virtual reality

Oculus aims to be the Android of VR, says CEO

Oculus aims to be the Android of VR, says CEO

Virtual Reality is a hotbed of activity, with Facebook making a big bet on Oculus earlier this year. Though VR is still a ways off from the time we all have one in our homes, Oculus is trying to scale it quickly. Speaking to Bloomberg, the company wants to follow in the footsteps of another rapidly evolving and growing platform.

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Stringer uses Virtual Reality with Oculus for battlefield safety

Stringer uses Virtual Reality with Oculus for battlefield safety

While the virtual reality gaming universe appears to be taking off, the Oculus Rift VR headset is being used for a wide variety of purposes - like personal safety in a war zone. What the creators behind "Stringer" have done is to make a VR environment in which journalists - or the interested onlooker - can get as close as possible to a battlefield situation without actually being there. Once inside, the user sees what it’s like attempting to cover a war.

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The Assembly trailer shows designed-for-VR Project Morpheus first

The Assembly trailer shows designed-for-VR Project Morpheus first

There’s a game designed by the folks at nDreams called The Assembly being shown off today, one made to take on the PlayStation 4 device Project Morpheus from the start. This game has been designed for virtual reality from the ground up, created by the same people who work on PlayStation Home, a PlayStation 3 game created back in 2008. If you’re a fan of PlayStation Home, you’ll recognize the look of The Assembly.

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Oculus Rift puts DARPA cyberwar soldiers virtually ringside

Oculus Rift puts DARPA cyberwar soldiers virtually ringside

DARPA, the US government's R&D arm, is looking to Oculus Rift to make cyber-warfare more approachable to the American military, immersing the military in 3D representations of target networks. Part of Plan X, DARPA's ongoing work on reducing the technical requirements for a new age of digital warfare, the Oculus integration is currently only conceptual, though the agency says it has already been briefed on upcoming hardware from the headset company.

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Samsung virtual reality headset tipped for Galaxy lineup

Samsung virtual reality headset tipped for Galaxy lineup

If there’s a category of wearable or otherwise smart devices out there, Samsung is on top of it. Today the rumor is that Samsung is making a Virtual Reality headset akin to Oculus Rift. Instead of working with high-powered PCs, however, this device will be working with mobile smart handsets and tablets, and it might even be branded Galaxy.

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360cam records panoramic video, offers Oculus support

360cam records panoramic video, offers Oculus support

Panoramic images and cameras that can take them are nothing new, but far less mainstream are cameras that can record panoramic videos. That hasn't stopped the development of technology that utilizes such content, however, the Oculus Rift being notable among them. The 360cam, a panoramic video and still images camera, aims to fill the market void.

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Ambitious Oculus: Billion-player Facebook MMOs and R&D explosion

Ambitious Oculus: Billion-player Facebook MMOs and R&D explosion

Facebook has ambitious plans to use Oculus Rift to create a billion-player game, Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe has teased, immersing social network users in a quite literally massive multiplayer environment, though in the meantime it will focus on a speedier release of the next headset. Oculus VR may be a $2bn addition to Facebook's roster of acquired companies, but the team is still looking at how it can motivate young coders and students to develop new virtual reality applications.

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