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.

Augmented Reality From the Driver's Seat, and More Car News This Week

Augmented Reality From the Driver's Seat, and More Car News This Week

But Lyft and Aptiv say the experiment has helped them discover how people use and react to self-driving vehicles—information both companies may be able to use once the technology is ready to lose that pesky human.

Kobe Bryant, an Unforgiving Innovator of the NBA

Kobe Bryant, an Unforgiving Innovator of the NBA

The former all-star shooting guard of the Los Angeles Lakers was among nine people, including his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, who died in a helicopter crash on Sunday in Calabasas, California.

The Real Genius of Love Island Is Its Money-Making App

The Real Genius of Love Island Is Its Money-Making App

“The Love Island app has found success due to a perfect combination of factors, including an ideal target demographic and the event culture of the show that inspires appointment viewing and voting,” says Rebecca McGrath, senior media analyst at Mintel.

Depth of Field: When Photographs Turn the Real Into the Surreal

Depth of Field: When Photographs Turn the Real Into the Surreal

Still, I find myself drawn to the photo because, just like that mind-expanding spring night in LA, it asks me to suspend reality and step into the surreal.

Facebook's Latest Purchase Gets Inside Users' Heads—Literally

Facebook's Latest Purchase Gets Inside Users' Heads—Literally

The startup it purchased is CTRL-Labs (pronounced “Control” labs), a four-year-old company that uses a mix of machine learning and neuroscience to allow people to manipulate computer interfaces simply by brainpower.“It captures your intention so you can share a photo with a friend using an imperceptible movement or just by, well, intending to,” says Facebook’s VP of AR/VR Andrew Bosworth in a statement about the company’s new toy.

Adam Savage’s New VR App Lets You Visit Maker Workshops

Adam Savage’s New VR App Lets You Visit Maker Workshops

It’s a partnership between Oculus and Adam Savage’s Tested, an online platform for showcasing the work of Savage and other creative makers and their workshops.In each video, the maker guides the viewer through their creative process.

Snap Bets Its Future on a Stylish New Pair of Spectacles

Snap Bets Its Future on a Stylish New Pair of Spectacles

Snap Bets Its Future on a Stylish New Pair of Spectacles.For Snap, the maker of the ephemeral messaging app Snapchat, it's preparing by making a new pair of sunglasses: Spectacles 3.This isn’t Snap’s first rodeo.

Want to Know the Real Future of AR/VR? Ask Their Devs

Want to Know the Real Future of AR/VR? Ask Their Devs

"Our main goal is to get a sense of the temperature of the industry, which spans from hobbyists and students to professionals working on big-budget projects," says Alex Wawro, an editor at XRDC and Gamasutra who has been involved with the annual survey since it began in 2016.While the pool of respondents is larger this year than ever before, the status quo remains unchanged in some ways.

The Otherworldliness of the Democratic Presidential Debates

The Otherworldliness of the Democratic Presidential Debates

What unfolds before us, to quote Susan Murray and Laura Ouelette in 2008's Reality TV: Remaking Television Culture, "is an unstable text that encourages viewers to test out their own notions of the real, the ordinary, and the intimate against the representation before them.".

Strap on Your Exoskeleton and Dance, Dance, Dance

Strap on Your Exoskeleton and Dance, Dance, Dance

And of course, there were the dancing robots, which anyone attending the Gray Area Festival could sign up to physically merge with. "When humans first started making art, with the earliest examples we have in the caves of Chauvet and Lascaux—those were completely immersive and site-specific art experiences," says Threw.

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.

My Day at the Reality of Climate Change Hackathon

My Day at the Reality of Climate Change Hackathon

In fact, it was a whole new twist on the concept of “reality” and the ways technology could transform how people experience and therefore respond – and take action – to confront the global reality check of all reality checks: climate change.

Disney's New Lion King Is the VR-Fueled Future of Cinema

Disney's New Lion King Is the VR-Fueled Future of Cinema

Overhead on a metal truss, a matrix of 3D sensors tracks the signals and translates the viewfinders’ positions back into VR.In order to block out a scene, the filmmakers would put on their headsets and figure out exactly where the cameras and lights would go to best capture the action, using handheld controllers to move the virtual equipment around like chess pieces.

Neal Stephenson's Latest Book Dodges Its Scariest Premise

Neal Stephenson's Latest Book Dodges Its Scariest Premise

That road, in usual Stephenson fashion, includes a wealth of concepts that help flesh out the near future of Fall —the one outside of Bitworld, at least.

'Game of Thrones': A Battle of Reality Versus Fantasy

'Game of Thrones': A Battle of Reality Versus Fantasy

Before watching the final episodes, I cherished the hope that perhaps the dragons and zombies would just kill each other off, and leave Cersei Lannister on the Iron Throne, where she could use her mastery of politics, finance, and science to usher in a new golden age for the Seven Kingdoms.

Gadget Lab Podcast: Breaking Down Microsoft Build and Google I/O

Gadget Lab Podcast: Breaking Down Microsoft Build and Google I/O

You can also download an app like Overcast or Pocket Casts and search for Gadget Lab. If you use Android, find us in the Google Play Music app by tapping here.

Everything Big Google Announced at I/O Today

Everything Big Google Announced at I/O Today

A few other on-phone features: Personal References lets Google Assistant better understand what you mean when you say “What’s the weather like at Mom’s house” or “Show me pictures of my son.” And Driving Mode pulls up a personalized dashboard designed for when you’re in the car.

Tesla Raises Money, Drones Get Certified, and More Car News This Week

Tesla Raises Money, Drones Get Certified, and More Car News This Week

Tesla Raises Money, Drones Get Certified, and More Car News This Week. This week, Tesla shares took a much-needed hop as the company announced an effort to raise a small mountain of capital to keep the electric carmaker climbing.

Star Wars Fans Know Nostalgia Well. It’s Time to Build a Future

Star Wars Fans Know Nostalgia Well. It’s Time to Build a Future

Now, though, with plans for future movies still uncertain and the new Disney+ Star Wars series set well before the latest trilogy, I'm thinking maybe I was wrong.

Why I Love My Teeny Tiny Knock-Off Nokia

Why I Love My Teeny Tiny Knock-Off Nokia

Last week, I went to the cell phone store across the street from my apartment in Brooklyn to purchase a SIM card for Baby, after one from AT&T failed to work with the device.

Rami Malek Is Your New Villain ... Bond Villain

Rami Malek Is Your New Villain ... Bond Villain

Rami Malek's new Bond villain is still unnamed, as is the new Bond movie. Also, Avengers: Endgame is coming for everyone's last coin, and Captain Marvel is pretty good at virtual reality. Rami Malek Is Your New Bond Villain.

Film Festivals like Tribeca Move to Make Virtual Reality a Marquee Event

Film Festivals like Tribeca Move to Make Virtual Reality a Marquee Event

Many of the interactive presentations at this year's Tribeca Film Festival, like The Collider (above), are augmented or virtual reality experiences meant for more than one person.

Why I've Never Mixed Weed With Virtual Reality

Why I've Never Mixed Weed With Virtual Reality

Jaron Lanier , the father of modern virtual reality, famously eschews all drugs, but in his 2017 memoir, Dawn of the New Everything , he spends a bit of time exploring the parallels between VR and a famous psychedelic: VR is sometimes compared to LSD, but VR users can share a world objectively, even if it is fantastical, while LSD users cannot.

The Stunning Loneliness of Megacities at Night

The Stunning Loneliness of Megacities at Night

Roufanis, who earned his undergraduate degree in civil engineering, came to believe that the way large metropolises like London are designed is partly responsible for why people feel so lonely in them.

Sea Levels Are Rising. Time to Build ... Floating Cities?

Sea Levels Are Rising. Time to Build ... Floating Cities?

That same year, Blue Frontiers and the Seasteading Institute signed an “exploratory memorandum of understanding” with the government of French Polynesia to develop the concept of a floating city, described by Quirk as a “start up country,” near the island.

How The Matrix Built a Bullet-Proof Legacy

How The Matrix Built a Bullet-Proof Legacy

That movie would be a modest hit upon release late in 1997, but at the time of the Matrix casting, Reeves wasn't high on the studio's wish list for Neo. According to di Bonaventura, the role had been passed on by Will Smith (who wanted to make Wild Wild West ), Brad Pitt (who'd just been through Seven Years in Tibet ), and Leonardo DiCaprio (who didn't want to do another special effects movie after Titanic ).

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.

The Alien Overlords of Captive State Might Be Coming—for Us

The Alien Overlords of Captive State Might Be Coming—for Us

It’s as Rafe expresses to Gabriel at one point: “You gotta pick a side.” The great trick of Captive State , however, is that allegiances are not entirely what they appear to be.

Facebook Can Make VR Avatars Look—and Move—Exactly Like You

Facebook Can Make VR Avatars Look—and Move—Exactly Like You

(They've since moved to a larger space on the Carnegie Mellon campus, with plans to expand again in the next year or two.) Codec Avatars, as Facebook Reality Labs calls them, are the result of a process that uses machine learning to collect, learn, and re-create human social expression.