Virtual reality Archive

What Tim Cook thinks the digital you will do

Andy is dedicated to building a better reality while working in augmented reality since before AR was a thing. He is CMO of Wikitude. How to join the network In Tim Cook’s recent exclusive interview with ABC, he gave us insight into what he thinks the “digital you” will do. He specifically mentions real-time meetings in real spaces — “this gives the capability for both of …

Is VR a leap back in time for the games industry?

When we look back through the annals of time, there, etched in the history books will be “2016: The year of VR.” And what a year it’s been. We’ve already seen the Samsung VR launch to great applause, but with the imminent release of the PlayStation VR and Oculus Rift devices, the VR sector is about to shift into overdrive. But VR is not exactly …

Google and Facebook Chase New Kind of VR Headset

NEW YORK, United States — So far, the landscape of virtual reality has been split between two types of headsets: expensive, high-end devices like the Oculus Rift that require PCs and external cameras, and cheap devices like Google’s Cardboard and Daydream that use smartphones as displays, sacrificing quality to make a mass-market product. This week, Facebook and Google made it clear that they’re both rushing toward …

Sulon Q is a working version of Facebook’s dream standalone VR headset

Yesterday, Facebook revealed that it’s working on a standalone headset with inside-out tracking, which would mean that a user could jump into a full virtual reality experience with only the head-mounted display itself, without needing cumbersome cables attached to a big, expensive PC – and without base stations, too, to bounce IR signals off the headset and help it determine the user’s position in space. …

The ugly reality of an Oculus founder’s politics

It hasn’t been a great couple of days for Facebook PR. For one thing, the company admitted that, due to an error, it has been significantly inflating its reports on average video view times. For another, The Daily Beast discovered that Oculus founder Palmer Luckey is backing the pro-Donald Trump organization Nimble America, a group dedicated to promoting anti-Hillary Clinton memes Now, the video views story is …

Former Rothenberg employees allege mistreatment and cash management problems

As TechCrunch has previously reported, there’s been an exodus of talent from the Rothenberg “ecosystem,” amid claims of a significant breach of fiduciary responsibilities and other unconventional behavior by the venture firm’s founder, Mike Rothenberg. This week, we have learned more details about alleged employee abuses within Rothenberg Ventures, recently re-branded as Frontier Tech Ventures, as well as the River Group, a virtual reality business …

Google launches its Daydream VR development tools out of beta

Google’s VR platform Daydream is now ready for developers’ full attention, thanks to the release of the new Google VR SDK, which exited from beta today. The kit will allow developers to build VR experiences for Daydream-ready phones and headsets, the company says, and now supports integration with Unity and Unreal game engines and tools. The company first revealed Daydream at Google I/O earlier this year, …

The first VR film to be directed by an Indigenous person in North America

The first VR film to be directed by an Indigenous person in North America / Boing Boing Kickstarter to fund six VR films in the next six months, five of which are written and directed by women. She says: One of them, Eagle Bone, directed by Tracy Rector has already been selected to screen at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival (one of five …

Hulu’s VR app is getting original comedy and news programs

Virtual reality needs content if it’s ever going to take off in a meaningful way. And while thus far that’s largely been focused on gaming, we’re finally starting to see studios make a major push into the space. What shape that content will ultimately take is another question entirely. Certainly comedy and news aren’t the first two genres that immediately spring to mind when assessing the …

Productive mobility is poised to give business a virtual boost

Diomedes Kastanis Crunch Network Contributor Diomedes Kastanis is VP of the Chief Innovation Office at Ericsson, supporting advancement of the company’s technology vision and innovation. More posts by this contributor: How to join the network Throughout history, new technologies have constantly changed the way we’ve worked. They’ve been responsible for full-scale revolutions. And continued investments have come as corporate demand for worker productivity drives tech spending. …