virtual reality

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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What is Lightform? A Projected Augmented Reality device for everyone

What is Lightform? A Projected Augmented Reality device for everyone

The folks at Lightform have a device that scans any environment, creates a high-resolution mesh, and creates AI-generated effects and filters to project back out. Combined with a projector, the Lightform device is able to turn any environment into an augmented reality theater. This device combines the real 3D world with digital projections of light to augment reality without need of any sort of head-mounted hardware.

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Lenovo ThinkStation P320 is an entry-level VR-ready workstation

Lenovo ThinkStation P320 is an entry-level VR-ready workstation

Lenovo has taken the wraps off a new entry-level workstation: the ThinkStation P320. This desktop PC is VR-ready certified and, per Lenovo's announcement, 'designed for power users.' Both a full-size tower and a small-form-factor PC will be offered starting next month; in addition to its powerful hardware, the ThinkStation P320 is GreenGuard-certified and Energy Star-qualified, among other things.

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HTC Vive aims high with Ready Player One, Vive Trackers, and more

HTC Vive aims high with Ready Player One, Vive Trackers, and more

Virtual reality, the hottest thing in gaming and computing these past weeks, has seemingly taken a backseat to the Nintendo Switch, the glitchy Mass Effect: Andromeda, and the ambivalent Iron Fist. HTC, however, is making sure you don't forget. It has just unloaded a bunch of news, all at the same time, showcasing how virtual reality, and the HTC Vive specifically, is a driving force in both entertainment, like the Ready Player One partnership, as well as productivity.

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HTC launches VIVE Tracker for developer purchase

HTC launches VIVE Tracker for developer purchase

HTC made a slew of announcements for the VIVE today, but perhaps the most important one concerns the status of the Tracker. HTC opened the floodgates today, announcing that the VIVE tracker has entered a wide release for developer purchase. This, of course, means that eager developers can finally secure a Tracker to begin development before the controller's general release later this year.

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Quark VR teases wireless HTC Vive prototype

Quark VR teases wireless HTC Vive prototype

One of the biggest problems with modern VR headsets like the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive is mobility. Never mind not being able to use it outside, the cables that connect your headset to mostly stationary computers also keep you from walking too far away. They also present a safety hazard. That is why some companies, notably chip makers like Intel and Qualcomm, are developing standalone headsets. Valve, however, is going by a different route and its newest partner, Quark VR, is now showing off that path.

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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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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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