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 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...
Augmented reality is, at the moment, the novel concept of being able to superimpose something virtual onto your existing world. We've seen some neat, but ultimately useless, informational overlay applications from augmented reality, but nothing quite useful yet. Many of the...
Why Nintendo hasn't embraced this is completely beyond me. Johnny Chung Lee, a human-computer interaction researcher, developed an ingenious head tracking system that works with the Wii -- a system which has an install base of more than 80...
Don't have $799 to drop on Sony's upcoming HMZ-T1 head mounted display? Back in 2009 Recombu.com made this video showing how you can make a cheap DIY display out of nothing but plastic goggles, cardboard, and an Android phone: Recombu...
Sony is launching a head mounted display (HMD) come 11/11, and it's likely to be one of the highest quality and most consumer-available HMDs to date. The HMD, for which Sony is already taking pre-orders, will go on retail for...
An omni-directional treadmill is just like your traditional gym treadmill, except instead of only being able to go forward, you can move in any direction. There are a number of ways to achieve such omni-directional locomotion, but the resulting...
Quantum 3D says that "infantry training simulation is here today", and they've got a video showing how they use virtual reality to help soldiers train for the battlefield. Tell me parts of this don't play like a video game...
Today begins my journey cataloging the Road to Virtual Reality. I actually started a very similar blog 2 or 3 years ago, but it quickly faded away because we were still far from anything that could be considered mainstream...
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