Virtual reality has gone from sci-fi to living rooms, though sadly we aren’t yet at Holodecks. However, we’re getting closer, thanks to the innovations of companies like Qualcomm, which is rolling out the Snapdragon XR2 Platform. It may not sound exciting, but don’t let the dry name fool you — it’s a reference design for eXtended Reality, aka better virtual reality!
Virtual & Augmented Reality
Qualcomm Snapdragon Tech Summit has entered its final day with the introduction of the new Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 Platform. The Snapdragon XR2 Platform is “the world’s first 5G-supported extended reality (XR) platform.” This new era of mobile computing is made possible by a combination of Qualcomm’s recent 5G and AI innovations and their proven XR technology.
The Oculus family just got bigger with the release of the Oculus Quest. Building on the success of the Oculus Go, the Quest is a wireless VR device that allows you to explore digital worlds without being tethered to a PC. Oculus also released the upgraded Rift S that requires minimal setup and no external sensors.
Lenovo is always moving forward with new products, and they never forget the many ways they can innovate in the enterprise space. They’re out swinging with new products today, from augmented reality to tiny PCs and new ThinkPads!
With more than 4,000 companies exhibiting at CES, choosing the best of CES was a challenge. Even so, we want to recognize the products we saw that are truly innovative, take technology in new directions or, in one case, make something great accessible to every consumer.
https://youtu.be/DNQTu_WfLdY Virtual reality is quickly gaining steam as a mature, mainstream technology. It’s gone from concept to a geeky project to something the everyday person can not only understand, but also utilize and enjoy. Lenovo wants to really bring that to the next level with their Mirage Solo and Mirage Camera, and by including Google Daydream and a whole lot more!
Now that the holidays are in full swing, and your home is cycling through visiting friends and family, you might find yourself trying to come up with a fun group activity that includes dinner. I’ll bet you’re thinking “it shouldn’t be this hard”, and you’re right! So, I’ve got the solution for you — Punch Bowl Social!
Lenovo’s Star Wars: Jedi Challenges is arguably the most exciting use of augmented reality we’ve seen to date. To that effect, for anyone who has ever wanted to experience the feeling of what it’s like to wield a lightsaber (and that’s most of us) then this is the closest you’ll probably ever get to that experience. But sheesh – it turns out that wielding a lightsaber is a total workout! Who knew?
“Dinner and a show” has a new meaning in 2017, at least that is the case at Punch Bowl Social in Austin. To that effect, the innovative restaurant chain, Punch Bowl Social, is integrating immersive VR experiences with their dining experiences.
Admit it, you’ve lost your keys before. We all have. Recently we found a set of keys my wife lost two years ago! There are Bluetooth trackers that will beep when initiated, but Pixie has a better plan; they use augmented reality to float a visual in front of you that guides you to your lost item.
For the past few years, I’ve been one of a select group of international journalists invited to the IFA Global Press Conference. A warm-up, if you will, for the yearly IFA convention held in Berlin, the press conference is a great time to check up on the current and future status of the global electronics market.
Are you one of those people who can’t ever seem to keep up with all of your “stuff”? Whether it’s your keys, your backpack, your wallet, or your remote control — the Pixie can help you keep locate almost anything when it has gone missing.
We’ve all seen the Bluetooth tracker market take off in the last couple of years — and there are plenty of them now available — but Pixie sets itself aside from the others because it not only tracks your items, it can actually show you the item’s location using augmented reality.
If you currently own HTC’s Vive’s VR headset, you’ll be happy to know that the popular company has finally announced their HTC Viveport app store for all Vive-compatible gear and gadgets.
At the world’s first CE China convention, a new product was shown which took all attending journalists by pleasant surprise — the dlodlo Glass V One. A bit larger than a full-size set of sunglasses, the dlodlo Glass V One is small enough to stick in a larger pocket, something that is impossible to do with any other VR headset.
Dlodlo, the world’s leader in Virtual Reality products announced earlier this week their Dlodlo VR Glasses, the world’s lightest portable Virtual Reality Glasses. Upon first glance, the VR glasses aren’t what you’d expect out of a Judge Dredd movie. The fashionably designed, wireless, and super lightweight glasses are not only portable and comfortable (unlike their competitors), they actually do everything accurately. The 4 ounce glasses are four times lighter than standard VR headsets, and with the highest full HD…
AltspaceVR is a social virtual reality platform that allows users to experience anything on the Internet with other users, no matter where they are through virtual reality. Within AltspaceVR, people can connect in virtual shared spaces and communicate verbally and with natural body language, just like you would in real life. Anyone can join the beta starting today!
Do you want to experience some virtual reality gear? Starting February 27, virtual reality players have several opportunities to try the fully immersive Insurgent – Shatter Reality 360-degree narrative experience using Samsung Gear Virtual Reality (VR) powered by the Galaxy Note 4.
AltspaceVr is a Google-backed virtual reality startup who is developing a shared virtual reality platform. This platform will give users a chance to share a virtual space and interact together, much like the real world. Users can play games together, watch movies together, or experience anything on the internet together. Currently, AltspaceVR’s platform is in closed beta.
Anyone who refers to Augmented Reality as a ‘new’ technology hasn’t done their research. The past twenty years have been littered with entertainment gimmicks that loosely use the technology. That being said, modern innovations are providing the framework with which to more fully integrate this type of tech into our daily lives. While creations bordering on the concepts of augmented reality have been around since the sixties, it wasn’t until 1990 that a Boeing researcher coined the term as we…