virtual reality

Best Buy to demo the Oculus Rift (they’ll be selling a few, too)

Best Buy to demo the Oculus Rift (they’ll be selling a few, too)

Within my circle of friends, I've become something of a herald of virtual reality. Since I've got a headset, I'm talking about it fairly often, and people will ask me about it. And while I've gotten pretty good at describing the experience, nothing I can say will do it justice. It's just something you have to experience for yourself. And soon, you'll be able to walk into a store and try it out.

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Samsung Gear 360 launches in Korea, app, video guide now up

Samsung Gear 360 launches in Korea, app, video guide now up

As hinted before, Samsung has indeed launched the Gear 360 camera in South Korea. Sadly for those wishing to get a whiff of more international news, the Korean OEM has remained mum on the subject of market availability in other countries. For now, interested buyers will have to content themselves with the knowledge that, at least, the camera has truly arrived in the market. They could also prepare by downloading the Gear 360 Manager app or see how the camera works in a brief walkthrough video.

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VR Recording with Mixed Reality: Our First Trials

VR Recording with Mixed Reality: Our First Trials

Today we're going to talk briefly about what we're doing in virtual reality - specifically in attempting to capture what it's like to be IN the virtual realm. It's not enough, we think, to just show the flat feed - though we've had to do that already several times. It's also not enough just to show two screens - flat feed and a real view of the user with a VR headset on. That shows what's going on, certainly, but it doesn't go far enough in showing what the user is seeing, hearing, and experiencing.

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VR for tiny children (by Samsung)

VR for tiny children (by Samsung)

There's an app called Samsung Bedtime VR Stories that'll connect you with your small child in a remote location - and it's amazing. This app has you wearing your Samsung Gear VR and your child wearing either another Gear VR or any smartphone with a Google Cardboard headset. Both of you join in on a single story at the same time in virtual reality. You'll be able to see them (sort of) and they'll be able to see you (so to speak).

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Samsung developing VR headset that doesn’t require a Galaxy phone

Samsung developing VR headset that doesn’t require a Galaxy phone

Samsung is working on another virtual reality headset, and it may not require one of the maker’s Galaxy smartphones to work. Company R&D head for software and services Injong Rhee revealed the project at a conference today, saying, “We are working on wireless and dedicated VR devices, not necessarily working with our mobile phone.” The future VR devices may have gesture and hand tracking and compete with high-end VR devices like the Oculus Rift.

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Minecraft GearVR released in Oculus Store now – Galaxy downloads aplenty

Minecraft GearVR released in Oculus Store now – Galaxy downloads aplenty

Today Minecraft VR has been launched for the Samsung Gear VR. This is the first time the game has been available officially as a public build in the virtual reality realm, and it'll be coming to your Samsung Galaxy Note 4 or 5 or Galaxy S6 or S7 - or S6 Edge or S7 Edge. Just so long as you have a Gear VR virtual reality headset and a modern Samsung smartphone in the S or Note or Edge family, you'll be set. The app is available in the Oculus store now.

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Fractured VR: Will exclusive titles kill VR before it takes off?

Fractured VR: Will exclusive titles kill VR before it takes off?

Exclusive titles are nothing new to the world of gaming. Man fan-favorite games are only available on one console or another. One of the biggest reasons for this is due to the fact that they're first-part titles, meaning that Microsoft, Sony, or Nintendo is behind the game's development. We all accept these exclusives, because that's just the way it's always been, and each company has the right to use their first-party titles to sell their hardware. But now this issue is affecting a new area of gaming: VR.

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Amazon Studios tipped in talks for original VR content

Amazon Studios tipped in talks for original VR content

Amazon Studios is holding meetings with VR companies with the intention of producing its own original virtual reality offerings, according to sources with knowledge of the matter. These talks are said to be in their early stages at this point, and would mark the company’s latest growth in the original content market — the studio has previously had success with award-winning originals like “Transparent."

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HTC VIVE X launched to accelerate VR universe

HTC VIVE X launched to accelerate VR universe

This morning the folks at HTC have launched Vive X, a program which will invest $100-million, expertise, and mentorship for VR developers around the world. This program will be targeted at start-up groups, primarily, and will aim to not only cultivate the VR development environment, but foster it as well. "We are very excited." said Cher Wang, Chairwoman and CEO of HTC, "about gathering the brightest and the most creative minds to join Vive X."

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Cheap LEDs could fix HoloLens’ biggest problem

Cheap LEDs could fix HoloLens’ biggest problem

HoloLens' biggest hurdle could be fixed with cheap LEDs rather than expensive transparent displays, one research team suggests, tricking the eye and cutting VR nausea at the same time. The augmented reality headset has been widely lauded since Microsoft made the surprise announcement in early 2015, but those who have been able to try it have generally had one key criticism: the field of view is just too small.

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ZOTAC puts a ZBOX in a backpack so you can VR anywhere

ZOTAC puts a ZBOX in a backpack so you can VR anywhere

Some products seem meant to be paradoxes. On the one hand, the idea is so ingenious you wonder why no one has thought of it before. On the other hand, it also sounds, more often looks, ridiculous that you wonder if it's just an elaborate and very late April Fools' joke. ZOTAC's newly revealed Mobile VR is one such product. It creatively solves the problem high-powered VR headsets have with wires. But it also does so by simply stuffing a mini PC inside a backpack, shortening the wires needed to connect headset to PC.

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Nokia OZO camera will produce Disney’s upcoming VR content

Nokia OZO camera will produce Disney’s upcoming VR content

Nokia’z OZO virtual reality camera will soon be used by Disney to create VR content for its movies and more. This comes via a new partnership between Nokia and Disney announced today, which will have Nokia supplying its VR software and equipment to Disney for what it describes as “special VR content." This isn’t the companies’ first instance of working together, though — Disney used Nokia’s tech to produce a pair of 360-degree videos for The Jungle Book.

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