Virtual reality

  • I rocked out in Rock Band VR at CES and I liked it

    I rocked out in Rock Band VR at CES and I liked it

    VR is a tricky medium to do well, but Harmonix’s upcoming Rock Band VR might just be the perfect fit. The game has always been about making players feel like they’re real rock stars, living in an alternate reality where they chased their dream and actually did master the guitar and make it big. Virtual reality finally gives Rock Band players the chance to feel real stage presence… Read More

  • Talking tech with NBA legends Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley

    This year at CES we sat down with the Turner Sports team to hear about what tech-related plans they have for 2017. First we got a chance to speak with Turner Sports’ analysts and NBA legends Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley, who discussed what cool tech they saw at this year’s CES and also how technology is changing the way fans watch sports. Then we talked to… Read More

  • Father-to-be uses VR to ‘meet’ his daughter before she’s born

    Father-to-be uses VR to ‘meet’ his daughter before she’s born

    Of all the potential use-cases for VR, Samuli Cantell has arguably come up with the most unusual after persuading his pregnant girlfriend to undergo 4D ultrasound scanning of their unborn child in order to generate a 3D model that could then be placed in a Unity environment and viewed in VR. Read More

  • VirZOOM mashes up VR, Fitbit and exercise bikes to bring vSports to the masses

    VirZOOM mashes up VR, Fitbit and exercise bikes to bring vSports to the masses

    Strapping a VR headset to my face and taking a seat on an exercise bike isn’t my idea of fun, but fun was exactly what was served up when I tried out VirZOOM’s platform. A cycling game was obvious, given the input mechanism, but a flying pegasus and a tank game were not. The games were both eye-openers in terms of taking exercise and VR, making it more than the sum of its parts. Read More

  • FOVE eye-tracking headset starts shipping

    FOVE eye-tracking headset starts shipping

    Japanese eye-tracking virtual reality headset FOVE is starting to ship its first units from its successful Kickstarter campaign last year. The company originally planned to ship its product about eight months ago, but ran into a series of delays along the way. Orders placed today will ship in February as the company catches up with its Kickstarter backers and pre-orders. Read More

  • What can we learn from Magic Leap’s latest PR trip?

    What can we learn from Magic Leap’s latest PR trip?

    Stealthy mixed reality startup Magic Leap has been having a bit of a tough time on the publicity front of late… which likely explains why CEO Rony Abovitz felt the need to leapt into 2017 by penning a blog post aimed at putting some positive puff back into Magic Leap’s image. Read More

  • Gene Munster explains why he’s becoming a VC

    Gene Munster explains why he’s becoming a VC

    Known for his bullish calls on Apple, Piper Jaffray’s Gene Munster surprised everybody last month when he revealed that he was leaving the analyst world to become a VC. Now Munster is launching his seed stage fund, Loup Ventures, and he’s ready to discuss what kind of investments he’ll be making. He told TechCrunch that his team, which includes former colleagues Doug Clinton… Read More

  • How technology is merging with the human body Crunch Network

    How technology is merging with the human body

    The gulf between “human” and “machine” is closing. Machine learning has enabled virtual reality to feel more “real” than ever before, and AI’s replication of processes that were once confined to the human brain is ever-improving. Both are bringing technology into ever-closer proximity with the human body. Things are getting weird. And they are going to… 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

  • Unity releases EditorVR preview so game designers can build VR inside VR

    Unity releases EditorVR preview so game designers can build VR inside VR

    Unity is making a huge bet on VR and is aiming to ensure that developers have plenty of reasons to build their virtual reality titles on the company’s game engine. Today, the company has released a preview build of its EditorVR tool which allows game designers to dive into their creations in VR to build and destroy to their hearts’ content. At the end of the day the keyboard… Read More

  • Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe steps down, will now lead PC-based VR division within company

    Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe steps down, will now lead PC-based VR division within company

    In a blog post today, Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe announced that he will be stepping down as CEO of the Facebook-owned virtual reality company: Looking ahead and thinking about where I’m most passionate, I’ve decided to lead the PC VR group — pushing the state of VR forward with Rift, research and computer vision. As we’ve grown, I really missed the deep, day-to-day… Read More

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