Samsung and Oculus Teaming Up to Create VR Headset
Samsung already has your wrist covered when it comes to wearables with a watch and an activity tracker in the market but it looks like they want to get on your face too. An exclusive report from SamMobile confirmed rumors that Samsung is indeed getting into the virtual reality headset space with a collaborative product with Oculus Rift called Gear VR.
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The VR headset will not be a standalone device like the Oculus Rift but instead will allow users to dock their Samsung smartphone into the headset using USB 3.0. VR effects are done through head tracking and the headset uses the smartphones onboard sensors like accelerometer and gyroscope to follow the head movements.
This design may sound very familiar. Google recently gave out cardboard virtual reality kits to all of its I/O event attendees which accomplished similar functionality. According to SamMobile, the concept behind the Gear VR headset is the same but they indicate that “Gear VR is much more comfortable to wear, thanks to the elastic head band and soft padded cushions on each side of the device, and Samsung’s implementation is also much better than that of Google’s Cardboard.”
Samsung is expected to announce Gear VR at IFA 2014, the world leading tradeshow in consumer electronics and home appliances in September. But for now SamMobile has released a pic of the device to wet your appetite.   

Gear VR image source SamMobile

Samsung and Oculus Teaming Up to Create VR Headset

Samsung already has your wrist covered when it comes to wearables with a watch and an activity tracker in the market but it looks like they want to get on your face too. An exclusive report from SamMobile confirmed rumors that Samsung is indeed getting into the virtual reality headset space with a collaborative product with Oculus Rift called Gear VR.

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Xtreme Reality VR Headset Will Blow Your Mind

Virtual reality is back in a big way.

We first started to see this Lawnmower Man technology revive itself in Oculus Rift, the virtual reality headset that just raised $75M dollars. Canadian-based Sulon Technologies is also bringing VR back to life with their head-mounted gaming console Xtreme Reality. And the demo looks pretty slick.

Xtreme Reality wants to blur the lines between Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality to create what they call a Mixed Reality. Instead of me telling you about it just watch the video - it’ll blow your mind (especially if you are a gamer).

Sulon Techonlogies just took home the Best Advanced Technology award at the Wearable Tech Expo in LA this month. 

Atlas Robot, Oclulus Rift and 3Doodler Make Up Time’s 25 Inventions of 2013

Time is known for their lists. This year’s Time Tech: 25 Best Inventions of the Year 2013 is chock full of robots, 3d printing, IoT and wearable devices.

You can check out the Top 25 on Time’s site. But here are three that I can’t wait to see in person

1. Atlas Robot 
This robot is built to imitate human rescuers in emergency situations and disaster response. 

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2. 3Doodler

This 3D printing pen lets you draw in 3-dimension instantly.

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3. Oculus Rift

This virtual reality headset is set to change the face of gaming. 

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Stained Glass Labs Infographic: Wearable Ecosystem

Fantastic breakdown of the wearable technology space by Stained Glass Labs. Great go-to list of the major players. If you are interested in this space, check out some of the names under Optics, Clothing and Watches.

Source: Stained Glass Labs Blog

castAR - Augmented & Virtual Reality Glasses

This has been an exciting year for augmented reality & virtual reality. Google glass, Oculus Rift, and now a new contender castAR. castAR, which has just achieved its success in Kickstarter, is said to feature most of what we techies dream of: holograms with augmented reality and virtual reality world. While it’s still pretty much in early stage, it does give a glimpse into how promising the future of gaming and storytelling could be. My only worry would be that the increasing number of different players could mean fragmentation for the new virtual reality.
Technical Illusions | castAR

castAR - Augmented & Virtual Reality Glasses

This has been an exciting year for augmented reality & virtual reality. Google glass, Oculus Rift, and now a new contender castAR. castAR, which has just achieved its success in Kickstarter, is said to feature most of what we techies dream of: holograms with augmented reality and virtual reality world. While it’s still pretty much in early stage, it does give a glimpse into how promising the future of gaming and storytelling could be. My only worry would be that the increasing number of different players could mean fragmentation for the new virtual reality.

Technical Illusions | castAR

AR Will Change the Game - Literally

Video of a TOTAL augmented reality gaming console Total AR which illustrates the power of AR - like the full power of AR. 

AR has been around for a while but it really is wearable devices like this that are going to help merge the physical with the virtual in a way that will disrupt our lives completely.

UMMM why would you watch Independence Day anyway else?

Watch the entire thing! And drool……..

awesome post taken from futurescope:

The FUTURE of TOTAL Augmented Gaming

"Crazy German" shows the first Prototype of a TOTAL augmented reality gaming console. Find us on http://www.total-ar.comand follow us on facebook or twitter @TOTALaugmented

Music by Dope Stars Inc

And “Yes” I am buidling an Oculus Rift version of the Prototype

[via Accelerating Technology & Future Tech]

90-Year Old Grandmother Tries out Virtual Reality System - Oculus Rift

Hands down - this is why I love technology.

via futurescope:

My 90 year old grandmother tries the Oculus Rift

From reddit:

It was great watching her use it. To think she lived through the roaring 20s, the depression, and was 19 when WW2 started, and got to live long enough to use an oculus rift is mind blowing.

[via nerdcore]

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"There are no hardware companies anymore", says John Wilson VP of Razer which is bringing us a new console this year called Edge. Companies can no longer just ship a console but instead need to think about software and the community around it. 
John was one of three thought leaders in gaming on the panel focusing on Gaming’s New Frontier at Engadget Expand this afternoon. Ujesh Desai, VP at NVIDIA (which is bringing us the Shield in Q2) and Nate Mitchell, VP at Oculus VR (bringing Virtual Reality back to gamers everywhere) joined John to talk about what is happening in the gaming industry today.
One of the major messages from the panel was that gamers want to play where they are wherever they are and that technology needs to get out of the way to let that happen. But at the same time, the game can’t be the same across all form factors. 
Additionally, all agreed that PC gaming is not going anywhere and in fact felt that the rift between console and PC is not really as dramatic as analysts are communicating. 
Photo Credit: Sean Mayers - Screen Geek

"There are no hardware companies anymore", says John Wilson VP of Razer which is bringing us a new console this year called Edge. Companies can no longer just ship a console but instead need to think about software and the community around it. 

John was one of three thought leaders in gaming on the panel focusing on Gaming’s New Frontier at Engadget Expand this afternoon. Ujesh Desai, VP at NVIDIA (which is bringing us the Shield in Q2) and Nate Mitchell, VP at Oculus VR (bringing Virtual Reality back to gamers everywhere) joined John to talk about what is happening in the gaming industry today.

One of the major messages from the panel was that gamers want to play where they are wherever they are and that technology needs to get out of the way to let that happen. But at the same time, the game can’t be the same across all form factors. 

Additionally, all agreed that PC gaming is not going anywhere and in fact felt that the rift between console and PC is not really as dramatic as analysts are communicating. 

Photo Credit: Sean Mayers - Screen Geek