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.
Though Sony's HMZ-T1 is just going on sale today, you're going to see reviews pop up from a few privileged sites that got to play with the futuristic looking 3D head mounted display early. Gizmodo Australia is one of those sites...
The Sony HMZ-T1 and Silicon Micro Display ST1080 are some of the highest quality head mounted displays to ever step into the consumer market. I've seen a number of people ask, "which is better,  HMZ-T1 vs ST1080?" I'll be...
In addition to a retail model of the ST1080, Silicon Micro Display will be launching a less glamorous version of the ST1080 targeted toward developers. They are calling it the ST1080 DDK (display development kit). As with the ST1080 production unit the price is...
For anyone who is seriously considering (and likely obsessing over) purchasing the Sony HMZ-T1 HMD, which is due out on 11/11/11 (just 3 days now), you're head is likely mounted with lots of questions: Will the HMZ-T1 work with...
Silicon Micro Display announced the ST1080 head mounted display just a few days back through a press release on the 31st of October. The following day, they dropped dropped most of the specifications for the HMD on their site,...
The ST1080 HMD, which was just recently announced by Silicon Micro Display, is a consumer targeted HMD with dual 1080p displays. Pricing for the ST1080 has not yet been announced, though CEO Paul Jin says that that information will be...
As games and films come ever closer together, I see a new genre of entertainment being born: the interactive movie. First, an inventory of where games are today: Many of the latest games are already incorporating real-world actors into their...
Not looking to drop $799 for Sony's HMZ-T1 head mounted display? I don't blame you. That's why this post is dedicated to exploring a few of the other mass market HMDs out there. The HMZ-T1 is definitely the highest...
The HMZ-T1, Sony's upcoming 3D HD head mounted display, has been pushed back in US availability from what Sony originally stated on their US site. Though Sony's site originally showed that the HD 3D head mounted display would be...
If you thought we were going to make our way toward immersive VR without naysayers, I'm here today to tell you that you're unfortunately wrong. There will always be people who are afraid of change and afraid of technology. Usually, they are hypocrites. They cry...
As I posted the other week, The Gadget Show put together an awesome Battlefield 3 virtual reality simulator which would be featured on their show. The only video we got initially was a teaser, and unless you live in...
Battlefield 3 is set to be one of the biggest games of the 2011 season thanks to its impressively life-like graphics and sound-design. I can tell you from experience, the Battlefield games have had some of the best sound...
The abilities of the brain are absolutely amazing. Even before the idea of virtual reality was conceived, the brain has provided us a way to experience things that seem entirely real but are entirely fake. I'm speaking of dreams...
I can't quite decide whether or not I think Sony's HMZ-T1 HMD looks really cool, or really stupid. They're certainly trying to get make it look futuristic, but the problem with "modern" design is that it is the quickest...
The HMZ-T1 head mounted display from Sony is supposed to be launched, according to Sony Japan, on 11/11/11, alongside another much anticipated product. Although most marketing materials that we've seen have agree with this 11/11/11 date, it seems that...
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