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Lenovo Made a Souped Up Oculus Go That’s Missing Just One Key Feature

Less than a week has passed since the first standalone VR headset was released, and already we have another. Except this one is made by Lenovo in partnership with Google and uses the Daydream VR platform. Like the Oculus Go, Lenovo’s Mirage Solo don’t need no phone or a wire connected to a nearby PC to transport you to other worlds. Everything you need comes built into the goggles. Read More >>

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This Shape-Shifting, Pin-Headed Robot Lets You Feel Virtual Objects With Your Bare Hands

Virtual reality headsets today use your eyes and ears to make simulated experiences seem more real, but what about your other senses? Researchers at Stanford University have come up with a way for your hands and fingers to feel virtual objects with a unique robot that looks like an animated version of those Pin Art toys. Read More >>

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I’m Struggling to Believe This Report of an Apple AR/VR Headset Coming in 2020

Apple has stumbled in its efforts to win the voice computing wars, and it’s pretty far behind its competitors in the virtual reality/mixed reality field. But if a new report is true, Apple is aiming to have a headset ready by 2020 that goes beyond anything we’ve ever seen. Take this all with a large grain of salt. Read More >>

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Disney’s Extremely Weird Force Jacket Simulates the Feeling of Turning Into the Hulk

Are you cool with hugs? What about the most all-encompassing hug you’ve ever had? That just about sums up how Disney Research’s new force feedback jacket works. Using inflatable airbags, it can simulate physical experienceswhen you’re lost in VR, like getting hit by a snowball, or turning into a muscular beefcake in just a few seconds. Read More >>

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Is the VR Universe in Ready Player One Possible?

In 2018, nearly everything is in place for a descent into a Ready Player One-style dystopia. The way things are going, we should be destitute and beaten down by climate change long before the 2040s. All we’re missing, for now, is the technology. People are already more than happy to spend huge percentages of their lives hooked up to alternate realities (social media, MMO games, binged television) but these are all rudimentary compared to Ready Player One’s immersive, hyper-lifelike OASIS VR universe. Those looking to escape the grim, cash-squeezed drudgery of day-to-day life through fully-immersive VR will have to wait, for now, until someone invents a way to get 75% of the country’s population on the same platform. Read More >>

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Vive Pro Review: Way More Beautiful, Way Better—Way Too Expensive

When the Vive and the Oculus Rift came out in the spring of 2016, they did something incredible: they made VR actually worth caring about. Previously, the closest thing people had come to virtual reality were weird sci-fi movies or half-baked products like the Virtual Boy. Yet even now, nearly two years later to the day since the original Vive arrived, VR headsets still aren’t a household commodity. While that might be a bit depressing for some of us, it’s not really that surprising, because the release of those original head-mounted displays was only just the beginning of a much bigger three-step cycle. Read More >>

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Brighton Destroys London in First Ever Inter-Pub VR Tournament

I have a confession to make, dear readers. Last Thursday, I let down not just me and my friends, but all of London by proxy. Read More >>

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Steven Spielberg Got Old

You might have missed it, basking in the glow of entertaining masterpieces like Jurassic Park, Jaws, and E.T., but Steven Spielberg, the architect of your childhood, is old. The director turned 71 in December and that does not, by itself, indicate he is old. Jane Fonda, for example, is 80-something and talks about social justice like a Tumblr teen. No—Spielberg’s descent into old-man-yells-at-cloud territory became apparent in the last two weeks as he’s entered the public eye to plug something beyond turgid historical dramas. Read More >>

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HTC Can Have My £799 When It Finally Makes the Vive Pro Wireless

After months of teasing (including some great demos at CES), HTC’s Vive successor, the HTC Vive Pro, is finally on sale. It’ll cost £799 for the headset alone and ship beginning 5th April. While the upgraded dual-OLED displays and integrated headphones capable of 3D spatial audio are cool, the high-end Vive Pro won’t actually include the best part—the Vive Wireless Adapter. In January, HTC said the adapter would ship in Q3, or around the end of summer. Read More >>

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Microsoft Wants You to Touch the VR World With a Giant CLAW

What Microsoft Research lacks in cinematography skills, it’s making up for with super-fun solutions to virtual reality’s biggest problem: the lack of real-world feedback. In a blog post published late last week, Microsoft detailed four different experimental methods for delivering haptic feedback, including a cane that would allow the visually impaired to “see” in VR, and a claw (simply named CLAW) that lets users actually interact with, and feel objects in the virtual world. Read More >>

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MWC 2018: I Got to Shoot Bad Guys With HTC’s Standalone Vive Focus Headset

Last year, HTC announced that it was developing its own standalone VR headset, known as the Vive Focus. It was, and still is, a Chinese exclusive, but HTC did bring a couple of models over to Barcelona for MWC and I got to have a go for myself. Read More >>

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Facebook Pulls Oculus Rift Shooter Bullet Train From Conference Amid Gun Violence Controversy

Facebook has pulled a demo of Oculus Rift’s VR shooter “Bullet Train” from the Conservative Political Action Conference in Maryland amid concerns over gun violence, Variety reported Saturday morning. Read More >>

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Joanna Lumley and EE Hosting 360-Degree Triv-VR Quiz

The BAFTAs are set to take place this Sunday, hosted by Joanna Lumley with EE as the headline sponsor. Which is great! Good for them. What's more interesting at this point, however, is that EE will be commemorating the occasion with a brand new 360-degree movie trivia quiz show - also hosted by Lumely. Read More >>