E3 2017: Hands-On With VR Hand Controller CaptoGlove

Immersive experiences are the foundation of VR’s growth and devs or creators continue to find ways to keep the illusion from being broken as long as they can. Controller input is one of the biggest offenders when it comes to this, but the team behind CaptoGlove is utilizing our natural gestures to keep players engaged….

Valve Distributing Knuckles Prototypes To Devs In Limited Quantities

Valve confirmed to UploadVR the company has progressed to sending developers prototypes of its next generation VR hand controllers. This was to be expected but provides us with a rough sense of the advancements being pursued by the VR technology company. Recent updates from Valve, which partnered with HTC to create the Vive, The controllers…

You Can Buy A PSVR Headset Right Now For $300

Sales on VR hardware have been  few and far between ever since we entered the consumer-age of modern virtual reality. Most deals on PC-powered devices such as the Rift and Vive have only come as a result of bundled deals with VR-ready computers. Discounted prices for headsets in and of themselves though have been a…

Valve’s Knuckles Controller Prototype Found In SteamVR Home

Innovation around VR controllers is an ever-evolving conversation and Valve revealed prototypes for a new style of input in October of last year and, in a hands-on report with the prototype, people reported an intuitive way of input that focused on manipulating a virtual world and virtual objects without pressing buttons. Valve has continued working on…

GameFace Plans GF-LD Headset With SteamVR And Android Support

GameFace Labs is a company I’ve seen at countless VR events. Its CEO, Ed Mason, has frequented the VR conference circuit for years now showing off headset designs. E3 was no different as I found him in a room opposite Intel’s wireless Vive accessory — though Mason asked that I come back the next day…

Best VR Hardware Of E3 2017

Now that it’s all said and done it’s easy to see that E3 2017 just wasn’t a huge showing for VR hardware. Microsoft didn’t even mention VR at all during the reveal of the Xbox One X even though executives have suggested the system will still support it. That said, we did try out some…

Varjo Promises Human-Eye Resolutions For VR This Year

I am standing in a virtual living room rendered via Unity. Except I am seeing things I never have before in VR. There is a virtual television on the wall to my left displaying a 4K video of a city. The floor, the couch pillows, the clothes hanging on a rack to my left, are…

Field in View: A Week With Vive’s Deluxe Audio Strap

While the rest of the UploadVR team jetted off to E3 earlier this week, I remained behind at base camp to keep things in order. That meant frantic news writing and press conferences that start at the ripe old hour of 5am (thanks, Bethesda). It also meant I got to spend a fair bit of…

New VR Glove Uses Muscle-Like Chambers To Simulate Touch

New VR gloves designed by engineers at UC San Diego employ “soft robotics” to deliver tactile feedback to the wearer as they touch and interact with virtual objects. The system is designed to mimic the movement and sensation of muscle with a a component called a McKibben Muscle. The glove is structured in a layer of…

E3 Spotlight: Sony And The Future Of PSVR

With over a million units sold and plenty of great games, PlayStation VR has had a surprisingly solid eight months so far. The platform just got a second wind with the release of the Aim Controller, and there’s plenty to look forward to coming up. But the broken promises of the Vita, 3D TVs, and…

IDC’s Data Shows VR is Not Dying, Not Even Close

VR is not dead. VR is not dying. VR is very much alive according to IDC’s numbers. Apple’s WWDC 2017 keynote made that abundantly clear with their announcement of support for external Metal graphics, HTC Vive, SteamVR and Metal VR. The VR market is only starting and now that all the biggest players in the…

Sony Has Officially Sold Over One Million PSVR Headsets

The coveted race to one million VR headsets was technically won previously since the Samsung Gear VR, a mobile-powered headset that requires a compatible Samsung Galaxy smartphone to work, surpassed it a very long time ago. In fact, earlier this year, they confirmed over five million so they’re pretty far out in front. But in the realm…

Vive Trackers Can Turn The Manus VR Gloves Into Position Tracked Controllers

Editor’s Note: In this weekly column, David Robustelli will breakdown the latest rapid prototype he and his team at CapitolaVR have created for VR and/or AR. They are responsible for games like Duckpocalypse as well as prototype projects such as HoloLens Golf, Gear VR Mirroring, and Pokemon GO for HoloLens. Check back each weekend for new prototypes!…

Hands-On: ODG Keeps Getting Stronger With 6 DOF Upgrade For AR Glasses

You can count the number of serious augmented reality players on one hand. The Osterhout Design Group snags one of those spots. ODG has been working in this space for decades now. Long before Pokemon GO and Snapchat filters there were the “black” government and military contracts that funded ODG’s early attempts to make AR feasible. The culmination…

Hapto Is A Bizarre VR Controller With Haptic Feedback

Perfect VR input needs precise control and realistic feedback, two things that are difficult to balance with modern technology. Hapto thinks it has the answer, though it creates a few questions of its own. This new motion controller is completely different the the Oculus Touch, Vive wands, or VR gloves. Hapto looks more like a…

TPCAST Wireless Vive Add-on Impressions

For a product that makes your VR experience untethered, TPCAST certainly adds a lot of wires and additional hardware to your HTC Vive setup. At the end of the day, though, the accessory removes one of the biggest things holding VR back — the long cord running from a PC to the headset. And it…

The Pro2 Adds 2D Print Images To Matterport’s Robust 3D Camera

Matterport has positioned itself as one of the most prominent VR companies, growing the company on a foundation of a large library of real places scanned into 3D that are being made available for VR as well. They’re able to do this with their proprietary camera and, now, they’re introducing a new model that not only…

Microsoft Reveals Dell and Asus VR Headset Designs

Microsoft’s planned roll out of a whole suite of VR headsets continues with the revelation of designs from Dell and ASUS. The Microsoft roll out is one of the most interesting plays for VR dominance given the headsets are extremely light weight and feature precise tracking that requires no outside hardware — so they are…

Aryzon Pitched As The ‘Cardboard of Augmented Reality’

While Google Cardboard, Daydream, and the Samsung Gear VR lead the charge for accessible virtual reality headsets and experiences, augmented reality hasn’t had its full day in the sunshine. There’s already some ease-of-use for the platform via smartphones and their cameras, but the devices could benefit from the immersion of a dedicated headset. Enter Aryzon….

HTC Link Is A New 6DOF VR Headset Only For Japan

Well this is surprising; HTC has yet another new VR headset on the way, promising to make an important breakthrough for a major category of device. Meet the HTC Link. The Link was first reported on by Japanese site Mogura VR. Intriguingly, it’s promising full six degrees of freedom (6DOF) tracking, which is something we haven’t…

Antilatency Raises $2.1 Million For Mobile Positional Tracking Solution

A startup named Antilatency with a positional tracking solution that recently impressed us has raised $2.1 million and is opening an office in the United States next month. According to the company, the seed investment comes from the Europe-based IIDF venture capital fund and will be used to accelerate the release of its “anti-latency tracker” which goes…

Report: Samsung To Reveal UHD Display Primed For VR Today

It’s going to be years until display resolutions are clear enough for VR to look like real life, but we’re inching ever forward. It looks like Samsung might be announcing the next step in that journey today. Reports from Yonhap News and The Korean Herald state that Samsung is expected to reveal a new 1.96…

Kortex Pairs Sleep And Stress Neurostimulation With VR Headsets

There are a handful of apps in the VR software ecosystem that serve as escapist experiences by whisking the user away into calm environments like serene forests or a private island. The interactive elements in some of these are minimal, instead getting the user to embrace a sort of virtual trance inspired by the sights…

Combine Your VR Headset And Your Prescription With VR Frames

With any type of head-mounted display, prescription lens garbed users are typically left out in the cold (or profoundly uncomfortable in some of the major HMDs) until a special solution is crafted. Some VR headsets can be a nuisance especially, not allowing a lot of room for glasses to be worn depending on their design….

Haptic Skin Created By Cornell Research Lab Makes VR Feel More Human

Virtual reality is great at bringing two of our senses into the digital world: sight and sound. That VR tech is already well-established and improving rapidly. However, we still aren’t at a point where we can touch, smell, or taste things inside of a VR headset. Obviously taste is the most important of these to solve (can…

The VR Spec Sheet: Rift, Vive, PSVR, Acer And HP Compared

Two new VR headsets joined the spec sheet fray today; Microsoft pulled back the curtain on its first two Windows 10 headsets made by Acer and HP. While both are lower in cost than the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, they present dramatically different means of delivering immersive experiences than what we’ve seen before. It’s…