Ready to have your brain blasted to bits? U-Tsu-Shi-O-Mi is a “virtual assistant” that is actually a green-clad humanoid robot. Users look at her using virtual reality goggles and instead of seeing a mildly creepy, ninja-like blog they see an actual face and body. You can reach out, touch the body, and even shake hands with your robotic pal. → Read More
We were talking with the New York fashion community about postponing New York Fashion Week for a few days while we ran Disrupt, but they just wouldn’t listen. What’s more, Sergey Brin and Google sent a bunch of Google Glass devices to Diane von Furstenberg (a famous designer) who outfitted her gamine charges with some of the most sought-after tech in the nerdosphere.
Also Sarah Jessica Parker… → Read More
Vuzix will be showing off some updated VR glasses at CES: the Wrap 920AV. The glasses are actually starting to look more and more like semi-normal frames that you might actually be able to wear on a plane, train, or bus without drawing too much attention. → Read More
I’m totally OK with never trying this out in real life but some folks called VR WARE have created a way to add head gestures in Second Life by hijacking your camera and watching your facial expressions and eye movements. They’ve gotten it to recognize nods so far but can a wry smirk or a shoulder shrug be far behind? Truly, we are living in an age of miracles. via TC France → Read More
This was another product I was skeptical about. VR goggles? Do they ship with a copy of Johnny Mnemonic? But I put them on and lo and behold: the image was pretty good, it tracked my head movements so I could look around the cockpit, and they were even lightweight and had different nose-touch-piece-things for people of different nasal persuasions. One kind was meant to be used as a single-TV… → Read More
So the Sony VR glove patent that had the world abuzz a few days ago may not ever come out. Sony had a chat with Next Generation and said that the patent filing is simply part of what Sony has to do every time it comes up with a new idea. Just because it filed the patent doesn’t mean it has any intention of actually coming out with the device. This really shouldn’t come as any surprise… → Read More