All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘virtual reality’

Oculus Rift Pre-Orders Begin Later This Year, VR Device Ships Early 2016

The Facebook-owned virtual reality company Oculus has announced that its headset, the Oculus Rift, is almost ready to go. You’ll be able to pre-order an Oculus Rift later this year and the device will ship early next year. The finished consumer edition “builds on the presence, immersion, and comfort of the Crescent Bay prototype with an improved tracking system that …

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GoPro Is Getting Serious About Virtual Reality

GoPro is getting serious about virtual reality. The camera-maker has agreed to acquire French company Kolor, a startup that specializes in immersive 360-degree videos. Kolor takes multiple photos and videos and pieces them together to form an interactive virtual experience. GoPro calls it “spherical video”. From GoPro: Spherical media enables a range of immersive viewing experiences and is an essential …

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360-Degree Videos: Coming Soon to Your Facebook News Feed

Facebook’s annual f8 developers conference just kicked off, and in the keynote CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that spherical (360 degree) videos are coming to your Facebook News Feed. We already know that video is becoming a more widely used media on Facebook. Recently, Facebook revealed that the number of video posts per person had increased 75 percent globally and a …

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Watch a Guy Watch His Son’s Birth Live in Virtual Reality

If you don’t pay attention to the incredibly odd promo image above, Samsung has done something pretty cool – for the first time (it’s claiming), someone has watched a birth live-stream in virtual reality. Make no mistake, this is a six minute ad for Samsung’s Gear VR. But it is a neat use of the technology. It might pull at your …

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Facebook Is Making Virtual Reality Apps

For those who feel they aren’t already immersed in the world of Facebook, the company is working on making the service a reality. Well, a virtual reality. According to Facebook head of product Chris Cox, the company is already building virtual reality versions of its apps. He made the announcement at the Code/Media conference, saying that the company is working …

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Ok, Who Gave Grandpa Virtual Reality Porn?

Virtual reality porn is sure to be the next big thing in personal entertainment, and the amount of it out there will only increase as the Oculus Rift (and similar technologies) permeate the market. But while it’s still a novel thing, it’s pretty funny to watch people react to viewing it for the first time. It’s especially funny when the …

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Facebook’s Oculus Bolsters Team With Acquisitions

Oculus, the virtual reality company that Facebook recently acquired, announced some new acquisitions of its own in a bid to bring more talent to its team. The company has acquired Nimble VR (formerly 3Gear Systems) and 13th Lab, and has hired motion capture expert Chris Bregler. Oculus gives a little background on each: Nimble VR was founded in 2012 by …

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Galaxy Note 4 Becomes VR Headset With Latest Hardware

The Galaxy Note 4 has already been established as one of the best “phablets” to be released this year. Now the device can also be one of the first commercial VR headsets on the market. Samsung and Oculus announced today that the Gear VR Innovator Edition is now available. The virtual reality headset attaches to the Galaxy Note 4 and …

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Google Funds Virtual Reality Company Magic Leap

Magic Leap, a technology company, which works in augmented reality, virtual reality, and mobile computing, announced that it has raised $542 million in Series B funding, and that this funding was led by Google. Other participants in the round are Qualcomm, Legendary Entertainment, Thomas Tull, KKR, Vulcan Capital, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Andreessen Horowitz, Obvious Ventures, and other unnamed …

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Star Trek Holodeck Becomes Reality With Oculus Rift, Results Are Impressive

German scientists at the Max-Planch-Institute have created a way for us to experience the holodeck from Star Trek by using the wireless Oculus Rift. With this technology, the researchers were able to simulate travelling to different places around the world. It’s not quite as sophisticated as the Star Trek holodeck, but the results are impressive. Researchers placed several cameras throughout …

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Facebook Closes Oculus Acquisition

Facebook has closed its acquisition of virtual reality technology makers Oculus VR. The deal gained FTC approval in April, and has now completed its final steps. The Wall Street Journal shares this statement from both companies: “We’re looking forward to an exciting future together, building the next computing platform and reimagining the way people communicate.” Here’s what Mark Zuckerberg had …

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Battlestar Galactica’s Sackhoff Voices EVE: Valkyrie

Battlestar Galactica’s Katee Sackhoff is starring in CCP Games’ upcoming multiplayer virtual reality dogfighting shooter, EVE: Valkyrie, playing the role of Rán Kavik. Sackhoff’s Rán isn’t a playable character, but rather a voice that can be heard in the player’s ear, akin to Cortana in the Halo franchise. Commenting on the new game, Sackhoff said, “The first time I played …

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