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Samsung C-Lab’s FaceSense uses your face to navigate VR

Samsung C-Lab’s FaceSense uses your face to navigate VR

One of the biggest hurdles to virtual and augmented reality today isn't really the display. We've pretty much gotten that down. What breaks the illusion of the made-up worlds is, in fact, our input methods. While our eyes and ears are deceived into believing the immersion, our hands aren't. While the likes of Oculus and Vive are grappling with coming up with new handheld controllers, Samsung's Creative Lab, a.k.a. C-Lab s looking at another possible way to control and navigate VR experiences: your face.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 Review: On the shoulders of giants

Samsung Galaxy S8 Review: On the shoulders of giants

In the cat and mouse game between Samsung and Apple, the user is the real winner, and never has that been so apparent as with the new Samsung Galaxy S8. Undoubtedly the most eagerly-anticipated Android smartphone of 2017, the Galaxy S8 is Samsung's first big opportunity to put the Note 7 battery debacle behind it, and instead wow consumers with its latest industrial design, services, and more. Question is, with the same camera as the old Galaxy S7, not to mention flagship feature Bixby Voice absent until later in the year, does the Galaxy S8 and its big S8+ sibling do enough today to overshadow the iPhone 8 tomorrow?

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Things to know about the Samsung Galaxy S8

Things to know about the Samsung Galaxy S8

Samsung has finally shown its hand with the Galaxy S8 and S8+ and, quite honestly, there's quite a lot to take in. From the nearly all-screen front to the desktop-like experience, the Galaxy S8 is jam-packed with features and promises, some of which might have gotten lost in marketing speak, bullet points, and specs sheets. Here are 8 of Galaxy S8 features, and even some misfeatures, you may have missed.

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Samsung Gear VR with Controller hands-on: S8 gets a 3DoF remote

Samsung Gear VR with Controller hands-on: S8 gets a 3DoF remote

Along with the new Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ there's a new Gear VR with Controller to turn the Android smartphones into a virtual reality experience. Though the headset itself is much the same as the existing Gear VR, though now with a dock inside that accommodates the new flagship phones, what's new is the Oculus-powered Gear VR Controller. As we've seen from Google's Daydream and other VR systems, that opens the door to far more interaction.

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AccuWeather has a Gear VR app so you won’t have to look outside

AccuWeather has a Gear VR app so you won’t have to look outside

Virtual reality is a great way to experience events and places that would be near impossible to experience first hand, like the weather outside. OK, so it’s not exactly possible to experience the weather half way around the world or experience tomorrow’s weather today. And it’s definitely difficult to watch a tornado wreak havoc without fearing for your safety. It’s precisely for all those reasons that AccuWeather collaborated with Samsung to brings its name, and its content, to your face. In Gear VR, of course.

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Samsung’s next Gear VR includes a controller, faces off with Daydream

Samsung’s next Gear VR includes a controller, faces off with Daydream

Shortly before MWC 2017 began, we heard a rumor that claimed the next Gear VR from Samsung would ship with a controller. While the initial expectation may have been to see Samsung announce this new iteration of the Gear VR alongside the Galaxy S8, the company has wasted no time, revealing it today at MWC 2017 instead. It turns out those rumors were right, and the next Gear VR will include a controller.

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Hospitals test Gear VR as non-addictive pain management tool

Hospitals test Gear VR as non-addictive pain management tool

Samsung and AppliedVR are working with hospitals to test the Gear VR as a potential pain management tool that doesn’t have the same addiction potential as opioid prescriptions. A trial has tested the Gear VR with both child and adult patients to test whether a library of ‘relaxing landscapes’ and games can help take one’s mind off things like chronic pain and anxiety. Up to 120 hospitals are being sought to participate in the trial.

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Samsung Gear VR Internet app gets WebVR support

Samsung Gear VR Internet app gets WebVR support

The problem with smartphone-powered virtual reality experiences is the dearth of significant content for the platform. At least compared to the likes of the HTC Vive or Oculus Rift. While there are, of course, a few mobile VR apps around, a good number of VR content is out of reach because they are available only in other places, like web browsers. With the latest update to the Samsung Internet app for the Gear VR, that partly becomes a thing of the past as it gains support for the still young WebVR 1.0.

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Two new Samsung Gear VR coming soon, one jumping to AR

Two new Samsung Gear VR coming soon, one jumping to AR

You might think Samsung will be too busy putting out fires (caused by the Galaxy Note 7, of course), that it wouldn’t have time for more experimental technology, but this is Samsung we’re talking about. At a virtual reality gathering in California, Samsung Electronics VP Dr. Sung-Hoon Hong confirmed rumors that there would a “Gear VR 2” coming soon. But wait, there’s more! There’ll even be a “Gear VR 3”, but that might be a bit of a misnomer because that headset might actually be more about AR than VR.

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Samsung Glass AR headset tech teased (pre-MWC)

Samsung Glass AR headset tech teased (pre-MWC)

Samsung AR glasses may be on their way not long after the Galaxy S8 and the newest Gear VR headset is revealed this February. These would be the newest edition of the Gear VR and a pair of smart glasses that haven't yet been revealed. "If there are any good ideas to make AR glasses [out there], we want to talk to you," said Dr. Sung-Hoon Hong, Vice President of Samsung Electronics. The doctor spoke at the Virtual Reality Summit in San Diego this week.

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Leap Motion wants to rid mobile VR of controllers

Leap Motion wants to rid mobile VR of controllers

No matter the visual, and even aural, fidelity of virtual and augmented reality headsets, the illusion starts to break down the moment you want to grab something in the synthetic worlds. You can’t, at least not literally. We are, instead, limited to input devices like sticks or, worse, gamepads, especially on mobile VR with less capable smartphones. If Leap Motion has its way, however, that will be a thing of the past soon. The company specializing in glove-less hand and finger gesture input has revealed a new platform that aims to bring that same freedom of movement and input to mobile VR.

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Galaxy Beta Nougat Preview breaks Gear VR compatibility

Galaxy Beta Nougat Preview breaks Gear VR compatibility

Living on the cutting edge sometimes comes at a price. For owners of a Gear VR headset and compatible smartphone, that cost cuts deep. Such owners who have enrolled into Samsung’s Galaxy Beta Program in order to be one of the first to experience Android 7.0 Nougat on their devices have discovered, perhaps to their dismay, that their smartphones could no longer work with their virtual reality headsets. That leaves these users with no choice but to leave the program and go back a step if they want to still use the Gear VR. That is, if they still can.

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