VR headsets

Panasonic VR glasses are a steampunk dream for 5G

Panasonic VR glasses are a steampunk dream for 5G

Panasonic HDR-capable UHD VR glasses shown this week at CES 2020 showed the world that such devices needn't look like a boxy nightmare. Where the first several generations of VR headset from companies like Oculus and HTC brought about a new sort of design language with the hunk-on-face look, the Panasonic design looks like they dropped in from an alternate dimension to bring us some VR glasses that'd be right at home in The Matrix.

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Charmin puts VR on a toilet, Smells on a sensor, TP on a robot

Charmin puts VR on a toilet, Smells on a sensor, TP on a robot

Charmin has a set of three conceptual designs for CES 2020, including a toilet paper-retrieving robot, a smell sensor, and a VR experience for the WC. Before we go too much further, it's important to note, here, that Charmin has expressed that these items "won't be for sale in the future." That's unfortunate, especially given the helpful nature of the rolling toilet paper retriever. The VR experience might be best left in the conceptual universe.

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Today’s Magic Leap failure should teach us this one lesson

Today’s Magic Leap failure should teach us this one lesson

Information released in a report today showed the company Magic Leap in deep trouble. This is a company that built its reputation on the future of augmented reality, aka AR, creating AR technology (like AR headsets) to capitalize on and participate in the modern world of AR/VR computing. But as losses mounted, they began to reach the wrong milestones - points at which they needed to fire "dozens of employees" and at which important early supporters began leaving the company.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 Platform puts 5G in mixed-reality glasses

Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 Platform puts 5G in mixed-reality glasses

Qualcomm has revealed its first mixed reality platform with 5G, the Snapdragon XR2 Platform, aiming to bring ubiquitous connectivity to augmented reality and virtual reality headsets and smart glasses. Debuting in reference design form today, Qualcomm's headset still isn't going to be mistaken for a sleek set of sunglasses, but the features might well make it worth it.

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Google Daydream View VR headset has officially been discontinued

Google Daydream View VR headset has officially been discontinued

Google has officially discontinued support for its Daydream View virtual reality headset, the company has revealed, and its new Pixel 4 handset won't support the existing products. This effectively marks the end of Google's Daydream efforts, putting the entire VR system out to pasture. The discontinuation isn't surprising, however -- the company didn't include support for its previous Pixel 3a model, either.

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Fandango brings movies and TV shows to Oculus Go and Quest

Fandango brings movies and TV shows to Oculus Go and Quest

Fandango is bringing its FandangoNOW on-demand video service to the Oculus Go and Oculus Quest virtual reality headsets, the company announced on Wednesday. The arrival will enable headset owners to access their favorite shows and movie news through the headset, essentially offering viewers their own private entertainment room -- one literally strapped to their face.

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Sign-up for the next Facebook just opened

Sign-up for the next Facebook just opened

The waiting line outside the next social network just started, taking the form of a Beta sign-up for what's called Facebook Horizon. This social network experience was announced this morning at Oculus Connect, and detailed soon after initial announcement as a virtual reality project aimed at the year 2020. This isn't like your average social media brand launch - this social network is in VR, and lets you fly an airplane.

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Hulu for Android loses Google Daydream VR headset support

Hulu for Android loses Google Daydream VR headset support

Virtual reality headsets have largely been split into two categories: the expensive gaming models and the inexpensive phone-based headsets. The latter are used as novelties for simple mobile gaming and, more often than not, as personal entertainment devices, enabling users to watch a movie in their own private VR theater. This niche use for the devices resulted in a number of video services adding VR headset support to their apps, but things have changed for Google's Daydream model.

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British Airways is testing VR entertainment headsets on flights

British Airways is testing VR entertainment headsets on flights

For the remainder of the year, British Airways has announced that it will test the availability of virtual reality headsets for passengers on flights from London's Heathrow airport to New York's JFK airport. These headsets will offer users access to select travel shows, movies, and documentaries in 2D, 3D, and 360-degree formats.

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Oculus Connect 6 dates, tickets, details

Oculus Connect 6 dates, tickets, details

Today we're running down the just-released details of Oculus Connect 6. This event will take place at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center, California. Dates for Oculus Connect 6 are September 25 and 26, 2019. The event promises to be a major moment in the history of both Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality with keynotes, presentations, and talks with big names like John Carmack and Respawn Entertainment. Given the latest notes from Carmack, this event promises to be a shock to the senses.

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HTC Vive Cosmos (2019) details updated

HTC Vive Cosmos (2019) details updated

This week the folks at HTC revealed more details on the release model for HTC Vive Cosmos, their newest VR headset. This machine has a "flip-up halo design" so users can pop in and out of VR without removing the entire unit. It's also got a new vented front design that "keeps air flowing so users can stay in VR for longer without fatigue and stay cooler."

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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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