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HTC Cosmos update: More cameras!

HTC Cosmos update: More cameras!

In January of this year we got a look at the then-newly-revealed HTC Cosmos VR (for PC) headset. Fast forward to now, June of this same year, and we're getting another look at the headset, and it looks ever-so-slightly different. Now the device has two additional cameras, both attached to a faceplate that'll come standard with the headset when it's released, presumably soon.

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Google retires Play Movies and TV app for Daydream VR

Google retires Play Movies and TV app for Daydream VR

Google has quietly retired the Google Play Movies and TV app for its Daydream VR platform, fueling speculation that the company plans to shift away from virtual reality in favor of augmented reality. The company confirmed the app's removal in a statement on Thursday, saying that other Google apps already available on Daydream will remain. Device owners can still watch their purchased content.

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HTC VIVE Pro Eye launches in North America for enterprise customers

HTC VIVE Pro Eye launches in North America for enterprise customers

After a period of hype, the VR market seems to have gone a bit quieter. Some might take it as a sign of stagnation but others will most likely argue that it's simply maturing behind the scenes. One sign of that maturity is perhaps the adoption of VR technology and hardware in the potentially more lucrative enterprise market. And that's exactly the market that the HTC Vive Pro Eye is launching to in the US and Canada. For a hefty price, naturally.

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Microsoft Mt. Rogers has you wearing VR headsets in public for productivity

Microsoft Mt. Rogers has you wearing VR headsets in public for productivity

We seem to be a screen-obsessed society these days, be it on phones or on computers. Truth be told, if we could have more screens, we would jump on them without a second thought. Unfortunately or perhaps fortunately, there are only so many screens you can afford and squeeze in a physical location. One solution would be to have an almost infinite number of virtual windows you can place anywhere in virtual space, which is exactly what Microsoft's Mt. Rogers research project is proposing you do.

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Samsung still wants in on AR and VR market but vague on details

Samsung still wants in on AR and VR market but vague on details

Oculus and Vive may be competing head to head in the VR space but, outside of those two, not much else is happening with other companies. Google has not mentioned Daydream even once at I/O last month and OEMs that have made the first batch of Windows Mixed Reality headsets have mostly fallen silent as well. Despite that, Samsung isn't yet calling it quits and suggests multiple AR and VR products are coming this year, whether you like it or not.

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Logitech’s newest accessory is a weird VR stylus

Logitech’s newest accessory is a weird VR stylus

With a new generation of VR headsets seemingly upon us, Logitech has decided to launch a rather interesting accessory for virtual reality: a stylus. Dubbed the VR Ink Pilot Edition, this stylus will allow users write or create either on a 2D surface or in 3D at room scale. The idea, it seems, is to give end users a degree of precision when working in VR that they otherwise may not have.

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VR pants, shoes, gloves, and other things Sony has planned

VR pants, shoes, gloves, and other things Sony has planned

Sony's PlayStation VR system is well and away the easiest form of non-mobile virtual reality in the world at the moment. With the introduction of VR to the console world came the possibility that there'd be more than a couple splits in content - and usability. Interaction with the 3D content in a virtual reality, from your couch, in your living room - that's the true dream. Now add a pair of pants.

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NYPD taps VR to prepare officers for active shooter scenarios

NYPD taps VR to prepare officers for active shooter scenarios

The New York Police Department is testing the use of virtual reality as a training tool for officers. The test started in early April and involved a couple hundred officers over the course of a single week at a facility in Brooklyn. This is the first time the NYPD has used virtual reality for training, and it joins the police department's recent adoption of drone technologies.

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Valve Index VR headset fully detailed: Price, specs, release date

Valve Index VR headset fully detailed: Price, specs, release date

Back at the end of March, Valve revealed - or at least teased - the Index, a new VR headset it's been working on behind the scenes. That teaser didn't come with any significant information on capabilities or hardware requirements, but it did suggest that we could look forward to learning more in May. With May now just around the corner, Valve announced today that the headset will go up for pre-order tomorrow.

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Oculus Quest and Rift S release date and order info: Starting now

Oculus Quest and Rift S release date and order info: Starting now

Today Facebook revealed the Oculus Quest and Oculus Rift S head-mounted-display virtual reality headsets release. They've confirmed the ship dates on both products, and have prices set. Now all they've got to do is convince the world that such products are necessary, or at least enticing for the average young person with four hundred spare dollars lying around.

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Qualisys and HolodeckVR team up for world’s first VR bump cars

Qualisys and HolodeckVR team up for world’s first VR bump cars

Drivers are often told not to look at screens and keep their eyes on the road while driving. That, however, probably didn't take into account when the screen is the road and is on your face anyway. Although you probably will never drive a real car on a real road wearing a VR headset, there will be "safe" places soon where you can. But why bother driving down boarding highways when you can bump into each other while trying to avoid menacing giant steampunk robot as well.

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New Oculus VR controllers accidentally include bizarre hidden messages

New Oculus VR controllers accidentally include bizarre hidden messages

Oculus, the Facebook-owned VR hardware company, is gearing up to release a pair of new headsets in the coming weeks: the Oculus Quest and Oculus Rift S. But during the manufacturing process it seems some unintended Easter eggs were added to the motion controllers that will ship with the devices, the company has revealed. Silly phrases like "This Space For Rent" have been printed inside "tens of thousands" of the new Touch controllers, a joke that was only meant for prototype models.

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