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Samsung Odyssey, Windows VR headset – features and price

Samsung Odyssey, the upcoming Windows VR headset, was announced just two days ago. Here is what the IT giant is proposing with this new device, when it comes to features and price. First, you have to know that, if you decide that Samsung Odyssey is for you, you will have to wait about a month to get your hands on it. The VR headset will be available for purchase starting November 6, which gives you enough time to save the money for it. But before talking about the price, let’s see what it can do. Samsung Odyssey is a...

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Google’s next generation Cardboard VR headset

Google has been rumoured to be working on their next generation VR headset for weeks. A report from Financial Times claims that the new Cardboard VR will feature “better sensors, lenses and a more solid plastic casing”. The report, citing sources familiar with Google’s plans, added that the company may also reveal new Android VR technology this year. This will potentially make Android smartphones natively compatible of streaming VR content without using specialized apps such as Cardboard. The new cardboard is said to function in a similar manner as the old one. It will be based around a smartphone that will be slotted in the device and function as its display. Unlike Gear VR that only supports high-end Galaxy devices, the report says that the updated Google Cardboard will be compatible with a large number of Android devices. It is rumored that Google is making some improvements to ensure that the latency is reduced. It is the latency that’s thought to be one of the major causes of the nausea reported by many VR users. Google is trying to achieve this by embedding new `VR tech software directly into its Android OS. The report also claims that Google will showcase the new Cardboard at its I/O 2016 event in May, just like it did in 2014 with the first version. Google I/O 2016 will take place in Mountain View,...

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Nintendo in 2016: Miitomo, NX console, VR

Here is what Nintendo is promising for 2016: socialization apps like Miitomo, new hardware, such as their mysterious NX console and maybe even VR. As the company’s most recent report revealed on Tuesday, Nintendo went down 36 percent in profits, which requires following up-close the strategy of software and hardware development market. In the past year, Amiibo’s Splatoon and Super Mario Maker were a hit. However, what triggered the profit fall were Wii U and 3DS hardware sales. This year’s first move is releasing the Miiverse-style networking app Miitomo in March. According to President Tatsumi Kimishima, this is only the first in a line of apps that Nintendo is planning to release until spring of 2017. The second one „will not be a communication app. We are going to pick some intellectual property that is very well known to everyone”, said Kimishima. The mysterious Nintendo NX remains a secret project at this time, but Kimishima assured investors it will be released on schedule. However, no other details were offered on the device. When it comes to VR, it is understandable why Nintendo wouldn’t say a definite yes to a project in that sector. Let’s remember that as early as July 1995, the Kyoto-based company had released The Virtual Boy, one of the first VR games. It turned out to be a commercial failure and was discontinued in March 1996....

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Steam VR games will make or break Virtual Reality with HTC Vive

Steam has released 12 games that you can play with the new HTC Vive, which will be available at the end of this month. The new HTC Vive will be available for pre-order from the 29th of February. There’s still no mention of the price you will pay when the device ships, in April. But considering the Oculus Rift price controversy, HTC has most likely not decided on a price themselves. HTC are, at the very least, careful in not revealing a price before it’s definitely decided.     Part of what makes most of these Steam VR launch titles work is that there’s no learning curve. Thanks to the Vive’s motion controller and Valve’s lighthouse laser tracking tech, interacting in VR is pretty much like interacting in normal life. If you want to go somewhere you walk there. If you want to pick something up, you grab it, not by physically closing your hand, but by pulling a trigger. In games like Space Pirate Trainer, you dodge the incoming enemy attack drone lasers by simply dodging and ducking. In Arizona Sunshine, you raise your arm, and the virtual gun it holds, to defend yourself against the charging zombies. In Cloudlands VR Minigolf, you simply swing a club instead of managing swing-power meters. There are still rules and limitations to the games. Moving down a virtual hallway is quite...

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Is Apple hiring a VR expert, breaking new ground?

By hiring the prominent VR researcher, Doug Bowman, the question we’re all left pondering is if Apple is finally getting into Virtual Reality. It is not known whether Doug Bowman, who’s currently on leave from his day job at Virginia Tech, will spearhead research at Apple for developing new unannounced technology such as VR headsets, or if he will focus on incorporating the feature into existing products. Doug Bowman is a computer science professor at Virginia Tech, where he’s also director of the Human-Computer Interaction Center and principal investigator of the 3D Interaction Group. He is a specialist who has researched VR immersion and 3D user interface designs, and he is currently working on some 38 projects at the university. With this month’s purchase of the AI emotion recognition developer Emotient, and last year’s buyouts of augmented reality (AR) startup Metaio and motion capture provider Faceshift, Apple is stockpiling talents and technology connected to VR related providers. This may be similar to what Apple did when developing the Apple Watch and their much rumoured electric car. Following this logical path, it is most likely that Bowman will help Apple build a VR platform. The next few years will most likely see a huge increase in the use of VR and AR applications, ranging from business and industry to private consumers and it will pave the way for a bigger...

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