Tag: category-/Computers & Electronics/Consumer Electronics

HTC will sell Vive Focus Plus standalone VR headset for $800 starting April 15

HTC announced today that it will sell its Vive Focus Plus standalone virtual reality headset for $800 starting April 15. The company revealed the enterprise-targeted headset at its annual Vive Ecosystem conference in Shenzhen, China. Vive Focus Plus will provide enhanced optics, featuring all new fresnel lenses implemented into the head-mounted display (HMD) to enhance […]

Read More

Apple TV Channels and Apple TV+ are Apple’s subscription video streaming services

Apple hasn’t been entirely secretive about its ambitions to offer a subscription video service, but it also hasn’t revealed its master plan — until today. As the star attractions of the company’s It’s Show Time media event in Cupertino, Apple TV Channels and Apple TV+ were just announced to an audience of journalists, celebrities, and […]

Read More

U.S. Cellular’s rural 5G service will use 600MHz and old 4G spectrum

U.S. Cellular, the fifth-largest wireless carrier in the United States, plans to launch 5G services in key markets this year and says it will leverage underappreciated 5G technologies in an effort to improve service for rural customers. The carrier will focus on relatively low-frequency radio spectra that larger rivals Verizon and AT&T have downplayed in […]

Read More

Oculus founder Luckey: Rift S lenses won’t fit 30% of users

Since leaving Oculus in 2017, consumer virtual reality pioneer Palmer Luckey has occasionally used his personal blog to discuss minor and not-so-minor issues at the company he founded. Today’s issue: the redesigned Oculus Rift S headset won’t properly fit around 30 percent of users’ eyes, up dramatically from the original Rift’s roughly 10 percent. As […]

Read More

Tobii launches eye-tracking SDK for AR and VR

Eye-tracking specialist Tobii is honing in on VR and AR developers at the Game Developers Conference 2019 this week. The company yesterday announced the launch of its XR software development kit (SDK). It’s a set of tools and resources designed to get developers up to speed with its eye-tracking tech. Using the kit, creators can […]

Read More

Samsung: Galaxy S10 5G arrives April 5 in South Korea, U.S. soon after

Originally announced in late February and intended for a late March release in South Korea, Samsung’s Galaxy S10 5G now has a new official Korean street date: April 5. The device will be the first commercial 5G smartphone in the country and share similar bragging rights with Motorola in the United States. According to Korea’s […]

Read More

The VR headset market is about to get way too crowded and confusing

Once, there was a single VR headset. Today there are quite a few, and within months, there will certainly be too many in the marketplace for most people to count. Consumers are about to enter the most confusing time in VR’s history. There are already four tiers of decidedly different devices to choose from, and throughout […]

Read More

Oculus Rift S versus Oculus Rift: the spec comparison chart

After months of rumors and a somewhat damning leak, Facebook’s Oculus division today made the Oculus Rift S official as its follow up to 2016’s Oculus Rift. The Rift S is solely for use with Windows 10 PCs, and we have tons of additional details and insight in our announcement story and Oculus interview. As […]

Read More

Nate Mitchell interview — Why Facebook built the Oculus Rift S headset for the PC

Nate Mitchell is head of virtual reality products and cofounder of Facebook’s Oculus division. He’s been there since near the beginning of VR’s rebirth, and he was at the Game Developers Conference this week to evangelize the newest Oculus products. They include the expected Oculus Quest wireless VR headset, and well as the surprise (sort […]

Read More

Oculus Rift S will debut soon as $400 sequel to the PC-based Rift VR headset

Facebook has unveiled the Oculus Rift S, a new virtual reality headset for the PC that represents a major upgrade to its 2016 product, the Oculus Rift. Nate Mitchell, head of virtual reality products and cofounder of Facebook’s Oculus division, said in an interview with GamesBeat that the company will launch the Rift S soon […]

Read More

Apple debuts new AirPods with H1 chip and wireless charging case option

One and a half years after announcing that it would release a wireless charging case for its AirPods headphones, Apple is finally ready to ship the accessory — along with a second-generation version of AirPods. The company said today that it will sell two versions of the “new AirPods:” AirPods with Charging Case, and AirPods with […]

Read More

How Google’s Stadia Controller eliminates some input lag

Google revealed its Stadia game-streaming platform today. The service enables players to begin playing high-end video games over the cloud with the press of a button. You don’t need hardware beyond a connected device with a screen. But Google is still putting together some polymers and plastics to create the Stadia Controller. This device looks […]

Read More

HP unveils $599 Reverb VR headset with super pixel density and 114-degree FOV

HP hasn’t yet made a huge mark on the consumer virtual reality market, but its newest product could change that. Reverb is a Windows Mixed Reality headset with 2160 by 2160 screens and a 114 degree field of view, enabling users to experience VR with sharper graphics than before — at a $599 starting price. […]

Read More

Driverless trucks ride at night with TuSimple’s improved camera system

In its quest to roll out the country’s first commercialized fleet of autonomous trucks, TuSimple has added an improved camera and vision system that lets its vehicles operate at night and in low-light situations. Currently, TuSimple can run its trucks for an average of 12 hours per day, or 50 percent usage, but this new […]

Read More

Sony VR patent points to a pricier but wireless PSVR2

Patent filings alone don’t guarantee new products, but there are times when a patent is so specific that something tangible is likely to follow. A newly discovered Sony wireless VR patent strongly suggests that big changes are coming to the next-generation PlayStation VR headset — the latest indication that the company is preparing to push […]

Read More

Apple reveals 10.5-inch iPad Air and Apple Pencil-ready iPad mini 5

Apple today revealed two new tablets: a 10.5-inch iPad Air starting at $499, and the fifth-generation iPad mini starting at $399. The two models are both being offered as midrange alternates to last year’s entry-level $329 iPad, and the Air effectively replaces the now-discontinued 10.5-inch iPad Pro at a lower price point. Both new models […]

Read More

Synaptics CEO on how touch, AI, and sensors are giving us smart edge devices

Synaptics isn’t a household name, but it makes a lot of the underlying technology behind things like smartphone touchscreens, automotive displays, voice-enabled smart speakers, and virtual reality headsets. As we make our internet of things (IoT) devices smarter and smarter so that we can get dumber and dumber, or at least more relaxed, we’re creating […]

Read More

Oculus Rift: The inside story

Among journalists, no one has gotten inside the story of the Oculus Rift as much as Blake Harris, who has just published The History of The Future: Oculus, Facebook, and the Revolution, a book about Oculus founder Palmer Luckey and the creation of the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. In part one of our coverage, […]

Read More

Blake Harris talk — How ‘The History of the Future’ almost didn’t happen

Blake Harris is a historian of the video game wars. His first book — Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo and the Battle that defined a generation — came out in 2014 and it chronicled the fight between Sega and Nintendo in the 1990s as Sega stole a march on Nintendo with the launch of the Sega Genesis. […]

Read More

iPhone XS sequels will reportedly use Huawei-style square camera bumps

Chasing annual improvements in smartphone camera performance previously compelled Apple to add lens bumps to the backs of iPhones and notches to their fronts. According to a new report from Japanese blog Macotakara, the next step will be a square rear camera block — a design meant to accommodate a new triple-camera array and flash. […]

Read More