At Google I/O, Cardboard Won't Necessarily Be Cardboard Anymore

Last year, the most exciting thing at Google I/O was a chunk of cardboard—cardboard which could transform any smartphone into an uber-cheap virtual reality headset. But Google isn’t stopping there. This year, the company will “announce some things around Cardboard that aren’t made of cardboard,” says Google’s Clay… » 5/18/15 9:00pm 5/18/15 9:00pm

The Final Oculus Rift Will Need an $800 Gaming PC

We’ve always known that good virtual reality wouldn’t come cheap. From the beginning, Oculus used beefy gaming PCs to show off its VR headset. Now, the company is revealing the specs you’ll need to get those experiences on the final Oculus Rift—and it looks like you’ll be spending $800+ just for the desktop computer. » 5/15/15 12:31pm 5/15/15 12:31pm

What It Feels Like to Shoot With the Military’s Experimental Smart Scope

You’ve probably never fired an M4 carbine. Until a couple weeks ago, I hadn’t either. But at a recent DARPA demo day, I loaded a magazine (also a first for me), snuggled up to the deadly assault rifle, and looked through one of the most technologically advanced smart scopes ever built. Then I pulled the trigger. » 4/28/15 2:10pm 4/28/15 2:10pm

Terrifying Oculus Demo Teaches You How to Survive a Water Crash Landing

When you get on a plane, the last thing you want to think about is what you’ll have to do to survive an emergency crash landing in the water. But knowing exactly how to safely evacuate a plane could one day save your life, so researches created a terrifying Oculus Rift emergency landing simulation that looks far more… » 4/21/15 12:30pm 4/21/15 12:30pm

Google Has a Surprising Plan to Make Cheap VR Better

Good virtual reality is coming, but it isn’t here yet. That’s worrying. What if someone buys a cheap smartphone adapter, has a bad experience, and writes off VR as a fad? But Google, the company providing the cheapest solution of all—Cardboard—may have an answer. An answer that involves not strapping them to your head. » 4/16/15 1:00pm 4/16/15 1:00pm

Oculus Used These Optical Illusions to Prove Everything We Know Is Wrong

Virtual reality isn't ready yet. Oh, it's damn good—but it can't quite fully convince you that you are someplace you're not. But how sure are you of the "real world," anyhow? Today, Oculus guru Michael Abrash used these kickass optical illusions to show how fake our reality can be. » 3/27/15 9:46am 3/27/15 9:46am

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