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Virtual reality saves wannabe prison officers from actually, you know, having to visit

Virtual reality, the technology that is forever an answer seeking a question, has found a new use in the UK: recruiting prison officers. Shared Services Connected Ltd (SSCL), a joint venture between the UK Cabinet Office and French IT consultants Sopra Steria, carried away the 2018 prize for best HR and Learning and …
Richard Speed, 27 Sep 2018
Man uses virtual reality goggles on toilet

Virtual reality meets commercial reality as headset sales plunge

Shipments of virtual reality kit have plunged, but growth is just around the corner. So said analyst firm IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Augmented and Virtual Reality Headset Tracker, which found “shipments of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) headsets were down 30.5 per cent year over year, totalling 1.2 million …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Jun 2018

Turns out China loves VR. Wires and powerful hardware, less so.

New research shows that China leads the world in buying standalone virtual reality (VR) headsets, with people who live there shunning traditional tethered devices for the likes of the HTC Vive Focus. After a period of impressive growth, worldwide shipments of tethered VR headsets (such as the Oculus Rift, PlayStation VR or HTC …
Richard Speed, 13 Jun 2018
Oculus Go at F8 2018

Oculus Go: Capable kit, if the warnings don't put you off

Review Earlier this month, I jotted down some initial impressions about the Oculus Go virtual reality headset I received at Facebook's F8 developer conference. Last weekend, I had a chance to play around with it more thoroughly and to test it on unsuspecting family members. What follows is a more considered account of the face- …
Thomas Claburn, 15 May 2018
Facebook's US$199 Oculus Go VR headset

Reg man straps on Facebook's new VR goggles, feels sullied by the experience

First look Facebook today announced the availability of the Oculus Go, a US$199 virtual reality headset it revealed in October 2017. I had the chance to play around with the headset for a few minutes in the press room at the company's F8 conference on Tuesday, to get a sense of the device ahead of a proper assessment. My first impression …
Techie wields circular saw while standing over the innards of a workstation. Photo by Shutterstock

HTC Vive Pro virtually stripped. OK, we mean actually stripped. (It’s a VR headset, geddit?)

The inexplicably expensive HTC Vive Pro has arrived, and rather than spend a few hours in virtual world of rainbows and unicorns, the team at iFixit have taken the headset into the very real world of their workshop and taken the thing apart. HTC VIVO TEARDOWN Click to enlarge With a resolution bump to 1440 x 1600 per eye …
Richard Speed, 12 Apr 2018
VR dinosaur

Mozilla rejects your reality and substitutes its own … browser for VR and AR goggles

Mozilla has decided the world needs a browser designed for augmented and mixed reality goggles. The browser-baker has named its new effort “Firefox Reality” and said its interest in an AR/VR/MR browser is inspired by the same reasons it makes Firefox: a belief the world needs an open-source browser to keep the web open. …
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Magic Leap ships headsets at last, but you'll need a safe

Augmented reality dreamers Magic Leap has finally begun shipping its hardware – along with a long series of ludicrous security requirements. Developers interested in making content for the untested product have to agree to a long list of restrictions over what they are allowed to say and do with the company's kit – including …
Kieren McCarthy, 30 Mar 2018
Oculus Go

Guns, audio and eye-tracking: VR nearly ready for prime time

GDC Virtual reality reemerged in the past couple of years as a hot tech topic. However, the unfortunate truth – fiercely ignored by its passionate advocates – is that it hasn't been ready for primetime. That situation has changed this week at the 2018 Games Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco, USA. It's now looking as …
Kieren McCarthy, 23 Mar 2018
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Microsoft floats feelers for fake worlds

At least two crucial ingredients are missing from virtual and augmented reality: revenue and a sense of touch. The industry is confident that the revenue is coming as hardware costs fall, awareness rises, and expectations become more realistic. Consultancy Greenlight Insights reckons global VR revenue will reach $75 billion by …
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Face, face, face! Apple, TrueDepth and a nose-driven iPhone X game

On the November 3, 2017, Brad Dwyer set to work unearthing the mysteries of Apple’s released-that-day iPhone X and its strange new TrueDepth camera. The engineer and entrepreneur wanted to create an app to leverage that new forward-facing face-scanning camera - to build one of the in a first generation of "face-driven games - …
Mark Pesce, 13 Feb 2018

We won't need to go outside if these haptic tricksters have their way

Haptic controllers are being touted as the next frontier in virtual reality. Having spent years obsessing over headset pixel counts, the VR industry is now playing with exoskeletal gloves, ultrasound waves and even electric shocks in order to simulate a sense of touch. This focus is arguably long overdue: current VR …
David Matthews, 26 Jan 2018

Amount of pixels needed to make VR less crap may set your PC on fire

Put on a virtual reality headset and it's hard to believe that your visual system is being stretched beyond its limit. Individual pixels are still visible and the narrow field of view makes it feel like you're wearing ski googles. Yet even now VR bombards our visual system with more information than it can process. Engineers …
David Matthews, 16 Jan 2018
Man uses virtual reality goggles on toilet

Unreal, man: Amazon pitches new 3D VR kit at dev newbies

Amazon announced a preview for its new AR, VR and 3D app editing and hosting service, Sumerian, today. It is hoping new augmented and virtual reality web developers will pick its new cloud-based platform over Unity3D and Unreal Engine. The blog post boasts that you can make apps "with ease" and "don’t need any 3D graphics or …
Andrew Silver, 27 Nov 2017
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Mythbuster seeks cash for roller skates to wear in virtual reality

Former Mythbuster Jamie Hyneman is seeking US$50,000 to build a prototype pair of roller skates to wear in virtual reality. Hyneman's pitch video points out that when one straps on goggles and gloves to enter virtual reality, your eyes are occupied and you therefore run the risk of bumping into stuff if you try to walk in …
VMware VR data centre experience

VMware open sources VR overlay for vSphere

VIDEOS VMware has open-sourced a “VR Data Center Experience” that puts a virtual reality overlay over its vSphere product, to give you a virtual view of virtual machines. The company first demonstrated this code at VMworld Europe, after it was whipped up at an earlier hackfest. The tool attempts to replicate vSphere functions as …
Microsoft Kinect hardware

VR-bonkers Microsoft yanks plug out of Kinect

Microsoft has ended production of Kinect, its motion-tracking games controller. The Redmond giant confirmed today the gadget, originally pitched as an add-on for the Xbox 360 console and later bundled with the Xbox One, will no longer be manufactured, bringing an end to the sometimes wobbly player-sensing platform. The Windows …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Oct 2017
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in VR

Zuck shows Virtual Empathy by visiting Puerto Rico in VR

Updated Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has visited Puerto Rico in virtual reality. The timing of his virtual visit isn't entirely altruistic: Facebook's VR conference, Oculus Connect 4, kicks off on Wednesday US time. Zuck's video includes him saying he will “announce some stuff I am not going to announce now” at the conference. To …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Oct 2017

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