Qantas to Offer 1st Class Passengers Samsung Gear VR and 360 3D Videos from Jaunt

First class passengers on Qantas Airlines will be getting quite the surprise to go along with their eight-course tasting menu, made-to-order signature dishes from Chef Neil Perry, award-winning wine and champagnes, leaf tea and espresso coffee, cotton pajamas, slippers, skincare products, toiletries, eye mask, noise-cancelling headsets, and open access to the First Class Lounge in Sydney and Melbourne so they can enjoy complimentary treatments at Qantas' luxurious Aurora Day Spa. They're getting … Read the full article …

VR Makes Headway at Sundance Film Festival, Highlights New Cinematic Experiences

Every year the movie industry descends upon the small town of Park City, Utah for the Sundance Film Festival, a nearly two-week long independent film showcase of everything from documentaries to art-house. This year however, some of the bigger hits didn't take place in any one of the little town's 15 theaters, but rather in the side rooms where critics and other industry types hooked into an Oculus Rift to experience VR at its finest. … Read the full article …

Take a Whirlwind Tour of VR/AR at CES 2015 in 6 Minutes (video)

The movement of virtual and augmented reality from niche industrial and enthusiast technology to something the world is talking about really was palpable at CES this year. Here's a 6 minute video tour of the world's biggest technology event highlighting most of the VR and AR devices on show. … Read the full article …

News Bits: ‘Affordable’ Oculus Rift 3D Camera Rig Demonstrated (Video)

Virtual Reality cinema and video is quickly becoming the hot topic. A seemingly endless stream of '360' cameras are spawning, Jaunt VR of course recently won $6M+ backing for it's 3D 360 VR cinema venture and it seems even James Cameron wants to hop along the bandwagon. But for the VR enthusiast on a budget who wants to quickly and cheaply capture reasonable quality 3D footage that looks great on an Oculus Rift, what options are there? Well, the enthusiast in this video claims to have … Read the full article …

Yay3d VR Viewer Turns Your Tablet into a Hand-held VR Headset (video review)

There have been several smartphone/tablet VR viewers making their way into the virtual reality market lately which take advantage of an Android phone or iPhone screen, as well as their gyroscopes and accelerometers. Since mobile phones are on the forefront of resolution and pixel density, some argue that this method of VR will hold its own in the battle against standalone VR headsets. The VR Viewer by Yay3d takes it to another level. … Read the full article …

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 …