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.
Microsoft Maquette is a VR tool from Microsoft which is all about prototyping spatial designs. First teased in October 2018, the company has now released Maquette for free on Steam. Update (January 16th, 2019): Microsoft has released Maquette for free on Steam supporting...
Switzerland-based Foldaway Haptics is building a haptic joystick with force feedback. The impressive device, which can push back against your finger in any direction, could bring rich feedback to VR controllers at reasonable costs. Over the years we've seen some...
DisplayLink has been building out its wireless VR compression technology for the last few years, eventually finding its way into the recently released Vive Wireless Adapter. But VR headsets are inevitably moving toward higher resolutions—as we've seen this week...
Connectivity company DisplayLink is showing a reference design for a 60GHz Oculus Rift wireless adapter at CES 2019. DisplayLink created the DisplayLink XR wireless adapter reference design that would go on to become the Vive Wireless Adapter. The unit pairs...
Last year at CES we took a good long look at Pimax's "8K" headset and saw potential, but identified a number of key issues that would need addressing before the headsets actually hit the market. This year at CES,...
This week at CES 2019 Qualcomm is showing off a new VR reference headset sporting impressive new displays that may well define the next wave of VR headsets. Qualcomm has been a somewhat silent enabler of most of the recent...
At CES 2019 this week, Pimax is showing off the production versions of their "8K" and "5K" Plus headsets, their upcoming Knuckles-style controllers, as well as hand-tracking and eye-tracking modules. Pimax has begun delivering its ultrawide crowd-funded "8K" and "5K"...
HTC might have given a first look at their new Vive Cosmos headset today, but they weren't ready to offer many details. The headset is said to be compatible with tether to a PC, but the company also teased...
Today at CES HTC revealed its latest headset, the Vive Cosmos. While the headset is in many ways an evolution from past learnings, the company says it isn't designed to succeed the original Vive. While the original HTC Vive launched...
Today at CES HTC made a slew of announcements about the Vive ecosystem, including a new, upcoming version of the Vive Pro called the Vive Pro Eye. Revealed on stage today at the company's CES press event, the Vive Pro...
Having previously launched the high-end versions of their new GeForce RTX cards in the middle of last year, NVIDIA today announced that the entry-level RTX 2060 will launch next week priced at $350. NVIDIA has made a big deal about...
According to latest set of data from Valve’s monthly Steam Hardware & Software survey, the number of VR headsets on Steam has reached a new record. Meanwhile, the Vive Pro and Windows VR headsets have reached new peaks in...
Accell Cables, a provider of adapters, cables, and power supplies, is launching a VR adapter which condenses a headset's cables into a single USB-C cable (for USB-C equipped GPUs) and extends the tether. The upcoming Accell VR Adapter accepts the...
Last year HTC teased the VR world ahead of CES 2018 about what would become the announcement of the Vive Pro. Now the company is at it again, promising "new gear" that will be revealed at CES 2019 next...
No plans to go out tonight? Consider ringing in the New Year from the comfort of your cozy home by joining the virtual celebrations in High Fidelity, VRChat, or AltspaceVR where they're celebrating New Year's Eve in VR around the...
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