When your Kickstarter takes more than seven times its goal amount, you know you've probably got a hit on your hands, but the team behind the Virtuix Omni hasn't rested on its laurels. Instead, the latest version of the Omni hardware - which allows you to physically run through a gaming environment in the comfort of your living room - has made its debut at CES this week, swapping the Kinect-based motion tracking of the original for a far more accurate capacitive sensor system.
In a power move by the creators of the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, the team has hired on former senior vice president of EA, David DeMartini. The exec will be starting a publishing arm for Oculus VR, a piece of the puzzle that's thus far been all but missing, with DeMartini hoping to attract developers to the virtual reality universe.
Oculus VR, makers of the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, has raised a whopping $75m extra funding which it will use to finalize its consumer model, the company has confirmed. An exact launch date for that production model is still unconfirmed, but Oculus did say that it had sold around 40,000 developer devices so far.
Technology is directly involved in our daily lives, making it more convenient, more efficient, and more entertaining. There's another side to technological advances that we don't see on the daily, however, and it is arguably the most important of them all -- the ability to prevent crimes that otherwise would slip under the radar. Such is the case with "Sweetie," a virtual 10-year-old girl created to lure in pedophiles who are subsequently identified and handed over to law enforcement.
There's a team of creators out in the wild this week showing off a pair of augmented reality / virtual reality glasses called castAR, a pair of glasses that's set to make Star Wars a reality. The inspiration for this wearable piece of technology comes directly from the first Star Wars movie, A New Hope, in a scene where the droids are playing a 3D chess game with Chewbacca. In this scene, the pieces for the chess game, (called a Djarik hologame, for you hardcore nerds), are standing projected above the board in 3D - this inspiration pushed the creators of castAR to make a pair of glasses that uses a mix of augmented reality and projection to make a whole new environment for the user.
Intel continues to expand into the always-on universe of computing, having made public their acquisition of Spanish startup Indisys today. This acquisition was completed all the way back in May of this year, but for whatever reason was only revealed here in September - it's possible that Intel was waiting to let this rain of next-generation technology news bits fall all the same time here at the tail end of summer. Indisys is known for their work in natural language recognition.
The Oculus Rift has been available to developers for quite some time now, and it's been out in the ether long enough that there are plenty of demos and games that have been made, but there's no central place to get all of these fine creations, until now. Oculus has launched Share, a new app store-like platform that brings all of the games and demos together in one place for users to download.
Coming as result of a successful Kickstarter campaign, the Virtuix Omni gaming treadmill is now available for pre-order. When that Kickstarter campaign launched it was describing the Omni as being a device that would let the user "move naturally and freely in virtual worlds" which in turn would let users "get full immersed" in their favorite games. Well, as of today those who missed out on the Kickstarter can now move forward with a pre-order.
Oculus just dropped a bombshell on every single gamer enthusiast in the world. Game developer legend John Carmack will be joining the team behind the Oculus Rift as the company's chief technology officer. We've known that Carmack has shown interest in the new VR headset in the past, but the move to Oculus is a bit of a welcome surprise.