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Virtual Reality Hits the Gym
May 8, 2017 at 8:05 am

Johannes Scholl is betting virtual reality can keep people excited about working out. Scholl’s startup, Munich-based Icaros GmbH, has developed a VR exercise machine that delivers a core workout by making it seem like users are flying and deep-ocean diving. About 200 gyms and entertainment centers from London to Tokyo have installed the machines, which cost…

Gaming beat the Supreme Court — now it’s time to defend AR and VR
May 3, 2017 at 8:26 am

The gaming industry has successfully fought off critics and their moral panics for decades, and now it’s time to look ahead to the next battle. Two of the people who helped games find First Amendment protection revisited that battle today while also discussing how those lessons could stave off similar legal challenges to the emerging…

Asus’s tiny, VR-ready gaming PC is now on sale
April 25, 2017 at 9:06 am

The Asus VivoPC X, which is a compact console-like PC designed to blend nicely into a living room environment while being powerful enough to tackle VR gaming, is now on sale over in the US for $799 (around £625, AU$1,055). And, for those who wish to use the machine to get started with virtual reality…

Google has a new 17-in-1 camera for shooting 360-degree footage
April 25, 2017 at 9:02 am

Back in 2015, Google launched a program called Jump to promote and simplify the process of creating VR and 360-degree content. With the immersive entertainment space hotting up, it’s no surprise that the company is keen on building new hardware for it. It teamed up with Xiaomi-backed Chinese hardware maker Yi to create the Halo,…

Get ready for augmented reality *everything*
April 21, 2017 at 9:14 am

The hottest thing in Silicon Valley is coming soon to ... well, pretty much everything. Augmented reality is shaping up to be the next big digital gold rush, and consumers should ready themselves for the onslaught. Apple's doing it. So are Google and Snapchat. Oh, and as we saw recently, Facebook is as well. AR…

Facebook just teased how the wireless Oculus headset works
April 19, 2017 at 9:16 am

Although Facebook didn’t come right out and say it today, it appears as though the wireless, room-scale virtual reality headset you’ve been dreaming of might be a reality in the next two years. The headset you’ve been wishing for is called the Oculus Santa Cruz headset, and while it’s still in prototype form right now,…

How Virtual Reality Helps Older Adults
April 4, 2017 at 9:03 am

For older adults who cannot travel or attend family events, the real world can become very small and stifling. But they may be able to escape their isolation to a degree through virtual reality (a technology that generates visuals and sounds making users feel as if an artificial world is real) — and a number…

Oculus turns to Apple veteran for the future of its VR hardware
March 31, 2017 at 8:02 am

Facebook, owners of the Oculus virtual reality company, has hired former Apple senior engineer and design lead, Michael Hillman, to head up its Oculus hardware division. In his 15 years of engineering and designing at Apple, Hillman helped to develop consumer products such as the iMac desktop. With so much experience in launching consumer products…

Report: Apple’s been developing AR glasses for over a year, launch at least a year away
March 27, 2017 at 11:01 am

Following up after an earlier report from Bloomberg on Apple’s behind the scenes efforts developing augmented reality tech, Financial Times is out with a profile today highlighting efforts by Apple, Facebook, and Magic Leap to build AR smart glasses. Building on Bloomberg’s report that detailed Apple’s team of hundreds of engineers working on augmented reality…

Your next Google phone's box could double up as a VR headset
March 16, 2017 at 8:55 am

Though the library of available virtual reality content is increasing daily, user uptake of that content is still slower than many companies invested in the tech would like. One such company is Google, which has recently published a patent for its idea to turn Android phone packaging into a VR wearable. It is, essentially, a Google…

'Trinity' will be the first interactive VR sci-fi TV show
March 14, 2017 at 10:24 am

Virtual reality production studio UNLTD today revealed that it is working on the world's first interactive sci-fi TV show. Speaking at SXSW, the company announced the premise for Trinity- a show set in a future where humanity has long become extinct. With only a few surviving androids left on Earth, the story follows the robotic…