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TriEye raises $2 million more for cameras that can see in the dark

TriEye, an Israel-based semiconductor company pioneering short wave infrared (SWIR) imaging technology for adverse weather and nighttime conditions, today announced that it’s expanded its series A round from $17 million to $19 million with an investment from Porsche. CEO Avi Bakal says that the newfound funds, which bring the startup’s total raised to date to […]

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Westworld Awakening hands-on — Here’s one of the VR games we’ve been waiting for

It’s a good thing that HBO never shipped a virtual reality experience it created a few years ago as an early attempt to take its Westworld into VR. In the meantime, the medium of VR has matured, and now Westworld Awakening is now ready for prime time. Westworld Awakening, available today for $30, is a […]

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FundamentalVR adds eye-tracking to its VR surgery sim

FundamentalVR is on a mission to make VR surgery simulation as robust, convincing, and efficient as possible. Recently, it made a small but significant step toward that goal with eye-tracking. Usually when we hear about eye-tracking’s importance to VR, it’s to do with foveated rendering. Eye-tracking as a means of input often feels like an […]

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Jensen Huang interview: Why AI is the single most powerful force of our time

Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang proudly proclaimed on an analyst earnings call this week that artificial intelligence is the “single most powerful force of our time.” Nvidia reported Q2 earnings and revenues that beat analysts’ expectations as demand for graphics and artificial intelligence chips picked up. After the earnings call, I interviewed Huang about the company’s […]

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How Cloudhead Games and Valve worked together on Aperture Hand Lab

Over the last five years Denny Unger and his partners at Cloudhead Games would talk about possible VR projects with some of the world’s largest companies. Cloudhead staff would build pitch decks and work out the fundamentals of VR games that could become dream projects for everyone involved. That is, if the funding partners ever […]

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Oculus Quest keeps improving in important but screenshot-defying ways

Like almost everyone who writes about virtual reality, I struggle on a daily basis with the knowledge that the new medium defies easy descriptions — it’s sometimes like trying to explain the appeal of television through a radio. Even “good” VR is more immersive than TV and cannot be replicated on a 2D screen, so […]

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Oculus VR cofounder Nate Mitchell is leaving Facebook

Nate Mitchell, one of the last remaining Oculus cofounders left at the Facebook-owned company, has announced that he is leaving after seven years. Having most recently headed up Oculus’s Rift team, Mitchell shared the “bittersweet news” in a Reddit post today. This is breaking news and will be updated shortly. Please refresh for additional details.

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Nomadic takes location-based VR into Asia

Nomadic has reported success with its first virtual reality location-based entertainment center, which is like an arcade for VR featuring Vertigo’s Arizona Sunshine game. And now Nomadic is taking the show on the road to Asia. San Rafael, California-based Nomadic wants to become a mixed-reality powerhouse, which means it combines the digital entertainment of VR […]

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Light Field Lab raises $28 million for huge holographic displays

Light Field Lab has announced it has raised $28 million in funding for its technology to build large holographic displays out of small building blocks. Bosch Venture Capital and Taiwania Capital led the round. The rest of the money came from Samsung, Verizon Ventures, Comcast, Liberty Global Ventures, NTT Docomo Ventures, Hella Ventures, Khosla Ventures, […]

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Red Matter’s developers pull off a near-perfect Oculus Quest port

Believe the hype: Red Matter looks pretty incredible on Oculus Quest. I’ve played through the first half of the mobile VR port, which is due for release next week. As we teased earlier this month, developer Vertical Robot has gone to great lengths to keep this version of its excellent adventure game looking incredibly sharp. I’m […]

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Unreal Engine now supports Vulkan for Oculus Quest and Go

The latest version of the Oculus Unreal Engine Integration adds support for Vulkan on Oculus Quest and Oculus Go. Unity told us they will add the same “later this year.” What is Vulkan? Vulkan is a low-level graphics API developed as a successor to OpenGL, which was originally released in the early ’90s. Vulkan was developed […]

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Xiaomi reportedly disbands Mi VR team, but Facebook is still backing Oculus Go

When Facebook wanted to get into the lower-end side of the virtual reality headset business, it partnered with Xiaomi — a Chinese company known for affordable, well-designed hardware — to develop a $200 standalone device released under the names Oculus Go and Xiaomi Mi VR. Now a report claims that Xiaomi has disbanded the development […]

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Sony wins 30% of VR hardware revenues as demand fades for cheap headsets

The market for virtual reality hardware is officially shifting away from budget-priced, low-performance headsets, Strategy Analytics said today, as demand has evaporated for Google’s Cardboard and Daydream products, as well as Samsung’s Gear VR. Consequently, midrange to high-end headsets from Sony, Facebook’s Oculus, and HTC earned 77% of all revenue generated globally by VR headsets last year, […]

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Huawei tests a smartphone with its Hongmeng OS, possibly for sale this year

(Reuters) — Huawei is testing a smartphone equipped with Hongmeng, the company’s self-developed operating system, which could potentially go on sale by the end of this year, Chinese state-media outlet Global Times reported. The release of a Hongmeng-powered smartphone would mark a major step for China’s Huawei, the world’s second-biggest maker of smartphones, as U.S. […]

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Sci-fi VR adventure Red Matter is coming to Oculus Quest — with better visuals

Developer Vertical Robot just confirmed that its hugely enjoyable puzzle game Red Matter will land on the standalone headset August 15. That’s the same day as Pinball FX2 VR and Time Stall. A busy day for Oculus Quest fans, then. That said, you should definitely check out Red Matter if you haven’t already. In the game, you […]

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Time Stall is a time-bending VR puzzler on a crowdfunded escape craft

Landfall developer Force Field Entertainment is back with its latest Oculus Quest exclusive, Time Stall. Time Stall cropped up on Quest’s coming soon section today, but the trailer below confirms it’s coming August 15. Oculus Studios is publishing the game so don’t expect to see it anywhere else. It’s a puzzle game in which humanity has abandoned […]

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Magic Leap’s Undersea puts an AR aquarium in your living room

With Magic Leap’s Undersea, you can go to the aquarium every day without leaving your living room. Earlier this week, Magic Leap released Undersea, a room-scale, spatial computing experience for the Magic Leap One AR headset. According to a news post from Magic Leap, Undersea started off as a demo with one fish that led you […]

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No Man’s Sky: Beyond is coming to VR on August 14

No Man’s Sky: Beyond, which includes complete VR support for the entire game, finally has a confirmed release date for this August 14. In less than two weeks you can plop on a VR headset and take off for space to explore the stars, visit far-away galaxies, or explore entire planets from top to bottom. […]

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E3 organization leaks data for over 2,000 journalists and analysts

If you attended the Electronic Entertainment Expo trade show this year with a media badge, it’s possible that some of your sensitive data is now public. Each year, the Entertainment Software Association hands out hundreds of “press badges” to certain members of the press. To get one of these badges, I have given the organization […]

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Siggraph 2019 showed why wireless VR all but demands 5G or Wi-Fi 6

Virtual reality headsets have come a long way over the last five years, and in the next five years, they’ll take even bigger steps forward thanks to advances in computer graphics and display technologies. But as I saw at this year’s Siggraph conference in Los Angeles, next-generation wireless technologies are the missing link for the […]

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