Jaunt to Remake ‘Lawnmower Man’ as Virtual Reality Series

Palo Alto, Calif.-based Jaunt is reviving virtual reality (VR) classic “Lawnmower Man” — only this time, you’ll have to put on a VR headset to watch it: Jaunt announced Thursday at Sundance that it is working with original rights holders top turn the movie into a VR series. “The original movie was a film of unsurpassed imagination and creativity with its ground-breaking use of VR back in 1992,” said Jim Howell. “Together with Jaunt we look forward to a contemporary team bringing to life a whole new world of VR; a world of immersive entertainment and communication. We are […]

Now You Can Actually SMELL Porn With This Virtual Reality ‘OhRoma’ Gas Mask

Virtual reality porn is advancing fast and there’s basically no way of stopping it, thanks to kinky people who love watching porn and pretending it’s real. And with people becoming kinkier and kinkier and needing even more realistic porn in order to get off, what else would we expect? To accommodate porn fans’ increasing demand for ever more realistic self-immersion, VR engineers have been coming up with some truly ingenious inventions. For example, the VR sex suit . Just look at it! It’s a guy in a morphsuit getting off to hentai. It makes me so uncomfortable, yet I […]

‘The Lawnmower Man’ is Getting a Virtual Reality Series Based on the Film

Well this makes total sense. Virtual reality technology is becoming such a big thing in our current society that it’s only a matter of time before headsets start popping up in theaters and taking big Hollywood movies to the next level. In fact, it has already begun. But way back in 1992, director Brett Leonard’s The Lawnmower Man , very loosely based on Stephen King’s story, introduced audiences to VR. As reported by The Verge out of the Sundance Film Festival, the science fiction film is now being turned into a virtual reality series by Jaunt. The company’s press […]

Google’s virtual reality ambitions appear to be off to a slow start

The Daydream View VR headset. Darren Weaver Google’s first major virtual reality effort is off to a slow start. This week, the company slashed the price of its Daydream View VR headset by $30, from $79 to $49, just two months after it first went on sale, a sign that interest in the device is low relative to the excellent new Pixel phone from Google. On top of that, it sounds like Google isn’t pleased with the reception to Daydream. According to Amir Efrati of The Information , Google is "disappointed" with the initial usage numbers for Daydream and […]

Under the Bridge: A virtual reality visit with homeless in Seattle

Underneath the East Duwamish Greenbelt along Interstate 5 lies an unsanctioned Seattle homeless encampment known as The Jungle. This is a place most any Seattleite would never visit and place you certainly don’t want to end up. It is dangerous, littered with used syringes, and reeks of dust and trash. But under that bridge are dozens and dozens of homes, people, and a community. Photographer Tim Durkan is an activist who is using his camera to tell extremely raw stories about Seattle’s homeless. Tim has lived out much of his life in a Capitol Hill apartment. You can find […]

Robots, lasers and virtual reality are coming to this micro-amusement park

two bit circus Art, tech and science come together at the Two Bit Circus. Back in the day, a visit to Chuck E. Cheese was the most exciting thing ever: pizza, ball pits, and creepy singing robots. Now the son of the man who founded that company wants to open a high-tech fun zone that lets people shoot lasers in virtual reality. Brent Bushnell, son of Chuck E. Cheese and Atari Inc. co-founder Nolan Bushnell, announced a new round of funding for his planned micro-amusement parks, which will feature virtual and augmented reality games and experiences. Bushnell’s concept is […]

Virtual Reality Takes Zombie Shoot-‘Em-Ups to Next Level

Arizona Sunshine plunges you into a blistering hot, post-apocalyptic Arizona where you must defend yourself against hordes of the gruesome undead. As I’ve mentioned on many an occasion, I’ve never been a big player of computer games. In particular, shoot-’em-ups have held no interest for me whatsoever. In fact, the only games I’ve really played have been of the Myst , Riven , and — most recently — Obduction graphical adventure puzzle genre. All this has changed since I acquired my precious my virtual reality system (see Virtual Reality-Capable Notepad Computers ); now I’m a gaming fool (don’t say […]

Nearpod Bringing Virtual Reality For Schools Back to FETC

Nearpod, A Leader In Immersive Classroom Technology Heads Back To FETC Nearpod has taken the education world by storm. First starting as a company that helped educators easily create interactive content on the fly, they are now the trusted and most well known name in bringing virtual reality to the classroom. Over 10,000 schools nationwide use Nearpod for their interactive learning. The company offers lessons that have already been developed, a community of like minded educators, and a way for teachers to easily create content. With the Nearpod interactive presentation creation tool teachers can create content for students. Teachers […]

Intel holds its CES press event inside virtual reality

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich held his company’s CES press event inside virtual reality, as Intel provided more than 260 VR units in chairs for all of the press attending the event. Intel’s people began prepping the VR setup before Christmas, and it ran miles of wire through the press event room in doing so. Intel has a habit of doing big stunts at CES. In years past, Krzanich has had BMX cyclists on stage, drones, and a big floating whale in augmented reality. I’ll report back in a bit to tell you how this goes. Intel had plenty of […]

This Tiny Little Puck Lets You Drag Real Life Into Virtual Reality

Gadgets like the HTC Vive’s motion controllers and the Oculus Touch let you bring your real-life hands into VR so you can poke, prod, pick up, and throw all sorts of virtual objects. It’s a necessary part of any immersive VR experience, but sometimes it just doesn’t cut it. If you want to drag other real-world objects into the virtual abyss with you—either to manipulate or use as controllers—the Vive Tracker is the gadget to go to. Just announced at CES, the Vive Tracker works much in the same ways its sister headset and controllers do. The Vive’s "lighthouses"—small […]

HTC VIVE Debuts New Hardware Products To Grow Virtual Reality Ecosystem

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 4, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — HTC VIVE™, the leader in room-scale Virtual Reality (VR), today debuted two premium accessories that will be available to consumers later this year, the Vive Tracker™ and Vive Deluxe Audio Strap™. The Vive Tracker will open new options for developers to make VR even more immersive with additional tracking capabilities and new peripherals. The Vive Deluxe Audio Strap is designed for a more comfortable and convenient VR experience, with integrated earphones and a sizing dial for a quick adjustment of the headstrap. In addition, the new headstrap routes the 3-in-1 cable in […]

Intel demos untethered Project Alloy virtual reality multiplayer experience

Intel’s Project Alloy demo Intel showed off what the next generation of virtual reality will look like today with Project Alloy, during the company’s press event at CES 2017, the big tech trade show in Las Vegas this week. Project Alloy is work in development that captures the notion that VR should be wireless, with all of the computing built into the headset itself, so that you don’t have to be tethered to a PC. “We are genuinely excited about Project Alloy and where this takes virtual reality,” said Brian Krzanich, CEO of Intel, during the event. He said […]

Asus to launch smartphone with virtual reality

Jonney Shih, chairman of Taiwan tech group Asus, speaks on the eve of 2017 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada, on January 4, 2017. Las Vegas: Taiwan-based electronics group Asus announced Wednesday it was launching a new smartphone which uses Google Tango 3D technology and allows users to experience augmented and virtual reality. The Zenfone AR is just the second handset to incorporate the Tango computing platform which allows for indoor mapping, augmented reality and more. The new device, unveiled by Asus at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, is also one of a small number […]

‘Planet of the Apes’ Is Getting a Virtual Reality Experience

Shutterstock photo The " Planet of the Apes " franchise is getting its own virtual reality experience: 20th Century Fox’s Innovation Lab is making an experience that will let players cross the species line, and band together with other apes in their fight against humans. Fox Innovation Lab showed a first short of the title at a press event at CES in Las Vegas Wednesday night. In that preview, which only consisted of a part of one scene of the entire experience, users faced another ape, which included a lot of chest bumping. The demo was set up on […]

Who’ll want to work once we have proper virtual reality?

A flash of the future, over the holidays, that felt like a flash of the past. It happened on Christmas Day, just after lunch, when my father-in-law gave me a virtual reality headset. It looks like a pair of ski goggles. They used to be fearsomely expensive, but recently some bright spark came up with the idea of replacing the screen and the computing power with a slot into which you pop your phone. All you need now is a frame and a couple of lenses, and you’re off into a virtual world. You can get a cardboard one […]

The Man Selling Virtual Reality to China

One afternoon in December, Kevin Geiger was giving one of his regular talks about storytelling in virtual reality. To a packed lecture hall at the Beijing Film Academy, he urged everybody in the filmmaking process—directors, actors, and people up and down the production chain—to think differently in order to adapt to this new medium. As the founder and executive director of the International Animation and Virtual Reality Research Center at the Film Academy, Geiger is at the forefront of a growing group of filmmakers exploring what the future of VR films will be in China. Geiger makes films himself […]