So This Is What It's Like to Get Burnt to a Crisp By Smaug the Dragon

Yesterday, I stepped into the world of The Hobbit. I stood in Smaug the Dragon's cavernous lair. I cowered as the gigantic beast towered over me. The chance to go face-to-face with one of the most impressive CG creatures ever created, rendered using the most advanced graphics card in the world, is a pretty… » 3/05/15 3:50pm Yesterday 3:50pm

NotCulus Rift: How I Hacked Together My Own Serious VR Headset

Oculus VR founder Palmer Luckey told me not to buy an Oculus Rift. That was two years ago, and he's repeated the plea every time I've seen him since. Don't buy it. It's not ready. It's just a developer kit. He's right, but I'm tired of waiting. I want a VR headset and I want it now. So I built one. Sorta. » 3/02/15 12:20pm Monday 12:20pm

This Century-Old Audio Technique Could Be Key to Virtual Reality

Binaural audio sounds like a no-brainer. Humans have two ears, so we should record sounds with two microphones, right? But the late 1800s technique of sticking microphones inside a pair of life-like ears mounted on a fake head has never been more than a novelty. Which is a shame, because as you're about to hear,… » 2/16/15 9:20pm 2/16/15 9:20pm

Magic Leap Ripped Off Those Awesome UI Concepts

Magic Leap is secretly building a headset that could blend computer graphics with the real world. Recently, we lucked into a treasure trove of illustrations from Magic Leap about what that future might hold. There's just one problem: Magic Leap didn't actually create all those awesome UI concepts. It copied them. » 1/31/15 12:45pm 1/31/15 12:45pm

​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