virtual reality

Google Glass sees laser-projected keyboard possibilities

Google Glass sees laser-projected keyboard possibilities

This week a patent has been revealed as filed by Google for what very much appears to be a laser-projected set of controls emanating from a pair of smart glasses. This of course could mean that Google's Project Glass is about to see some amazing virtual reality controls as their two upcoming developer events come to fruition at the start of next month. And this isn't the first time we've seen wild, futuristic control possibilities for Google's Glass, either!

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Oculus Rift completes Unreal, Unity integration, reveals new prototype

Oculus Rift completes Unreal, Unity integration, reveals new prototype

The fine folks from Oculus VR are here at CES 2013, and though they don't have a ton of new details to announce, they are showing off their newest prototype of the much loved virtual reality headset. Keep in mind that the headset you're seeing isn't a final version, but with each new revision, we're getting closer and closer to a final product. Those who backed the Kickstarter will also like to know that the gang is still on track to ship developer models out in just a couple of months.

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Oculus Rift Kickstarter brings virtual reality gaming back to life

Oculus Rift Kickstarter brings virtual reality gaming back to life

This week the first Kickstarter for the Oculus Rift virtual reality gaming headset has begun, and it's already got $37,000 USD pledged right out of the gate. This project is ready to bring back to life the concept of a virtual reality headset, this time preparing it for systems across the spectrum - Windows, Apple, Linux, iOS and Android. You'll also find out-of-the-box engine integrations for Unreal Engine and Unity - and an instant full-on playable version of Doom BFG Edition.

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Early Oculus Rift prototype revealed

Early Oculus Rift prototype revealed

Anticipation for the Oculus Rift has been building ever since we were first introduced to it back at E3, and today we got a look at a very early prototype. Creator Palmer Luckey shared the image you see below, and even though it isn't the prettiest of devices, it will do a lot to get followers of the project excited. Road to VR points out that the headset in the image won't be meant for ordinary consumers - that will be the Oculus Rift 2.0, which is scheduled to launch in 2013. Instead, this first device is aimed at die-hard VR fans and developers. Have a look:

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Google Project Glass still ‘years away’

Google Project Glass still ‘years away’

It wasn't because Google was close to a final product in the least bit that they showed off their heads-up user interface-toting Project Glass glasses this week - this device is still very much in pre-pre-production. As Project Glass gains massive amounts of feedback from prospect consumers after a very well-received preview in video form (shown below), it's a harsh reminder by Google co-founder Sergey Brin today that stings the ears: an actual consumer product is "many months, if not years" from reality.

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Project Glass parody video calls Google’s bluff

Project Glass parody video calls Google’s bluff

Less than 24 hours after Google's reveal this week of the heads-up VR Project Glass, comedian Tom Scott has created a viral send-up of the glasses complete with concern for their real-life applicability. What we've got here from Scott is a video that's extremely similar to what we saw yesterday from Google, only here it's showing the pitfalls of such a system as its imagined today. Scott's version of Project Glass doesn't exactly have the same shiny ring to it that Google's does.

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HiveMind has SimCity creator aiming to turn your real life into The Sims

HiveMind has SimCity creator aiming to turn your real life into The Sims

For those of you that don't know, Will Wright is the primary designer behind such massive hits as SimCity, The Sims, and Spore - and this week he's letting us all know that we, not our avatars, will be taking part in his next opus. This game will be called HiveMind, and will be more than just a casual gaming experience. You'll be using your phones, tablets, social network identities, computers galore, and your own brain to make a move in this virtual reality space. This will be the next generation, says Wright, in Alternate Reality Games (ARGs).

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