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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Oculus Rift Virtual Reality Game Development

The team behind the Oculus Rift is developing its own games

By on January 8, 2014 at 7:00 PM.

The team behind the Oculus Rift is developing its own games

Much like the 4K television, the key to success for the Oculus Rift is content. Without a stable of virtual reality games available at launch, the Rift is nothing more than a clever and superfluous toy, but the team that built the headset is doing everything in its power to make sure that doesn’t happen. Just last month it was reported that Oculus VR had set up a publishing arm to bring third-party developers into the fold, and now the team is taking content creation one step further — Oculus VR is planning to develop its own games. More →

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Oculus Rift Game Publishing

Virtual reality games now one step closer to actual reality

By on December 21, 2013 at 12:30 AM.

Virtual reality games now one step closer to actual reality

Considering how new the idea of competent virtual reality gaming is, it’s no surprise that developers aren’t lined up out the door to implement the technology quite yet. There are plenty of excited developers and gamers who want to take advantage of the Oculus Rift, but until the device proves itself on the market, it will be a niche product. Unless, of course, the team at Oculus VR starts bringing on developers itself to make games for the Rift. More →

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Oculus Rift Headset Android Support

Oculus Rift virtual reality mobile headset coming to Android devices

By on October 29, 2013 at 11:45 PM.

Oculus Rift virtual reality mobile headset coming to Android devices

One of the most exciting upcoming video game accessories is the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. The Oculus Rift has been hailed as the next evolution of gaming, and at the GamesBeat conference on Tuesday the company announced that it is working to create a mobile version of the Rift for Android devices as well. Oculus VR CEO Brendan Iribe said that the device will only work with Android devices for now, presumably because of the open source nature of Google’s mobile platform. Oculus VR hopes to release the mobile version of the hardware at around the same time as the PC headset, although an official retail release has still not been announced for either yet.

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Video: The future of gaming is already here

The future of gaming is already here [video]

By on April 19, 2013 at 12:50 PM.

The future of gaming is already here [video]

What do you get when you combine a 3D virtual reality headset with a passive omnidirectional treadmill? The future of gaming, today. Virtual reality accessory startup Virtuix on Thursday posted a demo video of its upcoming Omni — a “natural motion interface for virtual reality applications” — being used in conjunction with the Oculus Rift 3D virtual reality headgear. The video showcases the killer combination being used to play a first-person shooter and the result is mind-blowing.

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