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Yesterday Chinese company LeEco assembled the global media to announce a barrage of new products destined for the US market, and signaled its intention to take on Apple, Samsung, Google, Amazon, Tesla, Netflix, and Disney all at once. The company is largely unknown here in the US, so it wanted everyone to know what it’s all about, what kind of products it makes, its philosophy, and so forth.At the event the company’s spokespeople announced a slew or products including Android smartphones designed to compete with the Google Pixel as well as a range of smart TVs, a high-tech bicycle, a VR headset,... Read more...
The biggest push in virtual reality is coming from the gaming sector with headsets like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, but there's a world of opportunity beyond games for VR. Ironically enough, Nolan Bushnell, founder of Atari and Chuck E. Cheese and widely regarded as the father of the video game industry, is spearheading an effort to tap into VR's potential in other sectors with Modal VR, an industrial-grade VR immersion platform built for businesses. Unlike the Rift and Vive, Modal VR is a wireless system that doesn't need to be hardwired to a powerful PC (not the headset, anyway). The portable... Read more...
Virtual reality and augmented reality have invoked some mixed reactions from the tech industry. Some, such as Apple CEO Tim Cook, believe that the AR will “happen in a big way”. Oculus’ Chief Technology Officer John Carmack, however, argues that VR is merely “coasting on novelty”. Oculus’ CTO spoke last week at the closing of Oculus Connect. He insisted that VR developers, "need to be harder on ourselves." He also argued that VR software currently does not offer the same value and quality as non-VR experiences. John Carmack Carmack remarked, “We are coasting on novelty, and the initial wonder of... Read more...
The Pixel and Pixel XL are perhaps the most exciting products announced today at Google’s hardware event, but the Daydream View VR headset has to come a close second. You can think of the Daydream View as fancier successor to Cardboard, although you’ll pay a much heftier price for that honor. The Daydream View is extremely lightweight, putting competitors like the Samsung Gear VR to shame (the Daydream View weighs 220 grams while the Gear VR weighs 345 grams). This is accomplished thanks to a fabric (available in Snow, Slate, and Crimson) and foam construction which should help aid in reducing... Read more...
For many of us, the allure of virtual reality headsets is the enhanced level of immersion for gaming and experiences that we might not otherwise encounter, like climbing Mount Everest. And for others, it's the possible applications in science and research that's exciting. But for Jamie Soar, a U.K. resident who's visually impaired, it's the simple act of seeing that makes VR awesome, and he got to experience the wonder of sight for the first time while wearing an HTC Vive headset. There's a wonderful write-up by UploadVR about Soar's experience, and it reminds us why we love technology so much.... Read more...
It's always interesting to hear what the bigwigs behind major game consoles have to say about the future of gaming on their platforms. That's especially true now that both Sony and Microsoft have announced or released mid-cycle upgrades with faster hardware. In that respect, it appears that consoles are becoming more like PCs, but is that the future of consoles? Don't count on it, says Sony boss Andrew House. Sony has begun taking pre-orders for its forthcoming PlayStation 4 Pro, essentially a beefed version of the PS4 that can deliver faster frame rates and better visuals (4K streaming and HDR).... Read more...
A good controller can really make or break a gaming experience, and Logitech is working to expand the breadth of its controller offerings. The company just acquired Saitek and its line of line of flight, farm and space simulation game controllers. Logitech offers three reasons for the acquisition. First, according to Logitech, “these products are just great.” Saitek products are the “go-to’s” for games such as Elite Dangerous, Eve Valkyrie, Star Citizen, Microsoft Flight Simulator, and Farm Simulator. Logitech claims that they have even see Saitek fans in their own forums. Second, Logitech believes... Read more...
There's no denying that modern virtual reality can provide one of the most interactive experiences on the planet, and can transport you to another universe like nothing else. However, VR can be expensive and very disorienting for users. If we're talking about mobile VR, such as with Samsung Gear VR, the cost-of-entry is minimal, but the experiences are also not quite on par with full-fledged systems like the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive. It's for that reason that many believe AR, or augmented reality, has the brighter future. We've seen proof from Pokémon GO that the world is ready to... Read more...
Planetariums are so 2015. Framestore has created the world’s first VR field trip to Mars in a school bus powered by Unreal Engine 4. Ms. Frizzle ain’t got nothing on Framestore. Gary Marshall, Framestore Senior Developer, remarked, “When I first heard about the project, my reaction was, ‘This is absolutely nuts’. But it was so cool, that I wanted to be on it from the start.” This invention is essentially the first group VR experience. When students look out the windows, they see the surface of Mars. Unreal Engine 4 was the perfect tool because it is a physically-based renderer that simulates the... Read more...
In the gaming industry, it's not uncommon to hear about cases where one developer clips code from another. We've even seen it happen on Steam's Greenlight service, where some smaller developers churn out a quick game and "borrow" assets from other established games. It's not often though that we hear about this kind of thing involving a major OEM, like NVIDIA, for instance. Alongside the launch of its first Pascal-based GPUs, NVIDIA released an advanced screen-capture tool called Ansel. With it, players can effectively pause a supported game, and then manipulate the view in free-cam mode. From... Read more...
We reported earlier this year on Daydream, a new Google solution for virtual reality. It's in effect set to become Google Cardboard's replacement, and requires Android 7.0 'Nougat' to use. If all of the required specs are met, then Google will denote compatible phones as 'Daydream Ready'. If Google has its way, Daydream is going to be huge, and the company isn't going to leave it to chance that it's going to happen. As Bloomberg reports, the company has been investing 'hundreds of thousands' of dollars into various projects that will launch for Daydream, giving those who adopt the technology some... Read more...
Here's a bit of good news for budding filmmakers who want to create virtual reality experiences. Nokia just slashed $15,000 off the price of its funky looking Ozo, the first VR camera system specifically designed for professional production. Now brace yourself for the bad news—the price cut brings the cost down to $45,000, which is still a hefty chunk of change. Hey, that's $5,000 less than it costs to spend just a single night at the Ty Warner Penthouse at the top of Manhattan's Four Season's Hotel (no joke). And if you want a 2016 Tesla Model S P90D, you'll have to come up with more than twice... Read more...
Overwatch Running On Intel Kaby Lake-Based, Next-Gen Dell XPS 13 This morning’s opening keynote at the annual Intel Developers Forum was rather eventful. In addition to unveiling the Project Alloy merged reality headset, the Project Aero Drone platform, and a number of maker-oriented devices, Intel also showed off its next-generation Kaby Lake-based 7th Generation Core processors and some new virtual reality editing tools built into Epic’s Unreal Engine. Kaby Lake is the follow-up product to current, 6th Generation Skylake-based Core processors. With Kaby Lake, however, Intel is adding native support... Read more...
After a brief musical number featuring virtual instruments powered by Intel Curie and RealSense technologies, Intel CEO Bryan Krzanich took to the stage at the Moscone Center in San Francisco to kick off this year’s Intel Developers Forum. His opening keynote revolved around four themes: Redefining The Computing Experience, Building A World Of Virtual Intelligence, A Cloud Designed For Innovation, and Empowering The Next-Generation Of Innovators. To solidify those themes and demonstrate Intel’s commitment to advancing the technologies necessary to enable them, Kyrzanich unveiled a number of new... Read more...
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