virtual reality

Google’s “Eye-Phone” wont replace its predecessor

Google’s “Eye-Phone” wont replace its predecessor

While we're estimating that the all-in-one VR headset is going to be a big deal, it's not going to replace your phone - it's going to replace your television. For those that take this next wave serious enough to replace their television AND their phone, well - therein lies the danger. Warnings are out there. We've talked about this. The troubles we've been discussing over the past several years regarding virtual reality headsets become a much bigger deal when it comes to using said device as your one-and-only.

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The next great smartphone isn’t a phone at all

The next great smartphone isn’t a phone at all

When Apple created the world's most popular smartphone, they made it basic. It took what the personal computer was and took out all the work. Android opened the doors to a much more complex system, allowing both simple and complicated phones to be made. Google expanded beyond smartphones to all manner of devices, large and small, content creator to content consumer. The next game-changer is both. Two devices. One experience. Just like the simultaneous rise of the video camera and the movie screens on which their content was shown.

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Mattel readies to launch Google Cardboard View-Master

Mattel readies to launch Google Cardboard View-Master

It seems that Mattel has gotten into the habit of resurrecting defunct products and giving it a 21st century twist. Just recently it has made the creative yet formerly dangerous "Creepy Crawlers" ThingMaker and turned into a still creative but safer 3D printing ecosystem. Now it is the venerable View-Master's turn. Partnering with Google, Mattel has transformed the toy into a more sophisticated and tech savvy toy by remolding the View-Master into a customized Google Cardboard that promises to deliver educational virtual and augmented reality experiences for kids and students.

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Blizzard’s crystal ball: mobile is the future, not (yet) VR

Blizzard’s crystal ball: mobile is the future, not (yet) VR

With all the hype and talk revolving around virtual reality these days, some even coming from the smartphone market, you'd think that VR is the future of gaming. Well, that might be true to some extent, but not in the near future, and definitely not yet for one huge game publisher. Blizzard, who just celebrated its 25th year in the biz, has given a glimpse of its near future, and it is one where the world's fifth largest gaming company focuses more on mobile and not on VR. At least not yet.

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SyFy’s ‘Halcyon’ show to offer 5 VR episodes for Oculus

SyFy’s ‘Halcyon’ show to offer 5 VR episodes for Oculus

SyFy has a TV show in the works, and it will include 5 scripted episodes made specifically for virtual reality headset Oculus Rift. NBCUniversal International Network has ordered a total of 15 episodes from Canadian studio Secret Location, and will have the 10 non-VR episodes aired on SyFy channel and on the network’s website. The series, as expected given the network, is a science fiction show.

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Popular NES “shooter” Duck Hunt gets an unofficial VR remix

Popular NES “shooter” Duck Hunt gets an unofficial VR remix

Back in the days of the NES (Famicom in other parts of the world), there were already shooting games. But not quite like the FPS titles of today. With the limitations of technology back then, most of those games were limited to billboard and arcade types of gameplay. But at least they had a (light) gun! One of the most popular to hit the cartridges was Duck Hunt. With the new dawn of virtual reality, it just seemed fitting to give an homage to the title, which is exactly what New Jersey Institute of Techonology student Joseph Delgado did.

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2016 Youth Olympic Games viewable in VR glory

2016 Youth Olympic Games viewable in VR glory

We have all heard of the Olympics before and know that the games come around every few years. What you might not know is that there are also Youth Olympic Games and for 2016, those games are being held in Lillehammer, Norway. These games might not be on TV and you might not get to travel to Norway to watch, but you can watch the games in a very cool and unique way.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon X16 LTE Gigabit chip ready for live streaming VR

Qualcomm Snapdragon X16 LTE Gigabit chip ready for live streaming VR

The folks at Qualcomm have revealed that they want to jam so much internet speed through their chips, you won't know what to do with it all. The company's 6th-generation LTE modem chipset will support "download speeds up to 1Gbps" and will be what they describe as "the mobile industry's first announced LTE Advanced Pro modem that also has support for Licensed Assisted Access. While it reach Gigabit Class LTE speeds, this chip will use the same amount of spectrum as Category 9 LTE devices - no big deal!

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Google’s VR headset: AR, eye-tracking, wireless (or wired)

Google’s VR headset: AR, eye-tracking, wireless (or wired)

Google's play in the virtual reality environment is about to get a lot more focused. Inside a virtual reality headset the likes of which the world has never seen before, Google will deliver an entirely unique experience. Sources close to the company have described multiple areas of innovation Google has been exploring, leading to a headset that's a combination of the best parts of Google Glass, Google Cardboard, and Android in general. This headset will take on Samsung, Oculus, and any and all other combatants.

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Google VR headset: self-contained, Android likely

Google VR headset: self-contained, Android likely

Multiple sources say Google's VR headset will be self-contained, not separate from a smartphone or a PC like its competitors. This would be the first VR headset created by a company in this modern era of virtual reality to do so - sort of. What we're looking at here, according to these sources, is a VR headset that "doesn't rely on" a smartphone, computer, or game console. That's a fancy way of saying that it's basically - very likely - going to be very similar to a smartphone in a VR headset.

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Don’t make this Virtual Reality mistake

Don’t make this Virtual Reality mistake

You know what really grinds my gears? Ridiculous photos that are used to advertise products. You know the ones, where something has been very obviously been Photoshopped in with little care. Today, the PGA Tour has been kind enough to provide me with an "Exhibit A" for talking about why you need to think about photos used to promote your products.

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PGA Tour Golf VR made real with IM360

PGA Tour Golf VR made real with IM360

Virtual Reality has reached the green. The PGA Tour has partnered with the crew at IM360 to create a series of VR experiences for Samsung Gear VR and the Oculus Store. For those of you that do not (yet) have a Gear VR or an Oculus headset, a couple of the collection of videos are available on YouTube for viewing with your Google Cardboard headset. The full PGA VR app is also available starting this week through the Oculus store on Samsung Gear VR through users' Samsung Galaxy S6, S5, Note 5, and Note 4 - as well as the Edges, of course.

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