Posts tagged with: virtual reality
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    Traditional computers are dead dying, tablets have gone out of style, smartphones are starting to stagnate due to saturation, and smartwatches remain “a category waiting for a market”, lacking a clear focus and compelling use cases. Unsurprisingly therefore, everybody in the tech business is scouting for the “next big thing”, which many analysts seem to believe lies in virtual or augmented reality. Enter Google Glass, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Microsoft HoloLens, and… nothing from Apple? That’s sure odd, although Cupertino’s made it a habit of very carefully exploring the ...

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    After a (way too) long waiting period, Samsung has finally decided to spread the wearable love to the all-important Indian market, which also only got the Apple Watch back in November. The Tizen-powered Gear S2 is obviously not as affordable in India as it’s recently become on American and British shores, but it’s considerably cheaper than the entry-level “iWatch” configuration, and that may go a long way in securing it a regional mainstream audience. Even the stylish Samsung Gear S2 Classic is priced lower than an Apple Watch Sport, at Rs 25,800, compared to around 31,000 rupees. ...

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    Last week, we took a look at the future of mobile tech. Specifically, we talked about Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality and how they compared to each other. Now, it’s time to talk about two specific devices that are pioneering those frontiers – Microsoft’s HoloLens and the HTC’s Vive Pre. You may remember our HTC Vive Pre hands-on video from CES. Though I only made a brief appearance in that video, I was wearing a great hat, and I did also have a chance to demo the Vive Pre. I also was fortunate enough to test out the Microsoft HoloLens a few months back. So we decided to pit ...

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    There are two kinds of tech gossip. The good kind, where a fumbling giant is tipped to score a paramount partnership for its eventual comeback and survival, and the bad kind, where the same financially struggling company seeks to separate its most compelling product in years from the name and division it’s tried so hard to revive with little to no success. What do you do with the latter type of speculation? You frantically deny it, even though there may still be some truth to it, until you make the final call, at which point you simply rephrase your original statements. We’re not ...

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    It’s been nearly a year since we first tried HTC and Valve’s game-changing VR headset. In the time since, it’s gotten a new name and better hardware, plus rumors of a hefty price tag to go with its four-month delivery delay. But despite the challenges, the Vive Pre still delivers the best virtual reality experience we've seen yet. We went hands-on with the new visor on our last day at CES 2016 and our entire ground team got to put their faces in Valve's virtual world; check out the video below for a taste of what we saw. (In the mood to read instead of view? For a full write-up of ...

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    I’m in the cockpit of a spaceplane, a control stick in my right hand and a throttle in my left. All around me, dotting the space between asteroids, are the explosions of my enemies. Their fiery destruction is recorded by the computer screens surrounding me, bathing me in a serene glow that reflects off the canopy over my head. In short, I’m in my own personal, impossible heaven. So why does it feel so … conventional?     The Vive Pre is the updated version of the original HTC Re Vive VR headset I tested nearly a year ago, the device that singlehandedly made me a VR believer by ...

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    If you haven’t jumped at the opportunity to finally pre-order a consumer edition of the Oculus Rift, chances are you’ll need to wait until June at the earliest to see the VR goggles shipped to your doorsteps. But there might be a simple way to bypass the waiting, and get an important discount in the process. At the end of the day, you’ll spend a lot more than $600, as long as you’re in the market for both the virtual reality device and a compatible gaming PC. Dell reportedly plans to start selling the Rift on its website very soon bundled with either the XPS 8900 or Alienware X51 ...

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    The 2016 Consumer Electronics Show is just about winding down, but before our vast, dedicated team of writers and video content producers leaves Las Vegas, there are a few more products left to be taken for quick spins. Meet the 3Glasses D2 Vanguard Edition, the little Chinese virtual reality headset that could… aspire to go toe to toe with much higher-profile market “veterans” like the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and Sony PlayStation VR. Its chances of succeeding on unexplored, ultra-competitive American soil when it goes on sale in a couple of months? Slim, although the D2 costs a ...

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    Just how lucrative can it be to support a massively promising Kickstarter project from day one with your heart, soul… and hard-earned money? Very, as far as the Oculus Rift VR goggles are concerned, since folks who pledged as little as $300 for the original development kit back in 2012 scored both the virtual reality prototype and a free pass to the $600 consumer edition. That’s pretty bad news for everyone else who toyed with the idea of jumping on the VR bandwagon, but hoped a solid gaming PC and $400 tops would be enough to welcome the future of computing in their lives. Even at six ...

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    There’s a new kid on the virtual reality hardware block, and although its name probably doesn’t ring any bells stateside, it’s currently flaunting “over 10 years of experience in the industry and over 200 successful projects” at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. 3Glasses claims its D2 Vanguard Edition head-mounted display is “lighter, quicker and more durable than the industry’s leading VR headsets” (cough, Oculus Rift, cough), and we have to admit on paper this thing looks compact, sleek and yet surprisingly robust. It tips the scales at 246 grams, features ...

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    The HTC Vive has risen from the vaporware hell it seemed doomed for after several consecutive delays and commercial false starts, but the Taiwanese smartphone expert and Valve’s VR baby still needs more than a visual overhaul and minor functionality improvements to knock off the Oculus Rift. This is not only the fledgling market’s veteran, OG and road-opener, looking good for an earlier launch after a couple of carefully polished development kits, but it’s also managed to cultivate a massive cult following ever since its 2012 crowd-funding debut. Subsidized with a hefty $2.5 million ...

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    Since day one of its troubled development, the HTC and Valve-co-manufactured Vive gear exuded this superior vibe of professionalism, power and futuristic skill compared to the Oculus Rift. But the 2012 startup that was acquired by Facebook two years later had way more time for tests, experiments and development kits, with the first consumer edition now up for pre-orders. As far as the HTC Vive is concerned, its makers promised the recent delays would be the last hurdles blocking the VR head-mounted display’s path to success, and April is reiterated as the new ETA at CES 2016 in Las ...

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    When HTC first got the ball rolling on the Vive, its VR headset collaboration with Valve, the aim was to have the product ready to go for commercial sales in time for … well, pretty much by now. It quickly became apparent that HTC's schedule was a little optimistic, with dev models not going out as planned, and by summer we were hearing that the new timetable had HTC making Vive available to developers in late Q4, followed by public sales in Q1 2016. Earlier this week HTC pushed things back further still, announcing that developer distribution wouldn't begin at all until January, and our ...

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    Will the Vive revive HTC's financial fortunes and keep the company on a sustainable financial path? After all, it used to be all about those smartphones, but it's been apparent with this year's spring flagship and its declining status that it needs a change — made big and made soon. HTC's chips, together with Valve's, are on this VR headset. We've been biting our tails for an ETA on a product for sale. It turns out that there's still relationship catering to do with more developers in "gaming, entertainment, medical, education and retail." A developer conference will take place on ...

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    Even though Virtual Reality today is mostly known for its gaming benefits, there was a time years ago where the whole purpose of this was actually to immerse viewers in cinematic products, sort of like what we saw decades ago in Back To The Future II's family dinner scene. Now that we finally have this technology many years later, it's odd to see that companies haven't really adopted it at the speed that we thought they would. Still, Samsung is already out with its Gear VR, Google has cardboard, and if you want more than just games to consume, the New York Times has a solution. The New ...

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    Earlier today on the Pocketnow Weekly podcast, we found ourselves briefly discussing the state of virtual reality hardware, and the subject of HTC's Vive came up. The headset represents a marked departure from the sort of electronics we're used to expecting from the company, and considering the shaky financial ground HTC finds itself on, Vive could end up offering an important new way for the firm to find new sources of revenue. Of course, for it to do that Vive needs to come out first. Unfortunately, it sounds like HTC's plans for the Vive are behind schedule, and you may be waiting ...

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    As recently as last week, the phrase "virtual reality headset" was, for me, a guaranteed ticket to a midday nap. I'd grown up amid the fizzle of projects like Sega VR and Virtual Boy; I'd seen several variations on more modern smartphone-powered visors; I'd tried out an Oculus headset. While I enjoyed the latter experience, I also forgot about it pretty quickly. With its ungainly hardware, nausea-inducing graphics, and limited mass adoption, VR has never topped my list of fun things in tech. So when HTC brought us to Barcelona for a briefing on its new virtual reality device, I ...

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    Virtual reality seems to be one of the buzzwords floating around MWC 2015 this year. Just after HTC unveiled its Vive virtual reality headset made in conjunction with Valve, Samsung has debuted a new Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition made in partnership with Oculus for the newly-announced Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. The new Gear VR is meant for "extraordinary entertainment," letting its users work with high-quality content easily. And the device itself is way nicer to wear, improving its comfort level with better ergonomics. Rounding out the list of changes, the new virtual reality headset ...

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    Unlike the Samsungs, LGs, Apples, and Motorolas of this world, HTC has always been a company laser-focused on smartphones. Last year we started to see signs of that changing, not only as the company expanded back out into tablets with the Nexus 9, but also into other mobile devices like the RE camera. At MWC this year, that expansion has continued with the HTC Grip fitness tracker, and now that trend continues as we learn of the company's first push into new virtual territory, announcing the HTC Vive Developer Edition through a partnership with Valve. Despite the HTC involvement, Vive ...

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    Even though we've got a few players in the VR headset business like Samsung and Oculus, this is still a niche market that needs traction to take off. Microsoft's vision of what a VR headset should be has gotten a lot of us surprised as well, but as much promise as the HoloLens brings, we still have to see a final product to judge if it'll revolutionize anything. Apple is always open to pick up on slow markets and propose smarter solutions, and it seems a VR headset is the next way to go. Apple was just granted a patent for its own VR headset, but if you thought this would be a ...

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    2015 promises to be an exciting year for tech fans eager to see if virtual reality really has a shot at finally becoming something that's impressive, practical, and affordable all at once. Last year gave us hardware like Samsung's Gear VR, and we're already looking forward to a follow-up (or at least some sort of adapter) for the the Galaxy S6. And while Microsoft may be shooting for the moon with HoloLens, LG's approaching VR from a far more accessible angle, announcing today the VR for G3 viewer and plans to give it away for free. VR for G3 is no Gear VR nor HoloLens, but a tweaked ...

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    LG Optimus 3D, HTC EVO 3D: time was, if you wanted to view 3D content on your phone, that meant picking up a special smartphone with an autosteroscopic display. Except, as the lack of subsequent models like those should indicate, people weren't picking them up. But a few years later the situation has changed, and now the hot thing with 3D is pairing your regular-old 2D smartphone display with a set of lenses for an up-close-and-personal 3D experience. That's what Samsung's Gear VR does, but before that there was Google Cardboard, the no-frills DIY option to turn your handset into a mini 3D ...

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    It's been over three months now since the Gear VR went official at Samsung's IFA Unpacked event, ready to bring new Note 4 owners into the world of mobile virtual reality. Last month the manufacturer told us that we could expect to see the headset land for sale in the US sometime in early December, but Samsung wasn't ready to reveal a specific date. This week, it looks like that time time has finally come, as we see the Gear VR quietly go up for sale on both Samsung's and AT&T's websites. Just as anticipated, the headset sells for a cool $200. Both Samsung and AT&T sales look to be ...

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    Last week, before we found ourselves overwhelmed by Black Friday deals, we spent a little time talking to you about Pinć, an upcoming virtual reality accessory for the iPhone. While on first glance it didn't appear to be much more than an ultra-portable, head-mounted, Google Cardboard-like shell, it quickly became clear that Cordon Media, the company behind Pinć, was interested in making its effort stand out, bringing it features like a pair of finger-mounted “rings” that are tracked by your iPhone's camera to allow for real 3D input. Assuming some of the rough patches we noted in ...

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    If you haven't been paying attention to virtual reality hardware already, you may soon find yourself taking a close look at the latest developments, especially as more and more smartphone companies start dabbling with the tech. Samsung's Gear VR, easily the most high-profile product, only just arrived, and especially with the consumer release of Ocuclus Rift for PCs looming in the not-too-distant future, VR is likely to find itself all over the news as we move into 2015. Who will be the mobile players that arrive to really take full advantage of the burgeoning VR market? Evidence continues ...

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