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Microsoft’s second-generation HoloLens will include a dedicated AI coprocessor
July 24, 2017 at 7:49 am

Microsoft has revealed that it is preparing to equip the second version of its HoloLens VR headset with its own AI processing capabilities to enable more features and services. The firm said that it is customizing the current processor within the headset with an AI coprocessor that will allow HoloLens to analyze data without needing…

Google Glass reborn for the enterprise market
July 20, 2017 at 7:33 am

The original augmented reality spectacles are back. But this time, the business of Google Glass is business. After a rough consumer launch in 2013 that at times saw wearers of Google's innovative $1,500 wearable computer derided as "Glassholes," the company quietly spent the past few years partnering with software companies and around 50 businesses to build…

Just add an iPhone to experience AR with Mira's $99 headset
July 19, 2017 at 7:55 am

While mobile VR is a vibrant market these days, thanks to the Gear VR andGoogle's Daydream View, the same can't be said for AR. If you want to dabble in augmented reality, you'd better be prepared to shell out at least $950 on hardware like the Meta 2, and even more for a beefy PC…

Oculus has multiple standalone VR headsets in the pipeline
July 17, 2017 at 7:53 am

Following the news that Oculus is apparently set to release a standalone virtual reality headset codenamed Pacific for $200 (about £150, AU$260) in 2018, a new report claims the Facebook-backed VR giant actually has plans for multiple standalone headsets. According to Ars Technica, the company is exploring various options for a ‘spectrum’ of standalone headsets…

Oculus Rift and Touch receive yet another price cut, now just $499
July 14, 2017 at 9:11 am

On the heels of a temporary $200 price cut, Oculus has announced that the Rift and Touch will be receiving a permanent $100 price cut, bringing the bundled price of the virtual reality system down to $499. The company has also announced that it will now be bundling the two products together in a single package.…

College AR-enabled letter of acceptance will give you a virtual tour of campus
July 5, 2017 at 7:46 am

Getting a college letter of acceptance is huge enough, but this one includes the magic of augmented reality. The Northwestern Polytechnical University (NPU) in China is issuing out its letters of acceptance to students suing AR. Students first scan a QR code on WeChat, which prompts the download of NPU's AR app.

You'll never play 'Super Mario' like this
June 23, 2017 at 7:52 am

You have a lot of Super Mario games to choose from, but you'll probably never be able to play one of the most fun versions out there. That's because it was created as an unofficial augmented reality game by developer Abhishek Singh for the Microsoft HoloLens. It's a first-person AR game, to be exact, so…

Will the Vive 2 be cheaper? HTC makes its biggest hint yet
June 23, 2017 at 7:50 am

HTC is developing new virtual reality products at different price points and a new Vive virtual reality headset. “We’re always developing new products. So, yes,” Marc Metis, Global Head of Vive X at HTC Vive, told TechRadar when asked whether the company is working a new Vive headset. “We’ll continue to evolve the current Vive…

The E3 2017 Recap for CE Retailers
June 19, 2017 at 12:39 pm

A handful of major product announcements out of last week's E3 video game show should draw interest from the CE retail community.

YouTube proves that VR isn't the head turner it should be
June 19, 2017 at 9:26 am

Whether your VR set up is a dedicated Oculus Rift room or just a web browser and a mouse, one of the best places to find 360-degree video content is YouTube, and the platform just rolled out some new features to give uploaders better feedback on their clips. YouTube is introducing heatmaps in VR that…

Samsung quietly acquired VR app studio VRB, sources say for $5.5M
June 16, 2017 at 8:36 am

Samsung has been bullish on virtual reality hardware, hoping that its early moves inheadsets and devices to shoot content will give it a stronger position in the space as (and if!) it continues to expand to more applications and users. Now TechCrunch has learned that as part of that effort, it’s also made an acquisition.…