HTC Has 4 New VR Headsets, All of Them Modular

HTC Has 4 New VR Headsets, All of Them Modular

HTC unveiled a new slate of virtual reality headsets today: the Cosmos, Cosmos Play, Cosmos Elite, and Cosmos XR.The four new devices are the successors to last year's PC-driven Vive Cosmos headset, and they share much of the same technology found in the original Cosmos.

How to Enable Dark Mode on All Your Apps and Devices

How to Enable Dark Mode on All Your Apps and Devices

As on macOS, there are three options to pick from: You can choose between the Light and Dark options, or turn the Automatic toggle switch on to have the setting shift based on the time of day.

Today's Cartoon: Comparison Shopping

Today's Cartoon: Comparison Shopping

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A Weekend at Concours d'Lemons, the World's Worst Car Show

A Weekend at Concours d'Lemons, the World's Worst Car Show

There are oddities like the Yugo–the worst car ever made–so poorly engineered it’s had more of a life as a punchline than a vehicle.If you like cars that never should have never been made, then Concours d’Lemons is a feast for your trash-loving eyes.

Release the Kratom: Inside America's Hottest New Drug Culture

Release the Kratom: Inside America's Hottest New Drug Culture

News about a plant called kratom kept popping up in her social media feeds, alongside claims that consuming it would help her break free of addiction.However, after finding kratom in the systems of dozens of people who have died of drug overdoses, the federal government has been considering a total ban.

Mind Control for the Masses—No Implant Needed

Mind Control for the Masses—No Implant Needed

His startup, NextMind, makes a non-invasive neural interface that sits on the back of one’s head, and translates brain waves into data that can be used to control compatible software.

Nike's Victory Swimsuit Steals Tricks From Fish Gills

Nike's Victory Swimsuit Steals Tricks From Fish Gills

To offer something for everybody else, Nike is adding a mix-and-match set of the Swim Hijab [$40], Swim Tunic with built-in sports bra [$70], and Swim Leggings [$68] to its modest swimwear collection.

The Tao of Goo: Lessons From a Slime Workshop

The Tao of Goo: Lessons From a Slime Workshop

Katie Anstett, a 16-year-old slime-trepreneur of Instagram fame, guided newbies as they shaped their own goo, as part of the workshop hosted by WIRED's Louise Matsakis.

How Ultra-Flexible Teens Turned ‘Tricking’ Into a Sport

How Ultra-Flexible Teens Turned ‘Tricking’ Into a Sport

To add that extra twist, Guthrie needed to find a way to spin faster than any tricker before him.It's a setup maneuver that trickers use to line up their bodies for more ambitious tricks, the way a gymnast might use handsprings .

Big's Backyard Ultra and the Rise of Women Endurance Stars

Big's Backyard Ultra and the Rise of Women Endurance Stars

On Monday evening, Maggie Guterl and Will Hayward set out for the 60th time on a 4-mile loop through the hickory-covered hills of central Tennessee.It was dark and rainy on day three of the Big’s Backyard Ultra, a running race of fiendish design.

The NFL's Helmet Tests Are Brainless

The NFL's Helmet Tests Are Brainless

So it’s not surprising that the NFL's helmet testing and ranking has had no discernable impact on the incidence of concussions (to say nothing of the incidence of clinically silent injury, which hasn’t been measured at all).

Why the PG&E Blackouts Spared California's Big Tech HQs

Why the PG&E Blackouts Spared California's Big Tech HQs

Wara says they tend to be built to higher standards, making them less prone to wind damage.“The lines in the South Bay where the tech headquarters are, like in Mountain View and Santa Clara County, are [surrounded by] wide open space—there's basically no vegetation.

To Compete With Mattress Startups, Tempur Sealy Plugs Into Data

To Compete With Mattress Startups, Tempur Sealy Plugs Into Data

Murray, who admits to being a snorer himself, says Sleeptracker uses technology to help people in two ways: “through information, at a time when people are craving that, and by helping them to automatically sleep better when they’re in bed.” He hopes that it will earn the company a new cohort of snore-free, easy-sleeping customers.

Comic-Con's Batman VR Experience Soars—While Others Fall Flat

Comic-Con's Batman VR Experience Soars—While Others Fall Flat

Virtual reality has been a mainstay at the convention for some time now, but AR hasn't—and with new mixed-reality wearables coming to market since the last Comic-Con, I could think of a dozen ways that the anticipated show could leverage the technology.

A Feline Anatomy Expert Weighs In on That Cats Trailer

A Feline Anatomy Expert Weighs In on That Cats Trailer

It’s more that I was just struck that they’re just cat ears: They’re upright, they’re triangular, they mostly face forward, and they’re perched more toward the top of the head, versus the sides of the head like humans are or even some breeds of dogs.

Most of the Google Walkout Organizers Have Left the Company

Most of the Google Walkout Organizers Have Left the Company

Four of the seven Google employees who organized a 20,000-person walkout in November have resigned from the company, including two women who claimed Google retaliated against them for their internal activism.

Amazon Is Making a Lord of the Rings MMO Game

Amazon Is Making a Lord of the Rings MMO Game

Famously, it had a major foray into the massively multiplayer world with The Lord of the Rings Online , a game that launched in 2007 and remains a cult favorite to this day for its expansive, detailed approach to living inside Middle-earth.

Apple’s New iOS 13, a Mars Survival Course, and More News

Apple’s New iOS 13, a Mars Survival Course, and More News

Apple's iOS 13 is ready for public testing; a space camp is teaching students how to survive on Mars; and we've got some bike helmet suggestions for summer. Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.

The Life and Viral Fame of Virginia's Two-Headed Snake

The Life and Viral Fame of Virginia's Two-Headed Snake

"After about 48 hours of that madness, I was like, I'm done, " says state herpetologist John D. "All forms of life deserve respect and the right to live," Wallach says.

Radiohead Gets ‘Hacked,’ a T-Mobile/Sprint Hiccup, and More News

Radiohead Gets ‘Hacked,’ a T-Mobile/Sprint Hiccup, and More News

Radiohead Gets ‘Hacked,’ a T-Mobile/Sprint Hiccup, and More News. Radiohead owned some hackers, the T-Mobile/Sprint merger runs into some hiccups, and a Swedish mining town is being picked up and moved. So their state-owned mining operation decided to move the city instead.

Radiohead Dropped 18 Hours of Unreleased Music to Screw Pirates

Radiohead Dropped 18 Hours of Unreleased Music to Screw Pirates

On Tuesday, Radiohead guitarist and composer Jonny Greenwood made an announcement on Twitter and Facebook: The band had been "hacked," and the perpetrator attempted a $150,000 shakedown to prevent the public release of the files.

Best Toothbrush Subscription Services (2019): Quip, Shyn, Goby, Burst

Best Toothbrush Subscription Services (2019): Quip, Shyn, Goby, Burst

$60 gets you a brush with a single head, carrying case, and charger—plus a subscription that sends a new head every two or three months for $5 a pop.

How Red Bull's Aerobatic Helicopter Flies Wild Stunts Over NYC

How Red Bull's Aerobatic Helicopter Flies Wild Stunts Over NYC

The Red Bull Aerobatic Helicopter is an MBB BO-105, a multipurpose light-twin-engine German model introduced in 1970 and known for a “hingeless” rotor design that gives it high maneuverability, fast climb performance, and the ability to pull some crazy tricks.

As Social VR Grows, Users Are the Ones Building Its Worlds

As Social VR Grows, Users Are the Ones Building Its Worlds

When Rec Room launched in the summer of 2016, it didn't feel like a platform for social virtual reality as much as it did a collection of mini-games.

Happy May the 4th! Deals on Star Wars Gear, Macs, and More

Happy May the 4th! Deals on Star Wars Gear, Macs, and More

Star Wars Battlefront 2 —Xbox One—for $8 ($17 off): This story-driven shooter game already offered a lot of bang for your buck, even before this discount.

Riding a Scooter? Protect Your Head

Riding a Scooter? Protect Your Head

“A helmet is recommended for safety in riding a scooter or a bicycle,” says Marissa Monroy, the city transportation department’s communications head, though she notes no city rules require riders to do so.

Not Even the Avengers Know Who All the Avengers Are

Not Even the Avengers Know Who All the Avengers Are

On their recent press tour, WIRED asked Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Okoye (Danai Gurira), War Machine (Don Cheadle), and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) to name their compatriots and the results were … not exactly spot-on.

VR’s True Innovation Isn’t Technological, It’s Human

VR’s True Innovation Isn’t Technological, It’s Human

They're self-contained, so you're not attached by a cable to a computer or game console; they track themselves in space, obviating the external sensors required on earlier systems and freeing you to move about in VR just as you move in real life, with a range limited only by your physical environment; and they extend the headset's “six degrees of freedom” to the hand controllers as well, allowing for realistic use of virtual objects like swords and flashlights.

Oculus Takes One Giant Half-Step With the 'Rift S' Headset

Oculus Takes One Giant Half-Step With the 'Rift S' Headset

It was expensive ($599 at the time), required a high-powered PC to run it (another $1,000 or more), lacked hand controllers (the Oculus Touch would come out later that year), and delivered immersion at the price of external sensors that needed to be set up just so around the room.

HP’s New Reverb VR Headset Bumps Up the Resolution

HP’s New Reverb VR Headset Bumps Up the Resolution

HP’s New Reverb VR Headset Bumps Up the Resolution HP Back in 2017, HP released its first virtual reality headset. Those are the kinds of apps I used when I tried on the new Reverb, which again has support for Microsoft’s Windows Mixed Reality platform, as well as Steam VR.