Oculus Rift ships all preorders, Vive available in UK GAME stores

The major virtual reality headset vendors appear to have sorted out their production line woes, as both HTC and Oculus Rift aim for faster delivery times. 

Oculus announced this week it has now shipped all preorder units, and apologised for a delay that left some waiting months for their headsets. 

“We want to apologise or the delays in getting Rifts to doorsteps. We appreciate that without your support, VR wouldn’t be where it is today. Thank you for your patience over the past few months,"

By Rachael Power, 14 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Hardware.

Why VR, AR and mixed reality are the ‘fourth wave’ of consumer computing

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If we take the PC, the internet, and mobile as the first three waves of consumer computing, then what comes next? According to a report from research firm Digi-Capital, it’s virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and mixed reality (MR).

The proclamation, which appears in the analysts’ latest Q216 augmented and virtual reality report (subscription required), argues that while VR has two distinct forms,...

By James Bourne, 12 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: AR, Hardware, Research.

HTC's Vive accessory store is now open

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HTC has launched an online Vive accessory store, three months after the headsets began shipping in April. 

The site promises cables, controllers and headphones, but so far only has three products listed.

Vive users can now buy face cushions, at £23.99, nose rests at £11.99 and a USB extension cable for £8.99.

While some publications were initially reporting the Vive store in EU countries yielded more accessories than its US counterpart, HTC...

By Rachael Power, 04 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Hardware.

Reimagining data centre space with virtual reality technology

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What was once viewed as the stuff of science fiction, virtual reality (VR) has seen its impact flourish in the enterprise landscape. Continuous developments and the practical business potentials have pushed VR deeper across a range of industries, including healthcare and automotive. While VR technology ultimately requires constant refinement to match consumer demands, not to mention a network of supporting technologies, data centre operators have begun tapping into the potential...

By Greg McCulloch, 30 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Enterprise, Hardware.

Sony sets virtual reality at heart of its growth plans

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Sony’s got its sights set firmly on virtual reality as an area of growth, it said ahead of its October 2016 PlaystationVR launch.

This week, it released a mid-range corporate plan for the next two years, outlining where it wants to take the business.

Sony’s a company that’s gone through quite a transformation over the last few years. Since CEO Kazuo Hirai came into the business, it’s moved away...

By Rachael Power, 29 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Gaming, Hardware.

Robotics company crowdfunding for 360-degree video drone on Indiegogo

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While drone cameras are no new thing, one company’s crowdfunding for what it claims is the first drone capable of capturing ‘4K UHD 360-degree video’ on Indiegogo.

The campaign’s going very well; it’s raised 115% of its $25,000 (£17,700) target and still has 15 days left to run.

The Exo 260 Drone is a product of Queen B Robotics, based in the US. The matte...

By Rachael Power, 16 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Hardware.

Zeiss launches upgraded VR ONE headset at E3

 

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With everyone from gaming giants to phone networks getting in on a slice of the VR headset action, it's no surprise to see other industries launch their own head-mounted devices. 

The latest announcement comes from international optics tech company Zeiss, which is better known for making medical devices and camera lenses. 

Back in 2014, it launched a VR ONE headset. But as it announced at the E3 conference this week, it's upping its game with an upgraded version,

By Rachael Power, 15 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Hardware.

Six E3 virtual reality announcements you need to know about

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Unless you've been hiding under a rock somewhere for the last few days, no doubt you'll have heard VR is a pretty big deal at this year's E3 conference - and predictably so. 

But there have been some surprises pulled out of the bag by key vendors, including Microsoft, Sony and Ubisoft:

1. Microsoft's Project Scorpio

Alongside the 40% slimmer Xbox One console, the $300 Xbox S which launches in August, Microsoft also...

By Rachael Power, 14 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Gaming, Hardware, Microsoft, Platforms.

How this company is using one of the UK’s first Nokia Ozo VR cameras

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Forrester wrote this week that brands who want to lead the pack in adopting VR will need to make the right investments to reap large rewards.

With a $60,000 price tag and high grade specs, the Nokia Ozo 360 degree camera may be considered just that.

The product - one of the first commercially available professional grade 360 degree cameras on the market - started shipping in March. Only a...

By Rachael Power, 03 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Brands, Hardware.

Queen's Brian May launches affordable VR viewer

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Not content at letting the likes of Google dominate the affordable VR market, Queen's Brian May has decided to release his own VR viewer, the OWL Virtual Reality Kit. 

May, who also has a PhD in Astrophysics, is a keen lifelong stereoscopy enthusiast and collector. His OWL product has been around since 2009, focusing on Victorian stereo cards and recently released astronomy and Queen-focused 3D images. 

But after...

By Rachael Power, 27 May 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Devices, Hardware.