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.
The Razer Hydra motion gaming controller has become the defacto virtual reality input device for many developers working with the Oculus Rift. Razer has extended their 50% off sale to the end of May, giving you a few more...
It's one of the more obvious mods for the Oculus Rift, but also potentially the most useful. Strapping a camera to the Rift let's you see the outside world, which could be used for much more than just finding...
We've been watching Ibex, a virtual reality desktop environmental for Oculus Rift, closely over the last few months. The latest beta features full head tracking, video playback, and is now available for Windows and Mac. Ibex is a virtual reality desktop environment (let's...
Hey there VR fans. A bit of meta-news today. I'd like to welcome Dominic Eskofier to the Road to VR team. Dominic joins in as a news contributor. He's well versed in the world of online journalism, works in the...
Palmer Luckey, creator of the Rift and founder of Oculus VR Inc, stopped by reddit the other day to give an update on Oculus Rift shipping. According to Luckey, the company is on track to deliver all Kickstarter orders...
We're happy to see the Rift on the front of one of the world's biggest gaming magazines. Congratulations to Oculus VR Inc! There were some nice insights into Oculus VR's journey; from Brendan Iribe [CEO Oculus: When we launched the kickstarter, I got...
An update on something I've been eagerly looking forward to -- Oculus Rift Minecraft support. While the game's creators have hinted at official support, one modder is taking things into his own hands and has released an early mod. In...
Disunion is an experimental Oculus Rift game which puts the player through a first-person execution via the infamous Guillotine. The game was created by Erkki Trummal, André Berlemont, and Morten Brunbjerg in two days as part of the Exile Game Jam in Denmark which...
The latest game out of Project Holodeck is Zombies on the Holodeck, a noir-styled zombie game for the Oculus Rift and Razer Hydra. In addition to an exclusive trailer, we've links to the alpha so that you can try...
Recently I had a chance to meet with Dave Buchhofer, a 3D artist and developer, who has been working to find intuitive VR control schemes. Part of this requires a functional user interface, and I got to see some...
Time again for another segment of Oculus Rift News Bits! What's happened lately? Oculus says they've officially shipped 3,700 units. VP of Product Nate Mitchell was seen in Stockholm, Sweden visiting Battlefield 3 developer, DICE. And we've got a...
Developer Marcelo Oliveira, Kickstarter backer #117, is working on an 'infinite runner' game for the Oculus Rift -- the genre seems to fit surprisingly well! Oliveira hopes to release the game for free in the near future. In the 'infinite runner'...
Google Glass currently costs a cool $1500. And while Google built the unit to be water resistant, so that the wearer wouldn't have to worry about the rain, one man took things to the next step... the shower. Robert Scoble...
ImmerSight is a positional tracking system, that can be used with any head mounted display, being produced by a company in Germany. Notably, this could be a solution for the Oculus Rift developer kit which currently lacks positional tracking....
Tested.com got Jamie Hyneman of MythBusters fame into the Oculus Rift. Hyneman, who has past experience in VR, seems pleasantly surprised. In his field of work, Hyneman spends a lot of time with remote controlled robots -- whether it be...
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