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Saturday, January 25, 2020
British Airways screening VR headsets for superior guests this year

British Airways screening VR headsets for superior guests this year

Enlarge / Ars editor Sam Machkovech donning an Oculus Go headset. This isn't the headset British Airways will use, but it serves a similar function. Plane travel can be a hassle at best and a panic-inducing experience at worst. But passengers who get anxious around takeoff may have a new option to calm those nerves.…
Burn out your knee? Hope your cosmetic surgeon’s got a VR headset

Burn out your knee? Hope your cosmetic surgeon’s got a VR...

With all due respect to games, porn, and lion kings, virtual reality's killer app might just be saving lives. At a Stanford-affiliated children's hospital, pediatric cardiologists use an interactive virtual heart to help young patients and their families better understand congenital defects. Researchers in Maryland put on headsets to study viruses in the pursuit of…
Present Your Kid to Virtual Truth With Nintendo Labo VR

Present Your Kid to Virtual Truth With Nintendo Labo VR

Nothing about Labo VR Kit, Nintendo’s foray into virtual reality, should work. Compared to other virtual reality systems, the frame-rate is sluggish and the graphics are kind of crap. It’s so cheaply constructed it’s literally made of cardboard. There’s no huge, immersive world to get lost in. There’s not even a strap to keep it…
Accidental Steam Shop post reveals make over at Valve Index VR

Accidental Steam Shop post reveals make over at Valve Index VR

The flip-up headphone design will be familiar to anyone who has used the Oculus Rift. The full page is obviously still a work in progress, but it includes some interesting tidbits. The existence of a page for SteamVR Base Stations suggests the Index won't use inside-out tracking. You're gonna need controllers, but you won't learn…
Accidental Steam shop post reveals makeover at Valve Index VR

Accidental Steam shop post reveals makeover at Valve Index VR

The flip-up headphone design will be familiar to anyone who has used the Oculus Rift. The full page is obviously still a work in progress, but it includes some interesting tidbits. The existence of a page for SteamVR Base Stations suggests the Index won't use inside-out tracking. You're gonna need controllers, but you won't learn…
How OpenXR might glue together virtual truth’s fragmenting market

How OpenXR might glue together virtual truth’s fragmenting market

Enlarge / OpenXR is like a girl reaching for a moon, or something... Khronos Consumer-grade virtual reality (and, to a lesser extent, augmented reality) is only a few years old, but it’s already an extremely fragmented market. Wikipedia lists almost 30 distinct VR headsets released by dozens of hardware makers since 2015. Creating a game…
Nintendo’s very first VR item in 24 years is pertaining to Nintendo Change

Nintendo’s very first VR item in 24 years is pertaining to...

Nintendo's cardboard-fueled Labo line is back, and this time, it's draped over your Switch as a headset to simulate a VR effect. Buy either the starter set or the full VR Kit bundle. Nintendo How each of the mini-game attachments looks in action. Just a reminder: nobody looks cool in a VR headset, no matter…
To safeguard users’ personal privacy, iOS 12.2 will restrict Web apps’ access to iPhone’s sensing units

To safeguard users’ personal privacy, iOS 12.2 will restrict Web apps’...

Enlarge / A user tries out features in ARKit. The beta for iOS 12.2 contains a change to mobile Safari that could have implications for the advertising and marketing worlds, as well as for Web-based augmented or virtual reality more generally. In the beta, a toggle labeled "Motion & Orientation Access" exists in the Safari…
26 years later on, Groundhog Day gets restored as … a VR video game?

26 years later on, Groundhog Day gets restored as … a...

Strike up the music, the band has begun... Tune up your car on a regular schedule, folks. Well I sure as heckfire recognize this character... This character is... less recognizable. Connors Sr. didn't have one of these in 1993... Looks like the Connors family has at least two kids. That is the face of a…
Ars goes into VR and ruins numerous starships in Star Trek: Bridge Team

Ars goes into VR and ruins numerous starships in Star Trek:...

Ars plays Star Trek: Bridge Crew Ars and Star Trek go together, as the great philosopher once said, like peas and carrots. You won’t find a dorkier bunch of editors assembled in any one place on the entire Internet—and that’s why playing Star Trek: Bridge Crew was such an easy fit. The VR title, originally…

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