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.
Much has happened since the Oculus Rift Head Mounted Display / VR headset started picking up steam in May. Palmer Luckey has been teasing that he was in discussion with some big names in gaming, and today he's ready...
Finally an update on the Oculus Rift Kickstarter. The head mounted display that's been... er... turning heads... has been teasing us with an upcoming Kickstarter campaign. The original plan was for it to go live in the middle of...
Yesterday I showed you Google's incredible live Glass demo where they took Project Glass on a skydiving adventure. Today I want to compile all of the Project Glass info that came out of Google I/O 2012 in one place....
Since Google's announcement of Project Glass, the company has remained quite silent on their augmented reality glasses project. We saw Project Glass in an interview with Charlie Rose back in April, but that was nothing compared to Google's latest...
The VR community seems to be holding its collective breath to see what impact the Oculus Rift head mounted display will have on the future of virtual reality gaming. Patiently folks are waiting for the Kickstarter funding round to start...
Condition One aims to achieve a standardized way of capturing and displaying immersive 180 degree video. The company is a startup founded by noted photographer Danfung Dennis. Currently the product takes the form of an iPad app in which the...
One of the reasons why I'm so excited about the Oculus Rift is that John Carmack, founder and technical director of Id Software, is demoing the unit to people within the gaming industry and is building full support for it...
Right now the Oculus Rift project is at the center of my attention. If you haven't read up on it, see here. In short, I'm hoping that this is the first major step in bringing virtual reality to mainstream gaming....
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...
While Sony's HMZ-T1 and Silicon Micro Display's ST1080 have made a major splash in the world of head mounted displays by bringing high resolution and (relatively) low cost products to market, a key issue still remains -- field of...
I spoke with Silicon Micro Display recently and they tell me that the scarcity of initial units has prevented them from getting the ST1080 out to major outlets for review just yet. That's why we've thus far only seen user-impressions of...
Thanks for a tip from Jeff Austin, I'm now looking at the Leap, an incredible -- and incredibly affordable -- piece of hardware that allows for extremely accurate realtime sensing of one's hands; the input from which can be used...
I wrote a few months back that augmented reality needed to prove itself. While I still think this is the case, I'm happy to report that top minds are working on just that. Some genius folks from MIT have...
I've been scanning quite regularly for the first full-blown review of Silicon Micro Display's recently launched 1080p HDM, the ST1080. Though there hasn't yet been a peep from any major publications, it seems as though customers are starting to receive their...
By now you've heard that the ST1080 is finally shipping out to pre-order customers. The company has posted photos of the final packaging and final design which gives the ST1080 a needed sprucing-up! Support for additional 3D formats has...
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