Vive Tracker Powers Google Daydream Wireless Room Scale Hack

Back at CES we met a small creative studio with some big technical plans for the HTC Vive’s upcoming Tracker peripheral. The team’s name was Master of Shapes, and they were one of the groups that HTC had gathered to showcase some of the many applications for the new device. Specifically, they made a technical…

HTC Receives 2,300 Submissions for Vive Tracker, Developer Shipments Begin

During CES 2017 in January HTC announced two new accessories for the Vive head-mounted display (HMD), the Vive Deluxe Audio Strap and the Vive Tracker. Later on the same month the company then opened applications for developers to get hold of the latter device, to which its had a very successful response. HTC has revealed today…

Joinery Partners with Rapid VR to Expand Storytelling Capabilities

Joinery, a Los Angeles-based hub for pairing directors with advertising agencies, brands and musicians, has announced a partnership with Australian virtual reality (VR) production company Rapid VR, becoming its new US base for VR and 360-degree development. The collaboration will see Joinery provide the bricks and mortar infrastructure, production resources and creative culture to further…

Vive Tracker Includes USB Add-on To Connect The Additional Accessory

HTC recently released a document (PDF) detailing how its upcoming Tracker is supposed to function. The small puck-sized unit is meant to be attached to a range of objects and accessories, bringing physical guns, baseball bats, phones, cameras and much more into virtual reality with you. The Tracker holds enormous promise for extending 1:1 physical…

Vive Consumer and Business Headsets Will Diverge into Increasingly Separate VR Systems, Vive President Says

After launching the consumer HTC Vive in early 2016, the company began offering a $1,200 ‘Business Edition’ version of the headset which is essentially the same system but with dedicated support, an enhanced warranty, and bulk buying options. Going forward, however, the consumer and Business Edition systems will become increasingly diffentiated products. Speaking Alvin Wang Graylin,…

The 2017 Virtual Reality Conference and Expo Schedule

2016 could be considered the official introduction of virtual reality to the world and many industries have either embraced the technology at varying levels or simply started paying attention to movements within the industry. 2017 is going to be a pivotal year for the technology’s growth and there will be many events welcoming VR as an…

Verdict: Zenimax Awarded $500 Million Judgement in Oculus VR Lawsuit

The verdict’s finally in. A Dallas, Texas jury awarded half a billion dollars to ZeniMax Wednesday after finding that Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey, and by extension Oculus, violated the terms of a non-disclosure agreement in the early days of developing the Rift VR headset. The jury also found Oculus guilty on charges related to false…

Top Ten VR Highlights from CES 2017

Another year has brought another festival of the future in the form of the winter Consumer Entertainment Show. Amidst the curved televisions, 8k, Bluetooth toasters and robots that can do anything from nannying kids to playing Cards Against Humanity, VR had an important presence at CES, with a mix of interesting experiments to technological boosts…

Vive President Says Next-gen VR Headsets Likely to Come in 1 to 3 Year Cycles

Over the course of the last 50 years, capital markets have significantly codified a generational model approach consumer technology products. New “generations” of products are expected to come at a regular pace and provide increased features and reliability at the same prices. But depending upon the product type, the typical life cycle from one generation to…

The Director Of The Book Of Life Is Making A New Google Spotlight Story

A new entry in Google’s now Academy Award-nominated Spotlight Stories series of 360-degree films will boast some serious directing talent behind it. We somehow missed this when it was announced last month but Jorge Gutierrez, the director of animated hit, The Book of Life, will be heading up a forthcoming entry in the series. The…

HTC Opens Applications for Free Vive Tracker Dev Kit

HTC announced earlier in January that they’d be giving away 1,000 Vive Trackers to developers. Applications to get your hands on one of the Trackers are now open through February 7th. The new HTC Vive Tracker is a standalone tracking ‘puck’ which uses the same precise Lighthouse tracking system that presently tracks the Vive headset…

HTC’s Vive Tracker Passes FCC Regulations

HTC’s new Tracker peripherals for the Vive VR headset are expected to launch soon, and they may have just passed a big milestone. It appears that, just a few days ago, the Tracker This could mean a whole host of Vive-compatible add-ons are one step closer to their Q2 2017 release window. These peripherals are…

Prepare for a Fight as Knockout League Hits HTC Vive

During CES 2017 earlier this month the Vive Showcase featured a number of titles on demonstration, one of which was Knockout League from Grab Games. Today Vive Studios, which develops in-house as well as supporting other studios, has announced the launch of the boxing title for HTC Vive. An early access videogame on Steam Knockout League is a…

Quantifying Touch on 15 Dimensions with SynTouch

SynTouch has created a system that can quantify the sense of touch on fifteen different dimensions called the SynTouch Standard, and they’re one of the most impressive haptic start-ups that I’ve seen so far. SynTouch isn’t creating haptic displays per se, but they are capturing the data that will vital for other VR haptic companies…

The Future of VR Arcades with VRsenal

HTC announced the Vive Tracker at CES this year, which will enable a range of VR peripherals that are targeted to from consumers to high-end virtual reality arcades. One of the higher-end peripherals that debuted was VRsenal’s VR-15, which has built-in haptics and the same weight distribution as a M-15 and AR-15. I had a…

Tricking the Brain is the Only Way to Achieve a Total Haptics Solution

Deep in the basement of the Sands Expo Hall at CES was an area of emerging technologies called Eureka Park, which had a number of VR start-ups hoping to connect with suppliers, manufacturers, investors, or media in order to launch a product or idea. There was an early-stage haptic start-up called Go Touch VR showing…

HTC Plans to Certify Accessories Approved for Use with Vive Tracker

At CES earlier this month, HTC announced the Vive Tracker, a standalone tracking device which taps into the Vive’s Lighthouse tracking system, and which can be attached to objects to track them in VR, including purpose-built accessories. The company plans to have an official certification process for accessory makers. The Vive Tracker is a standalone…

Nike’s New AR Feature Lets You Display Different Styles On Physical Shoes

Augmented and virtual reality are slowly but surely being integrated into shopping experiences worldwide. At CES for example, GAP and Asus teamed up for an AR shopping app that may point toward the future of mobile shopping engagement. And previously we covered Adidas and their promotion of a new soccer shoe using virtual reality throughout Europe….

Capture Photos In VR With This HTC Vive Accessory

Share all your amazing digital experiences with the first ever camera to shoot in virtual reality. The internet has been going bonkers ever since HTC unveiled their most exciting Vive accessory to date at this years CES in Las Vegas, The Vive Tracker. The revolutionary accessory can attach to various real-world items, turning them into…

DigiLens Raises $22 Million For Consumer-Focused Augmented Reality Products

DigiLens raised an additional $22 million in a Series B investment round from Sony, Foxconn, Continental and Panasonic, along with venture investors including Alsop Louie Partners, Bold Capital, Nautilus Venture Partners and Dolby Family Ventures. Gilman Louie, founder and managing director of Alsop Louie Partners, said the next generation display technology will be glass. “Data…

VR Livestreaming to Facebook Now Supported by NVIDIA GeForce Experience

At CES 2017 it was announced that users with NVIDIA’s Geforce Experience software will be able to stream gameplay of whatever they’re playing, including VR content, to Facebook Live. An update now available for the software enables the feature, including the ability to share 360 degree screenshots. GeForce Experience—software unique to Nvidia’s GPUs which keeps drivers…

Palmer Luckey Answers Questions In ZeniMax Court Case

Publicly, Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey has been missing in action since the revelation that he supported a political propaganda campaign back in September 2016. This week, however, he’s unavoidably stepped back into the spotlight as he answered questions in the ongoing Oculus-ZeniMax legal battle. Yesterday was an eventful day for the case, with Facebook CEO Mark…

Oculus Story Studio’s ‘Dear Angelica’ To Ship ‘So Soon’

The 2017 Sundance Film Festival kicks off tomorrow in Utah and, after skipping out CES, it marks the first big event of the year for Oculus. Facebook’s VR company has traditionally made a big splash at the prestigious event, which celebrates independent film making. Two years back it introduced the Oculus Story Studio division along…

OSSIC CEO on Why the Future of Music is Immersive & Interactive

OSSIC debuted their latest OSSIC X headphone prototype at CES this year with one of the best immersive audio demos that I’ve heard yet. OSSIC CEO Jason Riggs told me that their headphones do a dynamic calibration of your ears in order to render out near-field audio that is customized to your anatomy, and they…

Daydream View Is $50 On Google Play Store Until Late February

Got a shiny new Pixel, or other Daydream-compatible smartphone? Been sitting on the fence about getting into Google’s VR ecosystem? Now might be the right time. Daydream View, the first headset to support the platform, is currently $49 on the Google Play Store, which is $30 off the regular price of $79. It applies to…