Chrome Will Now Let You Surf In Virtual Reality

Today's not only a great day for barbecue lovers, it's also a red letter day for anyone who loved 1992's The Lawnmower Man and has lamented a future without virtual reality everywhere. According to Google's Brandon Jones, Chrome, at least the Windows and OS X versions, now support WebVR letting you use virtual… » 7/04/14 11:17am 7/04/14 11:17am

I Explored Second Life's Forgotten Worlds With an Oculus Rift

Don't call it a comeback. Second Life has been here for years—eleven, this month—but after the virtual world's much-vaunted debut, the online universe slowly slipped out of the cultural consciousness, now infrequently referenced more as a punchline than legitimate popular hangout. Unless you, like I did last week,… » 7/01/14 2:20pm 7/01/14 2:20pm

Using the Oculus Rift to Find Your Next Car

Going to a car dealership is notoriously fraught with anxiety. In addition to some guy in a plaid jacket trying to upsell you on hubcaps, you never know if they're going to have the exact car you're looking for, with the right options, in the right color. How do you know if it's what you want if you can't see it with… » 6/27/14 2:00pm 6/27/14 2:00pm

Why a Chunk of Cardboard Might Be the Biggest Thing at Google I/O

I've been showing friends something I picked up at Google's developers conference yesterday, and it's been inspiring ooohs, and wows, and squeals of joy and delight. No, it isn't a smartwatch. It isn't even a gadget. It's a cheap piece of cardboard, and it's getting even the tech-jaded people here excited. » 6/26/14 2:57pm 6/26/14 2:57pm

Project Morpheus Hands-On: The Virtual Future Is Very, Very Bright

When Sony announced its intentions to take Oculus Rift head-on, we were excited. The Rift (rightly) gets all of the attention and praise for its VR prowess, but a little competition would be good for the emerging technology. Today at E3 in Los Angeles we finally got to try Project Morpheus for ourselves. And man, it's… » 6/10/14 6:25pm 6/10/14 6:25pm

How Darpa's Using the Oculus Rift to Make a Cyberwarfare Battlefield

Wired just published a in-depth piece on how Darpa is "weaponizing" the Oculus Rift for cyberwar. But does this mean that soldiers are about to start firing at each other in virtual reality? No, of course not. But it's an interesting development for a piece of technology dreamt up for games (in which you often shoot… » 5/23/14 2:00pm 5/23/14 2:00pm

Someone Get This Walk-Anywhere-Forever Treadmill an Oculus Rift ASAP

The Oculus Rift is so close to making our Star Trek holodeck dreams a reality. The only catch is that since you're tethered with cables, you're not really free to physically walk around while wearing it. So far the solutions to this problem have been less than impressive, but the Infinadeck—a treadmill that lets you… » 5/20/14 8:36am 5/20/14 8:36am

One Man's Insane Plan to Make Oculus Rifts for Chickens

Problem: Too many chickens don't have room to roam around and be happy. Solution: Strap virtual reality headsets onto said chickens so they think they're free-range. No seriously, an assistant professor at Iowa State University seems to think this is a good idea, but he has to be kidding. Right? RIGHT?! » 5/15/14 1:00pm 5/15/14 1:00pm

Some Guy Created a Holodeck with an Oculus Rift and 3 Kinects

With no shortage of ingenuity, 3D video expert Oliver Kreylos managed to transplant his entire body into a virtual reality environment using three Microsoft Kinects and an Oculus Rift. It's a little fuzzy, but it's easy to recognize what he's really done. He's created a Holodeck—or something close to it. » 5/14/14 12:00pm 5/14/14 12:00pm