Oculus Internal ‘Story Studio’ Draws Pixar Talent, Experiments with CG Cinematic VR

Oculus Internal ‘Story Studio’ Draws Pixar Talent, Experiments with CG Cinematic VR

In the early days, it appeared that Oculus was taking a hardware and platform approach—'if you build it, [content creators] will come.' But now with some 250 employees and the backing of Facebook, Oculus has begun working on first-party games, and is now experimenting with cinematic VR experiences in a newly revealed internal 'Story Studio' group. The first glimpse of the studio's work, Lost, a CG VR short film, will be shown at this week's Sundance Film Festival. … Read the full article …

Microsoft’s ‘Mixed Reality’ HoloLens Garners Mixed Reviews, Incredible Potential Diminished by Small Field of View

Microsoft’s ‘Mixed Reality’ HoloLens Garners Mixed Reviews, Incredible Potential Diminished by Small Field of View

Unfortunately no cameras or phones were allowed inside the press' special hands-on meeting with Microsoft HoloLens after the device's announcement on Wednesday, so we can't show you a single picture of the only verifiably working model of the new augmented reality headset. We do however have some first-hand accounts from the lucky few allowed into Microsoft's Redmond, Washington headquarters for the meeting, who then got a little one-on-one time with a HoloLens prototype. The device has garnered … Read the full article …

UK Based ‘South West VR’ Conference Announced, Guests Include Oculus, Aardman and Unity

UK Based ‘South West VR’ Conference Announced, Guests Include Oculus, Aardman and Unity

As virtual reality rises, so does the need for its enthusiasts and industry members to meet. The UK has a thriving VR community and a growing industry presence, so the recently announced South West Virtual Reality Conference on the 24th Feb, is a welcome addition to the VR calendar. … Read the full article …

Two Companies Working on Products that are Eerily Similar to Microsoft’s HoloLens

Two Companies Working on Products that are Eerily Similar to Microsoft’s HoloLens

HoloLens, a newly announced augmented reality device from Microsoft, is definitely turning some heads to the possibility of interacting with floating apps and games. We can't help but notice though that there seems to be an eerie convergence of technology, leaving us with a serious case of déjà vu. Here we take a closer look at two crowdfunded devices that are working on the same problems as HoloLens: Atheer Labs's AiR Smart Glasses and the Meta 1 developer kit. See Also: ‘Microsoft HoloLens’ … Read the full article …

News Bits: Students Create Real World AdBlock, Keeps Your Augmented Reality Ad-Free

The University of Pennsylvania's winter hackathon, PennApps, is now over, and we're not surprised to see a few VR experiences in the winners circle. Brand Killer, an application running on a custom-built VR headset, was unfortunately not among them, but there's no denying that the idea behind the Adblock-inspired app is equally brilliant as it is subversive. … Read the full article …

Silicon Valley VR Expo 2015 Dates and Venue Announced

Silicon Valley VR Expo 2015 Dates and Venue Announced

The Silicon Valley Virtual Reality meetup (SVVR), one of the first of its kind back in May 2013, has announced the date and venue for its 2015 Conference and Expo and is aiming to triple attendees. May of 2013. Oculus was just back from their first Game Developers Conference (GDC) a month and a half before, and DK1 Rifts were (slowly) making their way into the hands of anxious early adopters. The go-to demos of the time were games like Lunar Flight, Ciess, and Titans of Space, amongst others. … Read the full article …

Microsoft: “All Windows Universal Apps Work as Holograms”

Microsoft: “All Windows Universal Apps Work as Holograms”

Wondering how Microsoft HoloLens development will work? Microsoft says that HoloLens APIs are built into the core of Windows 10 and that all Universal apps—those built for cross-device capability–will be automatically compatible with the HoloLens AR headset. … Read the full article …

News Bits: DirectX 12 Coming to Unity 5, Can Increase CPU-bound Game Performance by 50%

Microsoft further detailed DirectX 12 at yesterday's Windows 10 address, and promised that not only could it increase performance in CPU-bound games by up to a staggering 50%, but also announced that DirectX 12 would be heading to Unity 5. … Read the full article …

Rev VR Podcast (Ep.91): What is HoloLens? A look at Microsoft’s New Augmented Reality Device with Ben Lang

Rev VR Podcast (Ep.91): What is HoloLens? A look at Microsoft’s New Augmented Reality Device with Ben Lang

As usual, something fun gets announced, and I am stuck in a conference room at work trying to suppress the non-stop beeping of my phone. Microsoft announced it's new augmented reality headset today, HoloLens. I felt this needed to be addressed as soon as possible, and Ben Lang, Road to VR's Executive Editor, jumped in for a quick chat about today's news. … Read the full article …

Samsung Talks Gear VR Development and Thoughts of a VR Feature Phone Way Back in 2005

Samsung Talks Gear VR Development and Thoughts of a VR Feature Phone Way Back in 2005

Details have emerged about the evolutionary past of Samsung's Gear VR, offering a look at the formational stages of the device's history. The pictures show some prototype design concepts that explore an interesting relationship between the smartphone and the VR headset. … Read the full article …

News Bits: Samsung’s Gear VR International Rollout Begins With 4 EU Territories

At CES 2015, Oculus said that the Samsung Gear VR mobile headset would begin its international rollout before the month's end. True to their word, the headset has become available for purchase in three European countries and is up for pre-order in one more. … Read the full article …

‘Through the Lens’ Photos: Microsoft HoloLens in Action

‘Through the Lens’ Photos: Microsoft HoloLens in Action

We've seen ever-incredible but never-quite-reality AR concept videos for years now. Microsoft, which just revealed their HoloLens AR headset, was brave enough to take the unit out on stage at their Windows 10 press event for a live demonstration. … Read the full article …

News Bits: Microsoft HoloLens Reveal Concept Video

News Bits: Microsoft HoloLens Reveal Concept Video

Prior to actually showing the device on stage at a Windows 10 press event today, Microsoft rolled a concept video giving examples of how the company envisions the device being used. … Read the full article …

WIRED Calls Microsoft’s HoloLens ‘Amazing’ After Hands-On

WIRED Calls Microsoft’s HoloLens ‘Amazing’ After Hands-On

We just covered Microsoft's surprise reveal of it's new Augmented Reality headset dubbed 'Hololens'. It seems tech magazine Wired has already seen the device and is seemingly amazed by what they saw. … Read the full article …

‘Microsoft HoloLens’ Revealed, an Untethered See-through AR Headset

‘Microsoft HoloLens’ Revealed, an Untethered See-through AR Headset

Today at Microsoft's Windows 10 press event, the company revealed an untethered augmented reality headset called the Microsoft HoloLens to accompany 'Windows Holographic', a component of Windows 10. … Read the full article …