Train for Surgery Using Immersive 3D Holograms of Corpses

Computer-generated models are starting to let researchers and students peer into the body without needing a real human stretched out before them. Virtual dissection tables have been built at places like Stanford and the University of Calgary. Now, University of Michigan computer scientists and biologists have taken the … » 4/07/14 2:40pm 4/07/14 2:40pm

Strap On Oculus Rift Goggles And Control A Drone With Your Head

Oculus Rift enables you to escape into incredible virtual (or live-action) worlds, but strapping on the goggles is precisely that—an escape. Which is what makes this new open-source project by Diego Araos so crazy: using the goggles' head-motion tracking feature and live video feed, you can actually navigate an AR… » 4/07/14 1:40pm 4/07/14 1:40pm

Meet the Crazy Camera That Can Make Movies for the Oculus Rift

Gamers love Oculus Rift; the virtual reality system offers a mind-blowingly immersive way to experience digital worlds. Jaunt, a new tech company, brings the platform into live-action, cinematic territory. I saw their stuff. It was incredible. And it's a Pretty Big Deal for movies and media. » 4/03/14 9:00am 4/03/14 9:00am

Oculus Rift Perfectly Recreates ... The Grocery Store?

I'm not really sure what's going on here. This video seems to be demonstrating the mind-blowing virtual reality capabilities of Oculus Rift by taking people on a stroll through a virtual land. But it's not an alien landscape, a grizzly battlefield, or even a national monument. It's the damned grocery store. Huh? » 3/22/14 6:00pm 3/22/14 6:00pm

Sony's Early Morpheus Prototype Looked Pretty Dumb

Sony's Project Morpheus VR headset looks fantastic but the early prototypes... not so much. This early version of the headset may have offered plenty of the requisite VR headset features, but it did also feature three Sony Move controllers strapped to it, seemingly at random. » 3/19/14 6:00am 3/19/14 6:00am

Project Morpheus: Sony's Oculus Rift VR Competitor Looks Unbelievable

It was only a matter of time. The Oculus Rift has caught so much attention—deservedly so—that of course one of the big dogs was going to start honing in on its virtual reality territory. Tonight, that's Sony. And its Project Morpheus VR headset sounds fantastic. » 3/18/14 8:58pm 3/18/14 8:58pm

​The Prophet of Virtual Reality

Palmer Luckey, the the man behind Oculus virtual reality goggles, is shockingly young. He may be responsible for one of the current hottest things in tech, but he's just 21. And he says the kind of things people that age say when they're bold enough to dream out loud. » 3/18/14 2:39pm 3/18/14 2:39pm

Ex-Valve Engineers' Crazy AR Glasses Put Tiny Projectors On Your Face

Want some more tech to put on your face? Neither full-on goggles like the Oculus Rift nor slender no-AR-yet specs like Google's Glass, CastAR takes a whole different approach to modified-reality tech by slapping tiny projectors on your face, and The Verge got to take a peek. » 5/18/13 6:28pm 5/18/13 6:28pm

Haha This Guy Can't Stand Up Straight While Using the Oculus Rift

It's definitely true that Oculus Rift VR goggles are capable of wonderful miracles for a 90-year-old. As for normal people? We can barely keep our heads on or even stand up straight. This poor guy strapped himself to an Oculust Rift roller coaster simulation and almost destroyed the entire room trying to stay balanced. … » 5/07/13 11:00pm 5/07/13 11:00pm

Meet the Lucky People Who Suddenly Owe Google $1500

We already know the first, lucky six who have the honor of paying Google $1,500 in exchange for Glass and the adventures and general ridicule that will follow. But now, @projectglass is in the process of announcing the rest of the lucky winners by replying individually to each of their past #ifihadglass tweets. Here's … » 3/27/13 2:20pm 3/27/13 2:20pm

The Castle of Shadows, a 15th Century Virtual Reality Room

In 1420, Venetian engineer Giovanni Fontana proposed an elaborate mechanical room he dubbed the Castellum Umbrarum, or "castle of shadows." Sound awesome? It is. In a recent paper, French professor Philippe Codognet described it as "a room with walls made of folded translucent parchments lighted from behind, creating… » 2/22/11 3:20pm 2/22/11 3:20pm