virtual reality

‘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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With 10m Cardboard VR shipped, Google makes huge content push

With 10m Cardboard VR shipped, Google makes huge content push

Google has announced a massive milestone for its Cardboard VR viewer today, revealing that it has shipped 10 million units. In a world where virtual reality seems to still be coming into its own, Cardboard is proving to be a significant player. That figure gets even more impressive when we consider that Cardboard has only been available since June 2014, so it took just over two-and-a-half years to move 10 million units.

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VIVE Tracker, Deluxe Audio Strap get pricing and release dates

VIVE Tracker, Deluxe Audio Strap get pricing and release dates

As far as VR accessories go, the VIVE Tracker is definitely one of the more interesting ones. Revealed back at CES 2017, the VIVE Tracker allows developers to turn real-world objects into controllers for VR apps and games. HTC has been moving full speed ahead with the VIVE Tracker, announcing late last month that it was opening up applications to seed 1,000 Trackers within the development community.

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PlayStation VR sold 915,000 units, surprises even Sony

PlayStation VR sold 915,000 units, surprises even Sony

It’s both amusing and also telling that Sony itself was caught by surprise that its PS VR system did well after all. Although it was definitely singing the virtual reality tune, Sony’s actions spoke louder than its words. Its rollout of the PS VR was more conservative compared to the likes of the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive. It’s caution, however, may have been unwarranted, as it is close to reaching its 1 million sales goal with 2 months to spare.

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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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