How Video Game Historians Resurrected Sega's Lost VR Headset

How Video Game Historians Resurrected Sega's Lost VR Headset

Like digital-age necromancers, Video Game History Foundation director Frank Cifaldi and head of digital conservation Rich Whitehouse resurrected Sega VR, emulating it along with the Sega VR game Nuclear Rush on a modern Vive VR headset.Frank Cifaldi, Video Game History Foundation.

Birds that Carry Lit Candles & The Importance of Avian Innovation

Birds that Carry Lit Candles & The Importance of Avian Innovation

It may seem like a bit of conjecture – avian innovations resulting in species longevity – but Simon Ducatez, a post-doctoral researcher in Barcelona and McGill University and Louis Lefebvre, a Canadian professor of biology at McGill, have arrived at the conclusion scientifically.

VR Is Here to Help With Our New Reality

VR Is Here to Help With Our New Reality

When the outbreak ebbs, we can go back to edge-casing disabled people and other WFHers into social isolation with inaccessible events and work spaces by simply returning to the office, gym, and club as fast as possible.

146 New Vulnerabilities All Come Preinstalled on Android Phones

146 New Vulnerabilities All Come Preinstalled on Android Phones

“We wanted to understand how easy it is for someone to be able to penetrate the device without the user downloading an application,” says Kryptowire CEO Angelos Stavrou.

At Oculus Connect, VR Is Still Living in 'the Good Old Days'

At Oculus Connect, VR Is Still Living in 'the Good Old Days'

After mentioning Facebook's recent acquisition of brain-control interface company CTRL-Labs, Zuckerberg unveiled the other thing he seemed most excited about: a new form of social VR called Horizon.

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.

How Painter Alexa Meade Creates Dimension-Collapsing Art

How Painter Alexa Meade Creates Dimension-Collapsing Art

Because when I photographed it, my friend looked like he was a two-dimensional painting," says Meade.Then, because Meade loves to play with layers of perception, she's painting her version of the depth map back onto the installation.Watch the video above to learn more about Meade's meta work.

Shell Leads Big Oil in the Race to Invest in Clean Energy

Shell Leads Big Oil in the Race to Invest in Clean Energy

Oil companies have done about 70 deals in sectors including solar, wind and biofuels so far this year, already close to surpassing the total for the whole of 2018, according to the report.

Blow Out Your Knee? Hope Your Surgeon's Got a VR Headset

Blow Out Your Knee? Hope Your Surgeon's Got a VR Headset

In a pilot study conducted at UCLA and presented recently at a meeting of orthopedic surgeons, medical students who practiced a common procedure in VR significantly outperformed those who used conventional preparation methods.

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.

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.

Who’s Listening When You Talk to Your Google Assistant?

Who’s Listening When You Talk to Your Google Assistant?

Verheyden says he gained access to the file and more than 1,000 others from a Google contractor who is part of a worldwide workforce paid to review some audio captured by the assistant from devices including smart speakers, phones, and security cameras.

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.

Facebook Wants to Know Who You Want to Sleep With, and More News

Facebook Wants to Know Who You Want to Sleep With, and More News

Facebook wants to know which of your friends you'd like to date, there's a new wireless VR headset, and we're teaching you how to land a plane in an emergency. At Facebook's developer conference, the company announced a new feature: Secret Crush .

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.

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.

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.

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.

Meet Romania's Very Internet-Savvy Witch Community

Meet Romania's Very Internet-Savvy Witch Community

Using social media to livestream rituals or to video chat with clients for fortune readings, witch entrepreneurs are better able to grow their business using self-referential devices (clothing, jewelry, idols) to effectively market the storied mysticism of Roma women to searching souls.

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.

Nintendo Labo Gets a Cheap VR Kit

Nintendo Labo Gets a Cheap VR Kit

This week's videogame news includes a, um, battle royale between Fortnite and Apex Legends , another weird gaffe by Steam, and Nintendo sneaking a big surprise into an unassuming package.

Best Cheap PS4 and PS4 Pro Deals and Bundles (Spring 2019)

Best Cheap PS4 and PS4 Pro Deals and Bundles (Spring 2019)

We Dug Up the Best PS4 Console Bundles and Deals Nintendo's Switch may be the rising star of the gaming scene, but make no mistake, Sony's PlayStation 4 is the biggest console in the world—nothing else comes close. PSVR Deals and Bundles Sony Our favorite accessory for the PS4 is the PlayStation VR.

HTC Goes All-In on Easy-to-Use VR, But Not For Everyone

HTC Goes All-In on Easy-to-Use VR, But Not For Everyone

HTC Goes All-In on Easy-to-Use VR, But Not For Everyone Ahead of Mobile World Congress, the company announced the Vive Focus Plus, a new headset that seems to have it all—but is aimed squarely at the enterprise market.

Would You Pay $6,000 For Vision-Quality VR?

Would You Pay $6,000 For Vision-Quality VR?

The first time I saw the Helsinki company’s prototype headset, nearly two years ago, it was little more than a kludge: an Oculus Rift that Varjo had rigged to project an ultra-high-resolution micro display into the center of my field of view.

Inside the Alexa-Friendly World of Wikidata

Inside the Alexa-Friendly World of Wikidata

The connections forged between nuggets of knowledge in Wikidata allow computers to answer complex questions in fractions of a second, without having to trawl through multiple web pages or databases.

IMAX Ditched VR—but Big Theaters Are Buying In

IMAX Ditched VR—but Big Theaters Are Buying In

IMAX Ditched VR—but Big Theaters Are Buying In Cinemark is the latest chain to dip a toe into the deepest water of the VR pool: high-end "free roam" experiences like Terminator Salvation: Fight For the Future.

At Sundance, Virtual Reality Filmmakers Are Evolving Beyond VR

At Sundance, Virtual Reality Filmmakers Are Evolving Beyond VR

At Sundance, Virtual Reality Filmmakers Are Evolving Beyond VR The New Frontier program at this year's Sundance Film Festival—typically a bellwether of what's to come in filmmaking—saw an influx of augmented and mixed reality projects this year.

Chevron Phillips Chemical Joins New Global Alliance Against Plastic Waste

Chevron Phillips Chemical Joins New Global Alliance Against Plastic Waste

The 25 current members include manufacturers, consumer goods companies, retailers, converters and waste management firms, along with leaders in government and intergovernmental organizations “Compared to alternatives like glass and steel, plastics provide dramatic reductions in energy use, material consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, but it’s time to solve the problem of plastic waste in our environment and oceans,” concluded Lashier.