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Oculus Rift

Boffins bork motion control gear with the power of applied sound

A group of university researchers have developed a way to remotely control motion-sensing devices using only sound waves. The study [PDF], authored by Yazhou Tu and Xiali Hei of University of Louisiana Lafayette, Zhiqiang Lin of Ohio State University, and Insup Lee of University of Pennsylvania, found that embedded sensors and …
Shaun Nichols, 28 Aug 2018
Magic Leap Teardown

Teardown chaps strip away magic from Magic Leap's nerd goggles

Screwdriver botherers at iFixit have turned their attention to the hugely hyped and hugely late Magic Leap One headset and reduced it to its component parts. The Magic Leap One mixed-reality headset purports to "free your mind" while also freeing your wallet of a hefty $2,295. Sadly, while it succeeds at the latter, it has …
Richard Speed, 23 Aug 2018
VR

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
Wielding the magic wand. Photo by Shutterstock

Review: Magic Leap and Fantasy Funding Fiasco

Comment Performance art company Magic Leap has astonished and wowed critics with its latest outing: a $500m funding round. Having built a tremendous amount of buzz by teasing the tech world with a gloriously satirical video in which the company's founder Rony Abovitz used global soft focus and "inspiring voiceover" to talk about the …
Kieren McCarthy, 19 Oct 2017
Alex Kipman demos a VR headset for reporters

Microsoft shows off Windows 10 Second Li, er, Mixed Reality

With the release of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update just two weeks away, Microsoft showcased on Tuesday more of the virtual-reality headset support that will be bundled with the software upgrade. Alex Kipman, a technical fellow with Redmond's operating system group, demonstrated for El Reg and other assembled tech hacks a …
Shaun Nichols, 4 Oct 2017
WiFi outage

RIP wireless laptop docks as Intel bins WiGig parts

Intel has issued “Product Change Notifications” for several WiGig products it used to make wireless laptop docks. Chipzilla's interest in WiGig laptop docks was a classic Intel attempt to cook up a product that needs its silicon on the client and in peripherals, in the hope that PC-building partners would popularise the result …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Sep 2017

Mega VR roundup: Lots happening in the virtual and real worlds

Every year for the past ten years has been the one when virtual reality will finally break out. Based on the pace and number of recent announcements, it looks as though that time has finally come – well, will soon come. Probably in 2018, maybe. Earlier this month, HTC matched a $200 price cut in its high-end Vive system to …
VR

Varjo promises Oculus-killing VR/AR, but is it the next Magic Leap?

A Finnish startup reckons it has stolen the march on Oculus and other mixed reality forms with a headset capable of both virtual and augmented reality and with a resolution that's on a par with the human eye. Dubbed Varjo Technologies, the Finnish startup has just 19 employees – including many ex-Nokia folks – and a smidgen of …
Iain Thomson, 19 Jun 2017

Roses are red, you're feeling blue, 'cos no one wants to watch VR telly with you

It's a question that has long concerned us all: when you're at home watching TV on your VR headset, how do you avoid that sense that if someone looked in the window, you might appear to be the saddest individual on the planet? Well, worry no longer because Hulu has taken up Mark Zuckerberg's widely mocked offer of "social VR" …
Kieren McCarthy, 14 Feb 2017
Anger

PS4 Pro woes: Random display blackouts caught on camera

Video A video of the PlayStation 4 blackout has been captured by a Register reader, shedding more light on the console's mysterious display failures. Reg reader John made the video, in which he captured footage of him turning his TV off and on to show there is no link between the telly's own power routines and the console's. "It is …
Gareth Corfield, 26 Jan 2017

Reg straps on goggles from upstart that wants to 'democratize' VR

A Silicon Valley startup is hoping to get ahead of the rapidly moving VR market with software that offers what companies have been chasing for the past few years: inside-out tracking. Eonite Perception has released what it claims is the most-accurate and lowest-latency solution for cameras attached to a VR device, with …
Kieren McCarthy, 12 Jan 2017

Microsoft's Neon project to redesign Windows for nerd goggles – reports

Microsoft is allegedly revising its Windows 10 design language to embrace the brave new world of virtual reality viewed through techno-spectacles. Having first annoyed desktop PC users by forcing them to use a phone UI (Windows 8), and then annoyed phone users by forcing them to use a desktop UI (Windows 10 Mobile), perhaps …
Andrew Orlowski, 28 Nov 2016
Google Cardboard I/O 2015

Google gobbles startup that claims its tech is like a mind reader (gulp)

Not content to track people's activities online, Google plans to read their minds. On Monday, Eyefluence, a three-year-old startup that develops eye-interaction software for virtual reality and augmented reality applications, said it is joining Google. "With our forces combined, we will continue to advance eye-interaction …
Thomas Claburn, 25 Oct 2016

2016 has been a garbage fire. But 2017's looking up – there'll be loads of IPOs, beams Intel

Pretty much everyone can agree that 2016 has been awful all round, but hey here's something we can look forward come January 1: 2017 is going to be the year of new tech IPOs, according to the CEO of Intel's venture capital arm. Giving the keynote at the Intel Capital Global Summit in San Diego, Wendell Brooks was bullish about …
Kieren McCarthy, 24 Oct 2016

Intel throws the ball long with sports, VR and IoT cash injections

Intel has launched a new group to cozy up to pro-sports, aimed at working with the major leagues to introduce the next wave of technology from virtual reality to data analytics, tracking and image capture. The new Intel Sports Group was announced Monday by Wendell Brooks, president of Intel's venture capital arm, Intel Capital …
Kieren McCarthy, 24 Oct 2016
LeSEE

China's LeEco eyes up US, takes on, er, Apple, Samsung, Netflix, Tesla

Pics Chinese tech maker LeEco (pronounced Le Echo) has made its entrance into the US market – with a lavish press conference in San Francisco that showed the Middle Kingdom isn't afraid to take on some of the biggest names in technology. The giant unveiled a high-spec smartphone that massively undercuts rivals Apple, Samsung, and …
Iain Thomson, 19 Oct 2016
Bemused attendees trying out VR at the Samsung Galaxy S7 launch

Think virtual reality is just about games? Think again, friend

With the launch of PlayStation's VR headset, we are clearly entering a brave new world of virtual reality – everything from the low-end Google Daydream to the far-too-expensive Oculus Rift. But while interest has been focused on the gaming possibilities, an undercurrent of filmmakers has started exploring the storytelling …
Kieren McCarthy, 18 Oct 2016
Hank Scorpio from The Simpsons

Microsoft splashes Virtual Reality-slinging 'Scorpio' Xbox

Microsoft has unveiled its entry into the VR gaming space with a souped-up Xbox One console dubbed "Project Scorpio." Set for release in late 2017, Redmond says that the VR-ready model will be on shelves in time for the holiday shopping season. Though Microsoft is not providing many details on the new Xbox, the company says …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Jun 2016

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