Oculus

  • Oculus acquires eye-tracking startup The Eye Tribe

    Oculus acquires eye-tracking startup The Eye Tribe

    The direction you look could one day control your VR or mobile experience thanks to Facebook and Oculus’ latest buy, The Eye Tribe. Oculus confirms to me that this is an official acquisition. The startup has developed a $99 eye tracking device developer kits for computers, and software that can bring gaze-based interfaces to smartphones and potentially virtual reality headsets. The Eye… Read More

  • Oculus engineer Dov Katz arrested in sting after allegedly soliciting sex from a 15-year-old girl

    Oculus engineer Dov Katz arrested in sting after allegedly soliciting sex from a 15-year-old girl

    Seattle police arrested Oculus’ Head of Computer Vision Dov Katz on December 23rd in a sting operation in which a police officer posed as a 15-year-old girl. Katz allegedly arrived at an Embassy Suites in Tukwila, Washington with $600 after agreeing in texts messages to pay $300 for sex without a condom. Katz told police he was there to rescue the girl. GeekWire has screenshots from… Read More

  • Facebook launches the first preview of React VR

    Facebook launches the first preview of React VR

    Facebook published a blog post with plenty of year-end vanity stats about its open source project today, but in an email to us, the company also announced that it is about to launch the VR version of one of its most popular open source offerings: React. React VR, a Facebook spokesperson told us, will launch in preview later this week. Update: turns out, the Facebook spokesperson was wrong… Read More

  • Oculus launches social VR hangout “Rooms” and phone calls

    Oculus launches social VR hangout “Rooms” and phone calls

    Facebook’s power-play to rule social virtual reality has a boring name: the “Coordinated App Launch API”. Like a VR version of Xbox Live or PlayStation network, it lets you gather with friends in Oculus VR’s new Rooms feature, and then launch together into a developer’s multiplayer game. The Coordinated App Launch API could make Oculus the portal to playing… Read More

  • Oculus releases developer preview of Carmel WebVR product

    Oculus releases developer preview of Carmel WebVR product

    Many in the industry believe the next frontier for VR is web-based experiences that can be visited and absorbed across platforms. There are still quite a lot of unknowns when it comes to WebVR, but Oculus is looking to start shedding some of the mystery through its own browser. Today, the company launched the Carmel Developer Preview, giving devs some early tools and APIs to begin building… Read More

  • Oculus shows off the 50+ launch titles for its Touch motion controllers

    Oculus shows off the 50+ launch titles for its Touch motion controllers

    Oculus is gearing up for a major hardware launch next week with its $199 Touch motion controllers. That’s nice and all but as we’ve learned, VR hardware is really only as good as the software that exists to shows off its strengths. Oculus seems to be getting this and it’s ensuring that a swath of titles exist that make good use of the new input type. Today, Oculus… Read More

  • Oculus is giving away its mesmerizing VR painting tool, Quill

    Oculus is giving away its mesmerizing VR painting tool, Quill

    VR has quite a bit to offer creative types in terms of building worlds and images that would be impossible otherwise. Oculus Story Studio is looking to redefine the concept of a digital art with their latest effort, Quill. Oculus announced today that it will be releasing a beta of the application for free on December 6 in time for the launch of the Touch motion controllers. The input… Read More

  • As the Note 7 dies, Oculus loses face(s)

    As the Note 7 dies, Oculus loses face(s)

    The Note 7 debacle hasn’t been good for anyone — not for Samsung, not for Android, not for consumers, not for airlines, not for fire departments, not for stylus-lovers and certainly not for Oculus. The Facebook-owned virtual reality powerhouse currently has its entire mobile VR future pinned on the successes of Samsung’s handsets and the discontinuation of Note 7 production… Read More

  • Pre-orders go live for $199 Oculus Touch motion controllers

    Pre-orders go live for $199 Oculus Touch motion controllers

    Oculus is now taking pre-orders for their Touch motion controllers that bring your hands and body into VR on their Rift headset. The company announced details regarding the controllers, including the $199 price and December 6 ship date, at their Oculus Connect developers conference last week. Oculus Touch pre-orders are now live! Ships December 6. https://t.co/JuWpkTXc11 — Brendan… Read More

  • Digital comics startup Madefire launches its first virtual reality app

    Digital comics startup Madefire launches its first virtual reality app

    When digital comics startup Madefire announced its latest funding round a few days ago, co-founder and CEO Ben Wolstenholme said the company was getting ready to move into virtual and augmented reality. He lived up to that promise in very short order, launching a preview app for Samsung’s Oculus-powered Gear VR platform and demonstrating it at New York Comic Con. Wolstenholme has told… Read More

  • Hands-on, camera-off with the Oculus ‘Santa Cruz’ standalone VR prototype

    Hands-on, camera-off with the Oculus ‘Santa Cruz’ standalone VR prototype

    Upon being guided into the inner-sanctum at the Oculus Connect developer conference, I was told to leave my phone and backpack behind. The powers that be told me I would not be allowed to take any photos or video of my demo with Oculus’s new inside-out-positional-tracking-standalone-virtual-reality-headset-prototype (more simply code-named “Santa Cruz”) once I was… Read More

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