It might sound like a wild theory, especially considering where it’s coming from, but a well-known Apple analyst has just predicted the death of the iPhone. No, this isn’t a story about Apple’s impending doom, which some people continue to warn us of even while Apple is the most valuable company on the planet. Instead, it’s a possibly reasonable but potentially outlandish prediction of when the iPhone will die and what Apple will use to replace it.
Forget the mythical Apple Car, Apple’s next big revenue stream may have something to do with virtual reality. While Apple’s interest in virtual reality hasn’t been widely discussed, a new report from The Financial Times relays that Apple’s interest in the field is far deeper than previously thought.
2016 might be the year that virtual reality finally takes hold in the tech world. Sony, Microsoft and Oculus VR are all planning to launch their own hardware before the end of next year, with tons of developers already hard at work on games, apps and other software to ensure that VR hits the ground running.
But if you don’t want to wait until next year to see what VR has to offer, you can take a sneak peek at the innovations today without putting a strain on your wallet. More →
Virtual reality has been a long time coming, but the most notable strides have come in the past few years. Oculus has led a revitalization in VR tech, the development of which had slowed significantly over the preceding decade. Now, a resurgence in consumer VR products has resulted in great strides, and affordable virtual reality kits like the Samsung Gear VR make virtual reality accessible to nearly anyone.
But there’s still one key piece missing from the virtual reality puzzle that prevents the user from being truly immersed in a VR experience. That may soon change, however, thanks to work being done by researchers in Germany. More →
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to play tennis with international star Maria Sharapova, a three-time Grand Slam title holder? Well, if you did, you probably did not expect your U.S. Open tennis superstar dreams to be realized while standing in the center of a beige-colored room, with a black stick in hand, and a virtual reality headset covering your face. Where are the fans cheering you on as you (attempt to) volley back Sharapova’s 100 mile-per-hour serve, you may ask? Well, instead of the throngs that usually gather at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York, there were a few technicians and public relations people watching you while standing in a semi-circle around the perimeter of the room. More →
Last week Google showed us that its virtual reality plans are more daring than a simple cardboard VR headset, as the company unveiled an advanced hardware and software system capable of recording impressive 3D video and then uploading it to YouTube. Meanwhile, other companies are taking VR in a slightly different direction. More →
Many companies are already working on a variety of virtual reality projects and the future certainly looks bright for the technology. Oculus Rift, Valve, Samsung, HTC, Microsoft, Google and many others are already contemplating various ways of bringing VR experiences to our lives, but one company is ready to take things even further and offer users an amazing virtual reality experience: An amusement park where VR gaming will be taken to a whole new level. More →
Google already has a full team working on a secret version of Android, one that might power the next wave of major gadgets set to take the world by storm. In other words, Google might soon have a fifth version of Android ready for use on devices, in addition to the Android software it created for smartphones, smartwatches, TVs and cars. More →
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 →
The first annual Steam Dev Days event doesn’t begin until Wednesday of this week, but Valve has already released SteamVR to the public, its experimental virtual reality mode for owners of the Oculus Rift who want a sneak peek at Valve’s progress on a VR interface. SteamVR allows Steam users to explore the digital platform We reported last week that Valve would be introducing a software development kit for developers who want to work with virtual reality. SteamVR is likely just a proof of concept as Valve prepares even more substantial reveals for later this week. More →
Sony at CES 2014 demoed two different virtual reality headset devices that show potential for the future, PCWorld reports. Of them, only one device is ready to ship (an earlier Head Mounted Display version was priced starting at $999.99) and can immerse users in 3D games and videos just like the Oculus Rift headgear does, assuming there is enough content to actually use with the device. To demo the rig, Sony filmed ground-level video of a motorcycle racing through a road course, and then allowed testers that tried out the virtual reality glasses to explore the video as if they were riding. More →
Valve has confirmed that it will release a software developer kit that will allow developers to work on a standard interface for virtual reality games in order for players to enjoy a seamless experience across devices and games, BBC has learned. The kit will be released at Valve’s Steam Dev Days conference that will take place in mid-January in Seattle. At CES 2014, the company and its partners have unveiled no less than 13 Steam Machine console prototypes, although neither one comes with virtual reality features. More →