VR

What's going on in the world of virtual and augmented reality? A little bit of everything. Here's to the virtual future.


  • How Trinity VR’s Pitching Simulator Might Change Baseball Forever

    Logan Strain - January 19th, 2017

    Because of his former job, Rahat Ahmed saw the virtual reality revolution a lot sooner than the rest of us did. Back in 2014, his position as a technology investor gave him a rare peek into the infancy of modern VR — and its transformative pote...

  • SkyLights Wants To Bring The Virtual Experience To Your Next Flight

    Conor Hockett - January 18th, 2017

    Whether you’re on a short flight between cities or a long-haul trip overseas, the constraints of an airplane eventually weigh on all passengers. Even those fortunate enough to sit in first class usually occupy their attention with some kind of ...

  • Interview: VR Porn Can’t Drive Mainstream Adoption Of Virtual Reality Alone

    Conor Hockett - January 10th, 2017

    When I slipped on Naughty America’s Samsung Gear VR, I still didn’t fully believe that I was about to watch VR porn. I was at CES, a hub of innovation, and I was being treated to a poolside scene with Nicole Aniston. It was a surreal exp...

  • Google And Huawei Partner To Create Daydream-Ready Phones And VR

    Conor Hockett - January 7th, 2017

    During Huawei’s keynote address at CES 2017, it was actually Google that made the biggest announcement. Amit Singh, Vice President of Business and Operations for augmented and virtual reality at Google, revealed that Huawei’s newest smar...

  • Interview: DAQRI’s Augmented Reality Smart Glasses Are A Revolution

    Rebecca Paredes - January 7th, 2017

    When we think about augmented reality, it’s always framed in the future. We wonder what problems AR will solve and what it will look like — but really, augmented reality glasses are already here. They aren’t hitting store shelves an...

  • Samsung Barely Mentioned VR At CES, And That’s Good News For Gaming

    Rebecca Paredes - January 6th, 2017

    At CES on Wednesday, Samsung debuted a full suite of smart home appliances, QLED TVs, and computers — but updates about wearables like the Samsung Gear Fit 2 and Samsung Gear VR were conspicuously absent. Toward the end of the conference, Alan...

  • Intel Reveals Project Alloy Headset Will Ship End Of 2017

    Rebecca Paredes - January 5th, 2017

    In a room of black armchairs and Oculus Rift headsets, only one thing was more numerous than the people experiencing Intel’s vision of virtual reality: the cords. They snaked down from the headsets, connected to large laptops and Rift sensors,...

  • 3D Sculpting Just Got A Virtual Reality Upgrade With Leopoly

    Rebecca Paredes - December 30th, 2016

    I was always the worst at art in middle school. In my art class, I remember actively suppressing the urge to jam my fingers into my watercolor set and crumble the paint pots out of sheer frustration. I couldn’t get the colors where I wanted the...

  • How Virtual Reality Is Helping Entrepreneurs Plan Effective Workplaces

    Rebecca Paredes - December 28th, 2016

    This is a contribution by Olivia Yeakle. Want to write for WearableZone? Check out our guidelines. You’re a serial entrepreneur with big ambitions. When you sit back and envision your first startup’s workspace, what do you see? A colorfu...

  • How Upload, Inc. Created A Fertile Ecosystem For Virtual Reality To Grow

    Logan Strain - December 28th, 2016

    Will Mason describes himself as a “Virtual Reality Evangelist,” which initially sounds like one of those hyperbolic tech industry titles that HBO’s Silicon Valley might poke fun of. But after you hear Mason zealously proclaim the go...

  • Patents And Inside Sources Reveal First Details About Apple’s VR Headset

    Rebecca Paredes - December 22nd, 2016

    Contributed by Jen B. Want to write for WearableZone? Check out our guidelines. While Android continues to dominate the virtual reality market, it will probably meet its biggest competitor soon. All signs indicate that an Apple VR headset in the wor...

  • #BeFearless Brings Virtual Phobia Treatment To The Samsung Gear VR

    Logan Strain - December 22nd, 2016

    In psychology, “flooding” (also sometimes called “immersion therapy”) is the practice of intentionally confronting the patient with what they fear most. Does someone have cynophobia (fear of dogs)? A psychologist who practice...

  • How Does A 19-Year-Old Look At Virtual Reality? Through The Eyes of VU Dream

    Conor Hockett - December 20th, 2016

    Mark Metry might look like any other 19-year-old at Wentworth Institute of Technology, but the Massachusetts native is hardly your “typical” college student. That’s because traditional molds don’t befit Metry — they&rsqu...

  • 4 Augmented Reality Apps That Will Reshape How Doctors Treat Patients

    Rebecca Paredes - December 20th, 2016

    [page=1] This is a contribution by Leo Suarez. Want to write for WearableZone? Check out our guidelines. Augmented reality is the next great technological breakthrough. Pokémon Go, the hottest AR game, has been downloaded more than 100 milli...

  • Gartner’s Brian Blau Predicts Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality Will Merge By 2020

    Logan Strain - December 15th, 2016

    At the Virtual Reality Summit 2016 in San Diego on Wednesday, Brian Blau, Research Vice President at Gartner, spoke about the developing market for augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR). In his talk, he offered some predictions on where the...

  • New Samsung VR Headsets Will Improve Upon HoloLens, Magic Leap

    Rebecca Paredes - December 15th, 2016

    At the Virtual Reality Summit in San Diego on Thursday, Dr. Sung-Hoon Hong, Vice President of Samsung Electronics, revealed details about two new virtual reality head-mounted displays. One VR headset, the Samsung Gear VR 2, “will be presented i...

  • Google Glass 2: Everything We Know So Far

    Logan Strain - November 30th, 2016

    All the way back in January 2015, Google announced that it would stop selling its much-criticized Google Glass. However, the tech giant insisted, this didn’t mean that Google Glass was dead. It was merely moving on to develop a bigger and bette...

  • Oculus Announces A New, Standalone Virtual Reality Headset

    Rebecca Paredes - October 6th, 2016

    At the Oculus Connect 3 developer conference, Oculus announced that the development of a standalone virtual reality headset — an announcement that comes on the tails of Google’s Daydream. "We're working on a standalone #VR experience."...

  • Oculus Announces Partnership With Disney, Featuring Blade Runner And Classic Characters

    Rebecca Paredes - October 6th, 2016

    Your next virtual reality experience could incorporate the magic of Disney. At the Oculus Connect 3 conference on Thursday, Oculus and Disney announced a partnership to debut a series of virtual reality projects later this year. The partnership is p...

  • Oculus Dedicates $10 Million To VR Diversity Program

    Logan Strain - October 6th, 2016

    Oculus is dedicated to supporting people from diverse backgrounds so they can become virtual reality creators. To createa VR community that better representsthe world at large, Oculus will spend $10 million dollars toward VR diversity programs. The a...

  • Vuzix Reveals Their Vision To Bring Augmented Reality To The Masses

    Logan Strain - October 5th, 2016

    At the Wearable Technology Show in Santa Clara, Lance Anderson, Vice President of Enterprise Sales at Vuzix Corporation, showed off his company’s vision to change augmented reality glasses from a purely industrial device to something that every...

  • Google Unveils Daydream View VR Headset

    Shayla Brooks - October 4th, 2016

    Google unveiled a new virtual reality headset Tuesday with the Daydream View. The device, first announced at I/O in May, goes on sale in November for $79. With the Daydream View, Google looks to make virtual reality accessible to a wider audience wi...

  • Smart Glasses That Are Paving The Way For Augmented Reality

    Logan Strain - September 30th, 2016

    The rise of Google Glass made it appear that smart glasses were on the cusp of going mainstream. But in 2015, Google stopped producing the face-mounted augmented reality devices. The official word was that the device (worn by people sometimes derogat...

  • Westworld Reveals The Controversial Future Of Virtual Reality

    Amica Graber - September 27th, 2016

    HBO’s sci-fi thriller series Westworld premieres on October 2, and it offers us a glimpse into the future of immersive virtual experiences. The show’s website invites us to experience Westworld’s super secret, invitation-only playgr...

  • Reality Is An Illusion: Mr. Robot Reveals VR’s Storytelling Future

    Hiram Cho - July 22nd, 2016

    The production crew forMr. Robotkicked off Comic Con in amazing fashion — with the help of a freeGoogle Cardboard VR headset. On Wednesday, July 20, fans of the show were treated to a world premiere virtual reality experience at San Diego&rsqu...

  • The Seven Best Affordable VR Cameras For Shooting 360° Video

    Logan Strain - July 20th, 2016

    Imagine this: it’s the year 2020, and you get a sudden pang of nostalgia while you’re at home. “That hiking trip I took a few years ago was a blast,” you say. “Maybe I should watch the video.” But rather than pul...

  • Dark Days VR Review: An Eerie Room Escape Adventure

    Logan Strain - July 11th, 2016

    My wife recently complained that a mobile game she’s been playing, Disney Tsum Tsum, was getting to her. It’s a fast-paced puzzle game where you have to connect little circles that look like Disney characters (called “tsums”) ...

  • Virtual Reality Theme Park: Take A Ride With VR

    Rebecca Paredes - July 8th, 2016

    You’re wearing a headset, headphones, gesture-recognition software, and a modified laptop. But you’re only focused on two things: the way your sword’s hilt feels in your palms (very real) and the sight of an approaching dragon (very...

  • Here’s What 5 Free Virtual Horror Games Did To My Heart Rate

    Rebecca Paredes - June 29th, 2016

    I wouldn’t call myself a horror buff, but I love a good scare. There’s something innately special about feeling your heart race, your palms sweat, and your fight-or-flight instinct kick in — without, you know, actually being in dang...

  • The Best VR Headsets You Can Buy Right Now

    Logan Strain - June 23rd, 2016

    In 2016, there are two kinds of people: people who haven’t tried virtual reality, and people who tell complete strangers, “Have you tried virtual reality yet? IT’S AMAZING.” As technology has advanced, manufacturers have over...

  • The Most Addictive Free Samsung Gear VR Apps

    Logan Strain - June 13th, 2016

    When I first got a Samsung Gear VR, my immediate question was, “How much fun can I get out of this without spending any more money?” This isn’t because I’m opposed to paying app and content creators for their hard work. It&rsq...

  • These Are 10 Of The Best-Rated Oculus Rift Games On Steam

    Rebecca Paredes - June 10th, 2016

    Source Before you can play Oculus Rift games, you need to have a gaming setup — and staring at Rift in its entirety is like staring at a work of art. The headset, the sensors, and the Xbox controller combine to create a collection of smooth b...

  • Best Google Cardboard VR Apps: Zombie Shooters And Dystopian Music Videos, Oh My

    Rebecca Paredes - June 3rd, 2016

    I’m not going to lie — I never thought Google Cardboard VR apps would make my heart pound and my fight-or-flight response kick into overdrive. But that’s exactly what happened in the middle of my workday on a sunny San Diego aftern...

  • Welcome To The Scene Of The Crime: Virtual Reality Technology Used In Court

    Rebecca Paredes - May 24th, 2016

    What would you do if you could place yourself at the scene of any crime — using virtual reality (VR)? Based on VR news from the UK, that fantasy may become a courtroom reality. Last year, journalist Nonny de la Peña and her company, Emb...

  • 4 Surprising Ways Augmented Reality Will Change Your World

    Rebecca Paredes - May 20th, 2016

    What is augmented reality (AR)? It sounds like a buzzword — something that might be tossed around in the same breath as virtual reality (VR). In fact, we can’t get enough of VR: Facebook’s much-anticipated Oculus Rift just shipped p...

  • Pornhub Brings Virtual Reality To The Masses

    Rebecca Paredes - April 1st, 2016

    Source Back in 2014, Slate columnist Daniel Engber wrote about the failed promise of 3D porn. At one point, when Avatar was on track to become the highest-grossing film of all time, the adult entertainment industry jumped at the opportunity to ride ...

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