Somebody Found the Most Appropriate Use For the Nintendo Virtual Boy

Remember the Virtual Boy, Nintendo's early, failed foray into virtual reality gaming? Twenty years after its release, somebody's finally figured out the best use for the unwieldily console: Giving all of your friends a handlebar moustache. » 3/28/15 5:00pm Saturday 5:00pm

Watch more cute monster animation drawings get inserted into daily life

I just love the fake cartoon reality that augmented reality artist Marty Cooper creates within our world because his character drawings pack so much personality that I just want them to be real. Here he is with part three in his Aug(de)mented Reality series, which splices crazy cute monster drawings into normal… » 3/24/15 9:13am 3/24/15 9:13am

Magic Leap Claims This Kickass Reality-Bending Raygun Game Is Real

Remember Magic Leap, the elusive Google-funded company promising to make virtual objects look like they exist in the real world? The one whose technology we've never actually seen? The secretive startup just released this incredible video filled with robots, retro rayguns, and a holodeck-like user interface. » 3/19/15 3:35pm 3/19/15 3:35pm

Someone Built AdBlock For the Real World 

AdBlock's been around the internet for ages, but it only extends to the edges of your browser window. What if a device existed that could block logos and brand names from the world around you? » 1/28/15 7:30pm 1/28/15 7:30pm

Microsoft HoloLens Hands-On: Incredible, Amazing, Prototype-y as Hell

I just put Microsoft's new holographic glasses on my face. It's one of the most amazing and tantalizing experiences I've ever had with a piece of technology. » 1/21/15 5:45pm 1/21/15 5:45pm

​Can Microsoft Make Faceputers Happen?

The next frontier of computing seems, fairly inevitably, the space directly in front of our eye holes. Nevermind that Google Glass washed out (for now), or that Oculus Rift is still a niche within a niche. Our wrists are being colonized. Our faces are next. And Microsoft, of all the players, might be the conquistador. » 1/21/15 5:20pm 1/21/15 5:20pm

I Fought a Dragon In a Head-Mounted Holodeck

VR is coming, for real this time, and everyone wants a piece of the pie. Me, I want to put every dumb-looking headset I see onto my face. Today it was the Sulon Cortex, a big ol' camera-toting headset that claims it'll turn your living room into the holodeck. It can't quite pull it off, but it tries its damnedest. » 1/06/15 5:50pm 1/06/15 5:50pm

These Augmented Reality Glasses Are James Bond-Worthy

Ever heard of Ralph Osterhout? He's known as the real-life "Q." He created underwater vehicles featured in two James Bond movies. He's the guy who shrunk down night vision goggles to a size soldiers could afford to wear. He invented some of the most popular toys of the '90s, including the Yak Bak, the TalkBoy F/X+ » 1/02/15 11:55am 1/02/15 11:55am

How Neal Stephenson Is Helping To Make Snow Crash's Metaverse A Reality

Magic Leap's mysterious augmented reality tech promises to "bring magic back into the world." And now Neal Stephenson, who imagined the virtual Metaverse in his 1992 novel Snow Crash, has joined the company. He tells io9 why this technology may "demand a new way of thinking." » 12/16/14 9:00am 12/16/14 9:00am

Google's Reality-Bending Tablet Turned My Target Into an Icy Playground

Imagine you're part of a big brand like Target. How do you convince customers you're cool? If you're not waiting around for one of your employees to become a viral teen hearthrob, how about thrusting them into a virtual reality world? In the latest example of VR advertising, Google and Target have teamed up to let… » 12/05/14 12:25pm 12/05/14 12:25pm

How Magic Leap Is Secretly Creating a New Alternate Reality

Don't you hate it when someone claims to have a magical new technology, but won't tell you how it works? When I saw that a super stealthy startup called Magic Leap had raised $542 million to make animals appear out of thin air, I resolved to find out exactly what was going on. Here's what I found. » 11/19/14 2:40pm 11/19/14 2:40pm

Is Google Glass Dying?

Google Glass was supposed to be the eyewear of the future, but that future sounds pretty grim—at least if you read Reuters' latest report on the cyborg-like eyewear. » 11/14/14 7:27pm 11/14/14 7:27pm

Funny monster animations get inserted into everyday situations

Our favorite augmented reality artist, Marty Cooper, is back with more hilarious doodle fun in Aug(De)Mented Reality 2. You know the drill, he takes seemingly normal situations and inserts his adorable monsters into them. Those creatures can take eating pizza and watching cars drive by look absurd. » 11/04/14 12:50am 11/04/14 12:50am

Mirror Prank Shocks People With Horrifying Demonic Reflections

October 31 has come and gone and it's now time to start thinking about turkey and stuffing and shopping, but not before mentioning this wonderful Halloween prank by Pepsi that had moviegoers seeing more than just their faces reflected in these special haunted bathroom mirrors. » 11/03/14 9:18am 11/03/14 9:18am

Looksery Changes Your Face In Real Time For Flattering Video Selfies

My eyes are brown. My face is round. But I don't have to show you that. Looksery can give me beautiful baby blues and a chiseled jaw with just a few taps. » 10/25/14 4:01pm 10/25/14 4:01pm

Pantomime Could Be Your iPad Window Into Virtual Worlds

Remember the amazing app that made your iPad practically invisible? The man who made it is back, and now he intends to tackle virtual reality with a new company — and app — called Pantomime. » 10/17/14 7:22pm 10/17/14 7:22pm

Do you play Ingress, the Google augmented reality game where factions compete for control of hidden portals around the world? Soon, you'll be able to build your own missions—while taking fellow players on a tour of your neighborhood. [Ingress] » 9/25/14 1:00pm 9/25/14 1:00pm

The Daqri Smart Helmet Wants to Put Augmented Reality to Work

Augmented reality is coming. Whether it's a dedicated screen strapped to your face or a just a pair of glasses, computer-enhanced vision will have a place in our tech future. But exactly what package it will arrive in is up for grabs. » 9/07/14 10:00am 9/07/14 10:00am

These New Glasses Could Make Augmented Reality Practical

Augmented reality is awesome, but seriously, you don't want to wear bulky glasses that use lenses, beam splitters and reflectors that make the magic happen. A Ph.D student at UNC-Chapel Hill has developed a sleek pair of augmented reality glasses that are actually light and compact. » 8/26/14 6:38am 8/26/14 6:38am