Category Archives: Vr

Star Trek: The Next Generation’s Enterprise-D is coming to Bridge Crew

Red Storm Entertainment

Red Storm Entertainment will soon add the ship and bridge from Star Trek: The Next Generation to the Star Trek: Bridge Crew game, along with several other TNG-themed additions like the Borg.

In a post on the PlayStation Blog, Red Storm Entertainment designer Hunter Janes outlined all the new features and content coming as DLC to the game. Bridge Crew started out as a VR game (hence the PlayStation blog’s specific interest; it’s one of the top-selling games on PlayStation VR), but it was recently updated to be playable outside of VR as well.

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Facebook’s Avatars sure look a lot like Snapchat’s Bitmoji

Mark Zuckerberg has repeatedly said that visual communication is replacing text, hence the arrival of Facbook Reactions in 2016, and GIF comments last year. Next on the agenda appears to be Facebook Avatars, which will let you build a personalized, i…

Google Daydream VR goes standalone with Lenovo’s Mirage Solo

Enlarge / The Lenovo Mirage Solo headset with its WorldSense cameras clearly visible on the front. (credit: Lenovo)

Daydream, Google’s foray into the crowded virtual reality space, has hitherto used headsets that are simply holsters, a way of holding an Android smartphone right in front of your face so that it works as a pair of VR goggles. This makes Daydream’s cost of entry cheap—the headset can be a completely passive device with no electronics of its own—which is important for making VR accessible.

Lenovo’s $400 Mirage Solo, out today, is the first standalone Daydream headset. You don’t slot a phone into this one—the device has all the hardware it needs to provide a standalone VR experience. The hardware inside the headset is certainly phone-like; it has a Snapdragon 835 processor with 4GB RAM, 64GB of storage, and a 4,000mAh battery. It also contains phone-like sensors, with a gyroscope, accelerometer, and magnetometer. But because it’s built for VR, it has a couple of extra sensors: a pair of world-facing cameras that Google calls “WorldSense.”

WorldSense is Google’s inside-out, six-degree-of-freedom motion-tracking solution. As with similar systems in Microsoft’s HoloLens and the various Windows Mixed Reality headsets, the system combines data from the device’s internal sensors with data from the cameras to track the headset’s position and orientation in space, without requiring the fixed-base stations that are used on the first-generation HTC Vive and Oculus Rift devices.

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Wander ‘Burning Man’ in VR with help from the Smithsonian

Despite hosting tens of millions of visitors annually, the Smithsonian remains inaccessible to anyone unable to physically make the trip to visit. That's why the Smithsonian American Art Museum is partnering with Intel to accelerate efforts in digiti…

Google’s latest app easily transfers VR180 footage to your phone

Google's work toward democratizing virtual reality has taken a big step forward. The company recenlty released the VR180 app for Android and iOS, which takes photos and video captured on its special VR cameras and uploads them directly to Google Phot…

One man built his own vacation spot in VR

When most people fancy a vacation, they pack up their suitcase and go somewhere warm like Barbados. Not Bastiaan Hooimeijer, who goes by the name "Naam" online. Instead, he built his own holiday spot inside virtual reality. The result — crafted…

Google’s first VR Doodle honors filmmaker Georges Méliès

Visit the Google home page tomorrow (May 3rd) and you'll find an unusual Doodle of a stick-thin man with a pristine suit. Click and you'll be presented with a YouTube player that brings the quirky figure — French filmmaker Georges Méli&egrave…

Oculus prototype uses moving lenses for sharper focus

While the first day of Facebook's F8 conference focused in on consumer issues like data privacy and, uh, dating, the second day is all about the future. Specifically, the company spent F8's Day 2 keynote talking about topics that would be of interest…

Facebook and RED are building a camera for 3D VR video

Most VR video isn't immersive in the truest sense. You can spin around, but you can't lean forward or step to the side to get a better view. Facebook and RED are helping to fix that — they're partnering on an "all-in-one" camera that offers six de…

Facebook users will be able to make normal photos look 3D

Facebook has been working to implement 3D objects into user interactions, but at the company's F8 conference today, announcers introduced a few new features to add dimensionality and VR to photos. This summer, users will be able to upload pictures as…