Tag: AR/VR

At CES 2019, bendy and tiny screens evolved from concepts to exciting tech

Having attended Consumer Electronics Shows since well before the name was officially shortened to CES, I’ve come to expect major TV set announcements every year — and had almost zero interest in them until last week’s show. For years, the theme at CES was “bigger,” a competition between brands to show off gargantuan screens that […]

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How Valve is changing Steam in 2019

Valve Software is finally facing some major challengers in the PC gaming space, and it is planning a number of updates to keep its Steam service competitive. In a blog post today, the company looked back at the platform improvements it made last year. It also provided a list of updates that it is planning […]

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Hotel R’n’R turns you into the devil’s plaything

Hotel R’n’R is a game where you smash up hotel rooms in service to the devil. You play as a failed musician that makes a desperate deal with Satan himself. If you rely on your fists too much, your hands will be pulverized into a deformed mess as bones start to break and blood starts to […]

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Beat Saber modding: How to use custom skins and colors

Beat Saber is a massive runaway success in the VR community, due in large part to the customization afforded in the PC version (sorry, PSVR users). Not only can you download custom songs that users have mapped to create an infinite library of music (we’ve done song request streams where viewers can pick a song for us to play live) but […]

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Rec Room hits more than 1 million VR headsets

Rec Room is ringing in the new year by celebrating its successes in the old one. In a post on its official site, developer Against Gravity revealed its app had been installed on over 1 million VR headsets by the end of 2018. Rec Room is a social VR platform available on Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, […]

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‘Meta Company is insolvent’ as AR company faces patent infringement lawsuit

Since late last year we’ve been trying to get an update from Meta, the AR company, and its founder Meron Gribetz. A letter filed in a patent infringement lawsuit against Meta seems to say more than Gribetz can right now about the status of the business he started. As first reported by Next Reality and confirmed with […]

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At CES 2019, VR and AR took small but meaningful steps forward

Ahead of 2019’s Consumer Electronics Show, I hoped to see several key developments with next-generation VR and AR headsets — dramatically higher-resolution PC VR headsets, compelling standalone VR headsets, and and less conspicuous AR headsets with wider fields of view. I won’t tell you that these predictions turned out to be fully correct, but they weren’t completely […]

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HTC Vive Pro Eye: Why the company added eye-tracking to VR

At CES 2019 this week, HTC continued to push the high end of virtual reality forward. HTC added eye-tracking to its new Vive Pro Eye high-end virtual reality headset. This adds new features like foveated rendering, advanced analytics for developers, and eye-tracking input for game and application developers. HTC showed a few enterprise and game-related features […]

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ProBeat: This Google Assistant Ride video is what CES should be all about

Tuning into CES remotely is just not the same, or so I’m told. Nothing can compete with being one of the 180,000 attendees jostling to see what tech will bring this year and beyond. So I cannot offer you an overview of what CES 2019 was all about (see Dean’s column for that). I can, […]

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Unity and Improbable’s beef gets spicy and strange in dueling blog posts

Earlier today, Unity Technologies blocked Improbable’s SpatialOS online-gaming tools from accessing the Unity game-dev engine. This has left developers reeling because many of them rely on both tools to run their games connected multiplayer modes. In the first of its two blog posts today, Improbable claimed that Unity is hurting games that are live and […]

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Naughty America uses volumetric video capture to put AR strippers in your bedroom

Naughty America has created a new version of its augmented reality technology, allowing you to see virtual strippers in your bedroom with your smartphone or AR glasses app. Naughty America once again enjoys its status as the only porn company in the Las Vegas Convention Center during CES 2019, the big tech trade show. The company has a meeting room, […]

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ThreeKit raises $10 million to turn static images into ‘3D experiences’

A picture’s worth a thousand words, but what about a three-dimensional rendering? Ask ThreeKit — it’s in the business of creating 3D renderings for clients such as Crate and Barrel, Steelcase, and CIROC. The Chicago startup’s product configuration and visualization platform enable brands to create interactive three-dimensional “experiences,” such as product tours and comparison tools. And in […]

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HTC Vive Pro Eye hands-on: Gaze into VR’s future with foveated rendering

Unexpectedly announced at an early CES media event, HTC’s latest and highest-end VR headset is the Vive Pro Eye — an upgraded version of the already premium Vive Pro with integrated eye tracking hardware. The eye tracking can be leveraged for in-app controls, analysis of user attention during training sessions, and enabling foveated rendering. If you’re […]

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Qualcomm and Intel have 5G devices at CES 2019, but Huawei’s are MIA

Chipmakers and carriers spent most of 2018 talking about their 5G plans for this year, but when it came time to actually show up at the 2019 CES with 5G devices, the differences between companies couldn’t have been starker. Only one major U.S. carrier, AT&T, has yet to hold its press conference, while everyone else has […]

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Realmax Qian is a light, fully wireless AR/VR headset with a 100-degree FOV

Realmax has officially taken its AR/VR ambitions from dream to reality, having evolved its Qian headset from an intriguing prototype at the 2018 CES to actual production hardware at the 2019 CES. And unlike so many of the devices shown each year at CES, Qian actually contains some compelling differentiators: It’s lightweight, tetherless, and offers a […]

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Consumer electronics spending projected to remain sluggish in 2019 despite annual gadget frenzy at CES

While it might not be obvious based on the annual orgy of gadget announcements currently underway at CES 2019, the consumer electronics industry continues to limp along. And it seems no amount of Alexa-enabled-smart-toilet-bowl-cleaning-dongle-supported-high-definition-wireless-machine-learning-distributed-ledger devices are able to jumpstart sales. In its annual report, the Consumer Technology Association, which hosts CES, projected the industry will post $398 […]

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DigiLens shows its Crystal design for lightweight augmented reality glasses

DigiLens recently raised a bunch of money, and now, it’s starting to reveal some of the holographic waveguide display technology for augmented reality applications. The Sunnyvale, California-based startup is showing its new Crystal AR glasses prototype and its heads-up display for smart cars at CES 2019, the big tech trade show in Las Vegas this week. […]

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Oculus Rift leads again in Steam’s December hardware survey

I was half expecting to write that the combined power of the Vive and Vive Pro had allowed HTC to regain the top spot it once held for so long in December’s Steam Hardware Survey. Turns out the opposite is true; the Oculus Rift gained ground this month. In November 2018’s results, there was less than […]

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5 big questions VR faces in 2019

Between the launch of Oculus Go, Vive Pro, and an onslaught of new titles, 2018 was a busy year for VR. But it’s no secret that more exciting developments lay ahead for 2019. Current PC VR headsets are starting to get a little long in the tooth and in need of a refresh, whereas the […]

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