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Hands-on with Google’s VR headset Cardboard for iPhone

Hands-on with Google’s VR headset Cardboard for iPhone

Google gives away their second virtual reality headset Cardboard at Google I/O 2015, the first to officially support Apple's iPhone. What you're going to see here is a simple piece of equipment, one made of cardboard (literally), glass, and a bit of conductive foam. No more magnets. Still velcro, but a little bit different use of metal than before. This allows not just Android devices to work, but any smartphone. Even devices that aren't necessarily running iOS, if you want to be especially explorative with it.

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Apple buys augmented reality specialist Metaio

Apple buys augmented reality specialist Metaio

Apple has apparently acquired augmented reality firm Metaio, a surprise purchase of a specialist in computer vision, tracking, and even "virtual Holodeck" tools for developers. The news suggests Apple is adding to its portfolio of computational vision technology, potentially following in the footsteps of companies like Facebook - which acquired Oculus - and trying to catch up on new interface paradigms. With Microsoft looking to push augmented reality more into the mainstream with HoloLens, it's possible that Apple is looking to do something similar with iOS or OS X, though the Cupertino firm was not the prime suspect in an acquisition bid.

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Google I/O 2015 round-up: the main keynote

Google I/O 2015 round-up: the main keynote

Google focuses on Android, development of Internet of Things, Photos, and virtual reality at this year's Google I/O developer conference. The conference began with a brief introduction to Android M, Google's next software for mobile devices. From there, they went on to celebrate their first billion user products and the release of Android Pay. Needless to say, this wasn't a super Chrome-focused sort of day. This was a day of mobile engagement from the start of this first keynote to the end. All about movement and tiny device software.

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Google JUMP made for cameras shooting VR video

Google JUMP made for cameras shooting VR video

A rig and software for shooting virtual reality video in 360-degrees is presented by Google as "JUMP". This system will include schematics that'll be given away by Google to the public. With these plans, you'll be able to build your own JUMP system with whatever cameras you have on hand. The second part of this equation is the JUMP software which stitches all of the video together. They make it seem so very easy - and super pumped for YouTube right out the gate.

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Google Expeditions takes classes on a Cardboard fieldtrip

Google Expeditions takes classes on a Cardboard fieldtrip

Google is taking Cardboard into classrooms, with a new Google Expeditions pack containing everything a teacher needs for their class to go on a virtual reality fieldtrip. Taking advantage of the affordable VR viewer that folds up around a regular smartphone but turns it into a 3D eyepiece, Expeditions will feature content from high-profile providers like the Palace of Versailles.

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Google Cardboard 2 is made for iPhone, and everyone

Google Cardboard 2 is made for iPhone, and everyone

Google reveals their second virtual reality headset for phones, a larger Google Cardboard. Clay Bavor of Google Cardboard spoke up today at Google I/O about the starting run of the company's virtual reality efforts. The second Google Cardboard unit will have a button instead of a magnetic washer mechanism, and it'll be large enough to support 6-inch display-toting smartphones. This release will include a Cardboard SDK - developer kit for creative types to get ready for the oncoming wave of Virtual Reality apps.

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A full Oculus Rift rig will cost you less than $1,500

A full Oculus Rift rig will cost you less than $1,500

A complete Oculus Rift rig will set you back less that $1,500, including the gaming PC required to drive it, co-founder Brendan Iribe has revealed. The figure - something which has been the topic of much argument both before and after Facebook acquired the virtual reality startup - may surprise some, after ominous predictions that the headset could be in fact too demanding for most gamers. Those fears had been alleviated somewhat earlier this month, however.

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We’re at Google I/O 2015: here’s every wild expectation

We’re at Google I/O 2015: here’s every wild expectation

Developers and press arrive at Google I/O 2015, the company's development-aimed yearly conference. This year the folks at Google will be live-streaming events like their first and only keynote and a number of universally important developer talks. This year's conference is rumored to contain everything from Google VR to "Smart Socks", with predictions of a new Moto 360, Android M Developer Preview, and Chromecast 2 circling the water cooler. Is this the Google I/O where Google finally skips the product announcements and keeps it tuned to developers, like the conference was meant to? Or will this be another wild ride down speculation lane?

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Oculus VR acquires Surreal Vision, opens door to AR

Oculus VR acquires Surreal Vision, opens door to AR

Virtual Reality company Oculus acquires Surreal Vision, a company that focuses on real-time 3D scene reconstruction for Augmented Reality. This acquisition puts Oculus in a good position to take on companies that've risen up to create their own VR and AR headsets in the time since Oculus VR and the Oculus Rift VR headset was first revealed. With the software Surreal Vision has been working with, Oculus will be able to take on groups like Microsoft's HoloLens and Google's Project Tango.

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Google VR will give you Virtual Reality access this week

Google VR will give you Virtual Reality access this week

Google I/O 2015 tipped to be another send-off point for Google Cardboard, the company's virtual reality pre-brand. The stars are aligned. It's time for Google to treat Cardboard - and the virtual reality community in general - like the sleeping tiger it really is. This week at Google I/O 2015, Google is likely to reveal far more than they did last year, when the VR headset Google Cardboard was given away with barely a word on what it was capable of doing. This platform is about to blow open.

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