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The funniest thing you’ll see today: Elderly people react to the Oculus Rift

By on August 29, 2014 at 9:55 AM.

The funniest thing you’ll see today: Elderly people react to the Oculus Rift

“My God, I’m not going to electrocute myself, am I?” That was the initial reaction of an elderly gentleman when one of The Fine Brothers handed him an Oculus Rift virtual reality headset and asked for his reaction. One elderly woman wondered aloud if the Rift was a “space mask” or “something you wear for the Ebola crisis.”

The Fines are known far and wide for their reaction videos on YouTube, which show kids, teens or the elderly reacting to different things. Recent offerings that were particularly hilarious include teens reacting to the Internet of the 1990s and elderly people reacting to Google Glass.

Now, the Fine Brothers are back and they’ve brought the Facebook-owned Oculus Rift VR headset with them. More →

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Oculus Rift Release Date

Headset that ushers in the future of virtual reality finally starts shipping in 2 weeks

By on July 2, 2014 at 6:45 PM.

Headset that ushers in the future of virtual reality finally starts shipping in 2 weeks

Facebook has repeatedly shown us that it is not afraid to bet big on the future. The company sees mobile messaging as a staple for years to come, and it spent an astronomical $19 billion to buy WhatsApp, the biggest name in the business. Virtual Reality is a still-emerging area that could also become a huge market in the future, so Facebook spent a reported $2 billion to acquire Oculus, one of the hottest names in VR. And now, an early version of the company’s Oculus Rift virtual reality headset will finally begin shipping to early buyers. More →

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Oculus Rift D-Day 3D Landings

Video: Awesome D-Day project lets you explore WW2 tech in 3D with Oculus Rift

By on May 27, 2014 at 4:40 PM.

Video: Awesome D-Day project lets you explore WW2 tech in 3D with Oculus Rift

French 3D company Dassault Systemes has created an awesome virtual universe to mark the anniversary of the June 6, 1944 “D-Day” landings and the technology that made them possible, VentureBeat reports. The huge project allows users to explore historical places and equipment from that era by using a virtual reality headset such as the Oculus Rift. More →

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Star Trek Holodeck Reality

How to make a Star Trek-style Holodeck with an Oculus Rift and 3 Kinect sensors

By on May 14, 2014 at 11:30 PM.

How to make a Star Trek-style Holodeck with an Oculus Rift and 3 Kinect sensors

All proper sci-fi nerds have long dreamed of being able to take a trip in the Holodeck, a virtual reality chamber located on Star Trek’s USS Enterprise where you can simulate any time, place and situation you want to be in. Oliver Kreylos, a computer science professor and researcher at the University of California, Davis, has come the closest we’ve seen yet to creating a working Holodeck and he’s done it using an Oculus Rift virtual reality headset and three Kinect sensors from a previous-generation Xbox. More →

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Parrot AR Drone Oculus Rift Project

Video: You can now control your Parrot AR drone with Oculus Rift

By on April 10, 2014 at 12:15 AM.

Video: You can now control your Parrot AR drone with Oculus Rift

Berlin-based developer Diego Araos was able to connect an Oculus Rift headset to a Parrot AR drone and actually control it by simply moving his head. The whole thing was recorded and posted on YouTube, where interested users can check out the experience of flying a drone using the Oculus virtual reality gear. According to the developer, the whole project is “really fun,” and most importantly, the latency is “very low.” Parrot AR owners that want to try to fly a drone using Oculus Rift – assuming they have access to the headset – can get the source code needed to make it happen from GitHub, as Araos is sharing his project. More →

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Facebook Oculus VR Acquisition

Facebook is growing up: With Oculus buy, a social network prepares for its next act

By on March 27, 2014 at 1:31 PM.

Facebook is growing up: With Oculus buy, a social network prepares for its next act

Social networks aren’t always going to be en vogue. Facebook may have a billion users today, but what happens when that growth stalls? What happens when it turns negative? If it’s no longer the only source of revenue, the answers to those questions matter much less — hence, the purchase of Oculus VR. Lately, Facebook’s been buying (and trying to buy) companies that don’t exactly mesh with what it is. You could look at it two ways: It’s either getting into businesses that it has no concept of how to handle (see: Cisco’s purchase of Flip Video), or either it’s brilliantly diversifying its portfolio.

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Facebook Oculus Rift User Interface and Brand

Facebook denies that it plans to rebrand Oculus Rift with its own logo

By on March 26, 2014 at 6:17 PM.

Facebook denies that it plans to rebrand Oculus Rift with its own logo

Facebook on Tuesday made a surprising announcement, revealing that it purchased the Oculus Rift virtual reality startup in a $2 billion deal, although it’s not yet clear what the company plans to do with Oculus Rift in the future. According to a report from The New York Times though, a person familiar with the deal said the company “eventually plans to redesign the Oculus hardware and rebrand it with a Facebook interface and logo.”

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Minecraft Oculus Rift Canceled

Notch says Facebook creeps him out, cancels Minecraft for Oculus Rift

By on March 26, 2014 at 1:50 PM.

Notch says Facebook creeps him out, cancels Minecraft for Oculus Rift

Not a lot of people are happy about Facebook’s acquisition of the Oculus Rift, but Notch might be the most upset of us all. In a blog post Tuesday night after the news broke, Markus “Notch” Persson, the creator of Minecraft and founder of Mojang, announced the cancellation of his team’s efforts to bring Minecraft to the Oculus Rift.

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Facebook Oculus Rift Acquisition

On Oculus Rift and Facebook’s grand acquisitions

By on March 26, 2014 at 11:18 AM.

On Oculus Rift and Facebook’s grand acquisitions

So… Microsoft buys Nokia, Yahoo buys Tumblr, Twitter buys Vine, Google buys Nest, Facebook buys Instagram, Facebook buys WhatsApp, Facebook buys Oculus Rift. Notice the pattern in the recent big tech acquisitions? Facebook is really, really spending big on getting all futuristic.

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Facebook Oculus VR Acquisition

Facebook to buy virtual reality gaming company Oculus VR

By on March 25, 2014 at 5:54 PM.

Facebook to buy virtual reality gaming company Oculus VR

Wow. It seems Facebook’s ambitions are growing by the day. Little more than a month after his company bought messaging app WhatsApp for $19 billion, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced on Tuesday that Facebook was acquiring virtual reality gaming company Oculus VR for what The Wall Street Journal reports is for $2 billion. In his announcement Zuckerberg said that virtual reality technology is going to be the next major frontier for online interaction and that Oculus VR’s Rift headset was at the forefront of virtual reality innovation.

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White Guys Wearing Oculus Rift

It had to happen: ‘White Guys Wearin’ Oculus Rifts’

By on March 21, 2014 at 6:15 PM.

It had to happen: ‘White Guys Wearin’ Oculus Rifts’

The Oculus Rift is an incredible device. I’ve only had a single experience with the VR headset, but within seconds I became a believer. Virtual reality is going to play a major role in the future of entertainment — in fact, even though the Rift isn’t going to see a retail release any time soon, it’s already providing joy for Buzzfeed’s Gaming Editor Joe Bernstein. Enter: White Guys Wearin’ Oculus Rifts. More →

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Zero Point Oculus Rift Virtual Reality Demo

Zero Point: The dangerous future of virtual reality

By on February 19, 2014 at 9:00 AM.

Zero Point: The dangerous future of virtual reality

Danfung Dennis no longer concerns himself with whether or not virtual reality is going catch to on — he knows that at this point, it’s just a matter of time. Dennis is the director of Zero Point, a short film that provides a fully 3D 360-degree viewing experience, allowing viewers to immerse themselves in the locations and get a taste of how virtual reality will change the entertainment landscape in the very near future. More →

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Oculus Rift Zombie Fort Game

Video: New game to deliver virtual reality zombie battles to your living room

By on February 5, 2014 at 4:32 PM.

Video: New game to deliver virtual reality zombie battles to your living room

We’ve seen plenty of ridiculously cool games on the Oculus Rift already in its short life span, but the latest project from the Zero Latency development team might be the most immersive (and terrifying) yet. Zombie Fort: Smackdown is a VR game on the Oculus Rift that fills your environment with zombies and challenges you to make it out alive. As Project Grey notes, most Oculus Rift games confine you to a computer and an office chair, but in Zombie Fort, players are equipped with a backpack which wirelessly connects the Oculus Rift to a computer while the cameras all around the room track your weapon in real-time. Check out a demo of the game in action below. More →

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