virtual reality

HTC Vive World Tour lets you see things for yourself

HTC Vive World Tour lets you see things for yourself

To see is to believe. Cliché perhaps, but nowhere is it more applicable than in the now revived virtual reality industry. But since getting your hands on an honest to goodness VR headset isn't exactly that easy, even with Google Cardboard, HTC has decided to bring virtual reality to you instead. Sort of. The HTC Vive, its lovechild with Valve, is making its way to different cities around the world, all in the US and Europe actually, to give people the chance to take it for a spin and experience a new kind of reality.

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HoloLens courts enterprise with this eye-catching AR demo

HoloLens courts enterprise with this eye-catching AR demo

Microsoft has brought out its HoloLens augmented reality headset for another demo, this time courting business users at the company's WPC 2015 conference. Tailoring the presentation for the enterprise audience at the annual Worldwide Partner Conference, Microsoft brought out Autodesk to show how being able to mix virtual graphics with real-world objects could help teams collaborate more successfully around the world. Since actions speak louder than words, that involved a racing motorbike and some clever virtual bodywork.

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Legendary, Google bring Warcraft to the world of VR

Legendary, Google bring Warcraft to the world of VR

Not to dash your hopes, this isn't the long-awaited Warcraft film yet. Not even a trailer. Though we expect the film to arrive in glorious stereo 3D or even VR when it does screen next year, the Warcraft being shown around at San Diego Comic Con is but an appetizer and perhaps even a distraction. Legendary Pictures and Google have teamed up to bring some fancy new content to VR via the Cardboard project. It also happens to be a smart strategy to advertise Legendary's upcoming films.

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With OnePlus sold out, where can you get Google Cardboard?

With OnePlus sold out, where can you get Google Cardboard?

It seemed too good to be true: Google's coveted Cardboard virtual reality headset at just a fraction of the price. Unfortunately, if you didn't jump on OnePlus' deal pretty much instantly you're bang out of luck, with supplies exhausted in short order. If you missed out, but still have a hankering for some VR action, there are still a few places where you can pick a headset up. In fact, if you're good with your hands, you could even make Cardboard yourself.

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Sphericam 2 4K VR camera endorsed by John Carmack

Sphericam 2 4K VR camera endorsed by John Carmack

This week Oculus CTO and gaming industry veteran John Carmack lent his support for the next wave of VR-friendly 360-degree camera hardware. In Sphericam 2 is a 4K-resolution 360-degree array of cameras with built-in software allowing for the instant stitching of its media product. Photos and video footage from this device can be used for virtual reality projects of all sorts. This is the first 360-degree camera to offer global shutter capture as well as 60fps video at the same time as it captures said media in 4K resolution.

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Arnold enters VR with Terminator Genisys for Google Cardboard

Arnold enters VR with Terminator Genisys for Google Cardboard

Today the next step in the never-ending Terminator series hits theaters - but before you get there, an experience awaits your smartphone. Today the folks at Specular Theory have a Terminator Genisys full 360-degree video prepared for the masses, created using YouTube Space LA and Arnold Schwarzenegger himself. This is 360 YouTube Chronicles, available to the masses through YouTube today, outside the film. You're going to want to watch this before you head to the movie theater - then you're going to wish that the whole movie was filmed this way.

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360fly acquiring VSN Mobil: VR environment converges

360fly acquiring VSN Mobil: VR environment converges

At this point in the quickly-evolving environment of consumer virtual reality, we're already seeing major convergence. This means companies - like Microsoft and Oculus, Oculus and Facebook, and Microsoft and Valve VR - are high-fiving one another to bring more compatible experiences to the public. Both companies benefit. The consumer benefits. The same this is true of this week's news: the company 360fly will be acquiring VSN Mobil's 360-degree hardware. One hardware company acquires the other and they create a super team that'll make a far better experience for the end user.

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Jaunt Neo VR camera promises pro-quality 360 video

Jaunt Neo VR camera promises pro-quality 360 video

360-degree video may be the future of immersive entertainment but first you need the camera to record it on, and that's what Jaunt is promising with Neo. The fifth-generation of the virtual reality studio's multi-camera rig, and the culmination of two and a half years of development and testing, Neo resembles a flying saucer studded with lenses, and is intended to capture not only what's going on around the scene, but above and below it, too.

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Microsoft has just improved the Oculus Rift’s lenses

Microsoft has just improved the Oculus Rift’s lenses

At E3 earlier this month it became apparent that Microsoft and Oculus have developed quite the buddy-buddy relationship, with the latter's Rift VR headset being compatible with both the Xbox One and Windows 10. Since the companies are good friends now, Oculus shouldn't take offense that Microsoft has developed a better lens for the Rift, offering a sharper image and less chromatic aberration. The design comes from the Microsoft Research group, and offers a decent improvement over the Oculus Rift DK2.

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OnePlus 2 unveiling to happen completely in VR

OnePlus 2 unveiling to happen completely in VR

One cannot claim that Chinese startup OnePlus lacks ambition or imagination. It set itself up as one that challenged the status quo in the smartphone industry, bringing out the OnePlus One as a "flagship killer", a moniker that it was, admittedly, worthy of. Now it wants to repeat that with the OnePlus 2, but it is now also resorting to more marketing gimmicks to bring its product to the spotlight. Aside from just announcing the its July 27 unveiling of the smartphone, it also revealed that it will happen completely in virtual reality.

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Samsung invests in FOVE eye-tracking VR headset

Samsung invests in FOVE eye-tracking VR headset

Samsung may have its own virtual reality tech, but that hasn't stopped it from investing in eye-tracking headset startup FOVE. The head-worn display has already raised almost twice its quarter-million Kickstarter goal of $250,000 with more than a week to spare, but in the meantime its combination of 3D graphics that respond not only where your head is pointing, but where in the scene your eyes are actually looking, has caught the attention of Samsung Ventures, the investment arm of the South Korean firm.

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360fly camera records video for VR

360fly camera records video for VR

360Fly is pining to be the GoPro of 360-degree videos, and with them the nature of watching footage is greatly changed. With an ordinary video, what you see is what you get. With 360-degree video, however, users are able to swipe the footage around to see what was recorded from different angles. The type of video is quickly gaining popularity, and 360fly wants its camera of the same name to be what consumers turn to with their of 360-video recording needs.

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