What to Expect in Wireless for AR and VR in 2018

As an analyst, I have many areas of coverage when it comes to computing. In addition to covering AR and VR, I also spend a lot of my time covering wireless technologies. This report covers what to expect in 2018 and beyond when it comes to wireless technologies and how they might impact the AR/VR…

Eye-Tracking Is Both Incredibly Important And Very Risky

At CES last week one of my first demos was with Tobii and its eye-tracking technology. I left the demo convinced that once you’ve tried a VR headset with eye-tracking included you’ll never want to wear one without it again. Google, Facebook and Apple all purchased eye-tracking companies over the last few years because these…

Why I’m Very Excited For Google And Lenovo’s Mirage Solo

As always, CES 2018 was a big week for the entire VR industry, but there’s no question as to what headset stole the show: the Vive Pro. HTC’s enhanced SteamVR device has our mouths watering at the thought of its 3K display, integrated audio and improved design and we can’t wait to revisit games like…

Yaw VR Is A Portable Motion Simulator Seat For Your Headset

VR still hasn’t managed to solve the difficult subject that is locomotion, but Yaw VR thinks it has the answer for at least some experiences. Shown at CES last week and now running a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign, Yaw VR is a portable motion simulator seat that could be ideal for cockpit-based VR experiences like Dirt…

CES 2018: Hands-On With The 6DOF Standalone Pico Neo Headset

Companies like Facebook’s Oculus, HTC, and Sony pioneered the realm of powerful consumer-facing VR in 2016 with the launches of the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and PlayStation VR (PSVR) respectively. But the one thing that all of these headsets have in common is that they’re connected to a machine such as a PC or PS4…

CES 2018: The 5 Biggest VR Tech Updates

We’re recovering today from the mad dash that was CES 2018 in Las Vegas. We weren’t able to see everything running back and forth between the Las Vegas Convention Center, The Venetian, and elsewhere in the city, but we nonetheless saw some incredibly interesting VR demos in our three days there. Not everything we tried…

CES 2018: Hands-On With The Ultrawide Pimax 8K VR Headset

Other than the move towards wireless VR and an obsession with developing groundbreaking new haptic technologies, the biggest trend at CES this year for virtual reality was a focus on improved resolutions for HMD displays. From the Vive Pro’s purported “3K” combined resolution and the crisp, clear quality of Samsung’s Odyssey headset, all the way…

Google And YI’s VR180 Camera Offers 5.7K Resolution

Lenovo isn’t the only company with one of Google’s new VR180 cameras on show at CES this week. Earlier in the week YI Technology also announced its own contribution to the line of accessible VR cameras, the YI Horizon VR180. Like other VR180 products, the device offers a 180 degree field of view with two…

CES 2018: Hands-On With The New TPCast Plus Wireless Adapter

Wireless VR is a major theme of CES 2018. In addition to Vive’s official Wireless Adapter, which was announced yesterday afternoon (hands-on impressions of that device here) along with the Vive Pro, we’re seeing solutions from a wide range of companies to cut the cord and untether headsets. Today, we got the chance to try…

CES 2018: Lenovo’s Mirage Solo Standalone Daydream Headset Starts Under $400

Google and Lenovo revealed the first standalone VR headset to utilize the former’s Daydream platform, the Lenovo Mirage Solo. The all-in-one package doesn’t require a mobile phone or high-powered PC to run, starts “under” $400 and is slated to ship in Q2 this year. We put quotation marks around “under” because Lenovo actually changed the…

CES 2018: Oculus Partners With Xiaomi, Keeps Oculus Store Out Of China

Oculus is partnering with Xiaomi for Oculus Go while helping the Chinese company launch a cousin to the low cost standalone headset that doesn’t have the Oculus Store or Oculus Home. Facebook, which purchased Oculus in 2014 for roughly $3 billion, is blocked in China and the Oculus Rift isn’t sold there. So this looks…

CES 2018: Tactical Haptics Shows New Reconfigurable Controllers

For several years Tactical Haptics has been showing different concepts for controllers that offer a sense of touch for your hands while wearing a VR headset, and the company’s latest iteration is debuting this week at CES in Las Vegas. The new design can be reconfigured to match different VR experiences. The idea is that…

CES 2018: NextVR Is Adding Full Movement Freedom To Its Broadcasts

Newport Beach-based NextVR will start using its cameras to capture reality in such a way that viewers in VR will be able to move around the scene in any way. NextVR was an early startup working to develop camera rigs and streaming tech to capture reality and deliver it to VR headsets live anywhere in…

Nvidia Predicts 50 Million VR Headsets Sold By 2021

VR headset sales may not have set the world on fire in 2017 but Nvidia predicts we’ll see a massive jump in the next three years. During the company’s opening keynote for CES 2018 in Las Vegas last night Nvidia revealed that it expects 50 million VR headsets to be sold by 2021, as seen…

2018 Is The Year Virtual Reality Goes Wireless

There was lots of promise earlier this year that we would have a bevy of wireless VR attachments and accessories, but by the looks of it, all we’ve got is TPCast for the HTC Vive. Keep in mind that the TPCast solution doesn’t even utilize WiGig which means it’s a wholly proprietary solution and wouldn’t allow…

Oculus Seeks Patent For Convertible HMD Powered By Phone Or PC

A patent published today but filed in 2016 shows an Oculus concept for a convertible head-mounted display that can be powered by either a PC or phone. The patent application 20170364144 from Oculus is listed as invented by Yury Anatolievic Petrov. It covers a head-mounted display said to receive “video input from a stationary computer in…

Acer, Lenovo Mixed Reality Headsets Discounted To Just $199

Microsoft’s new Windows-based ‘Mixed Reality’ VR headsets may be less than two months old but you can already save a massive $200 by picking one up this week. Over in the US the Microsoft Store is hosting a sale on the five headsets that have launched for its new platform thus far. The cheapest devices…

Sony Patents Reveal Possible Cancelled PSVR Glove Controller

New patents from Sony give us a slightly better look at its work prototyping a glove controller for its PlayStation VR (PSVR) headset. Earlier this year we reported that Sony had looked into a glove controller for PSVR but ultimately decided not to progress with it, at least that the time. These patents, first spotted…

Antilatency Gets $1 Million More For Positional Tracking Tech

Startup Antilatency, which raised $2.1 million earlier this year for its positional tracking technology, received an additional $1 million from the Russia-based Skolkovo Foundation. The money will be used to further improve and develop Antilatency’s positional tracking technology which could be useful for location-based VR setups. The system uses a camera and low-profile strips with…

Qualcomm’s New Snapdragon 845 Improves VR and AR Performance

At Qualcomm’s annual Snapdragon Summit held this year in Hawaii the company announced their latest Snapdragon chip for smartphones and mobile VR/AR. The Snapdragon 845 represents the pinnacle of Qualcomm’s technology prowess and its ability to deliver a low power system on a chip with lots of performance and minimal heat. The Snapdragon 845 makes…

Review: Lenovo Explorer $450 Windows VR Headset And Controllers

Price is one of the biggest barriers to VR adoption right now. I’ve never met anyone that tried VR and wasn’t blown away by it, but you’d be hard-pressed to just ask a random person on the street and have them understand the difference between the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. We’re just not there…

Get $10 Off The New VRGE VR Docking Kit For Rift, Vive And PSVR

We’ve all been there; you want to store your VR headset somewhere that looks stylish, civilized and most, importantly, without those darn wires sprawling all over the place. It’d be nice to have a space for your controllers, too, and if it charged them while not in use that would be just dandy. Can’t we…

Nvidia’s GPU Sales Grew Faster Than AMD And Intel Last Quarter

As the PC market has lost some casual consumers to smartphones, the hardcore gamer has turned into the engine that drives the GPU market. That was once again the case in the third quarter of this year, and that trend helped Nvidia grow its share of the market with a 29.53 percent quarter-to-quarter increase in…

Editorial: HTC Vive and Google’s Standalone VR Confusion

Last week HTC Vive launched the Focus. The Focus was the company’s much awaited standalone VR headset that was supposed to be the first Daydream standalone headset. Everyone expected HTC Vive would launch in China first and then come to the US market later in 2017 or possibly 2018. As far back as May of…

How to Choose and Operate a Panohead/Gimbal for 360 photography

What is a panohead and why you need one A panohead allows photographers to shoot images around the entrance pupil of a lens to produce a panorama. It is possible to create high resolution or ‘gigapixel’ equirectangular spherical panoramic images with a DSLR camera by attaching a panohead to a tripod. With it one may obtain…