Advertisement The consumer VR space is mid-way through product cycles, so our expectations from IFA this year were low. But still, we expected a bit more than what we found.Oculus was notably absent from the show, as was HTC, which is a shame given that their Wi-Gig based wireless adaptor for the Vive goes up for preorder on September 5th. I was expecting at least that to be demoed along with the Vive Pro, but I guess they couldn’t afford to make it to the show.Instead, we saw an endless sea of mobile VR cases, which we won’t bore you with–except for an innovative Star Wars thing that turned your mobile into an augmented reality headset (scroll down for more on that).So here’s the extensive list of what was shown at IFA 2018 in the Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality sectors.Acer: OJO 500 Windows Mixed Reality HeadsetThe OJO 500 (pronounced with a soft J, like “oh-ho”), brings Acer’s Mixed Reality offering up to date, with a 1440 x … [Read more...] about Virtual and Augmented Reality at IFA 2018 Was Missing In Action
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SAN JOSE, Calif.—On stage at the Oculus Connect 4 conference, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg took the wraps off of Oculus Go, the company's first "sweet spot" standalone headset. Zuckerberg announced it would launch "early next year" at a price of $199. The announcement followed Zuckerberg's statement that Oculus wants to get one billion people using its virtual reality products. (Yes, that was a B, as in boy.) He admitted how lofty that goal is, saying, "If we're going to get a billion people in VR, we have to work on both affordability and quality. We have to find the sweet spot in the middle. The high quality experience that doesn't tether anybody to a PC." Oculus Go was first announced with an image, price point, and vague release window shown behind Zuckerberg on stage. More details soon followed courtesy of Oculus "head of VR" Hugo Barra, including images of a new controller, a "breathable mesh fabric" fit, "significantly reduced [lens] glare," and, … [Read more...] about Zuckerberg announces $199 Oculus Go as “sweet spot” standalone VR headset
Advertisement Your phone runs Android, your tablet runs Android… your refrigerator runs Android?The Linux-based, open source operating system that is Android has made itself a household name by competing against the iPhone and gaining a large chunk of the global mobile market. But Android’s open nature has led to another phenomenon: weird devices powered by it.We’ve previously covered 10 things you didn’t know were powered by Linux Linux Is Everywhere: 10 Things You Didn't Know Were Penguin-Powered Linux Is Everywhere: 10 Things You Didn't Know Were Penguin-Powered If you think the world rests on Windows, think again. Linux plays a crucial role in keeping our world going. Read More , but now it’s time for Android’s turn. Other than phones and tablets, what exactly does this mobile OS power?Home Security SystemOkay, so the entire Xfinity Home Security system isn’t powered by Android, but it is controlled by a Comcast-branded Android … [Read more...] about Not Just For Phones And Tablets: What Other Devices Run Android?
“Benidorm for £37” trumpeted the Thomson holiday brochure in the 1970s, and the price included “a choice of menu” in the restaurant and even dancing twice a week. But the era of glossy brochures selling holiday dreams is almost over: leading package holiday brands Thomson and First Choice are to ditch their traditional brochures by 2020, as customers demand increasingly sophisticated interactive digital experiences to help them choose and book their breaks. Millions of brochures will be phased out over the next four years. The racks of paper will be replaced with digital screens and new technology in the group’s 600 UK travel agencies. The first brochure was launched in 1953 for Skytours, which later became part of Thomson and still exists as a sub-brand. Announcing the move, the group’s managing director, Nick Longman, said it would undergo its planned UK rebrand – the Thomson brand is set to disappear and be replaced by the name Tui … [Read more...] about Thomson and First Choice owner to scrap holiday brochures
Microsoft is planning to refresh the Windows 10 user interface using a new design language. An update that's referred to internally as Project Neon. Little is known about exactly what Project Neon will change, but the screenshot you see above, shared on Twitter by Tom Hounsell, is the best hint yet at how Windows 10 is going to change its look in the near future. Windows 10 is meant to be the last version of Windows, but that doesn't mean it's going to remain a static operating system. Microsoft intends to keep tweaking it as and when necessary, and with the number of devices running Windows expanding, Microsoft clearly thinks it's necessary. That's where Project Neon comes in. It's meant to refresh the Windows user interface to allow it to exist on new types of device. For example, Microsoft's own HoloLens devices, other augmented reality and possibly virtual reality platforms, smartphones and tablets, and of course Xbox One. At the same time, Neon must continue to cater to desktop … [Read more...] about Microsoft Teases Project Neon Windows 10 UI Refresh