Virtual Reality Put Me Face-to-Face With Bill Clinton In His Office

The towers of Midtown Manhattan sparkled in the distance as I sat across a gleaming desk from Bill Clinton. Bill (I can call him Bill, right?) smiled—I thought, man, that vegan diet is working for him!—as he began telling me, in that signature hoarse voice, about his foundation’s work in East Africa. »9/25/15 2:40pm9/25/15 2:40pm

I Watched Netflix In VR and Now Reality Seems Hollow and Pointless

“IT’S FOR GAMES” has been the oft-quoted cry of VR headset makers and gamers when talking about virtual reality, but the opportunity for movies is unquestionably huge. Today, Oculus VR released a Netflix app for the Gear VR (and eventually Oculus’ own headset.) And it makes watching Netflix in real life seem super… »9/24/15 5:15pm9/24/15 5:15pm

8 Reasons Why the Tokyo Olympics Will Be the Most Futuristic We've Ever Seen

In 1964, the last time Tokyo hosted the Summer Olympics, the nation revealed one of the biggest mic drops in transportation history: the debut of the shinkansen, the world-famous bullet train that became a Japanese icon. The first high-speed train in the world, it spurred similar technology to spread to Europe and… »9/24/15 2:30pm9/24/15 2:30pm

Facebook and Oculus Will Bring Insane 360-Degree Video to Your News Feed

Working with its recently acquired Oculus VR division, Facebook will soon bring short, immersive, 360-degree videos to your News Feed. That lets you look in any direction within an image, as though you were really there. It’s Facebook’s first project with Oculus to bring VR-like technology to the main service. »9/23/15 1:35pm9/23/15 1:35pm

What Does Virtual Reality Feel Like? This Muscle-Stimulating Arm Band Will Show You

VR technology has made huge leaps over the past few years, but one thing that’s sorely lacking is an interface that lets you feel in the virtual world. Now, a startup from the University of Tokyo says it has come up with one of the world’s first video game controller that let you touch in VR. »9/23/15 9:23am9/23/15 9:23am

GoPro's Google-Powered Camera Is the Next Best Thing To Teleportation

This year, the most amazing thing I saw at Google’s annual developer conference wasn’t a phone, a tablet, or even a head-mounted display. It was a 360-degree 3D video that took me to Japan. Now, filmmakers can spend $15,000 on the tech that made it possible: the GoPro Odyssey. It’s one heck of a camera. »9/08/15 8:00am9/08/15 8:00am

Oculus Founders Explain Why You'll Likely Stay Seated In Virtual Reality

Oculus has a incredible product: a headset that can make you feel like you’re in another world. With its upcoming motion controllers, Oculus Touch, you can even reach out and grab virtual objects. But a competing headset, the HTC Vive, will let you walk around in VR too—and it’ll ship this year, before Oculus can make… »6/26/15 9:45am6/26/15 9:45am

Microsoft's HoloLens Has a Huge Flaw That Won't Be Solved By Launch

Microsoft’s Kudo Tsunoda is one of the men in charge of HoloLens, a headset that lets you see virtual objects as if they existed in the real world. At E3 2015, he told me a bit about what we can expect from Microsoft’s holographic computer at launch—and admitted that one key issue will still need some ironing out. »6/22/15 9:20pm6/22/15 9:20pm