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…

Microsoft Reveals Motion Controllers For Windows VR Headsets

In a keynote today Microsoft is revealing a long-awaited missing piece of its Windows mixed reality platform – motion controllers. We still don’t have many details on the new controllers beyond the fact that they are said to offer full six degrees of freedom  — like Oculus Touch and Vive’s wands — but that they…

HP and Acer VR Headsets Available For Pre-Order Today Starting At $300

VR headset developer kits from Acer and HP that work with Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 10 mixed reality platform will be available for pre-order today starting at around $300. The hardware of the headsets themselves likely won’t change between when these systems start shipping to developers and when they are marketed toward consumers in a push…

VESA Creates AR and VR Special Interest Group

Many people don’t actually know who VESA is, but they’re responsible for a lot of the display standards that we use every day. They’re responsible for the most crucial digital display standards that have existed in the past and even into the future including VGA, DVI, LVDS and DisplayPort. The extremely popular USB Type-C uses…

Avatar Technology From USC Captures Your Body In 20 Minutes

USC’s Institute for Creative Technologies embraces the resources afforded the entertainment industries to not only improve them but to enhance the lives of service members, students, and society. Across graphics, learning sciences, medical VR, mixed reality, and much more, the ICT is responsible for a large collection of awards and is instrumental in many new…

New TPCast Trailer Gets Very Excited About Wireless VR

TPCast’s wireless upgrade kit for the HTC Vive is expected to make its way to the west very soon, but it’s already shipping in China. This new trailer to accompany the platform’s launch is very excited to tell you why that’s a big deal. The video starts off rather dramatically, implying that a Vive user…

Hands-On With Bionik’s Rift-Style Mantis PSVR Headphones

Since we’re still in the first generation of real consumer-grade VR headsets, no company was going to get it absolutely perfectly from the get-go. The HTC Vive has the most expansive, scaleable, open, and impressive tracking system with its lighthouses, the Oculus Touch controllers are our favorite tracked motion controllers on the market, and the…

VRgluv Is A Fully Funded Force Feedback Glove On Kickstarter

Deepening the immersion of virtual reality is something many creators or working on, from finding a natural form of locomotion to delivering realistic physical feedback from these virtual worlds. The latter of the two has been tackled in various forms but a common factor between a majority of the options is a high price tag….

Adobe Tech Could Give Cheap 360 Cameras 6 DOF Upgrades

Virtual reality cameras have been hot hardware in the industry this past month and now Adobe is bringing innovative new software to the table as well. Earlier this week, Variety reported that Adobe’s head of Research Gavin Miller is claiming a new process for 360 video post-processing. Adobe’s system can apparently convert standard monoscopic 360 video into a much…

HTC Vive Is Getting A $220 Plug-And-Play Eye Tracking Peripheral Next Month

Eye tracking is one feature that could could benefit the performance and affordability of high-end virtual reality headsets. The HTC Vive should become the first mainstream headset to put that theory to the test. A Chinese startup known as 7invensun (pronounced seven-in-ven-sun) is announcing it will be releasing  a new eye tracking module for the Vive…

TPCast Business Edition Runs Six Wireless Vives At Once

The TPCast wireless solution for the HTC Vive virtual reality headset is expanding its slate of products to include a multi-user device. Dubbed the “TPCast: Business Edition,” this system will build on the company’s existing hardware and allow up to six headsets to run wirelessly in a single space. TPCast BE is targeting a variety of…

This Video Shows Nintendo Switch VR Is Already Possible

The Nintendo Switch has been out for over a month now and it’s still going strong. I play mine almost daily, even after finishing the full main story in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. New games are coming out every week, including Mario Kart 8 Deluxe this Friday, and the portability and…

Samsung’s Facesense Recognizes Facial Expressions For VR Navigation

With body language, humans are able to express a range of feelings with only the most the subtle shifts in demeanor. Our facial expressions alone can show off a huge range of responses. Interaction with VR is something various companies continue to try to nail down, attempting to enable users to manipulate these worlds while…

Antilatency Is An Intriguing Mobile Positional Tracking Solution

At VRLA we got a look at an impressive tech demo from a startup out of Russia that is moving to San Francisco soon. The startup is called The system features a small on-board camera on the bottom of the headset facing down and outward. It detects rapidly pulsing infrared light markers on strips at…

NVIDIA Offers Three Free VR Games With Select New Hardware

In the grand scheme of things, we’re still in the early stages of virtual reality adoption. While the price of admission may still be a bit on the higher end for some, the software ecosystem is inspiring people to invest and get hardware that can support these immersive experiences. Yesterday we reported on an Oculus…

Google Has A New VR Camera And A ‘Roadmap’ For Answering Facebook

Google’s JUMP team is announcing a new, virtual reality camera today that is smaller and lighter than its predecessors. The new unit is being positioned as an affordable, portable, easy to use system that will allow creators to make high quality 360 videos more easily. This new camera was built in partnership with YI technologies. It…

Digital Domain Reveals New Solutions For VR Broadcasting And Publishing

As 360-degree and virtual content grows, many entities are attempting to gain a foothold on either the content creation aspect or the side that provides the hardware and software for such creation. Digital Domain is a creative force in media that specializes in transportive content and they consider themselves one of the pioneers when it…

HTC Opens Up The Code For Its VR Vive Tracker

HTC is releasing tutorials and project files for studio-created Vive Tracker projects as a new resource for VR developers. The company is hoping that this will enable more developers to make their own controllers and hardware while developing for the Vive VR headset. This is the latest bid to provide innovative and immersive gameplay in…

Preorders Now Open For Insta360’s 8K VR Camera

China’s Insta360 has announced it is taking preorders for its Insta360 Pro 8K professional virtual reality camera, the Insta360 Pro, as part of its ambitions to raise the bar for 360-degree VR films. The company originally announced the 6-lens camera at CES 2017, the big tech trade show in Las Vegas in January. The Insta360 Pro…