VR headsets

Google’s AR headset plans just leaked: Meta, meet Project Iris

Google’s AR headset plans just leaked: Meta, meet Project Iris

The last few years have been a blur of rumors, leaks, and announcements about augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) headsets. For the most part, Google has remained pretty quiet. A bit of news has broken this week, making it appear that Google plans to join the likes of Microsoft, Apple, and other tech giants in the AR hardware game.

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Apple’s big 2022 AR headset plans may have derailed

Apple’s big 2022 AR headset plans may have derailed

Only a few days have passed since we last talked about the Apple augmented reality/mixed reality (AR/MR) headset, and we already have more to report. Unfortunately, this time, the news isn't great. According to Bloomberg, Apple's rumored AR headset may be delayed and we may not see it hitting the shelves until as late as 2023.

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The first Apple AR headset could be a much bigger deal than we expected

The first Apple AR headset could be a much bigger deal than we expected

Apple's augmented reality headset could pack a surprise, according to the latest analyst predictions, with suggestions of a more gradual dive into smart glasses upended with the idea of a more ambitious first product. Long the topic of rumor - one which Apple seems happy to periodically stoke - the AR wearable would arguably be the biggest product announcement for the Cupertino firm since the original iPhone.

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Galaxy S10 One UI 4 will finally retire the Gear VR

Galaxy S10 One UI 4 will finally retire the Gear VR

Once upon a time, VR headsets that housed smartphones were all the rage, thanks to the initial push by Google and its adoption by Samsung and VR tech giant Oculus. Those days are long gone, of course, with dedicated VR headsets becoming the new fad in that market. The Gear VR, however, still exists and is still supported on some handsets. That, however, will end once the Galaxy S10 series receives its One UI 4 update, which apparently won't be long now.

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Oculus Quest v34 detailed: Voice commands, Android, and Space Sense

Oculus Quest v34 detailed: Voice commands, Android, and Space Sense

Only a week after its latest Connect event, Oculus is now rolling out software version 34 to Quest VR headsets, giving users access to a variety of new features and improvements. Of note, Quest update 34 will make the VR headset more useful for Android users who don't like to be away from their phone, as well as more convenient voice commands and improved Guardian functionality.

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iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, HMD: Time to save up for 2022

iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, HMD: Time to save up for 2022

In the year 2022 is expected that Apple, Sony, and Meta will launch significant HMD devices. This is a head-mounted display (HMD), and there's a decent chance it'll be the next sort of device that'll be above-and-beyond desirable by the average consumer. Much like the first Apple Watch, it's quite likely the first Apple HMD will only have full functionality when paired with an iPhone.

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Meta Project Nazare are the real Facebook AR glasses

Meta Project Nazare are the real Facebook AR glasses

One of the most important announcements made this week by Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg was about a pair of augmented reality glasses. The hardware is being developed at what was until this week Facebook and Oculus. Now they're all under the Meta brand umbrella - and they want to present an all-encompassing universe in which we'll all live virtually. That'll be made possible with Project Nazare.

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Sony VR headset might be headed for Xperia 1 II and III

Sony VR headset might be headed for Xperia 1 II and III

Sony is perhaps better known for its entertainment-related products, but on the big screen, in the living room, and on consoles. It is precisely because of that fact that many Xperia phone owners have been rather disappointed that the company didn't capitalize on those properties to bring at least the PlayStation experience to Android. Now it seems that the company might be bringing a cinematic experience to its high-end Xperia phones, courtesy of a VR headset like the defunct Google Daydream and Samsung Gear VR.

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Oculus Go unlock software released for hardware freedom

Oculus Go unlock software released for hardware freedom

An Oculus Go unlocked OS build was released today, courtesy of John Carmack. After a prolonged period of time and a whole lot of work in securing the rights to release the software, Carmack and crew made this build a reality. It's a surprise, honestly, now that Oculus is owned by Facebook. It IS a welcome surprise, in any case.

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Varjo Aero prepares you for an ultra-realistic VR metaverse

Varjo Aero prepares you for an ultra-realistic VR metaverse

The Varjo Aero VR headset takes their high-end hardware - generally made for enterprise markets that have a LOT of cash - ready for consumers. This doesn't mean the headset is affordable - it'll run you around $1990 USD, nearly two THOUSAND dollars - but you'll know where your money went. Each of your two eyes gets its own Mini LED LCD with 2880 x 2720 pixels - that's a whole lot.

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Apple Mixed Reality headset design to cause production delays

Apple Mixed Reality headset design to cause production delays

Apple and its CEO Tim Cook have been big proponents of augmented or mixed reality of the more widespread VR technologies in the market today. Despite that, the company's AR products have been limited to what can be done and seen on an iPhone or iPad screen. While iOS' ARCore definitely has some potential, it will take a dedicated AR or MR device to truly bring that out. Unfortunately for those hoping for such a device, they might have to wait even longer for that to happen.

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Facebook Ego4D tracking your When, How, What, and Who

Facebook Ego4D tracking your When, How, What, and Who

When in a few years Facebook releases a new pair of glasses with cameras, microphones, and proximity sensors aboard, remember this article. Today we're taking a peek at some research posted by Facebook AI called "Ego4D". This research worked with "a consortium of 13 universities and labs across nine countries" that together collected "2,200 hours of first person video in the wild, featuring over 700 participants going about their daily lives."

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