Virtual Reality

  • Oculus Rift and Touch controllers on sale for $399 through summer

    Oculus Rift and Touch controllers on sale for $399 through summer

    The best current hardware experience for VR is also now one of the most affordable: Oculus Rift and the Oculus Touch Controllers are reduced to just $399 for both for the remainder of the summer, or the next six weeks. The deal brings the Rift and Touch Controllers to price parity with the PlayStation VR, and undercuts significantly the HTC Vive. The pricing isn’t permanent, but… Read More

  • Google shows off Blocks, a 3D modeling tool made for VR

    Google shows off Blocks, a 3D modeling tool made for VR

    Google wants to simplify content creation in VR so that people have more pretty things to look at and build. The company’s VR painting app Tilt Brush has been one of their most-finessed successes and today Google is launching a new app that allows users to create 3D objects using tools built especially for the virtual reality medium. Blocks, which is available now for free for the HTC… Read More

  • Make Hollywood-quality animations at low-budget prices with this motion capture suit

    You might be familiar with the industry-standard green man MoCap suit many Hollywood studios use to capture the movement of objects or people for movies and games. Rokoko’s new Smartsuit Pro produces the same quality animations but sells for a fraction of the price, at $2,500, enabling indie filmmakers to get the same high-quality results. Read More

  • The new Taster VR app brings VR content from the BBC to your smartphone

    The new Taster VR app brings VR content from the BBC to your smartphone

    The BBC today released a new mobile application that will allow it to experiment with transforming BBC content into VR experiences. The app, called BBC Taster VR, comes from the broadcaster’s testing ground for new ideas, Taster, and uses technology from EEVO to publish videos in a VR format. Initially, Taster VR only offers a couple of projects, one of which is 360 video from the… Read More

  • Palmer Luckey backs development of VR tool that lets HTC Vive users play Oculus exclusives

    Palmer Luckey backs development of VR tool that lets HTC Vive users play Oculus exclusives

    The rift between Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey and the company he left earlier this year appears to be growing wider. Luckey is putting some of the money he made from Facebook buying his VR company to ensure that users of a different VR headset can play the exclusive titles that Facebook is funding. Read More

  • Crunch Report | Tinder Unveils New Gold Subscription

    Today’s Stories  Tinder’s new subscription, Tinder Gold, lets you see who already likes you Google unveils Advr, an experimental Area 120 project for advertising in VR Equal Rights Center sues Uber for denying equal access to people who use wheelchairs Waymo’s self-driving van hits the desert to see if it can stand the heat The latest in the Binary Capital blowup —… Read More

  • LiveLike will now let you watch sports with your Facebook friends in VR

    LiveLike will now let you watch sports with your Facebook friends in VR

    LiveLike, the service that partners with sports broadcasters to create and host their VR viewing experiences, is going social. LiveLike’s VR experience is a “virtual suite” overlooking the field, where you can select different camera angles, look around the suite, view pre-produced content, etc. And now you’ll be able to do this with friends. Read More

  • Apple acquires SMI eye-tracking company

    Apple acquires SMI eye-tracking company

    In a move that is sure to stoke rumors about Apple’s future work in augmented and virtual reality technologies, Apple has acquired SensoMotoric Instruments (SMI), an eye-tracking firm. The German company has done significant work in eye-tracking research with proprietary eyeglass hardware while also working on consumer-focused applications like eye-tracking for virtual reality. Read More

  • YouTube chops 360 video in half with new VR180 format

    YouTube chops 360 video in half with new VR180 format

    YouTube is showing off a brand new file format for creators who want to check out VR but are intimidated by taking the full plunge with all the crazy hardware and production issues. It’s called VR180, and it’s half of a spherical video. It’s a simple evolution, but it makes some notable compromises that give traditional and VR viewers some new gains. Read More

  • Facebook announces dates for its Oculus Connect 4 conference

    Facebook announces dates for its Oculus Connect 4 conference

    Facebook’s Oculus is returning to San Jose on October 11-12 this year to share some news about the future of VR at the company’s Oculus Connect 4 developers conference. Facebook has slowly been bringing the Oculus name and leadership under its own core brand. With the amount of VR news popping up at F8, some wondered whether Oculus Connect’s days were numbered. Apparently not. Read More

  • YouTube shows off VR-centric video analytics

    YouTube shows off VR-centric video analytics

    Google may have a few VR projects lined up across hardware, but for now one of its biggest selling points for mobile VR is YouTube. Today, YouTube announced that it’s bringing heat map analytics to the service so that 360-degree video producers can see where their viewers are paying attention at any given time. 360-degree video may not be as hyped as it once was, but YouTube has the… Read More

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