VR, presence and the case of the missing killer app

Compelling virtual reality shipped to developers and consumers nearly two years ago. The first flagship headsets arrived from Oculus and HTC back in the spring of 2016, offering enough resolution, frame rate, field of view, latency mitigation and position-tracking to produce believable visual immersion. But no one seems to know what to do with it.

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VR startup Upload shuts down its offices as funding from Oculus founder runs out

Upload, the VR startup which was rocked by a sexual harassment suit exactly one year ago, is shutting down both its San Francisco office and its 20,000 sq. foot Los Angeles co-working space as it struggles to secure new funding, multiple sources tell TechCrunch. All of the company’s LA employees were laid off yesterday. The […]

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Blue Vision Labs, which builds ‘collaborative’ AR, emerges from stealth with $14.5M led by GV

Blue Vision Labs, a London-based augmented reality startup co-founded by computer vision experts from Oxford and Imperial College, is emerging from stealth today with a new platform that it claims will be the first to bring ‘collaboration’ to the AR experience: with an app built on Blue Vision’s technology (via its API and SDK), multiple […]

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A Hippocratic Oath for artificial intelligence practitioners

Oren Etzioni Contributor Share on Twitter Oren Etzioni is CEO of the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence and has been a professor at the University of Washington’s Computer Science department since 1991. He has also founded or co-founded several companies, including Farecast (sold to Microsoft in 2008) and Decide (sold to eBay in 2013), and […]

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Oculus issues patch to bring Rift VR headsets back to life after catastrophic shutdown

 Facebook’s Oculus suffered a prolonged, embarrassing outage yesterday because someone at the company forgot to update a certificate which expired and plunged the company’s network of Oculus Rifts into darkness. For nearly the entire day, users were unable to jump into VR. For gamers it was an annoyance, but with more and more companies looking to experiment with integrating… Read More

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HTC debuts original Ready Player One content for the Vive

 While some don’t care for the hit novel Ready Player One, it’s hard to deny that the book captured the hearts and minds of millions as it climbed the NYT Bestseller’s list in 2011. At the end of this month, a film adaptation of the book, directed by Stephen Spielberg, will be released in theaters. And given the book’s heavy focus on VR, it makes sense that HTC wants to… Read More

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All of Oculus’s Rift headsets have stopped working due to an expired certificate

 Someone at Oculus screwed up pretty badly today, an expired certificate appears to have soft-bricked all of the company’s Rift VR headsets with users still unable to fire up software on the devices with no word of an incoming fix from the company yet. Issues were first reported several hours ago on Reddit, where a post on the topic has already garnered hundreds of comments. The… Read More

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The dos and don’ts of crafting frontier-tech companies

 Powerful tools, amazing talent and endless dollars flowing from eager investors makes today an amazing time to start tomorrow’s technology companies. Curious and ambitious founding teams are putting their skills to work toward solving real-world problems. Here’s how to build hard value while avoiding common pitfalls in nine exciting startup categories that will brighten our future. Read More

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