PlayStation announces new VR headset

Sony has announced a new model of its PSVR headset that, while not big on headline-grabbing innovations, does contain a number on interesting new features.

The aim of the new headset seems to be one of streamlining things and removing some unsuccessful parts of the previous model rather than fully updating the VR headset.

The updated model, called CUH-ZVR2, is set to reach Japan on October 14, with a wider North American release set to follow at a date to be confirmed.

The announcement on the PlayStation site...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 03 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Hardware.

Intel cancels Project Alloy

Intel has announced that it is officially ended its Project Alloy initiative. The project, which aimed to be the first truly wireless VR headset, with no need for cords, controllers or a separate PC, was meant to be shipping a reference design to its partners in the second half of this year.

Although the company has remained tight-lipped on the reasons for cancelling the ‘merged reality’ headset, but there has been speculation that the decision was made due to lack of interest from partners.

In a statement made...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 25 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Hardware.

Pimax launches 8K VR headset

VR hardware developers Pimax has announced of their new 200° FOV 8K VR headset. The headset is set to be the most graphically advanced headset on available on the market.

The company turned heads with the release of the first 4K headset, which was recognised as the best VR product at CES Asia 2016.

The new headset looks to double the field of view to 200°, which almost matches the human view of 220°. It will also offer six time the resolution of other mainstream headsets.

According to the company,...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 20 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Hardware.

VR-controlled robot disarms bombs

The narrative that robots are coming for all of our jobs often fails to mention one important fact: that there some jobs that no human really wants to be doing anyway.

One of those jobs being disarming bombs and explosives.

A robot called Taurus Dexterous, created by SRI International, has begun to remove humans from having to physically disarm and dispose of bombs, and therefore face a very real threat to their lives. While bomb disposal robots have been in use for a while now, Taurus is the first to utilise...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 14 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Case Studies, Hardware.

Why So Many Doubters? Riding the VR Hype Cycle

From the moment Mark Zuckerberg handed over $2billion for Oculus Rift, the starting gun sounded for the latest trip around the VR hype cycle.

VR is not a new technology. The earliest incarnations have been traced all the way back to around 1860 in the form of panoramic paintings. By 1930, the first flight simulator using a version of the technology was sold to the US military to improve pilot skills. The first head mounted display was developed in 1960, first VR goggles hit the shelves in 1987, Lawnmower Man...

By Robert Kendal, 11 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Brands, Enterprise, Hardware.

Acer predicts Microsoft’s mixed reality will win the VR race

Acer’s chairman Jason Chen has estimated that Micorsoft’s mixed reality ecosystem will come out on top of the VR pile in the next few years.

Chen thinks that the mixed reality market will reach 10 million units sold a year in the next half a decade, making it easily the most popular VR platform.

The company’s awesomely titled Mixed Reality Head-Mounted Display (HMD) is available for pre-order now. Like other mixed reality headsets, the device is not a full-on VR gaming platform, but it will...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 05 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Hardware.

HP debuts VR backpack at SIGGRAPH 2017

HP has unveiled its HP Z Backpack VR solution at SIGGRAPH 2017. The Backpack looks to provide the user with freedom of movement while in virtual experiences.

The company describes the backpack as a ‘catalyst for more powerful VR experiences across many enterprises and businesses’.

The company specifically pointed out four potential use cases for the technology:

- the deliverance of safe and effective virtual training for dangerous professions or operating...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 01 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Hardware.

HTC announces premium VR headset for China market

HTC has announced the first Vive Standalone VR headset for the Chinese market, which will have Viveport as its official content platform.

HTC Vive hopes that the new standalone will be the number one premium device for Chinese consumers.

The Vive Standalone will make use of features of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 mobile VR platform that was designed to support built-in VR functionality. This will allow developers to more rapidly release compelling content.

“China is the leading mobile market in the...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 27 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Hardware.

Mira launches $99 Prism AR headset

Startup Mira is making a bold move into the AR market with its Prism headset. The headset, which is currently open for pre-order at $99, uses the iPhone as its power source.

The small price tag (roughly £75 or AU$125) is well below the $3,000 retail price of the Microsoft HoloLens. This is possible because the headset follows a similar approach to the Google Cardboard, except with the iPhone.

Mira apps run on an iPhone that is placed into the headset and in turn forms part of the...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 19 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: AR, Hardware.

Successful demonstration of VR live streaming surgery training tool

A successful demonstration has shown that medical surgery can be live-streamed in VR to help students learn.

The project was led by London-based developer Room One in collaboration with Ericsson, BT, King’s College London (KCL) and OPTO. The demonstration was held at Ericsson’s Innovation Day in Aachen, Germany.

The demonstration follows Mobile World Congress 2017, where a surgeon successfully controlled a robot arm using a connected glove. The

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 18 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Hardware.