virtual reality

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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YouTube is making VR and 360 videos look ‘more realistic’

YouTube is making VR and 360 videos look ‘more realistic’

YouTube has supported 360-degree and VR videos for a while, and now it is making changes that will improve the quality of those videos. According to a new report from the service’s engineering team, a joint effort is taking place between Daydream and YouTube to make these types of videos look more realistic, doing so using ‘better projection methods.’

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John Carmack strikes back, files lawsuit against ZeniMax

John Carmack strikes back, files lawsuit against ZeniMax

It was just last month that the long running lawsuit between ZeniMax Media and Oculus (along with parent company Facebook) reached some kind of resolution, but soon ZeniMax will be heading back to court. This time, Oculus CTO John Carmack is turning the tables and bringing a lawsuit against ZeniMax, claiming that the publishing house still owes him money for the purchase of id Software.

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Oculus Rift Mission:ISS lets you live out your astronaut dreams

Oculus Rift Mission:ISS lets you live out your astronaut dreams

Thanks to some historic events in space science, being an astronaut has once again become a “cool” career path. Of course, that chances of actually being chosen for a space mission are very slim. The next best thing? Getting a taste of what it’s like to live and work as an astronaut, made possible with virtual reality. That is exactly the “close enough” experience that Oculus is offering with Mission:ISS, which will let you at least see if you have what it takes to live among the stars.

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‘Safety-critical’ industries turn to VR for worker training

‘Safety-critical’ industries turn to VR for worker training

We’ve heard of hospitals testing virtual reality headsets as a way to distract patients from pain, and now another industry has found use for the technology: so-called ‘safety-critical’ industries like ones involving nuclear power. VR headsets can, in these cases, be used to train workers in immersive ways that improve knowledge and skills without putting the trainee -- or anyone else -- in danger.

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PlayStation VR ‘Aim’ gun controller hits shelves in May

PlayStation VR ‘Aim’ gun controller hits shelves in May

PlayStation VR owners will soon have access to a new ‘Aim’ Controller vaguely shaped like a gun. The new controller will be available starting in May to coincide with the Farpoint virtual reality shooting game that is exclusive to the PS VR. Sony made the new ‘Aim’ controller based in part on recommendations from Impulse Gear, the indie studio behind Farpoint. It won't, however, be necessary to play the game.

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Samsung secretly had an Exynos-powered VR headset at MWC 2017

Samsung secretly had an Exynos-powered VR headset at MWC 2017

Although it already has its Gear VR platform, co-developed with Oculus, Samsung may have more ambitious plans for its virtual reality push. Behind closed doors at MWC 2017, Samsung was reportedly giving select partners a demonstration of prototype VR headsets, ones that don’t need a smartphone or a PC to function. These standalone headsets, instead, carried their own processing power and at the heart of that is Samsung’s brand new Exynos 9 chip.

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LG is working on a SteamVR headset

LG is working on a SteamVR headset

Smartphone makers are jumping on the virtual reality train and most of them, unsurprisingly, put the smartphone at the center of it. That’s true even for Samsung, even though it has gone its own path rather than get behind Google’s Cardboard, and now Daydream, platforms. LG is finally following suit but it is following HTC’s lead instead and in more ways than one. Not only is it aiming for a PC-powered VR experience, it is also using the same SteamVR platform as the HTC Vive.

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Nokia OZO Audio is a spatial audio tech for phones, cameras

Nokia OZO Audio is a spatial audio tech for phones, cameras

Nokia has dipped its hands into a lot of cookie jars lately, including the hottest computing and gaming trend, virtual reality. But most, if not fall, VR systems today only deal with the visual part of that made-up reality. A fully immersive virtual experience would need to also have 3D audio to go along with the 3D visuals. And for that, you need to record, and play back, audio in 3D, which is why Nokia is announcing OZO Audio to complement its existing OZO camera and platform.

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Oculus Rift Mac support not even in six-month roadmap yet

Oculus Rift Mac support not even in six-month roadmap yet

Faithful Mac users might have to wait a bit longer to get their fair share of the virtual reality pie. That is, unless Apple suddenly comes up with its own VR platform and headset within the next six months. That’s because Oculus, one of the three biggest VR companies, doesn’t yet have macOS in its sights. Not even within the next six months. This was the situation revealed by co-founder and now head of Rift Nate Mitchell as he talks about the company’s future in the face of recent setbacks and challenges.

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Acer Windows Mixed Reality headsets release date met for developers

Acer Windows Mixed Reality headsets release date met for developers

This week the folks at Microsoft have announced that they're sending out Windows Mixed Reality headsets to developers. This release will prepare developers for the most forward-thinking platform to be found within Windows 10. To do this, Microsoft has partnered with device makers like Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP, Lenovo, and 3Glasses to create Mixed Reality headsets.

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Oculus Rift and Touch get a $200 price drop

Oculus Rift and Touch get a $200 price drop

Eager to get your hands on a virtual reality headset but not quite ready to part with several hundred dollars? If so, Oculus has some good news: it has slashed the price of the Rift + Touch VR headset and controllers by $200, bringing the new total to $598 USD. If you aren’t interested in the whole package, though, the items are also offered separately, with the Rift by itself costing $499 USD and the Touch being a separate $99 USD, while the Oculus Sensor is $59 USD by itself.

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