Rememberthe Black Mirror episode “Playtest”? The one where the main character Cooper (played by Wyatt Russell) finds himself stuck inside of an experimental horror video game? Well, that is now one step closer to reality, thanks to Teslasuit. It’s touted as “the world’s first fully integrated smart clothing apparel,” and is basically a full-body haptic suit with integrated vibrating sensor pads, motion capture sensors, biometric feedback, and even climate control for the ultimate virtual reality experience. Read more for another video, additional pictures and information.
Audi’s new spin-off company, Holoride, announced at CES 2019 today that they have teamed up with The Walt Disney Company to bring the virtual reality experience into the backseat of every car. This startup uses an open platform that enables any automaker as well as content developers to create reality formats that fit their vehicles using “elastic content,” which is automatically generated for each journey. Read more for a video and additional information.
Researchers from EPFL and ETH Zurich have created a pair of ultra-light gloves that “provides extremely realistic haptic feedback,” and it’s officially called “DextrES”. The device is made of nylon, measures 2 mm thick and weighs just 8 grams per finger, while requiring very little power. The eventual goal is to enable it to run on a battery. Continue reading for another video and more information.
The HTC Vive by itself is a fine virtual reality system, but when paired with Nintendo’s Mario Kart, it takes fun to the next level. Mario Kart VR has been out for quite some time in Japan, but now, it has hit Washington DC’s Union Station, complete with headsets that enable players to reach out and grab virtual items from balloons as well as dash weapons using hand movements. Continue reading for another video and more information.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg unveiled the Oculus Quest, a high-powered, untethered $399 headset system that has 6-degrees of freedom and will launch with more than 50 game / experience titles. It comes bundled with hand controllers to create experiences that rival the company’s wired Rift VR system, adjustable fit so it’s comfortable to wear with glasses, as well as 360° audio. One caveat: it won’t be available in stores until Spring 2019. Continue reading for another video and more information.
Acer’s all-new OJO 500 Windows Mixed Reality headset, unveiled at IFA 2018 in Berlin, features a modular design with detachable parts and is designed for museums or attractions since both the lens and head strap can easily be removed for cleaning. An integrated interpupillary distance (IPD) wheel enables you to adjust the distance between the display and your eyes, making VR apps and games in Windows Mixed Reality much clearer. Continue reading for another video and more information.
Nintendo’s Super Mario Bros. World 1-1 can be found in all types of games, including Minecraft, but Abhishek Singh decided to combine the stage with Microsoft’s HoloLens in Central Park, and this augmented reality experience is the result. Yes, the obstacles require one to walk around them rather than jump, but since none of them exist as physical barriers, things can get a bit scary. Click here for the first image in today’s viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of an original 2007 iPhone unboxing.
The MIT Media Lab is known for their innovative projects, and this latest one that combines LEGO with augmented reality, is no exception. MIT’s Changing Places group was created to tackle large challenges like fighting pollution and urban modeling, with the latter being solved using these two technologies. Click here for the first image in today’s viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of twelve brilliant Marvel movie details you might’ve missed.
Star Wars: Jedi Challenges isn’t your average mobile game, as it’s a smartphone-powered augmented reality experience that brings an all-new lightsaber experience right into your home. Simply open the app, put on the headset, and battle through three epic experiences. Train as a Force-sensitive apprentice and unlock the knowledge of the Jedi Order. Learn to master the art of lightsaber duels, command troops against invading evil forces, and challenge your mind with Holochess. Product page. Continue reading for a hands-on video review and more information.
Immersive experiences seek to engage the full sensory system in ways that words, pictures, or touch alone cannot, like VR headsets. Disney Research’s Force Jacket boasts a novel array of pneumatically-actuated airbags and force sensors that provide precisely directed force and high frequency vibrations to the upper body. It also uses pneumatic hardware and force control algorithms to verify perception of airbag location and pressure magnitude moving across the body. Click here for the first image in today’s viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of seven ice cream gadgets being put to the test.