Magic Leap Closes $542m Series B Investment, Now Soliciting Developers for Its “Digital Lightfield” Wearable

According to a press release revealed today, Magic Leap has closed a $524 million Series B funding round led by Google; the deal had been rumored as of last week. Magic Leap, which has been in stealth since its inception, is being a bit more wordy now that the deal has closed (but hardly less vague). The company is now soliciting developers on its website and says that "under the appropriate non-disclosures, we’d love to talk possibilities." … Read the full article …

Experiment Shows Stylized Rendering Enhances Presence in Immersive Augmented Reality

In a paper published by the International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality, it is demonstrated that stylized rendering can help blur the boundary between real and virtual when it comes to immersive augmented reality applications.  … Read the full article …

Surgeon Uses Oculus Rift On Patients, Streams Operation Using Google Glass

One of the joys of writing about reporting from the cutting-edge of a newly reborn technology like virtual reality is that you're constantly being surprised as what people are finding to do with it. Almost weekly there's some innovation taking VR in yet another direction I'd not yet considered. Well, here's one more. Surgery of any kind is by definition invasive and traumatic and the process can be an incredibly stressful experience for some patients. Those operations that can be performed … Read the full article …

DoubleMe Demonstrates Impressive Realtime 3D Modeling

At the most recent Silicon Valley VR meetup, Albert Kim, CEO of DoubleMe, demonstrated his company's technology for creating realtime 3D models from a synchronized collection of 2D images. Subjects step into a small studio consisting of blue-screen walls and 8 inexpensive cameras. Capture computers take the synchronized video feeds and run them through a series of imaging algorithms to create a 3D model in realtime. What differentiates DoubleMe from other solutions is that it's capturing motion, … Read the full article …

Maker Faire 2014: SVVR Evangelises VR, New CastAR Holographic Display Concept and Fuel3D Scans Your Digital Avatar

Being based in Silicon Valley, I'm fortunate to have Maker Faire Bay Area practically right in my back yard. Maker Faire describes itself as an "all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors." Being new to the Bay Area, this was my first expedition to the Faire, and their description seemed spot-on. There was an eclectic assortment of art, robots, music, electricity, corn dogs, … 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 Interview and Hands-On: Jeri Ellsworth and Rick Johnson Speak to Road to VR

Road to VR's Paul James sits down to talk with the founders of Technical Illusions, Jeri Ellsworth and Rick Johnson and we get our hands on the new HD Prototype. … Read the full article …

New Google Glass Development Kit Brings Rich Apps and Augmented Reality

Last week Google revealed an expanded Glass Development Kit (GDK) which opens the doors for rich apps (including augmented reality) on the company's smartglasses prototype. … Read the full article …

Valve to Demonstrate Prototype VR HMD and Talk Changes to Steam to “Support and Promote VR Games”

It looks like Valve is ready to take the gloves off at Steam Dev Days 2014. Two talks to be given at the event will include a demonstration of Valve's secret prototype VR HMD that is "capable of stunning experiences", and a discussion on forthcoming changes to Steam to "support and promote virtual reality games." Palmer Luckey will also take to the stage to speak about best practices for VR developers. … 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 …

New Version of Google Glass with Mono Earbud Coming to Explorers Within Two Months, Custom Frames on the Way

Yesterday Google teased with photos of a new version of Google Glass featuring a mono earbud, saying that Glass 'Explorers' would be getting the revamped model later this year. Additionally, the company is working on custom frames for Google Glass to suit your style and/or prescription. … 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 …

Mixed Reality Piano Trainer Makes Learning the Piano Easy (and maybe even fun)

Back in December of last year, after seeing few compelling consumer augmented reality applications, I wrote a short article about one that I would actually use, an AR piano trainer. I'm thrilled today to see that something very similar has popped up, and can't wait to get my hands on it! … Read the full article …

Meta 01 Augmented Reality Glasses Available for Pre-order for $667

Meta is a successful Kickstarter project that claims to be making "the most advanced augmented reality glasses." Now that the Kickstarter is over, the glasses have become available for pre-order directly through the Meta website. The unit is expected to be delivered starting in November 2013. … Read the full article …