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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... >>

Oculus Rift release date is ‘very close’ says CEO

Oculus Rift release date is ‘very close’ says CEO

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Oculus Rift is currently only available as a developer kit to those wishing to program using the virtual reality headset. But it looks like that's finally going to change.The Oculus CEO, Brendan Iribe, told Bloomberg in an interview that the company is... >>

Oculus Rift gets its first immersive feature film, Banshee Chapter

Oculus Rift gets its first immersive feature film, Banshee Chapter

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The future of cinema could be a 360-degree viewing experience if Oculus Rift takes centre stage. The first film has been released that takes advantage of the Oculus hardware, it's called Banshee Chapter.Banshee Chapter itself was originally a horror... >>

We've tried the Oculus Rift Interstellar IMAX experience, you can too

We've tried the Oculus Rift Interstellar IMAX experience, you can too

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We popped along to the BFI IMAX in London's Waterloo today to try an Oculus Rift experience of the film Interstellar. You can do the same.For one day only the IMAX has an Oculus Rift virtual reality experience set up for anyone to try. The VR trip takes... >>

Archos jumps on board the VR bandwagon with a £25 headset of its own

Archos jumps on board the VR bandwagon with a £25 headset of its own

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Archos, the technology company that seems to diversify each time we hear from it has entered the virtual market with a devices a bit like Samsung's Gear VR.The Archos VR Glasses require a smartphone with a screen size of up to 6-inches to provide the... >>

Land's End is a new game from Monument Valley developer coming to Samsung Gear VR, watch trailer here

Land's End is a new game from Monument Valley developer coming to Samsung Gear VR, watch trailer here

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The studio behind Monument Valley is working on another game, but it'll launch for the Samsung Gear VR headset rather than Apple's iPad.British studio UsTwo released Monument Valley - a puzzle game in which the player leads a character called Princess... >>

Forget Oculus Rift, Microsoft’s RoomAlive turns your entire living room into a virtual playground

Forget Oculus Rift, Microsoft’s RoomAlive turns your entire living room into a virtual playground

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When Microsoft unveiled its original Illumiroom project at the beginning of 2013 the company was yet to unveil its Xbox One next generation console (still being dubbed Xbox 720 at the time). The concept, shown at CES in Las Vegas at the time, allowed... >>

Oculus Rift Crescent Bay prototype adds 360-degree tracking to the mix

Oculus Rift Crescent Bay prototype adds 360-degree tracking to the mix

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Oculus VR has unveiled a latest prototype model of its virtual reality headset and the company claims that it is a "big leap" for the technology.The Oculus Rift Crescent Bay model adds 360-degree tracking, which means the wearer and stand up, spin around... >>

Oculus who? AirVR straps an iPhone 6 Plus or iPad mini to your face

Oculus who? AirVR straps an iPhone 6 Plus or iPad mini to your face

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Move over Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear VR, there's a new virtual reality kid in town and it's iPhone and iPad based.AirVR is a cheap virtual reality headset currently going through the Kickstarter funding phase that uses the Retina display on a latest... >>

Net-A-Porter now selling Made for Glass by Diane von Furstenberg, Google Glass gets sexy

Net-A-Porter now selling Made for Glass by Diane von Furstenberg, Google Glass gets sexy

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Net-A-Porter claims to be the first third-party retailer to stock Google Glass in the UK. The online fashion store now ranges a series of DVF Made for Glass specs in a variety of colours.Available from Net-A-Porter.com, the five different models in the... >>

Watch out Google, Sony's coming at'cha with its Smart EyeGlass AR specs (hands-on)

Watch out Google, Sony's coming at'cha with its Smart EyeGlass AR specs (hands-on)

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Although they have previously been teased in prototype form, Sony now seems to be much further ahead with its own rival Google Glass style augmented reality spectacles, and it was ready to demonstrate its Smart EyeGlass device at the IFA consumer electronics... >>

Samsung Gear VR headset announced at IFA 2014

Samsung Gear VR headset announced at IFA 2014

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Samsung has just announced it Gear VR headset at its Unpacked 2 event from IFA 2014. This is Samsung's version of the Oculus Rift headset or Sony's Morpheus headset.The Samsung VR is a virtual reality headset that allows users to slide in their Galaxy... >>

Hands-on: Samsung Gear VR review: Immersive headset requires a Galaxy Note 4 to function

Hands-on: Samsung Gear VR review: Immersive headset requires a Galaxy Note 4 to function

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The Samsung Gear VR is not like other virtual reality headsets. Unlike Oculus Rift or Sony Morpheus, the Gear VR doesn't come with any display built-in - instead you'll need to buy a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 to pop into the front of the headset for the immersive... >>

Shell Oculus Rift V-Power demo shows why Facebook was so keen to buy VR company

Shell Oculus Rift V-Power demo shows why Facebook was so keen to buy VR company

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Shell is one of a handful of companies to publicly display Oculus Rift content that has no connection to its gaming abilities. And it's the first time we've seen the headset itself adorned in branded colours.The Shell V-Power Oculus Rift experience is... >>

Here's Samsung VR headset in a leaked photo, could debut next month

Here's Samsung VR headset in a leaked photo, could debut next month

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Samsung is working on a virtual reality headset codenamed Project Moonlight, and that headset has just been revealed through a newly leaked image. The headset is expected to debut in September alongside the Galaxy Note 5, it's claimed.The Verge has published... >>

Skully AR-1 smart motorcycle helmet now up for preorder, costs as much as Google Glass

Skully AR-1 smart motorcycle helmet now up for preorder, costs as much as Google Glass

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The self-dubbed "world's smartest helmet" is now available for preorder, enabling you to ride in style, or more specifically, with with a heads-up display, rearview camera, and GPS navigation. All you have to do is fork over enough cash to buy a pair... >>

Oculus Rift Dev Kit 2's display is actually an entire Galaxy Note 3 front panel

Oculus Rift Dev Kit 2's display is actually an entire Galaxy Note 3 front panel

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It looks like the Oculus Rift and Google Cardboard have a lot in common. Both use a smartphone screen as their display.While Cardboard technically uses any Android phone to power a virtual reality experience, the latest version of the Oculus Rift, called... >>

Planes 2: Fire & Rescue reminds us that Kinect can still be fun

Planes 2: Fire & Rescue reminds us that Kinect can still be fun

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Following on from the use of Microsoft's Kinect to help promote Iron Man 3, by letting you become Iron Man, Disney has turned to the new Kinect for Windows v2 to promote Planes 2: Fire & Rescue.Visiting a series of Odeon cinemas across the UK, the new... >>

Recon Jet AR glasses get update, including spare batteries for longer life

Recon Jet AR glasses get update, including spare batteries for longer life

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Recon has released an update statement for its Jet heads-up display glasses that are being hailed as "Google Glass for sports".Recon Jet is a set of sports glasses with the heads-up display interface that's already proved popular for use in snowboard... >>

Oculus Rift makers are reportedly working on gesture controllers

Oculus Rift makers are reportedly working on gesture controllers

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Oculus VR has reportedly been working on gesture controllers to go with its Oculus Rift virtual reality headset.At the moment Oculus Rift, owned by Facebook, is still a developer tool. By making gesture controllers that experience will become even more... >>

Amazon working on contact lens displays? Hires Google Glass founder Babak Parvis

Amazon working on contact lens displays? Hires Google Glass founder Babak Parvis

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Just this week scientists announced the discovery of nano pixels which could mean displays built into contact lenses. And now Amazon has hired Babak Parvis who founded Google Glass.Parvis was involved in the early research stages of Google Glass back... >>

Control Google Glass with your mind

Control Google Glass with your mind

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Deciding that the finger swipes are a limiting factor to how people use Google Glass, one London-based design agency come up with an alternative; mind control.Called mindRDR, the app, combined with a Neurosky EEG biosensor allows you to take a picture... >>

Here's a first look at Samsung Gear VR headset, and it works a lot like Cardboard

Here's a first look at Samsung Gear VR headset, and it works a lot like Cardboard

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Samsung's upcoming virtual reality headset is an Oculus Rift-looking device that functions sort of like Google Cardboard, according to a newly leaked image.Reports claimed in May that Samsung was working on a virtual reality headset, and now more details... >>

Just how good is Oculus Rift Development Kit 2 in comparison to DK1?

Just how good is Oculus Rift Development Kit 2 in comparison to DK1?

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Oculus VR has started to ship its second generation development kit to 10,000 of the estimated 35,000 that pre-ordered one. The remaining batch with ship in August, it is believed, perhaps slipping into September, such is the demand.Interest in the... >>

Is there no limit to Oculus Rift? Now you can tour South Park

Is there no limit to Oculus Rift? Now you can tour South Park

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Digital production company Tool has created an unlicensed but no less impressive tech demo for Oculus Rift based on the ever funny South Park cartoon series. It allows you to walk around the town of South Park and meet some of the townsfolk as a proof... >>

This Oculus Rift hack will make your brain explode. Probably.

This Oculus Rift hack will make your brain explode. Probably.

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Intrepid makers folk in Poland have created an Oculus Rift mod that will shift your perspective, literally.As an entry for the Intel Make It competition the clever creators mounted two GoPros on a tall antenna carried in a backpack connected to Oculus... >>