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Nokia smartphones to make comeback in 2016, virtual reality tech coming too

Nokia smartphones to make comeback in 2016, virtual reality tech coming too

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Nokia is planning to make a comeback with smartphones in 2016 and it's bringing virtual reality too.According to sources of Re/code, Nokia Technologies, which remains after Microsoft bought Nokia smartphones, has big plans. The sources say not only will... >>

Google's Works with Cardboard aims to certify VR viewers and optimise app experiences

Google's Works with Cardboard aims to certify VR viewers and optimise app experiences

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Google wants you to know it's investing in virtual reality compatibility.The company's Cardboard VR viewer, which launched last year, has inspired a whole range of budget VR viewers made out of affordable materials, and in an attempt to make them work... >>

BMW Mini Augmented Vision goggles are real, in-car heads-up display for your face

BMW Mini Augmented Vision goggles are real, in-car heads-up display for your face

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BMW Mini has announced its prototype Augmented Vision goggles which, at first glance, look and sound like a late April Fools' jokes – they're real.The BMW Mini Augmented Vision goggles will be shown off at the Auto Shanghai show intelligently connecting... >>

What is HTC’s ‘secret weapon’?

What is HTC’s ‘secret weapon’?

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As well as officially announced a new version of the HTC One M8, HTC has teased another product which is causing a lot of chin stroking as to what it might actually be.The company's chief marketing officer Idris Mootee posted three pictures on his Facebook... >>

Valve hopes to let devs sign up for a free HTC Vive VR headset by next week

Valve hopes to let devs sign up for a free HTC Vive VR headset by next week

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The recently-announced HTC Vive virtual-reality headset from HTC and Valve will launch this spring, but in order to get one of the earliest versions, you'll have to first apply.Unfortunately, only developers will be able to get their hands on the headset.... >>

Google's Ingress augmented reality game might soon become a TV show

Google's Ingress augmented reality game might soon become a TV show

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Google is making a TV show based on its hit augmented reality game.According to The Information, Google's Niantic Labs, which develops the Ingress science fiction-themed AR game, has partnered with Sean Daniel Company to turn Ingress into a television... >>

Spielberg to adapt Ready Player One gamer novel, may use Magic Leap tech for AR movie

Spielberg to adapt Ready Player One gamer novel, may use Magic Leap tech for AR movie

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Steven Spielberg is set to create a movie version of the gamer focused novel, Ready Player One.This will be the first movie Spielberg has made with Warner Bros Studios since 2001 when he created AI: Artificial Intelligence. The studio is known for trying... >>

Samsung Gear VR to get a full consumer launch on 27 March in the US

Samsung Gear VR to get a full consumer launch on 27 March in the US

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As promised, Samsung has finally started to kick off the full consumer launch of its Gear VR.Best Buy in the US will begin selling the Gear VR Innovator Edition for the first time on 27 March for $199. Innovator Edition demos have been available in about... >>

Google Glass is still alive and well, and Google is making sure you know

Google Glass is still alive and well, and Google is making sure you know

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Long live Google Glass!According to The Wall Street Journal, Eric Schmidt, Google's executive chairman, has confirmed that Google didn't scrap the Google Glass wearable device because it's "too important". The company merely stopped selling the first... >>

Magic Leap shows off what you can do with its augmented reality tech while at work

Magic Leap shows off what you can do with its augmented reality tech while at work

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Magic Leap wants you to see what it's like to play with its virtual reality-like technology.Google-backed Magic Leap is a multimillion-dollar startup developing augmented reality platform that could one day rule our lives, but in the meantime, it's releasing... >>

Forget lusting after a cinema room at home, in the future you'll need a virtual reality room

Forget lusting after a cinema room at home, in the future you'll need a virtual reality room

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For the last 20 years we've been lusting after one thing, one thing that eludes us to this day.You see, since the mid-nineties and the introduction of the first affordable Dolby Pro Logic sound systems, we've always fancied the idea of a home cinema in... >>

The year of VR continues as Vuzix brings its IWear 720 to eyes and ears

The year of VR continues as Vuzix brings its IWear 720 to eyes and ears

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Virtual reality is well and truly becoming a reality for 2015 with numerous headsets unveiled, the latest being the Vuzix iWear 720.HTC unveiled its Vive headset at Mobile World Congress this week for a late 2015 release and Oculus announced plans to... >>

Become a Hobbit and face off with Smaug in Oculus VR thanks to Weta

Become a Hobbit and face off with Smaug in Oculus VR thanks to Weta

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If you’ve seen The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and the big screen didn't feel immersive enough there's hope. Weta Digital, the special effects team behind The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings films, has created a VR experience for Oculus Rift.The... >>

Gear VR to get full consumer launch later this year with Note 5, hints Oculus' John Carmack

Gear VR to get full consumer launch later this year with Note 5, hints Oculus' John Carmack

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The next Gear VR is going to launch for consumers alongside the new Galaxy Note 5, or at least that's what we can assume by parsing together information revealed by John Carmack.Oculus' chief technology officer announced at the Game Developers Conference... >>

These invisibility glasses will stop machines recognising and tagging you

These invisibility glasses will stop machines recognising and tagging you

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Privacy is a big thing in 2015 so what better way to start than by showing off a pair of invisibility glasses at Mobile World Congress?Yes you read that right, invisibility glasses. No, not like Harry Potter's cloak. These are more for the intrepid machine... >>

This is HTC Vive, the Steam VR headset built by HTC and Valve

This is HTC Vive, the Steam VR headset built by HTC and Valve

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HTC used its Mobile World Congress keynote to announce a partnership with Valve, and launch a VR headset called HTC Vive.Before we talk about Vive, let's take a quick step back. HTC is known as a smartphone company and known best for its Android devices,... >>

SteamVR headset teased by Valve, looking rather Oculus Rift like

SteamVR headset teased by Valve, looking rather Oculus Rift like

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UPDATE: According to @SteamDB, Valve has uploaded the above outline image of its SteamVR headset "for use on the Steam Universe demo signup page". The image was commented out of the HTML of the demo sign-up page likely for later use, suggests the source.Valve... >>

View-Master hands-on: The VR reimagining of a 50s classic

View-Master hands-on: The VR reimagining of a 50s classic

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As you have no doubt heard, Mattel wants to re-launch its classic View-Master toy with a fresh injection of virtual reality, Google Cardboard style.This leverages the iconic red viewer from the late 50s that used disc-mounted photos, one for each eye,... >>

As unlikely as it may seem, Apple has its own version of Google Cardboard

As unlikely as it may seem, Apple has its own version of Google Cardboard

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It's official: virtual reality headsets are "in".Although every tech company was jumping on the smartwatch bandwagon last year, it appears the new hot item on trend is virtual reality headsets. Oculus VR was among the first in recent years to make such... >>

Google Glass might be dead but Sony is pressing forward with SmartEyeglass release

Google Glass might be dead but Sony is pressing forward with SmartEyeglass release

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While Google is seemingly cooling on the idea of releasing Google Glass as a full consumer product, Sony is pressing ahead with plans to get its augmented reality spectacles into the hands of developers and ultimately the public.Sony SmartEyeglass is... >>

Panasonic is working on a VR headset and even showed off a prototype already

Panasonic is working on a VR headset and even showed off a prototype already

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Panasonic is now getting into virtual reality.At a recent event in Japan, the Japan-based company unveiled a prototype of early VR goggles. Judging from pictures, the prototype looks easier to wear than Oculus VR's Oculus Rift but not as refined as Samsung's... >>

View-Master returns as an Android VR headset thanks to Mattel and Google

View-Master returns as an Android VR headset thanks to Mattel and Google

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It was hinted at last week but Mattel has now unveiled its virtual reality headset project it has developed in partnership with Google. Shown at the New York Toy Fair for the first time, the VR device is a welcome return for the View-Master, Mattel's... >>

Skoda uses augmented reailty to let you design and try on a new Fabia

Skoda uses augmented reailty to let you design and try on a new Fabia

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Skoda has turned to tech to promote the Skoda Fabia and it will get your geeky self salivating.Using augmented reality, Skoda has set up a promotional booth in Waterloo Station, taking over the largest advertising screen in Europe. You get to customise... >>

Forget Samsung’s Gear VR: LG’s VR for G3 will be free

Forget Samsung’s Gear VR: LG’s VR for G3 will be free

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LG has entered the smartphone-powered virtual reality space.The company is introducing VR for G3. It's like a plastic version of Google Cardboard. The headset features lenses and fits over the LG G3. It uses the lenses in conjunction with the G3's internals... >>

Google and Mattel have an event next week for some mystery product, possibly VR-related

Google and Mattel have an event next week for some mystery product, possibly VR-related

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Mattel and Google are working on something together.The two companies have sent invites to the press for an event scheduled for 13 February in New York City. The invite appears to display an illustration of a View-Master reel, a popular toy from the 1990s.... >>

You'll never guess what year we first wrote about Microsoft HoloLens...

You'll never guess what year we first wrote about Microsoft HoloLens...

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Remember when Microsoft pulled a surprise out the bag during its recent Windows 10 press event in the shape of the HoloLens? Well, it turns out it wasn't a surprise at all. Pocket-lint even covered it June 2012.A 52 page leaked document that hit the internet... >>

Never feel trapped on a flight again: Quantas adds Samsung Gear VR to its planes

Never feel trapped on a flight again: Quantas adds Samsung Gear VR to its planes

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One of the best places to escape the confines of reality is probably on a flight. So rather ideally Quantas flights between Australia and the US will now offer Samsung Gear VR headsets to whisk passengers off to virtual reality.The Samsung Gear VR headset,... >>

Samsung Gear VR review: Days of Future Past
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Samsung Gear VR review: Days of Future Past

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VR, or virtual reality, has a long and winding history. From the distant dream of Sega's VR, unveiled back in 1993, to the modern day it's-almost-here reality of Oculus Rift, it's Korean giant Samsung that's now here to, well, try and sell some more phones... >>

Microsoft HoloLens: What's it really for? We test the Microsoft AR wearable

Microsoft HoloLens: What's it really for? We test the Microsoft AR wearable

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If you're going to put a computer on your head, what will you do with it? That's the question we asked ourselves when donning Microsoft HoloLens, the wearable headset that's capable of displaying interactive holographic images.Watch the videos that Microsoft... >>

Virtual reality is perfect for news coverage, says director Spike Jonze

Virtual reality is perfect for news coverage, says director Spike Jonze

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Spike Jonze, director of Her and Being John Malkovich, teamed with virtual reality filmmaker Chris Milk and Vice News to record a one-off news broadcast from inside the police brutality protests in New York last year. And you'll be able to see exactly... >>

Microsoft HoloLens in videos: Want to see what the future looks like?

Microsoft HoloLens in videos: Want to see what the future looks like?

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One of the biggest surprises Microsoft pulled out of the bag during its Windows 10 media briefing was the announcement that it is to release its own augmented reality headset, the HoloLens. It will work with the new operating system and a software architecture... >>

Microsoft wants to add holograms to your world through Windows Holographic and HoloLens headset

Microsoft wants to add holograms to your world through Windows Holographic and HoloLens headset

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During Microsoft's Windows 10 media briefing in Seattle it pulled a rabbit out of the hat by announcing Windows Holographic, a technology that adds 3D images in the world around us all. And it announced its own AR headset, the Microsoft HoloLens as an... >>

Google Glass: A brief history

Google Glass: A brief history

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Google Glass is in danger of becoming a fond yet long-forgotten memory, much like Atari or LaserDiscs.Google announced on 15 January that it would soon end sales of Google Glass as well as kill the Explorer programme, though it promised to continue working... >>

Nest's Tony Fadell to take charge of Google Glass as Explorer Programme shuts down

Nest's Tony Fadell to take charge of Google Glass as Explorer Programme shuts down

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The guy who cofounded Nest and is considered "the father of the iPod" has now taken control of Google Glass.Google Glass is leaving the experimental Google X unit and will become one of Tony Fadell's responsibilities, Fortune has reported. Ivy Ross, who... >>

Seer: The augmented reality helmet that makes you feel like Iron Man

Seer: The augmented reality helmet that makes you feel like Iron Man

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We've just got as close as possible to experiencing what it must be like to be Tony Stark in his Iron Man suit thanks to a new augmented reality headset due out later this year. You see, we've just been trying out Seer, a new low-tech augmented reality... >>

Sony SmartEyeglass Attach! takes on Google Glass

Sony SmartEyeglass Attach! takes on Google Glass

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Sony is to take on Google Glass with a new gadget it is calling SmartEyeglass Attach! - a single lens display module for attaching to regular glasses.The wearable gadget announced by Sony at CES in Las Vegas comes with a software developer kit that will... >>

Sony Glass Single-Lens Display Module to appear at CES, watch out Google Glass

Sony Glass Single-Lens Display Module to appear at CES, watch out Google Glass

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Sony has already shown us its version of Google Glass back in September at the IFA tradeshow. But it hasn't been taking it easy since, rather its completely redesigned the headset ready to be shown off at CES in January.The Sony Glass-style headset, a... >>

Zeiss VR One headset works with both iPhone and Android

Zeiss VR One headset works with both iPhone and Android

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Optics specialist Zeiss has announced its own virtual reality headset that will convert an iPhone or Android device into an immersive 3D experience.The Zeiss VR One is very similar to Samsung's Gear VR headset except in this case it isn't limited to only... >>

Take an augmented reality tour of the 2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport before it's released

Take an augmented reality tour of the 2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport before it's released

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Land Rover has embraced the wonderful world of augmented reality to offer anyone a chance to virtually tour its new Discovery Sport before it physically arrives.Anyone wishing to take a close look at the 2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport before it's in... >>

Exploring Middle Earth: How Jaunt VR could change the way we watch television

Exploring Middle Earth: How Jaunt VR could change the way we watch television

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It is a pleasant evening in The Shire. Primroses sway in the wind as the sun catches on the green grass of the rolling hills that stretch as far as the eye can see. Gandalf, tall and commanding but shaggy and dirty, is ambling off into the distance down... >>

Haptic hologram tech uses Leap Motion sensor to turn sound into 3D VR objects you can touch

Haptic hologram tech uses Leap Motion sensor to turn sound into 3D VR objects you can touch

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Virtual reality is cool and all, but nothing is better than being able to feel what you're actually experiencing. That's why scientists at the University of Bristol have created a system that uses sound waves to project haptic holograms.The idea behind... >>

New Google Glass rumoured to arrive in 2015 with Intel innards

New Google Glass rumoured to arrive in 2015 with Intel innards

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All has been quiet on the Google Glass front for some time, until now. A new hardware version of Glass is reportedly on its way next year, and it should have Intel brains.According to sources of The Wall Street Journal, Google is planning to launch... >>

3D LED printer makes Google Glass-like contact lens with built-in display possible

3D LED printer makes Google Glass-like contact lens with built-in display possible

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Researchers at the University of Washington just announced something new they have been developing: a contact lens with a built-in LED display.Consider this contact lens a prototype, because it can only display one pixel of information at the moment,... >>

Google Glass Basecamps look to close in US and London, but you'll never suspect the reason why

Google Glass Basecamps look to close in US and London, but you'll never suspect the reason why

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Google appears to be closing all Google Glass Basecamp stores, it's claimed.9to5Google recently spotted a post on Google+ from Spencer Kleyweg, a Google Glass developer, who pointed out that Google was no longer accepting scheduled appointments for Glass... >>

Audi deploys Samsung Gear VR headsets to add virtual reality to Audi TT launch

Audi deploys Samsung Gear VR headsets to add virtual reality to Audi TT launch

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Audi has teamed up with Samsung to bring virtual reality to Audi showrooms for the launch of the new Audi TT.The new TT will be on display - and available to buy - from Saturday 15 November across the UK, and you'll be able to get a taste of the driving... >>

Samsung plans to launch an Innovator Edition of Gear VR ahead of Christmas

Samsung plans to launch an Innovator Edition of Gear VR ahead of Christmas

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Samsung has announced a special edition of the Gear VR will launch next month. But only in the US.While at its developer conference in San Francisco, Samsung said an Oculus-powered Gear VR Innovator Edition, which works with the Samsung Galaxy Note's... >>