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.
A few weeks back we learned that the ever popular Team Fortress 2 (TF2) would get Oculus Rift support; it was also revealed that Oculus Rift owners would get a unique TF2 hat (a popular in-game item type). Today...
At GDC 2013, people waited upwards of two hours in line to try the Oculus Rift developer kit. Was it worth the wait? Did it live up to the hype? I interviewed 10 people right after they stepped out of the...
Tested.com has a great 40 minute test session of the Oculus Rift developer kit on video. They unbox the unit and test the various virtual reality control schemes baked into Team Fortress 2. We have one of the first Oculus...
Sixense, maker of the Razer Hydra, is about to storm into the software arena with an impressive user-friendly computer aided design program called MakeVR. The software is built from the ground up with Oculus Rift and Razer Hydra support....
At GDC 2013 I spent some time with the folks from Forth Dimension Displays, maker high-end microdisplays. The company's CEO, Greg Truman, told me in an interview that they were at GDC mainly to evangelize VR. To that end they...
At GDC 2013, I sat down with Greg Truman, CEO of Forth Dimension Displays, for a chat about the future of VR. Truman believes that the time is right for virtual reality. He told me that right now is "the best opportunity...
At GDC 2013, the legendary Michael Abrash took to the stage to talk about the Oculus Rift and virtual reality. Abrash, now working at Valve, has been researching augmented and virtual reality technology for the company. When he began his talk...
At GDC 2013 I met with the good folks from Sixense, makers of the Razer Hydra controller. They put me into the Oculus Rift and loaded up the Tuscany demo (built in Unity). This particular version of the demo...
Looking for a 5 minute 'interview' montage about the Oculus Rift? You won't find it here. I sat down with Palmer Luckey (Founder) and Nate Mitchell (VP of Product) at GDC 2013 for an 18 minute chat about the...
The Oculus Rift is at GDC 2013 this week. Earlier today I met with the Oculus team and got to test out he developer kit with the brand new Hawken, TF2, and DriVR and more. I also sat down...
The hotly anticipated Oculus Rift developer kit is set to ship on March 29th, said Oculus VR, Inc. in their latest update. We hope you’re ready– Dev kits should start shipping out to the earliest backers on March 29th (we...
Last month Sergey Brin took to the stage for a Google Glass TED talk. Reports of Brin's 13 minute talk were readily available on the web, but TED never released a video. Why? Today Brin's Google Glass TED talk...
Valve has provided the first high-res glimpse of the unique TF2 Oculus Rift hat that users of the HMD will be able to wear. A patch for TF2, which enables 'VR mode', rolled out yesterday alongside the news. Valve...
When we backed the Oculus Rift Kickstarter back in August, $300 for the Rift alone felt like a steal. Oculus has said that they're making almost no margin on the Kickstarter. Knowing this, we're impressed to learn that Oculus...
Soon you could be roaming your own virtual reality Earth. Outerra is an in-development 'world rendering engine' which is literally capable of rendering a geographically detailed world -- your own personal planet. The engine uses an impressive combination of real-world data...
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