Doubling Up LCDs in VR Headsets Can Quadruple Their Pixel Density

Donning a VR headset can be a wonderfully immersive experience, if you can look past the pixels. But new research by Nvidia suggests that merely stacking two LCD systems in front of your eyes can quadruple their pixel density. That could make Oculus Rift—and more importantly, its cheaper DIY competitors—way more… » 7/28/14 9:40am 7/28/14 9:40am

You Can Already Buy a Pre-Made Google Cardboard Headset Right Here

Google made a lot of exciting announcements at its 93-hour long I/O keynote presentation yesterday. But nothing garnered quite as much excitement as the stunningly minimal Google Cardboard. Don't worry about having to make it yourself, though, because as with everything else in life, you can now buy one of your very… » 6/26/14 1:40pm 6/26/14 1:40pm

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

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… » 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

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