The Last Jedi’ will be brought into virtual reality

The winners of Hollywood’s growing move to virtual reality will be the hardware and software companies that strike deals with major studios, like Nokia, which announced it will film Star Wars VR content. Announced on Monday, the multi-year deal pairs the studios behind Star Wars—Disney and Lucasfilm—with Nokia’s new OZO VR camera. “Utilizing the Nokia […]

Google Jump takes a big leap forward with the Yi Hao

What’s circular, black, and has 17 integrated cameras? No, it’s not that drone that keeps flying by your yard (but seriously, what is that?) — it’s the latest entrant into the ultra-hot 360-video camera space courtesy of Google, and it’s called the Yi Halo. The Halo is the next-generation Jump camera. Jump, you may remember, […]

Get ready for augmented reality *everything*

The hottest thing in Silicon Valley is coming soon to … well, pretty much everything. Augmented reality is shaping up to be the next big digital gold rush, and consumers should ready themselves for the onslaught. Apple’s doing it. So are Google and Snapchat. Oh, and as we saw recently, Facebook is as well.   […]

Ever wish you could fly? Jump onto a hoverboard in virtual reality

The Possible: “Hoverboard” If you could have just one superpower, what would it be? For Alexandru Duru, the answer was obvious: the ability to fly. That’s why he founded Omni Hoverboards, which has transformed hoverboard technology from dream to reality. In this episode of “The Possible,” you’ll follow his team as it builds and tests […]

What it’s actually like to hang out in Facebook Spaces

Virtual reality seems cool, but what can you actually do when you’re in it?  Quite a lot, it turns out.  On April 18, Facebook released a social VR experience called Facebook Spaces. Paired with an Oculus Rift, Spaces allows users to hang out with friends in a 360-degree virtual reality world and share 3D videos […]

Facebook’s new 360-degree cameras change the virtual reality game

Virtual reality just got a bit less, well, virtual.  On the second day of Facebook’s F8 conference in San Jose, the company unveiled two new cameras that have the potential to change the way people both capture and experience virtual reality.  The x24 and x6, as they are called, use their assortment of cameras to […]

Facebook’s top VR researcher explains why augmented reality is the future

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks at his company’s annual F8 developer conference.Image: AP/REX/Shutterstock By Karissa Bell2017-04-20 01:53:03 UTC Augmented reality is the future because it’s a lot more socially acceptable than virtual reality. That was the surprising message from  Chief Oculus Scientist Michael Abrash at F8.  During his portion of the keynote, when many in […]

F8 makes it abundantly clear that Facebook has ambitions way beyond your social network

Why settle for a piece of the pie when you can have it all?Image: Justin Sullivan/Getty By Jack Morse2017-04-20 02:10:31 UTC Facebook is coming for you.  With the social media giant’s F8 conference in the rear-view mirror, it is now more clear than ever that what we think of when we think of Facebook — […]

Rejoice! Oculus Rift owners can now experience the awesomeness of Google Earth VR

Google just made becoming Superman in virtual reality a lot easier.  How so?   The search giant finally answered the requests of many VR users by opening Google Earth VR up to Oculus Rift users, and the update includes Oculus Touch controller support.  For the uninitiated, Google Earth VR takes the stunning 3D rendered landscapes […]