The Oculus Rift has gotten nothing but love as the future of virtual reality and VR gaming, and has even prompted Sony to create a similar VR technology for the PS4. And then today, out of the blue, Facebook announced it had bought Oculus VR for $2 billion. But why would Facebook want to pay so much money for the manufacturer or virtual reality goggles? Apparently, they’re hoping to eventually have virtual games, virtual videos and virtual classrooms as part of Facebook. Oh for fuck’s sake, get ready for Candy Crush VR.
So the Oculus Rift has gotten so much love in the past few years as being the first enjoyable (read: awesome) consumer level VR gaming experience, and while it hasn’t been officially announced, the existence of Sony’s own PS4 VR headset codenamed Project Morpheus has been confirmed, Engadget got to play with it, and they’re pretty damn impressed.
Invent a technology and someone will invent porn for it. And with the emerging popularity of the Oculus Rift VR goggles, a team of veteran game designers have gotten together to create an erotic game just for use with the Rift.
Virtual reality is one of those things that periodically comes out on the table as a future technology that will become indispensable any day now. But with each new VR promise, the public quickly gets annoyed with the technology in reality. Valve has apparently been testing Team Fortress 2 made for VR to see if there’s any future in VR-based Valve games.
A brain implant that allows monkeys to move an avatar’s arm and feel objects in a virtual world has been demonstrated for the first time. The animals used the device to control the arm by thought alone, and feel the texture of the objects it touched through electrical signals sent directly to their brains.
In theory, VR goggles are cool, and so companies keep making them. But in practice, they’re not so cool, because in the past, they’ve been bulky, uncomfortable and a good way to get a headache. But in November, Sony is releasing the HMZ-T1 3D visor and hoping that the unit’s light weight and snazzy design will get people interested in the idea. Maybe.
Nintendo tried (poorly) at virtual reality with the Virtual Boy, and at some point in the 90s, everyone thought that virtual reality was the next future thing that would take hold at aaaaany moment now, it never really caught on for a variety of reasons. But at this year’s CES, Sony showed off some fancy new VR goggles and hinted that they may end up attached to the PS3 at some point.
Everybody loves cookies, but what if, in the future, you could just wear a silly hat and eat a cookie that’s any flavor of cookie that you wanted? Developed by the University of Tokyo, this device does just that— you eat a plain cookie, and cameras and piped in scents trick your brain into thinking that you’re eating any flavor that you want.