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Oculus joins Apple, Microsoft, Google in creating their own developer conference

Oculus joins Apple, Microsoft, Google in creating their own developer conference

There’s another developer conference coming your way starting this year - September, to be exact - for those that want to get in on the ever-expanding world of virtual reality. This is Oculus Connect, made by the Oculus VR group for developers around the world. This conference will be taking place at the Loews Hotel in Hollywood, California, on September 19th and 20th, 2014.

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Explore South Park in VR from your browser or Oculus Rift

Explore South Park in VR from your browser or Oculus Rift

It’s finally time for you to gain a perfect understanding of how the town of South Park Colorado is set up. The developers at a group called "Tool" have created a VR experience out of the television show, allowing it to be seen by both the web browser and the VR headset Oculus Rift. It’s open, it’s free, and it’s up for viewing right this minute.

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Oculus aims to be the Android of VR, says CEO

Oculus aims to be the Android of VR, says CEO

Virtual Reality is a hotbed of activity, with Facebook making a big bet on Oculus earlier this year. Though VR is still a ways off from the time we all have one in our homes, Oculus is trying to scale it quickly. Speaking to Bloomberg, the company wants to follow in the footsteps of another rapidly evolving and growing platform.

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Stringer uses Virtual Reality with Oculus for battlefield safety

Stringer uses Virtual Reality with Oculus for battlefield safety

While the virtual reality gaming universe appears to be taking off, the Oculus Rift VR headset is being used for a wide variety of purposes - like personal safety in a war zone. What the creators behind "Stringer" have done is to make a VR environment in which journalists - or the interested onlooker - can get as close as possible to a battlefield situation without actually being there. Once inside, the user sees what it’s like attempting to cover a war.

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Making VR mainstream: SMI’s eye-tracking magic hands-on

Making VR mainstream: SMI’s eye-tracking magic hands-on

Eye-tracking tech could finally go mainstream with head-mounted displays like Oculus Rift and Sony Project Morpheus, with pupil spotting specialist SMI readying new consumer-level hardware for gaming, VR, and social networking. SensoMotoric Instruments may not be a household name, but it might be one you end up silently thanking if you've ever gotten motion-sick from using a virtual reality headset. I caught up with the company to find out how understanding eyes may be more important - and closer to the market - than you think.

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Oculus Rift puts DARPA cyberwar soldiers virtually ringside

Oculus Rift puts DARPA cyberwar soldiers virtually ringside

DARPA, the US government's R&D arm, is looking to Oculus Rift to make cyber-warfare more approachable to the American military, immersing the military in 3D representations of target networks. Part of Plan X, DARPA's ongoing work on reducing the technical requirements for a new age of digital warfare, the Oculus integration is currently only conceptual, though the agency says it has already been briefed on upcoming hardware from the headset company.

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