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The next frontier in human-computer interaction will be all about making you feel the virt...

Tactile feedback is nothing new. It's been used in telecommunications and in entertainment for decades, and it became a standard feature in the late 1990s in mobile phones and video games – where vibrations alert you to new messages or help you "feel" the forces exerted on your avatar. Haptic technology has been very much a bit player in the fields that it's infiltrated, though, and only now are we seeing it begin to take its place alongside visual and audio tech as a key element in human-computer interaction.  Read More

Audi is using virtual reality headsets at dealerships to help customers configure their ca...

Only a few days ago we were mulling over what virtual reality headsets like the Oculus Rift might be used for other than gaming – here's another to add to the list. Audi has announced that prospective customers will be able don a VR headset and sit inside their virtual car-to-be as they configure it.  Read More

Prototype of I Am Cardboard's XG VR, a consumer-grade VR headset built on the company's ex...

Virtual reality headsets are becoming a lot like smartwatches: anyone and everyone who can possibly make one is trying to get a piece of the pie before they go mainstream. I Am Cardboard, one of the most popular assemblers of Google Cardboard headsets, is now asking for crowdfunding dollars to make a consumer-grade headset that builds on the foundations of Google's cheap developer kit.  Read More

Gizmag looks at some ways that the Oculus Rift and virtual reality could change our world ...

Gamers have been buzzing about the Oculus Rift for a couple of years already, and they're going to be the headset's core audience at launch. But in the long run, we believe the product has the potential to transcend gaming. Let's take a look at eight future uses for the best virtual reality headset.  Read More

Gizmag met with Oculus VR at CES 2015, and saw a company on the up-and-up (Photo: Will Sha...

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.  Read More

Gizmag takes the dev kit for Razer's open-source VR platform for a quick spin (Photo: Will...

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.  Read More

Gizmag gets a look at one of the most ambitious projects we've seen at CES, the Sulon Cort...

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.  Read More

Gizmag compares the features and specs of the consumer-friendly Gear VR and developers-onl...

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.  Read More

King of Spin VR for Oculus Rift will see players face off against legendary cricketer Shan...

Not all readers may be familiar with the name Shane Warne, but in the cricketing world it carries as much weight as that of John Madden or Michael Jordan in their respective fields. The Australian sporting legend has just announced an app for the Oculus Rift that will see players go toe-to-toe with the so-called "King of Spin" in a virtual cricket arena.  Read More

One day virtual reality and exercise bikes could team up to spice up your workout (Origina...

VR headsets like the Oculus Rift and Gear VR are great for gaming and immersive 360-degree videos. But what about exercise? Though the idea isn't without its flaws, virtual reality could one day add an exciting new dimension to stationary workout machines. Gizmag chatted with a researcher in the field (and went for a mind-bending VR spin of our own) to investigate.  Read More

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