virtual reality

Magic Leap adds Neal Stephenson as VR “chief futurist”

Magic Leap adds Neal Stephenson as VR “chief futurist”

If you thought Google-invested startup of augmented reality mystery Magic Leap couldn't get any more intriguing, think again: famed science-fiction author Neal Stephenson is now onboard. The writer - perhaps best known for his novel Snow Crash, which included plenty of augmented and virtual reality technology - will be Magic Leap's Chief Futurist, it was announced today, joining the hype-causing team experimenting with ways to project light fields onto the retina and use them to deliver believable three-dimensional environments. Turns out, Magic Leap's demonstration was enough to convince the award-winning author that the technology has some serious potential.

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Runtastic has a 7-minute VR workout in the works

Runtastic has a 7-minute VR workout in the works

Running on a treadmill in your living room or doing pushups in the bedroom can be boring. Really, really boring. A gym would be better, but it’s just not always possible. Runtastic is about to change the home workout, and is planning to introduce a version of their famous 7-minute workout for the Oculus Rift. As you might imagine, the app will give you an immersive 3D environment for your workout, but won’t be a radical departure from what you might be used to with your existing workout app.

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How Google Cardboard takes you on the VR stage with Paul McCartney

How Google Cardboard takes you on the VR stage with Paul McCartney

This week we've had a chat with Jens Christensen, CEO of Jaunt, the company that's bringing everyday Google Cardboard users to the concert stage with artists like Jack White and Paul McCartney. Jaunt deals in Virtual Reality experiences, collecting events and locations with their unique camera setups, turning that media into video. With Paul McCartney, this journey began with Award-Winning Film Director Mark Romanek. This fellow Romanek is associated with both Paul McCartney and Jaunt, working in the role of one of their advisors. Once McCartney saw Jaunt's technology in action, he invited the crew to his next concert.

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Oculus VR acquisition breaking another wall: hand tracking

Oculus VR acquisition breaking another wall: hand tracking

This week the folks at Oculus VR - creators of the Oculus Rift VR headset - have announced that they've acquired three "key" names in "computer vision." The first two are groups of creators, and the thirds a man by the name of Chris Bregler - so it's more like they hired him than acquired him, but still. It's Nimble VR you'll want to focus on first. They specialize on skeletal hand tracking. This will allow use to take another big step into the virtual reality landscape.

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Google Cardboard gets serious: VR headsets for the masses

Google Cardboard gets serious: VR headsets for the masses

Just as Samsung and Oculus release their virtual reality headset for mobile devices with the Gear VR, Google is reminding the world that they kind of, sort of came first. Released first back at Google I/O 2014 earlier this year, the fold-up piece of cardboard with two glass lenses and a metal washer for a button was released basically in secret. Now just a few months later, Google has released their homepage for the unit and a dedicated section on Google Play. Now, they mean business.

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You don’t want a Samsung Gear VR

You don’t want a Samsung Gear VR

You might not want a Samsung Gear VR - not yet, anyway. The first Samsung Gear VR you're going to see on the market - as early as this afternoon - is the Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition. This may look like a consumer release, but it's not. AT&T may be suggesting that it is, and Samsung may be suggesting that it is, the team at Oculus VR are making relatively clear that this is not meant to be the end-all, be-all release for the Gear VR. It's got Oculus branding on it, after all - they're not going to let anything out the gate suggesting it's final before they agree 100% that it is, truly, ready for everyone.

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Gear VR headset released with AT&T and Samsung

Gear VR headset released with AT&T and Samsung

This week the folks at Samsung have pushed their Gear VR virtual reality headset to the public as an Innovator Edition. This is akin to the Explorer Edition of Google Glass in that it's not necessarily meant to be a consumer device in the traditional sense. You can buy this VR headset for use with your Galaxy Note 4 through AT&T starting December 12th or straight through Samsung starting this week. This device works with the Galaxy Note 4 exclusively - and you'll need one to make this headset do anything.

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Apple is looking to hire a VR dev tips job listing

Apple is looking to hire a VR dev tips job listing

Apple plays its cards close to the vest so short of rumors and the occasional leak, one of the only ways we get information about what’s going on in Cupertino is by job listings. Job listings are the one place where the type of personnel that Apple is looking for hint strongly at what is going on inside the secretive company. A recent job posting indicates Apple may be ready to go after Oculus VR.

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Pinć VR tries to use your iPhone 6 for virtual reality

Pinć VR tries to use your iPhone 6 for virtual reality

If you thought that only the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and the LG G3 are the only ones that can have their virtual reality fun, it might be time to think again. Cordon Media, a company that, according to its profile, specializes in creating immersive and futuristic interfaces, is looking to use the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus to power its own take on the virtual reality headset. But Pinć, pronounced as "pinch", is more ambitious than anything you've seen or heard about, trying to put you inside your smartphone itself.

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Apple job listing suggests VR platform on the horizon

Apple job listing suggests VR platform on the horizon

Virtual Reality is a big deal, at least for early adopters willing to strap a piece of cardboard or plastic to their face and split the screen on a smartphone or tablet. That’s not for everyone, but Apple might make it a bit more approachable for the masses. A new job posting suggests Apple is looking for someone adept in 3D graphics and virtual reality experiences. The goal for whoever Apple ends up hiring isn’t quite known, either, save for creating “next generation software experiences”.

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