No Valve VR Updates At GDC But News Coming ‘In The Not Too Distant Future’

No Valve VR Updates At GDC But News Coming ‘In The Not Too Distant Future’

Valve Corporation employees are delivering updates during a presentation today at GDC about Steam features. The talk focuses on how new features and services in Valve’s Steam storefront got more people using it over the years.

Rift S Isn’t the Headset Fans Want, But Facebook Wagers It’s What Their Ecosystem Needs

Rift S Isn’t the Headset Fans Want, But Facebook Wagers It’s What Their Ecosystem Needs

While to some Oculus’ announcement of the Rift S represents the newest and best version of a good VR headset, to others it’s a far cry from what they hoped Oculus would be able to deliver three years after the first Rift.

Oculus is Considering an Over-ear Headphone Accessory for Rift S

Oculus is Considering an Over-ear Headphone Accessory for Rift S

Facebook’s head of VR product Nate Mitchell told Road to VR at the headset’s special GDC unveiling that the company was currently exploring the possibility of producing an aftermarket audio solution, something we suppose might work similarly to PSVR’s clip-on Mantis headphones from Bionik.

Alpina's 2019 AlpinerX hybrid gets style inspiration from Kickstarter backers

Alpina's 2019 AlpinerX hybrid gets style inspiration from Kickstarter backers

Speaking of the app - the company notes that it's been revamped for the new watches, with user information now displayed more clearly and their data analyzed in real-time in order to give feedback and suggestions for improvement.

VR Company Pixvana Announces a New Suite for Immersive Presentations

VR Company Pixvana Announces a New Suite for Immersive Presentations

Pixvana recently announced a new suite of VR business solutions called SPIN Guide. The tools allow for centralized control of large-scale immersive presentations. This allows an administrator to control the overall experience but gives individual users greater freedom to interact with the content.

Fossil's Archival Series pays homage to its past with a modern twist

Fossil's Archival Series pays homage to its past with a modern twist

It's not clear whether these watches will all be smartwatches running Wear OS , or whether they'll be more basic hybrids, but they will be smart in some way.

Oculus Rift S first look: It's not Rift 2, but it makes VR look and feel better

Oculus Rift S first look: It's not Rift 2, but it makes VR look and feel better

These new and improved controllers also comes with the Oculus Quest, the company's upcoming standalone headset. Oculus announced Quest last year, and the headset is also set for a Spring arrival for the same $399 price as the Rift S.

HP's high-res Reverb VR headset blows the screen door effect off its hinges

HP's high-res Reverb VR headset blows the screen door effect off its hinges

Gordon Mah Ung The controllers don't change for HP's Reverb, but the company has integrated Bluetooth into the headset to improve connection issues. Gordon Mah Ung HP's original Mixed Reality headset on the left, HP's new Reverb in the middle, and a Samsung Odyssey+ on the right.

Bitcoin Accepted as Payment Option by Major US Electronics Company

Bitcoin Accepted as Payment Option by Major US Electronics Company

Avnet’s decision to begin accepting bitcoin and bitcoin cash reflects an effort to make it easier for businesses to purchase goods and services from the company by giving clients one less challenge to worry about during the difficult work of bringing new products to market.

Rendered or real? Real-time ray tracing makes cars look convincingly realistic.

Rendered or real? Real-time ray tracing makes cars look convincingly realistic.

I had to guess which was the real car and which was made through a Unity ray-traced rendering. Real-time ray tracing — a rendering method that creates a virtual image by copying how light falls and interacts with images — makes for photorealistic images that are almost indistinguishable from the real thing.

HP ‘Reverb’ is the New High-res Headset on the Block, Starting at $600

HP ‘Reverb’ is the New High-res Headset on the Block, Starting at $600

It’s an even bigger leap in resolution from the first generation of consumer VR headsets, like Rift and Vive, which use 1,080 × 1,200 displays per-eye, giving Reverb 3.6 times the total number of pixels in those headsets.

Dyson's new backpack will measure London air quality

Dyson's new backpack will measure London air quality

The company has announced that it's building a backpack that will monitor the air children breathe as they go to and from school. We could see a future where it becomes easy for Dyson to make its sensors small enough to fit into a face mask, for instance.

How to Rein In Powerful Companies Without Ruining the US Tech Industry

How to Rein In Powerful Companies Without Ruining the US Tech Industry

Elizabeth Warren is running for the U.S. presidency, and one of her key campaign issues is to break up large technology companies to reduce their power. The problem is an imbalance of power between large tech companies and the U.S. government, caused in large part by several things.

OpenXR Standard Ratified, Microsoft, Oculus, & Others to Release First Implementations

OpenXR Standard Ratified, Microsoft, Oculus, & Others to Release First Implementations

The group today announced the ratification of OpenXR 0.9, a provisional version of the specification, which is now available for feedback from developers and implementers. Today the group announced the ratification and release of OpenXR 0.9, a provisional version meant for evaluation by developers and implementers in the industry.

Pimax to Launch Ruggedized “8K” VR Headsets for Business This Year

Pimax to Launch Ruggedized “8K” VR Headsets for Business This Year

Screen: CLPL (Customized low persistence liquid) Resolution: dual 3,840 × 2,160 MTP: <15ms Refresh Rate: 80 Hz, Brainwarp Support FOV: 200° (diagonal) Audio: 3.5mm audio jack, integrated microphone Connection: USB 2.0/3.0, DP 1.4 Sensor: SteamVR tracking, G-sensor, gyroscope, hand motion(Option) Fit: Adjustable headset strap/headband(Option)IPD adjustment, VR frame Content: SteamVR and Oculus Home GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti and AMD equivalent or above Pimax “5K” XR (previously BE) – $1,000.

Company Profile: High Fidelity – Connecting Virtual Reality to the Real World

Company Profile: High Fidelity – Connecting Virtual Reality to the Real World

Founded by the team that created Second Life, High Fidelity is an open-source platform that allows users to create and share virtual reality experiences. RYAN: Ideas for events come from both our community of users and from an internal team here at High Fidelity.

Revealed: Facebook’s global lobbying against data privacy laws

Revealed: Facebook’s global lobbying against data privacy laws

Facebook has targeted politicians around the world – including the former UK chancellor, George Osborne – promising investments and incentives while seeking to pressure them into lobbying on Facebook’s behalf against data privacy legislation, an explosive new leak of internal documents has revealed.

Google is shutting down its in-house VR film studio

Google is shutting down its in-house VR film studio

Google is shutting down its Emmy Award-winning VR film division, Spotlight Stories, after six years of building out content, Variety reports.

How to clean a Fitbit: Take care of your band and tracker with this guide

How to clean a Fitbit: Take care of your band and tracker with this guide

Elastomer bands The elastomer bands are the silicone-y ones that are generally shipped as the standard option, like with the Fitbit Charge 3 or the new Versa Lite Edition smartwatch.

Valve To Show ‘New Features And Updates’ For Steam And More At GDC

Valve To Show ‘New Features And Updates’ For Steam And More At GDC

Today a representative from Valve reached out to us about a talk the company is hosting at GDC to go over “new features and updates” regarding the Steam platform, multi-platform networking API, market analysis, and more.

Field of view: Apple continues to make moves on augmented reality smartglasses

Field of view: Apple continues to make moves on augmented reality smartglasses

Essentially acting in a similar way to your regular Netflix or Spotify subscription, Viveport Infinity gives users what the company calls "unrestricted access to the service's library of over 600 apps and games" and "exclusive membership benefits, such as the revamped Viveport Video application." The service will launch globally on 2 April and will either cost punters $12.99 or $99 for a year.

VR Theme Parks, Killer Eye-Tracking Apps, and AR Ads. Five XR need-to-knows for 2019.

VR Theme Parks, Killer Eye-Tracking Apps, and AR Ads. Five XR need-to-knows for 2019.

These companies, according to PWC , are always trying to diversify “beyond the dominating content categories of gaming and video to find new opportunities, especially in enterprise VR apps or venue-based VR experiences.” They’ll be joined by similar ventures like SPACES , backed by Comcast, and The Void , backed by Disney.

Google shutters its Spotlight Stories VR studio after six years

Google shutters its Spotlight Stories VR studio after six years

Over the past six years, the team worked on several projects helmed by Oscar-winning directors. Google reportedly invested significant amounts of money into Stories projects over the years, but the company must have decided that its investments haven't been paying off.

Adam Orth: Risk is the 'price of admission for developing' in VR

Adam Orth: Risk is the 'price of admission for developing' in VR

While he says that Quest is the main platform for his project, he also has interest in location-based experiences (LBEs), like VR arcades. Source: PlayStation “I think the thing about VR, the LBE, in the home, mobile, what ever, the thing about it is that VR is unfairly maligned because consumers don't really understand it,” Orth says.

Facebook Shows Off Research Aiming to Deliver Truly Realistic Avatars

Facebook Shows Off Research Aiming to Deliver Truly Realistic Avatars

Facebook Reality Labs (FRL) chief scientist Michael Abrash believes AR and VR will be the primary way people work, play, and connect in the future. Abrash today revealed in a blog post more about the company’s research surrounding lifelike avatars, something undertaken by the Pittsburgh branch of the company’s skunkworks, Facebook Reality Labs.

Google Fit's new low-power GPS mode will save you some battery life

Google Fit's new low-power GPS mode will save you some battery life

The Mountain View company also tells Wareable that the low power GPS mode only works in a specific situation: You must be using Google Fit to actively track a workout and be disconnected from your paired smartphone.

Garmin Marq first look: Luxury sports watch wants to live with the Tags and Breitlings

Garmin Marq first look: Luxury sports watch wants to live with the Tags and Breitlings

It didn’t have the best feature set and on the business side we probably threw it out there not knowing how it was going to sell." Despite the failings of the Chronos, it, along with Garmin's Connect platform and the Fenix and Forerunner ranges, form the legacy that helped bring the Marq to life.

Numbers Speak Louder Than Words: AR/VR Ads Outperform 2D Ads

Numbers Speak Louder Than Words: AR/VR Ads Outperform 2D Ads

A Critical Analysis of Immersive Ads per Type and Industry The findings are available in a detailed report published by OmniVirt. The company created a wide range of immersive and interactive ads last year: These ads promoted products and services from various industries.

Down the Rabbit Hole of Political Intolerance in Silicon Valley

Down the Rabbit Hole of Political Intolerance in Silicon Valley

His second book, The History of The Future —which was published on February 19—chronicles the dramatic, larger-than-life true story behind the founding of Oculus, and its quest for virtual reality, and the company’s $3 billion acquisition by Facebook.

Withings Sleep can now help you identify the signs of sleep apnea

Withings Sleep can now help you identify the signs of sleep apnea

Withings is essentially using breathing disturbances as a way to educate Sleep users about the signs of sleep apnea, as the company is working toward medical certification for sleep apnea detection by the end of the year.

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