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Facebook Spaces’ VR Puerto Rico Demonstration Was Bizarre and Tactless

There are surreal tone-deaf presentations, and then there was Facebook Spaces’ promotion, which is an example of Facebook owner and the face of Oculus Mark Zuckerberg misreading the room and the purpose of his technology. The event, which involved avatars of Mark Zuckerberg and head of social VR Rachel Franklin going through an itinerary of … Continue reading Facebook Spaces’ VR Puerto Rico Demonstration Was Bizarre and Tactless

13th October 2017

Oculus Go is a Fantastic Surprise

Of all the things I expected to read this morning, a press release about a new Oculus HMD was not very high on the list. Yet here we are, Oculus has revealed a standalone VR headset in the form of the Oculus Go. While we’re still waiting for standalone HMDs from Google and HTC, the … Continue reading Oculus Go is a Fantastic Surprise

12th October 2017
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Nokia Cancels Ozo Project, Pulls Out of Virtual Reality Business

Nokia has announced that it will cancel the development of the Ozo virtual reality camera, cutting a third of its Nokia Technologies division in the process. This marks its official movement outside of the virtual reality business, which it blames on the “slower-than-expected development” of the Virtual Reality market. The move will cause the loss … Continue reading Nokia Cancels Ozo Project, Pulls Out of Virtual Reality Business

11th October 2017
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Google Daydream View Makes a Welcome Return with 2nd-gen

Oh boy did Google announce a lot of stuff recently. It used the launch of the Google Pixel 2 smartphone to also show us the rest of its upcoming hardware lineup. Honestly, Google is not clearly a full-fledged hardware maker on a crash course with the likes of Apple. They showed off a new camera, … Continue reading Google Daydream View Makes a Welcome Return with 2nd-gen

10th October 2017
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Samsung Steps Up the Windows Mixed Reality Game with the Odyssey HMD

Not too long ago I was gushing over the release of the Windows Mixed Reality hardware and software. We proclaimed it the “biggest VR news of 2017” and I still stand by that sentiment. Features such as inside-out tracking and the convenient, compact HMD design have essentially convinced me that a Windows MR HMD is … Continue reading Samsung Steps Up the Windows Mixed Reality Game with the Odyssey HMD

9th October 2017
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Sony Launching New Updated Version of PSVR

Sony are releasing an updated version of their PSVR headset, adding a couple of new features and a very slightly updated design.

3rd October 2017
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Palmer Luckey is Thinking About a Way to Jack Into the Matrix

Palmer Luckey is experimenting with nerve implants and strange experimental technology to possibly turn his dream of The Matrix into reality.

28th September 2017
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Intel Tries to Make VR Cheaper with Portal Ridge System

Although Intel might have officially killed of their Alloy VR ecosystem and hardware platform, the company is not abandoning VR as a whole. Instead Intel will be working on several technologies that are aimed at supporting and improving VR. One of the main legs of this approach is the transmission of video signals wirelessly, using … Continue reading Intel Tries to Make VR Cheaper with Portal Ridge System

27th September 2017
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Ding Dong: Intel’s Project Alloy is Dead

Intel has announced that that its “merged reality” project Alloy is kaput. It is an ex-project. It’s dead Jim. Alloy promised a lot of revolutionary changes to the VR and AR industry and it was only announced in August of 2016, so why was Intel’s only notable VR project killed just a year after the … Continue reading Ding Dong: Intel’s Project Alloy is Dead

26th September 2017

Virtual Reality: what is it and why is it important to know about?

Virtual reality is essentially the use of technology to create the illusion of presence in an environment that isn’t really there. It works by sending information to various senses, such as sight and hearing, that fool our brains into experiencing something virtual. The illusion is often completed by the presence of interactivity, in other words the virtual world responds in some way to your presence.

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Where to go from here?

If you are new to virtual reality (or just want a refresher) we suggest you start with our What is virtual reality?section for a more in-depth discussion of the topic. We look at practical examples and discuss the core technologies in a clear and simple way. Providing a solid foundation for further reading.

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Pros and cons of virtual reality

We have series of articles about the various applications of this technology and the equipment used, for example, VR glasses (or goggles as they are sometimes called).

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