Harvard’s New ‘Flat Lens’ Could Give VR Headsets Better Image Quality, Making Them Lighter and More Compact

Harvard’s New ‘Flat Lens’ Could Give VR Headsets Better Image Quality, Making Them Lighter and More Compact

The lenses in VR headsets may be getting clearer, lighter, and wafer thing, with the help of a new manufacturing process that uses nanotechnology to not only shrink the thickness of the lens, but also correct for the sort of color distortions common to the lenses currently used in VR headsets. … Read the full article …

This Uncovered Silhouette May Be the First Glimpse of the SteamVR Headset

This Uncovered Silhouette May Be the First Glimpse of the SteamVR Headset

So you've probably heard by now that Valve is set to reveal a SteamVR Dev Kit come GDC 2015 next week. Well, some folks poking around their website found a photo hidden in the source code that reveals what might be the first glimpse of the VR headset. … Read the full article …

News Bits: Oculus Lists Official Samsung Gear VR Compatibility for Note 4 Variants

While the Galaxy Note 4 is the only 'one' phone that is compatible with Samsung's Gear VR headset, there's different variations of the phone for different regions. Should you be attempting to import a Gear VR from a country where the device is not officially available, you can now check a compatibility list from Oculus before making a risky purchase. … Read the full article …

Oculus Mobile VR Jam 2015 Offers $1 Million in Prizes Beginning in April

Oculus Mobile VR Jam 2015 Offers $1 Million in Prizes Beginning in April

Come April, Oculus will hold a Mobile VR Jam with prizes totaling $1 million. The company is incentivizing the creation of virtual reality games and experiences for the Samsung Gear VR headset, which Samsung built in collaboration with Oculus. … Read the full article …

Tactical Haptics Returns to GDC 2015 with New Demo for Haptic Controller

Tactical Haptics Returns to GDC 2015 with New Demo for Haptic Controller

Tactical Haptics is coming back to this year's Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco to give a fresh demo of their haptic controller, Reactive Grip. The device aims to give popular motion tracking devices a more immersive feel for in-game object manipulation, adding a level of tactile feedback that goes beyond gamepad rumble packs. … Read the full article …

First Look: NHL Testing NextVR for Live VR Broadcast of Hockey Games

First Look: NHL Testing NextVR for Live VR Broadcast of Hockey Games

We knew NextVR was showing off its panoramic video at the NBA All-Star Technology Summit last week, but now the company says the NHL will be getting the same 360 degree treatment, transmitted live and in 'broadcast quality'. … Read the full article …

Report: Nvidia May Reveal “Titan VR” Headset at GDC 2015

Report: Nvidia May Reveal “Titan VR” Headset at GDC 2015

After the surprise announcement that Valve would be revealing a "SteamVR Dev Kit" at next week's GDC 2015, yet another huge entrant may be about to join the virtual reality arena. The company is reportedly on the verge of revealing a "Titan VR" headset, and may do so at an event next week during GDC. … Read the full article …

Valve to Reveal “SteamVR Dev Kit” Next Week at GDC 2015

Valve to Reveal “SteamVR Dev Kit” Next Week at GDC 2015

Gaming giant Valve has announced that they'll be revealing a "previously-unannounced SteamVR hardware system" at GDC 2015. The company has been actively engaged in R&D in the AR/VR space but hasn't previously broken into the hardware market. This new information makes it look like they might be gearing up to do just that. … Read the full article …

Convrge Adds Shared Movie Screen and New Area, ‘Theater Grand Opening’ Event Tomorrow

Convrge Adds Shared Movie Screen and New Area, ‘Theater Grand Opening’ Event Tomorrow

Convrge, a social VR platform for the Oculus Rift, has been steadily building out its virtual space to enable multiplayer VR experiences. The latest version of the platform adds a shared movie screen for group viewings and additional space to the map. … Read the full article …

Rev VR Podcast (Ep.95): Apollo 11 Kickstarter and Education in VR with Drash, David, and Sandra

Rev VR Podcast (Ep.95): Apollo 11 Kickstarter and Education in VR with Drash, David, and Sandra

Several folks emailed me and asked, "Where is the podcast with the Apollo 11 developers!?" Great idea. I reached out to the developers, David and Sandra Whelan, and Drash, to talk about their hot new Kickstarter campaign. … Read the full article …

Oculus Rift Creator: “Don’t get too hyped on the possibility of seeing [VR input] at GDC”

Oculus Rift Creator: “Don’t get too hyped on the possibility of seeing [VR input] at GDC”

Palmer Luckey, creator of the Oculus Rift, has preempted any rumors that Oculus might be showing a first-party VR input solution at the upcoming GDC 2015 in March. … Read the full article …

Second Annual VR Mixer to be Held at GDC 2015 on March 5th, Tickets Available Now

Second Annual VR Mixer to be Held at GDC 2015 on March 5th, Tickets Available Now

SVVR and SFVR invite you to the second-annual GDC VR Mixer on Thursday, March 5 from 6:30 PM - 10:30 PM in downtown San Francisco. This time, we’ve booked a 20,000 sq. ft. venue to showcase the newest virtual reality technology while making sure you have plenty of space to socialize. Best of all, it’s only two blocks from GDC. … Read the full article …

News Bits: Epic Games Offering up Cash from $5 Million Fund to ‘Anyone Making Cool Things with UE4′

Epic Games is offering developers a "no strings attached" piece of their recently established development fund, a financial grant pool that tops out at $5,000,000 worth of cash. The funds are earmarked for projects with working prototypes, that are built in and around the company's game engine, Unreal Engine 4. … Read the full article …

Why Social Virtual Reality is Worth Celebrating

Why Social Virtual Reality is Worth Celebrating

When I opened my eyes I suddenly found myself in an art gallery that had been transformed into a full-blown party with thumping music, bright red helium balloons pulling at the furniture, and a menagerie of life forms, humanoid and fantastical, chatting and flitting about. … Read the full article …

News Bits: New CastAR Promo Video Shows a Vision of an Augmented Home

Technical Illusions, the company behind the CastAR augmented reality glasses, have just revealed a new promo video showing their vision of an augmented home. … Read the full article …