Facebook is banking on virtual and augmented reality to play a big part in a revolution in computing platforms in the next 10 to 15 years.
Zero Point, the very first immersive 360-degree documentary film, is now available for download.
Facebook’s Q3 2014 results exceed analyst expectations, but with 2015 being a year for investment, stock price dropped in anticipation of these big expenditures.
The Archos VR headset touts itself as one of the most affordable, easy-to-use, hassle-free VR headsets out there.
With the advent of hand-fitted exoskeletons, Dexta Robotics wants to bring the sensation of touch to VR.
With the advent of hand-fitted exoskeletons, Dexta Robotics wants to bring the sensation of touch to virtual reality.
One indie dev brings the thrills and spills of Nintendo’s iconic go-kart racer to the realm of virtual reality, giving gamers a solid reason to pick up an Oculus Rift.
Thanks to a brand new Kickstarter campaign, virtual reality has become a whole lot more comfortable.
Oculus’ big conference, Oclus Connect, took place last weekend in Los Angeles, and while the company didn’t unveil the consumer version it did show off a next-generation prototype version of the Oculus headset. Before the conference began VR World had a chance to sit down with Simon Solotko, founder of All Future Parties, a consultancy that partners with companies developing augmented reality products to help them accelerate and get to market. Below is the second part of the conversation. VR World: What sort of insight do you have into Oculus right now as the eventual release date for the consumer version of the Oculus headset
This past weekend at the Oculus Connect conference in Los Angeles Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe unveiled the second-generation Oculus Rift VR headset called Crescent Bay which he said was a “massive leap” over the second-generation developer kit. “It’s as big of a leap as we made from DK1 to DK2,” Iribe is quoted as saying on stage. While Iribe cautioned this isn’t the consumer version of the headset, it does represent a fast-maturing technology. The next-gen headset has 360-degree head tracking, enhanced resolution as well as integrated audio. Reportedly, those who tried a demo unit say it offers a much more realistic sense of immersion
Oculus’ industry conference, Oculus Connect, kicks off this weekend in Los Angeles bringing developers and Oculus engineers together for a weekend of collaboration. This conference comes at a time where Oculus’ stranglehold on the consumer VR market is slipping. At one time the company had a near monopoly on the market; for the last few years consumer level virtual reality effectively equaled Oculus Rift. Now, the market is getting more and more crowded as Sony, Samsung and Google (which is equally focused on augmented reality) make plays with their own VR solution. To try and figure out where the augmented and virtual reality is going, VR World recently
Immersion is undoubtedly the most important aspect of VR. Who can deny the wonderful sensation of seeing and hearing inside a virtual fantasy world? But you know what’s even more fantastic? Bringing the ‘R’ in VR closer to us, and there’s no other better example of this than this upcoming VR game that lets you play with bikini-clad ladies at the beach. PlayGirls is the brainchild of PG Production and Japanese game company Illusion that combines VR and lovely AV actresses. Why are actresses involved you say? Well, the concept is described as the “Sexy Actress Perfect Simulation Project”, which, as suggested, recreates an actress
The VR boom that Oculus Rift has made created a lot of new innovations and ideas, but it has also spawned many creations that try to emulate the concept in a much simpler form. Take this new VR headset in Japan for example. If you need some quick and cheap VR experience, then this simple gadget might be the thing you need. Called the Smartphone Virtual 3D Goggles, this VR headset has the same concept of slapping your own smartphone into your face a la Google Cardboard. There’s not much tech specs to be introduced here, but it is advertised to be able to use most
Apple is now officially joining the VR revolution. Well, sort of. In our current world of HD, VR is now all the hype and it’s clear that the tech market is headed that way. However, access to this wonderful technology is still awfully limited, but thankfully this Kickstarter project will make VR a lot closer to us. AirVR is the name of the new project by the Canadian company Metatecture, and it is as you can see in the feature image, a VR headset that uses your iPad to give you that immersive VR experience. To be specific, it actually uses an iPad mini, in
The Oculus Rift has undeniably spawned so many new ideas and innovations in the way we explore virtual 3D environments. Japan also has its fair share of ideas for this VR headset, and here are a few of the notable ones that might just have the potential to take those current ideas even further. Sidonia Knights Launcher Simulator Coming first on this short list is the realization of the space launch sequence from the Japanese comic series Sidonia Knights (Shidonia no Kishi). The presentation of the concept is part of the Anime Festa event that is currently held in Tokorozawa, Saitama. As for the look and feel
Sci-Fi fans are quite aware that what is usually the realm of science fiction can eventually become science-fact. For instance, while ultra-portable video-communicators were just a novelty item on series like Star Trek in the early 1970s, video-enabled IP-based communications is now readily available to anyone who has a smartphone. It’s the same with other technologies predicted by Sci-Fi writers, which tend to become a reality once the right technology and resources are available. One such example is OTOY’s holographic capture and display system, which is set to be out in the market within the coming year. The cloud graphics firm has announced the availability of its holographic video
Past two decades saw the automotive industry trying to push advanced electronics onto a very old and slow serial backbone protocol called CAN bus, which resulted in less than satisfactory technology. This is the main reason why pardon us saying, most car electronics of today aren’t integrated and crash worse than Windows 95 on a no-name PoS system made in rural China. With the advancement of MOST15, ethernet-based optical protocol with speeds of up to 150Mbps (CAN is 40-125 Kbps on a good day – yes, slower than what you used to connect to the Internet in 1990s), car manufacturers are finally starting to push the