Ben Lang

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Based in Silicon Valley, Ben has held editorial positions across several technology publications for eight years. He founded Road to VR in 2011 to explore the immense possibilities of virtual reality, augmented reality, and human-computer interaction. Having seen the individual pieces but never the entire puzzle, he set out to map VR’s current state-of-the-art and to understand how far it is from a perfect simulation of reality (a la Matrix). Beginning with tracking the consumer VR space nearly a year before the Oculus Rift Kickstarter, Ben has spent the last several years actively documenting and promoting the industry as it experiences an explosive resurgence.
Think virtual reality is only for humans? Think again. Researchers are increasingly turning to virtual reality to perform tests that would otherwise be impossible by traditional means. Case in point: recently Mikko Vähäsöyrinki, a physicist at the University of Oulu...
I have to say that this brief story, just 205 words long, might be on of the most concise emotional stories I've ever read. In so few words, the author has managed to touch on the disruptive potential of...
A quick correction to a story I posted the other day about Valve working on wearable computer R&D. The tail end of that story included a snippet about reports of Apple CEO Tim Cook visiting the esteemed game developer....
Innovega is a Washington-based company that's working on contact lenses that use filters to allow the eye to simultaneously focus on objects at varying distances. The development could help make augmented reality a practicality by greatly reducing the bulk of HMD...
Big news for the VR world fresh from of one of the biggest names in gaming. In a post to his Valve-hosted blog, employee Michael Abrash says that since joining Valve hes begun working on augmented reality / wearable computer research....
Last week Google announced it's Project Glass concept, a head mounted display and AR software aimed toward making augmented reality a practicality for mainstream use. With a big announcement such as that, it didn't take long for the parody videos to...
Augmented reality just got a huge boost today thanks to Google who announced an experimental project that they're calling 'Glass'. Project Glass has apparently been in the works at Google (Google's experimental project group) for some time now. The...
Virtual Reality is most likely an inevitable evolution in human-computer interaction—in the long term, anyway. But in the next 10 years, there's a major risk of VR falling to the wayside as a novelty or an enthusiasts-only market. The closest analog...
Augmented reality has such an awesome promise, but I've scarcely seen one useful augmented reality function come to fruition. Augmented reality wants to superimpose digital information over our otherwise analog world. So far, this has only reached consumers in the form...
Silicon Micro Display's has just recently specified the exact 2D and 3D video formats that will be supported by their soon-to-launch HMD, the ST1080: ST1080 3D Video Formats: 1920x1080p @ 24Hz Frame Packing (full resolution) 1920x1080p @ 24Hz Top-and-Bottom (half resolution) 1920x1080i @...
Update: Another video from CeBIT has the rep stating the the head-tracking hardware runs an additional €100, but it still isn't clear if this is third-party or being offered directly from Carl Zeiss. I've put the question out to...
We've been following the ST1080 head mounted display from Silicon Micro Display for the last few months. The company is finally getting ready to put their first product out on the market after some delays, and have announced that...
It's a shame that neither Sony's HMZ-T1 or Silicon Micro Display's ST1080 have integrated head tracking technology. HMD's are great and all, but building in the ability to tack the movements of the user's head opens up far more...
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...
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...
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