virtual reality

Google’s YI HALO camera rig is its next-generation ‘Jump’

Google’s YI HALO camera rig is its next-generation ‘Jump’

Google has taken the wraps off its next-generation Jump camera, the YI HALO, a camera rig made in partnership with the Chinese company Yi Technology. In total, the YI HALO features a total of 17 4K-resolution cameras including an Up camera to record content in every direction. Despite the large number of cameras, the camera rig is highly portable with a weight under 8lbs. As well, the battery used to power it all provides 100 minutes of video recording, enabling users to capture an appreciable amount of content before having to recharge.

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Intsta360 Pro adds 8K to the equation, now on pre-order

Intsta360 Pro adds 8K to the equation, now on pre-order

Pretty soon, there will be no excuse for anyone and everyone not to create 360-degree content. Of course, that doesn't mean that everyone will be able to enjoy those via VR headsets, but at least modern browsers can give them a foretaste of that. 360-degree cameras are becoming more and more accessible, with companies like Insta360 putting out portable and affordable cameras. The Insta360 Pro, however, isn't that. Looking more like a big ball and UFO, the Insta360 Pro, with its 8K capability, has "professional" written all over it. And it even has the price tag to prove it.

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GoPro Fusion 360 camera tackles VR with 5.2K resolution

GoPro Fusion 360 camera tackles VR with 5.2K resolution

GoPro has officially entered the 360-degree camera space. Today the company revealed its new spherical camera, called GoPro Fusion, and with that reveal indicated its intention to step into the world of VR content creation. Obviously, you don't need to be creating virtual reality content to make use of a 360-degree camera, as GoPro is also marketing this as a solution for non-VR, high resolution photos and video.

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Facebook Surround 360 cameras x6 and x24: traveling without moving

Facebook Surround 360 cameras x6 and x24: traveling without moving

Two new cameras have been announced by Facebook - two cameras that look very much like spherical ball cameras we've seen in the recent past. These devices are the Facebook Surround 360 x24 and the Surround 360 x6. The larger device is extremely similar to the camera Facebook showed at F8 in 2016 - save the shape, of course. The smaller device is brand new, made to be sold to the wider public, with a much smaller and more manageable industrial design.

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Out on Oculus VR now, Facebook Spaces is a virtual social life

Out on Oculus VR now, Facebook Spaces is a virtual social life

Facebook Spaces is launching today on Oculus VR, a virtual social network for avatars automatically created from your photos and galleries of your friends. The next step in the social site's embrace of virtual reality, it's effectively a live VR conference call - though clearly billed as something a lot more fun than that. Importantly, Facebook is making the barrier to taking part as low as possible.

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Check this out: The Chemical Brothers enter the VR realm with Within

Check this out: The Chemical Brothers enter the VR realm with Within

A new project from The Chemical Brothers and Within are bringing a VR experience to Google's WebVR Experiments. This project goes by the same name as the Chemical Brothers' single: "Under Neon Lights." To access the entire world with next-level musical excellence, this project is accessible through a smartphone, desktop computer, or Daydream VR headset - with Google Pixel smartphones - and others.

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Google Cardboard now supports WebVR on Chrome

Google Cardboard now supports WebVR on Chrome

Virtual reality has to be personally experienced to be understood and appreciated, but it's not exactly the most accessible thing at the moment. Both in terms of equipment as well as content. Google Cardboard solved half the problem by making it almost too easy for anyone with an Android phone to get a cheap VR headset. WebVR solves the other half by making it easier to create content to work on almost any device that has a browser. Now Google is bringing those two together by making WebVR on Chrome work on Google Cardboard.

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Sony isn’t that interested in phones anymore, looks to VR

Sony isn’t that interested in phones anymore, looks to VR

Sony's smartphone business has always been seen as on the verge of folding. After a brief period of fame, Sony's flagships have mostly failed to secure a foothold in the market, thanks to a combination of high prices and less impressive features. When Sony sold its VAIO PC business to a Japanese company, it was expected it would do the same with its smartphones soon as well. The good news: Sony President Kazuo Hirai thinks that smartphones are still a viable business. The bad news: it really doesn't care that much anymore.

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AMD acquires Nitero, a wireless VR and AR company

AMD acquires Nitero, a wireless VR and AR company

AMD has announced the acquisition of Nitero, a company that focuses on wireless virtual reality and augmented reality solutions. According to AMD, it has acquired the company's key engineers, as well as its intellectual property, the combination of which will help usher in a future where high-end VR is delivered without the cable tether. The finer details about the deal, such as how much AMD paid, weren't provided.

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Expedia taps VR to offer immersive virtual room tours

Expedia taps VR to offer immersive virtual room tours

We've seen VR used to ease patients' pain and increase the thrill of real-life rollercoasters, and now we're seeing it make its way into the travel industry. Booking website Expedia is planning to offer virtual reality tours of rooms to give prospective customers an immersive tour ahead of time. The idea here is that while photos on the website give some idea of what the room is like, VR is as close as the person can get to actually being in the room short of booking.

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HTC VIVE gets a one-day discount

HTC VIVE gets a one-day discount

Today just so happens to be the first anniversary of the HTC VIVE's launch. The virtual reality headset has been available for a whole year now, and to celebrate, HTC is dropping the price on new VIVEs for one day only. If you've yet to take the plunge and find yourself wanting to dive into the realm of virtual reality, now might be as good a chance as you'll get for some time.

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HTC VIVE gets Viveport subscription and discount for first birthday

HTC VIVE gets Viveport subscription and discount for first birthday

It may be somewhat difficult to believe, but the HTC VIVE turns a year old in a couple of days. When it does, HTC will be rolling out a handful of promotions to celebrate. These include a new Viveport subscription service, some free games, and a discount meant to tempt those who may not have taken the plunge yet.

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