Atheer Labs Exceeds Indiegogo Goal by Over 200%, Prepares to Launch AR Glasses

Atheer Labs, a maker of smart glasses with gesture recognition, recently completed a successful Indiegogo campaign, raising $214,407 of their $100,000 goal. Road to VR's Brian Hart recently visited their Mountain View, CA, office and sat down with Senior Product Manager Theo Goguely to learn more about Atheer's technology, and the world of smart glasses. … Read the full article …

CastAR Kickstarter Enters Final Stretch With Almost $900k Raised

CastAR, the new HMD technology that promises to bridge the gap between augmented reality and virtual reality is almost over—raising well over 200% it's original target, we take a look at its progress. … Read the full article …

CastAR HMD Made by Former Valve Employees Offers AR and VR in One Compelling Package. Kickstarter Now Live!

Rising like a prototypical phoenix from the ashes of a discarded Valve project comes CastAR. The worlds first projected AR and VR system has arrived at Kickstarter and is nearly fully funded after just two days. … Read the full article …

DDD Release Beta TriDef 3D Drivers With Experiemental Oculus Rift Support

Dynamic Digital Depth, producers of a suite of 3D Driver products to enhance PC media and games by adding stereoscopic 3D support have just announced a new beta release with support for the Oculus Rift. … Read the full article …

Exclusive: VorpX Teaser — Crysis 3 on the Oculus Rift [video]

We were lucky enough to recently get our hands on the latest beta of the soon-to-be-released vorpX DirectX injection drivers, similar in aim to the community supported Vireio Perception offering, which adds Oculus Rift head-tracking, stereoscopic 3D, and pre-warping support to vanilla games not built with the Rift in mind. The commercial product is due for release very soon and the extensive play-testing we've done so far shows it to be an impressive package. … Read the full article …

Oculus Rift ‘Virtual Cinema’ Explored, Plus an Interview with Its Creator [video]

Ever wanted a full-size movie theater of your very own? A new Oculus Rift compatible project promises to grant your wish, and then some. We talk to Christer-Andre Fagerslett (aka namielus) the author of a new 'Virtual Cinema' project which leverage's the immersive power of the Rift and aims to provide the ultimate movie viewing experience. … Read the full article …

SMI Introduces 3D Glasses With Eye Tracking

SensoMotoric Instruments (SMI), based in Germany, recently introduced new 3D glasses capable of real-time eye tracking. These are active-shutter glasses like you'd find in use with a home 3DTV, but they also support eye tracking and have attachable markers for headtracking, making them ideal for a Cave Automatic Virtual Environment (CAVE). The glasses could be used to enhance such virtual reality experiences by adding an additional method of input, providing valuable usability metrics, and … Read the full article …

Oculus Rift HMD Kickstarter to Begin no Later than June 14th

I'm away from a full blown computer this weekend, so please excuse the brevity of this post. I'm writing from my phone because I wanted to share some brief but exciting information regarding the Oculus Rift that I wrote about the other day. … Read the full article …

Oculus Rift is an HMD with an Immersive 90-degree FoV, to Be Funded by Kickstater [video]

While Sony's HMZ-T1 and Silicon Micro Display's ST1080 have made a major splash in the world of head mounted displays by bringing high resolution and (relatively) low cost products to market, a key issue still remains -- field of view. Field of View (FoV) describes how much of your vision is taken up by a display. Increasing the FoV means that more of your vision is taken up by the display and this often leads to a much greater sense of immersion. Most of the HMDs available on the market have … Read the full article …

Another ST1080 User Review Hits the Web, Silicon Micro Display Opens a Forum

I spoke with Silicon Micro Display recently and they tell me that the scarcity of initial units has prevented them from getting the ST1080 out to major outlets for review just yet. That's why we've thus far only seen user-impressions of SMD's first head mounted display. We'll see reviews from the big guys in the next few weeks most likely. Speaking of which, I've got another ST1080 user review to highlight. … Read the full article …

Lots of ST1080 Info out of CES, Retail Launch Info Due by End of Month

Silicon Micro Display has been touting their ST1080 HMD for a few months now. Back in December they announced that the retail price would be $799 -- pricey, but comparative to Sony's HMZ-T1. Pre-orders were supposed to start in January, but on January 1st, the company sent a message via email saying that they would be postponing pre-orders: ...due to on-going supplier delays around the holidays, we were not able to get demo units into the hands of technology reviewers in December. This means … Read the full article …

Lumus Offers 720p LOE Head Mounted Display Development Kit

Lumus is an Israel based company that's manufactures components for head mounted displays. Specifically, they're offering what they call the 'Optical Engine Module', a display which uses 'LOE' (Light-guided Optical Element) technology to enable a lightweight head mounted display solution that's fully transparent. The transparency means that Lumus is thinking about augmented reality applications for their product, rather than strictly gaming or cinema use. … Read the full article …

Update: Sony HMZ-T1 Hands-on Test, Crystal Clear Image With No Crosstalk!

The Sony HMZ-T1 head mounted display is still almost impossible to come by right now, but my local store has one display unit. I finally made my way down, despite some nasty rain, so that I could give the HMZ-T1 a good hands-on test. I wish I had been able to spend more time with it (and perhaps I will soon), but I did get a solid amount of time to do some PS3 gaming (what else would it be in a Sony store!) on the unit and prepared a list of notes from my experience. I had hoped to bring you a … Read the full article …