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New virtual training ground for drones

Boston - To become more effective drones need to be 'trained', using machine learning principles. To aid this, a new virtual reality training ground for drones has been established.

Reports: Google to acquire light-field camera startup Lytro

Google is reportedly set to purchase light-field camera manufacturer Lytro for approximately $40m. The company is primarily interested in Lytro for its innovative technology, which produces cameras capable of refocusing images after they are taken.

Special '4-D goggles' allow wearers to be 'touched'

San Diego - A new concept in '4-D goggles', from University of California - San Diego, allows wearers to be physically 'touched' by approaching objects.

Oculus forgot to renew a certificate, bricked every Rift headset

Every Oculus Rift VR headset temporarily stopped working today after the Facebook-owned company forgot to renew a security certificate. Oculus has since released an update to restore impacted Rifts, but owners will need to download and apply it manually.

HoloLens used to 'see inside' hospital patients before surgery

Microsoft has detailed a pilot project at a UK hospital that uses the company's HoloLens mixed reality headset to "see inside" surgical patients. Surgeons use the device to identify key blood vessels, bones and muscles before they start an operation.

Op-Ed: Accenture VR goes mainstream, sorta, kinda, in a way

Dublin - Virtual reality has been around for two decades. In that time, it has done effectively nothing much, commercially. Now it’s trying again, thanks to Accenture’s fashion app.

New software allows robots to be operated through VR

Brown University technologists have developed software that enables users control robots over the Internet using standard a virtual reality hardware interface.

Journalists using virtual reality should show moderation

Virtual reality can pull readers over to news sites to view immersive content; however, the extent of this needs to be moderated otherwise news credibility will suffer. Journalists should take note in this era of fake and misleading news.

Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 845 chip for next year's phones

Qualcomm's officially unveiled its upcoming Snapdragon 845 processor, the chip set to power many of next year's top-tier Android devices. As expected, the company has moved to add new AI capabilities, increase power efficiency and improve raw performance.

Producing ergonomic and lightweight VR displays

Dresden - Lightweight, compact VR glasses can now become a reality due to large-area OLED microdisplays, according to the European research instiution Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft.

Amazon launches browser-based tool for building VR experiences

Amazon has launched a web-based toolkit to help developers create immersive virtual and augmented reality experiences. Built on Amazon Web Services, Sumerian provides a complete VR creation studio inside a web browser, removing the need for coding skills.

Quarterly VR headset shipments pass one million for first time

Shipments of VR headsets passed one million units in the last quarter, according to new analysis published today. It's the first time the VR market has managed to shift so many devices during a quarter. Price cuts have contributed to the increased demand.

Shaping consumer eating habits with VR technology

Consumption of ‘unhealthy foods’ is a major societal problem, especially with spiraling obesity rates in so-called ‘developed countries’. Can consumer behavior be modified to eat more healthy foods through the use of virtual reality?

Google launches new spatial audio toolkit to help VR sound design

Google's announced a new spatial sound development kit that helps developers integrate realistic surround sound into VR applications. Resonance Audio works across platforms and on any device, ranging from smartphones through to desktop VR headsets.

Google launches Poly, a marketplace for 3D objects

Google's announced a new service to help VR and AR developers find 3D objects for their apps. One of the biggest challenges facing VR is a lack of content. Poly will let 3D model creators share their work, giving app creators more assets to use.

Microsoft explains how mixed reality will transform the workplace

Microsoft's announced a new strategy to bring mixed reality to every modern workplace. The company said it believes the tech could lead to significant productivity and efficiency improvements by allowing employees to blend the real and digital worlds.

Top VR game developer cancels new productions, lays off 100

CCP Games, maker of some of the biggest virtual reality games, has announced it's pulling out of the market so it can focus on PC-based titles. The decision casts further doubt on the future of the VR gaming industry which has had a sluggish start.

Samsung's 360 Round lets content creators livestream in VR

Samsung's announced its own 360-degree camera designed for virtual reality content creation. The Samsung 360 Round incorporates 17 lenses and can livestream 4K and 3D video with spatial audio soundtracks. It's a complete package for VR content creators.

Firms allocate bigger IT budgets as interest in AI and IoT mounts

IT department budgets are set to increase in 2018 as firms dedicate resources to experimenting with AI and the Internet of Things. The drive towards the digital economy, automation and cloud-based analytics is leading businesses to prioritise IT spending.

Mark Zuckerberg wants 'one billion' people to use virtual reality

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said the company wants to get one billion people using virtual reality. Speaking at Facebook's Oculus Connect VR event, Zuckerberg said headsets are "freeing" and let people experience things they'd otherwise miss out on.

Nokia admits virtual reality isn't booming, cuts 310 jobs

Nokia has announced it's cancelling its innovative OZO VR camera and cutting over 300 jobs involved with its virtual reality business. The company said VR is growing at a "slower-than-expected" pace and it has acted to "optimise" its industry presence.

Nokia admits virtual reality isn't booming, cuts 310 jobs

Nokia has announced it's cancelling its innovative OZO VR camera and cutting over 300 jobs involved with its virtual reality business. The company said VR is growing at a "slower-than-expected" pace and it has acted to "optimise" its industry presence.

Mixed reality now helps the police solve crimes

Mixed reality is helping to solve crimes by making it easier for police to capture content found at the scenes of incidents. A prototype system has been described as an "innovative proof of concept" by a police force that's already using it.

macOS High Sierra sets the stage for VR and AI on the Mac

Apple has launched macOS High Sierra, the latest version of the company's desktop operating system. This year's release largely focuses on forward-thinking under-the-hood changes. There are also a few tweaks to popular apps and features.

Augmented reality used by publishers to aid reader understanding

Media publishers are using augmented reality technology to create more immersive material and help people understand their content. 36 percent of publishers are thought to be exploring the tech with some big organisations, like Quartz, getting on board.

Dell enters mixed reality market with $350 Windows headset

Dell has opened preorders for its Visor mixed reality headset. It's one of several Windows-powered MR devices arriving this fall that integrate directly with Windows 10. The headset is designed around comfort and is priced competitively for the holidays.

HTC could sell off Vive VR business as it seeks new strategy

HTC is reportedly considering several strategic options as it struggles to succeed in the increasingly competitive technology market. The company could sell off its Vive virtual reality business, seeing it withdraw from VR. Google might be the buyer.

HTC Vive gets a permanent $200 price cut

HTC has cut $200 from the price of its Vive virtual reality headset as the VR market begins to heat up. The Vive is still more expensive than its main rival, the Facebook-produced Oculus Rift, but is now a more competitively priced alternative.

Augmented reality system helps medical professionals

Birmingham - The coming together of medics and technologists has shown how a mixed reality system can allow medical practitioners to view and effectively interact with virtual replicas of patients' organs, bones and body parts.

Augmented and virtual reality spending to double each year

Worldwide sales of augmented and virtual reality products are expected to at least double each year until 2021. Analysts predict the market will be worth over $215 billion within four years as the sector moves past consumers to business transformation.
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The author trying out the Samsung Gear VR headset while watching a virtual-reality film
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HTC Vive standalone VR headset
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Oculus Rift virtual reality headset
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Virtual reality will create an "internet of experience" filled with experiential media
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Samsung Gear 360 [2017]
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President Obama features in a new VR film about the US National Parks Service
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Google has added facial expressions to virtual reality using its headset removal tech
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Xbox One Game Streaming to Oculus Rift
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President Obama features in a new VR film about the US National Parks Service
President Obama features in a new VR film about the US National Parks Service
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Xbox One Game Streaming to Oculus Rift
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The headset and Samsung phone used for the Samsung Gear VR
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The author of this article using the Samsung Gear VR's touchpad
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This photo shows a developer version of an Oculus Rift headset combined with a Leap Motion controller and camera system.
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Samsung Gear 360 [2017]
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Rush University Medical Center Tower
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A Daydream VR headset
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Oculus Rift at Oculus Connect 3, October 2016
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People of all ages tried out the virtual reality experiences at TechOutLA