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.
ARAIG (which stands for As Real As It Gets) is a gaming impact vest designed to immerse you in games with haptic feedback. The unit, which recently took to Kickstarter for funding, could be an excellent addition to any...
Fireball Jam is a new Oculus Rift and Razer Hydra demo by Dave Buchhofer, developer of the Oculus Rift VR Playground. In this simple demo, you can toss fireballs from your hands like Mario after eating a Fire Flower. In Fireball...
I've got two Oculus Rift demos to share with you today; both funny in their own regard. First is City Quest, a 2D point-and-click adventure which may embody the most pointless use of virtual reality yet. Then there's TATS,...
A few weeks ago we showed you a mesmerizing program called Boxplorer2; a fractal exploration program which recently gained Oculus Rift support. The developer has just shared with us six fractal scenes, ready for viewing with the Oculus Rift. First,...
New Virtuix Omni gameplay videos have popped up, but first, a big congratulations to Virtuix who's Omni Kickstarter blasted out of the gate yesterday morning and crushed its goal shortly thereafter. Now the only question left is: how high...
The Virtuix Omni Kickstarter is now live. The Omni is an omnidirectional treadmill for virtual reality which promises to let you walk, run, and jump inside of your favorite games. Prices start at $249 for a DIY kit and...
Back at the end of April, word got out that Second Life would be getting Oculus Rift support. In a new interview, Linden Labs (developer of Second Life) CEO, Rod Humble says that the company is working on making Second...
As we reportedly recently, the Virtuix Omni VR treadmill is heading to Kickstarter on June 4th. Building up to the Kickstarter the company starts the Virtuix Omni contest to give away three Omni's -- don't miss your chance to...
Outerra is the stunning, in-development, world rendering engine that we've had our eyes on lately. After teasing Oculus Rift Outerra support with a few videos, the developers have released the first build to enable Rift functionality. First, a bit of...
Take a flight in a wing suit, ride in a formula one car, or go on a daring course in a stunt prop plane -- all from the comfort of your home. Making View has adapted their 360 degree...
On Tuesday this week, Inition, a UK-based company specializing in the development of real-time 3D graphics applications, held an event to showcase the latest in 3D AR and VR technology. Present at the showcase was Kevin Williams, who agreed...
For those who haven't tried one on for themselves, the question remains—what does it look like in in the Oculus Rift?  This article is intended to help answer that question. VR enthusiast Yossi Preminger put together a series of images...
As reported last week, the development of Oculus Rift support for Outerra, the 'world rendering engine', continues. A new video demonstrates the latest progress and sends you on a virtual reality flight in a Russian MiG 29 fighter. Outerra is an...
Fractals are intricate, infinite, and beautiful repeating patterns that are created from an equation. A fractal rendering program called Boxplorer2 recently added support for the Oculus Rift, allowing you to create mesmerizing 3D fractals which you can fall forever into. Developer Marius...
Outerra is an in-development ‘world rendering engine’ which is literally capable of rendering a geographically detailed world on a 1:1 scale. The developers have shared with us a video showing initial Oculus Rift Outerra support and are expected to soon release...
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