AdHawk’s Tiny Sensors Could Enable Much Smaller VR Headsets And AR Glasses

A Canadian company called AdHawk Microsystems is announcing that it has created small motion-tracking sensors that could be a boon for augmented reality glasses and virtual reality headsets. Current AR and VR products are oversized for consumers, and bulky camera-based sensors are a big part of that problem. But AdHawk has created eye-tracking sensors that are small…

Hands-On With Santa Cruz And Full Freedom Of Movement Controllers

Oculus offered me brief hands-on time with its Santa Cruz standalone headset prototype and full freedom of movement controllers. I got to try the earlier version of Santa Cruz at last year’s conference and, like last year, I wasn’t allowed to shoot video of my time with the all-in-one gear. Before diving into my impressions,…

Insta360 Pro Review: The 8K 360 Camera The VR Industry Needs

I have spent a lot of time with 360-degree cameras over the course of the last year, but things have really heated up in the last six months. The market is starting to evolve and meet consumer and professional demands. More importantly, the breadth of these cameras is finally starting to allow artists to offer…

Editorial: Why Apple’s Immersive Evolution Starts With Poop

People who watch technology closely — especially those optimistic about VR and AR — are scratching their heads this week trying to understand how Apple “undersold” those features so significantly. At the Apple September Keynote, there was no mention of VR at all despite the iPhone X being the first device from Apple to use…

Otus Tracker Uses Valve’s Lighthouse Tech For Drone Motion Capture

Valve’s SteamVR motion tracking tech is getting a big upgrade in just a few months and developers are still finding new uses for it beyond VR. Take the Otus Tracker, the new device from RCBenchMark in Canada. It allows a user to track a drone’s position indoors with sub-millimeter accuracy. The Otus Tracker works like this:…

HyperX Cloud Revolver S Headset Review: Premium Sound Quality

I don’t consider myself an audiophile or connoisseur of premium audio products. My wife and I just moved into our new house a few months ago and I haven’t even gotten around to installing proper surround sound in the living room even though the ceiling is already pre-wired for it — we’re just using a…

ManoMotion Provides Hand Gesture Control For ARKit Apps

ARKit is almost here, and we see more demos of Apple’s Augmented Reality toolset every day. The latest, from Sweedish developer ManoMotion, is an additional SDK that allows developers to integrate hand gesture controls into their AR apps quickly. Available within a few weeks, ManoMotion’s tech uses the iPhone’s camera to provide accurate hand tracking…

You Have Until Sept. 5th To Buy A Rift + Touch For $399

This Summer Oculus sent shockwaves through the tech and gaming community when they slashed the price of the Rift and Oculus Touch bundle all the way down to a $399 — the same price of just the standalone PSVR headset at the time. Since then HTC has dropped the price of the Vive down to $599,…

Lenovo Explorer Windows VR Headset Releases In ‘Coming Weeks’ For $349

It feels like every few days for the past month or so we’ve been covering a new Windows ‘Mixed Reality’ VR headset from a different manufacturer that gets new details, new apps, or a price/release date. As a result, today is no different. Lenovo announced that its newly dubbed “Lenovo Explorer” headset will cost $349…

The Ricoh Theta V Is A 4K 360-Degree Camera With Wireless Playback

Ricoh is unveiling its latest 360-degree camera this morning. Dubbed the Ricoh Theta V, the $429.95 4K camera is the latest in the line which launched in 2013 with the Ricoh Theta. Available for pre-order now, and shipping in mid-September, the Theta V features 3820×1920 resolution video capture. That’s a massive improvement on the earlier Theta…

Batman, Jurassic World VR Headsets And Apps Release Soon

Skyrocket is set to release two new smartphone-based VR headsets based around two of the planet’s biggest franchises, with brand new apps to accompany them. Several UK retailers have listed Jurassic World and Batman VR headsets made by the company for pre-order. They’re sporting the VRSE branding, which was trademarked by Skyrocket earlier this year…

New Enhancements For The 360-Degree Vuze Camera

Humaneyes Technologies announced today that they are enhancing their 360-degree Vuze Camera. We covered the ‘prosumer’-targeted device when it launched last spring. The Vuze is really eight cameras in one device, which allows users to record 360-degree videos in 4K resolution. What are the improvements? First, new apps for Android and iOS that will allow…

Insta360 ONE: 360 Camera With An Amazing Bullet Time Mode

Insta360 has been working feverishly these last 12 months to deliver the latest and greatest 360 camera technology for every segment of the market. However, there was a pretty significant gap in their product line between their $129 Insta360 Air, $199 Insta 360 Nano and $3499 Insta360 Pro. The new Insta360 ONE is the company’s…

Dell’s Windows VR Headset Releases This October For Under $400

The Windows VR headset landscape is starting to get pretty crowded and it hasn’t even really begun yet. Both the HP and Acer are available in dev kit form with another on the way from ASUS, but now we know the Dell VR headset (known as the Dell Visor) is just around the corner. Today,…

Hands-On With the Windows ‘Mixed Reality’ VR Motion Controllers

When it comes to input mechanisms for virtual reality it’s really a two horse race at the moment. The HTC Vive nailed roomscale tracking first with its lighthouse base station system and wand-like motion controllers while the Oculus Rift released its Oculus Touch controllers less than a year ago. We prefer the Touch controllers from…

Turn Your iPhone into a 360-Degree 6K Camera with NoMatterWhat

The VR photography news does not stop. Earlier this month we discussed Oculus Co-Founder Jack McCauley’s move to Lucid, a Chinese manufacturer specializing in 180-degree cameras. Now comes NoMatterWhat from Spincle Inc. A cheap and easy-to-use set of 360-degree lenses, NoMatterWhat is available for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Previously, Spincle produced a camera…

Dance Tonite With LCD Soundsystem In New Google VR Experience

Google VR announced they have teamed up with electronic rock band LCD Soundsystem to create a new WebVR-based experience. Called Dance Tonite, it uses the band’s single ‘Tonite,” which features an old-school electronic backing and the atonal, self-described “late-era middle-aged ramblings” of frontman James Murphy. Sporting a flat-shaded polygonal look right out of an early…

Editorial: Why You Might Want To Pause Before Buying HTC Vive

This week HTC dropped the price of its Vive PC VR system by $200, bringing it much closer to that of its chief competitor the Oculus Rift. $600 for Vive is precisely the price I called for in a recent editorial, making it competitive with the Rift again. However, the decrease comes absent a critical…

Developer Plays Oculus And Steam Games With Valve’s Knuckles Controllers

Valve is developing a pair of more immersive hand controllers currently called “Knuckles” that promise to offer more precise finger tracking and grasping sensations in VR. Though the controllers are still in a prototype phase and likely to change, Valve released early versions to developers over the last few months and interest is high to…

Windows VR Headset Comparison: HP vs Acer

For the past year and a half the world has known two primary PC VR ecosystems: the Oculus Home-powered Oculus Rift (and Touch controllers) and the SteamVR-powered HTC Vive (although the Rift works on SteamVR too, but that’s beside the point sort of). There have been a handful of others that popped up, like OSVR,…

NVIDIA Has Strong Earnings As GPU Surge Continues

Nvidia keeps on raking in revenue from chips for artificial intelligence, game graphics, the Nintendo Switch game console, and self-driving cars. But we’ll have to listen to the conference call to find out if cryptocurrency mining also drove sales. The world’s biggest stand-alone maker of graphics chips and AI chips reported $2.2 billion in revenues for its second…

NextVR Develops Night VR Camera To Capture Animals, Ghosts

There are a lot of different VR cameras in development but I don’t think I’ve heard of one for capturing light in extreme darkness before. NextVR, however, built one for exactly this purpose. The Newport Beach-based company is best known for its live-streaming in VR of concerts, sporting events and even political debates with proprietary…

Impressions: What We Think Of The HP Windows VR Headset Dev Kit

This week we got our hands-on the first development kit edition of the HP “Windows Mixed Reality” VR headset. Right off the bat let’s clarify that verbiage. Microsoft is using the term “Mixed Reality” as an umbrella to encapsulate VR, AR, and all other related devices. The HoloLens, for example, is Microsoft’s AR platform while…

Here’s Your First Look At RED’s Upcoming ‘Holographic’ Smartphone

Last month RED announced its $1,200 Hydrogen One Phone, which was described as the “world’s first holographic media machine.” Today, we’re finally getting an early look at the device itself beyond the previous teaser mock-up image thanks to a video from tech-focused YouTuber Marques Brownlee, aka MKBHD. In the video Brownlee describes the multiple different…

Oculus co-founder Jack McCauley Joins Lucid VR

Lucid VR announced this week that former Oculus chief engineer and co-founder Jack McCauley has joined the company. CEO Han Jin stated in a press release, “We are very excited to welcome Jack to the team, as his experience ramping up Oculus and its [production] will help us dramatically improve our manufacturing capabilities.” McCauley joins…

Take A Look At The HP ‘Windows Mixed Reality’ VR Headset

Today was an exciting day for the UploadVR Editorial Team because today we got our hands on some new VR hardware. Last year it felt like a new piece of tech was launching every other month, but it’s actually been a while since we got some fresh plastic to strap on our face. Luckily, Microsoft…

SIGGRAPH 2017: This Controller Changes Shape To Match Virtual Objects

A new controller shown at SIGGRAPH could change shape from rigid to squishy in a demonstration that could lead to more immersive touch sensations in virtual worlds. The research from Cornell University’s Organic Robotics Lab builds on an earlier demonstration that pumped air into a Vive controller for a variety of sensations, including firing a…