virtual reality

Elite: Dangerous Beta 3: experience space in 60fps

Elite: Dangerous Beta 3: experience space in 60fps

So you'd like to experience the newly updated YouTube in all its 60fps glory, yes? How about doing so with what's easily one of the most beautiful games in development today? That's the game "Elite: Dangerous" from the folks at Frontier Developments we're talking about, and you're about to be strapped in. You'll be owning multiple ships and scooping up fuel from stars as you take on the next generation of space-based online gameplay. Don't forget to drop an Oculus Rift on your noggin too, if you do so dare: this game has VR capabilities right out the box.

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Dexmo exoskeleton gloves can give you all the VR feels

Dexmo exoskeleton gloves can give you all the VR feels

Virtual reality is fast becoming commoditized with the rise of consumer-ready VR goggles like the Gear VR or, in the near future, the Oculus Rift. However, for all the sights, and sometimes sounds, that these devices offer, they still lack one crucial part of the whole VR experience: touch. That problem may have now met its match in Dexmo, an admittedly frightening looking exoskeleton just for your hands that not only lets you control robotic or virtual hands, it also lets you feel that a bit as well.

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Google’s invests in Magic Leap for more augmented reality

Google’s invests in Magic Leap for more augmented reality

You’ve probably never heard of Magic Leap, and that’s cool (we hadn’t either). You might be hearing a lot more from them in the near future, though. The startup just finished a venture capital funding round that garnered them a cool $542 million. Leading that funding round was Google, but not Google Ventures. The company proper is making the investment, which also puts Android and Chrome boss Sundar Pichai on Magic Leap’s board. After their tongue-in-cheek cardboard giveaway at Google I/O, it seems augmented and/or virtual reality is a serious game for Google.

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Archos VR Glasses jump into the virtual reality fray

Archos VR Glasses jump into the virtual reality fray

The tips have proven to be true and French manufacturer Archos has indeed unveiled its next device obsession. While many OEMs are still struggling to join the smartwatch train, Archos perhaps decide that it's more fun to play, quite literally, in a virtual market. Virtual reality, that is. Luckily for us, while Archos does have its own smartphone line, it isn't rooting for any single one and has instead made its VR Glasses compatible with almost every size short of 6 inches.

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Archos virtual reality headset tipped to launch soon

Archos virtual reality headset tipped to launch soon

Virtual reality is upon us, and many companies have been busy at work on their own VR offerings, not to mention Google's interesting Cardboard headset. According to a report from ArcTablet, it looks like Archos is also getting into the market, with the company reportedly being set to launch its own VR headset either next month or in December. Notably, the headset will only be priced at about $38 USD, making it a budget-friendly option for those looking to trifle with the technology without significant investments.

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ZEISS VR One joins the virtual reality renaissance

ZEISS VR One joins the virtual reality renaissance

Virtual reality is getting another chance to go mainstream. It is fast becoming an interest, even an obsession, not only among gamers but even some technology outfits as well. Even mobile device makers seem to be trying to get in on the fun, which might not be surprising considering smartphones are invading every corner of the digital world. Somewhat surprising however, is the fact that optics experts Carl Zeiss is also joining the bandwagon with the ZEISS VR ONE, offering not only something cheaper but also something more open.

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Watch: VR drones race like Speeder Bikes in the French Alps

Watch: VR drones race like Speeder Bikes in the French Alps

Watch as the Airgonay drone club races their home-made drones fly through the French Alps like Imperial Troops on Endor. This isn’t Return of the Jedi - it’s real life. President of the Airgonay drone club Herve Pellarin showed off their most recent race this week, making it clear that the French are doing things right. Right with drones, right with virtual reality headsets, right with a combination of the two. This is what this technology was made for, clearly.

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Samsung Gear VR price, date seen in leaked training doc

Samsung Gear VR price, date seen in leaked training doc

Samsung might be talking our ears off with Galaxy Note 4 ads and exaltations, but the rest of its IFA 2014 team isn't getting the same treatment. This is especially true for the Gear VR, Samsung's surprising foray into a niche sector of the gaming market. But thanks to this alleged internal document, we might now have an idea when and for how much Samsung will be selling the headset-slash-accessory.

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Oculus used to demo Lexus RC F in virtual reality

Oculus used to demo Lexus RC F in virtual reality

Welcome to your daily dose of virtual reality. Today you’re going to see Lexus make use of the Oculus Rift DK2 - still a developer kit, mind you - to show potential drivers what it’ll be like to drive a Lexus RC F. Virtual reality helmet and physical controls instead of on-track driving. How’s that for a compelling use of next-generation technology?

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