through a major change, and that the future for Vive will be “what the Radeon Technologies Group spin-off was for AMD, but (HTC) will go beyond that.” According to our source, HTC was used as a logistics and legal vehicle to jump-start the new company, which will go much further than a simple headset designer and manufacturer. Thanks to Digitimes, we learned that Chinese-only newspaper Commercial Times confirmed the upcoming spin-off from none other than Cher Wang herself. The CEO

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AMD, Breaking, Business, Event, Gaming, Graphics, Hardware, News, Virtual Reality (VR)

On the Eighth Day of VR, God Created Radeon RX Series

AMD's Roadmap calls for 2016 to be the "Year of Polaris"

At the Computex Taipei trade show in Taiwan, AMD officially introduced the first products based on Polaris GPU architecture. Radeon RX Series also marks AMD’s arrival to 14nm and FinFET process technologies, delivered by GlobalFoundries. This manufacturing process, alongside the design decisions the team made several quarters ago marks the return of graphics wars, hitting the price points old 28nm planar process could not dream off. When the company originally announced the formation of Radeon Technologies Group, it made a critical decision to change its product strategy. The new strategy is called “Water Drop,” where products are being released to select markets after serious discussions and evaluations of the market where

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AMD Discloses Impressive ZEN Performance

AMD Investor Presentation

During the recent 2016 Annual Shareholding Meeting, AMD’s leadership disclosed their targets for the upcoming three years. The company is building its strategy on the only possible growth plan – building the fastest technology their engineers came come up with, and then produce the silicon which will come to market branded either as AMD, an AMD-THATIC joint-venture or as Microsoft, Nintendo, Sony… and a new mysterious client for the semi-custom business. “We have new Semi-Custom business in the back half of the year that commences then, and we have the traditional Semi-Custom business with our game console partners that seasonally peaks in the third quarter. So a

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Breaking, Business, Computex Taipei, startups, Virtual Reality (VR), VR World

Chinese Superstar VR Collaboration to Launch on Computex

Colorful custom Heatsink

The 2017 is shaping up to be the year of VR, with many industry collaborations being sign on in order to prepare the content and hardware platform coming in the Fall 2016 / Spring 2017 and onwards. For example, Chinese hardware manufacturer Colorful Technology Company Limited recently sent an invitation to Computex, citing they’re launching new generation of graphics cards, motherboards, tablets, mini PC’s, SSD’s and many more. What was hidden in the release was something more impactful to the global scene: “Adorning the Colorful booth further are formal signing ceremony that seal the partnership between Chaintech/Colorful and Shunwang Technology for VR cooperation as well as

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AMD, Breaking, Business, Entertainment, Event, News, Virtual Reality (VR), VR World

AMD is Working on a Bollywood VR Movie

Raja Koduri in Cannes

With the arrival of Baahubali: The Conclusion in April 2017, the world of Bollywood movies might change forever. At the 69th edition of Cannes Film Festival, movie producers sat down to discuss the arrival of Virtual Reality into the movie industry, in a bid to change the industry paradigm. Up until last year, most of movie industry spoke of ‘second screen’ i.e. engaging the movie goers by offering additional content on their favorite device (tablets, smartphones etc.). With virtual reality, the paradigm shifts from the ‘second screen’ concept into transporting movie goers into the actual movie world. While real-time interactive movies are still a good decade away, the so

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Breaking, Entertainment, Mobile, News, Smartphones, startups, Virtual Reality (VR)

Children Fairy Tales Become VR Worlds with Storybox

The Storybook Project in VR by Rascali

Regardless of where you grew up, chances are you listened to children fairy tales from Europe. “The Three Little Pigs”, “The Tortoise and the Hare” and many others are stories that were a non-miss of the childhood throughout the modern history. Thanks to Rascali, a spin-off from the Hollywood studio Reload Studios – fairy tales are coming to Virtual Reality. After Rascali collected $4 million for its “World War Toons” cartoon (cell shaded) multiplayer VR action game, the company is focusing on launching two new VR projects, Storybox and Raven. In order to bring these new VR experiences to market, Rascali teamed up with Youku Tudou and will be

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Breaking, Business, Gaming, News, VR World

DOOM is Out, Quake or Wolfenstein to Come Next?

idSoftware Quake III Arena

Following the successful launch of DOOM, idSoftware is working on increasing its headcount by 17 job positions in company headquarters in Dallas (Texas) and Frankfurt (Germany). All these jobs include specific level of experience of knowing idSoftware franchises such as DOOM, QUAKE and Enemy Territory. Given the depth of their libraries, we’re not surprised to see a reboot of Quake and Wolfenstein. If ZeniMax Media is to rival Activision Blizzard and Electronic Arts, it has to build multiple development teams that can deliver the titles in an annual cycle. For example, Call of Duty is actually developed by three leading development teams (Infinity Ward, Sledgehammer Games and Treyarch), and a set

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Audio/Video, Breaking, Hardware, Mobile Computing, News, startups, Virtual Reality (VR), VR World, Wearables

Can Vuze Become the Next GoPro?

VUZE Camera in Colorado Forest.

Just two years ago, betting on VR / AR was considered visionary, with scattered remnants of an ill-fated attempt to immerse us in a three dimensional world with quite frankly, a sub-par experience. 3D glasses would work if every household bought a 70-85″ TV, but the reality saw 32″ TVs being sold with 3D glasses. Virtual Reality transplants you from one world to another and the real money lies in finding the next YouTube, a website that redefined Internet as we know today. Numerous companies rode the coattails of small Silicon Valley startup that got swallowed up by Google. Red Bull and GoPro both based their marketing / business model around video content on YouTube,

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