Will Shanklin is Gizmag's Mobile Tech Editor, and has been part of the team since 2012. Before finding a home at Gizmag, he had stints at a number of other sites, including Android Central, Geek and the Huffington Post.
Will has a Master's degree from U.C. Irvine and a Bachelor's from West Virginia University. He currently lives in New Mexico with his wife, Jessica.
Though some have described the Avegant Glyph as a virtual reality headset, we think that's way off the mark. And having demoed the Oculus Rift just a few hours before test-driving the Glyph, we can attest that the two are completely different products. Read on, for Gizmag's second pre-release look at Avegant's portable movie theater.
After spending a week walking the showroom floors of CES, a wearable claiming to change your mood is probably going to activate your BS sensors. But today our demo of the Thync wearable was the rare CES meeting that's everything it's pretending to be – possibly more. Your neighborhood drug dealer might want to start looking for a new line of work.
When you visit with enough companies at CES, you start to develop a sixth sense. All of them are ambitious, and some have promising – or even very good – products. But when something is really special, you can just tell. Oculus VR is one of those companies. We're hardly the first to say this, but the Oculus Rift is the future – and, with all due respect, none of the other companies trying to hop aboard the VR gravy train are anywhere close.
Now that Palmer Luckey and Oculus VR have made virtual reality a thing, everyone wants a piece of the action. Gizmag went hands-on with one of those attempts, the initial developer kit for Razer's open source virtual reality platform.
CES is full of gaming gear from companies of all sizes, hawking their goods to anyone who will listen. Wikipad, though, has an accessory that can do something you might actually be looking for. It takes the iPad
and unlocks its full gaming potential. Meet the Gamevice.
Are augmented reality and virtual reality mutually exclusive? One ambitious startup, Sulon Technologies, doesn't think so. Though it's still early days for the company's standalone Cortex AR/VR headset, it's managed to merge immersion and augmentation in some pretty fascinating ways. We spent some time with a prototype at CES 2015.
Before Android Wear
brought its own native voice control to the wrist, the Martian watch tapped into iPhones' and Android phones' voice control, acting much like a Bluetooth headset. This year the company is back with a new line of voice-control watches, sporting a wide selection of designs – including some from Guess.
The sexiness of the Google Glass
brand is currently about as sexy as one looks while wearing the awkward gear. But smaller startups are still exploring the potential of augmented reality smartglasses, and we got a look at one of them at CES 2015.
The original MacBook Air
(and its 2010 design refresh
) was ahead of its time, and spurred a storm of copycats on the Windows side of the aisle. But in the last couple of years Ultrabooks, including the MacBook Air, haven't been changing much – at least from a design standpoint. But Samsung's new Ativ Book 9 (2015)
is really something to behold ... or rather, something to hold
In our product comparisons, we line up consumer gear and do our best to help you make up your mind ... but this one is a little different. The Oculus Rift Development Kit 2 (DK2) isn't a consumer product, but there could be value in seeing how the Samsung Gear VR
, a virtual reality headset that is
a consumer product, measures up with it. Read on for Gizmag's features and specs comparison.