Inside Oculus’ Quest to Design an Invisible VR Controller

The Oculus Touch goes on on sale today, and it’s more than a set of VR controllers. The devices are, in effect, your hands. The post Inside Oculus’ Quest to Design an Invisible VR Controller appeared first on WIRED.

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The Bridge Headset Powers Up iPhone VR With Positional Tracking

Without external cameras or beacons, Occipital’s environment-mapping headset adds advanced mixed-reality capabilities to the iPhone 6, 6S, and 7. The post The Bridge Headset Powers Up iPhone VR With Positional Tracking appeared first on WIRED.

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The Inside Story of Google’s Daydream, Where VR Feels Like Home

In Google’s Daydream VR, you don’t spend your time on a spaceship. You spend it in the woods or your attic. The post The Inside Story of Google’s Daydream, Where VR Feels Like Home appeared first on WIRED.

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So, You Got a VR Rig. Here’s All the Other Stuff You Need

Here’s a list of devices and accessories to enhance your VR experience. The post So, You Got a VR Rig. Here’s All the Other Stuff You Need appeared first on WIRED.

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Inside IMAX’s Big Bet to Rule the Future of VR

The company that turns cinema to spectacle is betting big on the future of face-computers. The post Inside IMAX’s Big Bet to Rule the Future of VR appeared first on WIRED.

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Dear Angelica Is the Film—and Filmmaking Tool—VR Needs

Making a female-led VR experience sets a precedent for the industry, and the animation tool Quill puts the creative power in VR users’ hands. The post Dear Angelica Is the Film—and Filmmaking Tool—VR Needs appeared first on WIRED.

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It’s called virtual “reality” for a reason

It all started with a fish tank. It was the 1990s, while I was in grad school working on a project for University of Michigan’s Advanced Technology Lab in their EE department. Someone at another university had aimed a webcam at the office fish tank and published the feed on the early web. You could hit the refresh button every 30 seconds on primitive browsers like HotMetal to see if…

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Six Flags and Samsung unveil ‘mixed reality’ rollercoaster

To many of us, roller coasters are just fine without extra visual stimulation. However, last year, several amusement parks introduced virtual reality devices, letting you fly through space or a gargoyle-infested dystopia. Six Flags and Samsung have done that one better now with the New Revolution Galactic Attack mixed reality experience. As before, Six Flags is using Samsung’s Gear VR headset, but now it’s using the passthrough camera on the…

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Complex 3D data on all devices

A new web-based software platform is swiftly bringing the visualization of 3D data to every device, optimizing the use of, for example, virtual reality and augmented reality in industry. In this way, researchers have brought the ideal of “any data on any device” a good deal closer.

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Novel liquid crystal could triple sharpness of today’s televisions

An international team of researchers has developed a new blue-phase liquid crystal that could enable televisions, computer screens and other displays that pack more pixels into the same space while also reducing the power needed to run the device. The new liquid crystal is optimized for field-sequential color liquid crystal displays (LCDs), a promising technology for next-generation displays.

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Heidelberg Castle revisited

Strikes of lightning, fires, wars – not only ravages of time left their traces on Heidelberg Castle. Today, it is considered one of the most important renaissance buildings north of the Alps. And it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Germany with about 1.1 million visitors from all over the world every year – many of them from English speaking countries and Asia. Now, a researcher has reconstructed the castle as it looked before its destruction by means of a three-dimensional virtual model.

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Substantial evidence of holographic universe

A UK, Canadian and Italian study has provided what researchers believe is the first observational evidence that our universe could be a vast and complex hologram. Theoretical physicists and astrophysicists, investigating irregularities in the cosmic microwave background (the ‘afterglow’ of the Big Bang), have found there is substantial evidence supporting a holographic explanation of the universe — in fact, as much as there is for the traditional explanation of these irregularities using the theory of cosmic inflation.

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