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The first consumer version of the Oculus Rift isn't quite here yet, but Galaxy Note 4 owners can already get an Oculus-powered experience on Samsung's Gear VR. If you're among the early adopters rocking Samsung's virtual reality headset, read on for Gizmag's tips and tricks. Read More

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

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
It's hard to appreciate the feeling of living with a visual impairment if you haven't experienced it yourself. The edge blurring of glaucoma or the clouded, fogged-up vision of a cataract, or even the confusing hue-challenged sights of a colorblind person may register on an intellectual level with somebody who has normal vision, but few really "get it" because it's too alien to them. SIMVIZ aims to fix that by attaching a wide-angle camera to a virtual reality headset, to filter the world around you according to any of six visual impairments: colorblindness, glaucoma, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, double vision, and macular degeneration. Read More
The Oculus-powered Samsung Gear VR marks the commercial arrival of modern virtual reality. Its excellent (Galaxy Note 4-powered) hardware isn't in question, but what about its software? Join Gizmag, for a quick review of the highlights (and lowlights) of the Gear VR's launch lineup. Read More
When we met with Oculus VR earlier this year, the team mentioned that future versions of the Rift headset could skip the PC, and instead use mobile devices for brains. Now we see what they were cooking up. Read on, as Gizmag reviews Oculus' collaboration with Samsung, the Gear VR Innovator Edition. Read More
The trouble with learning a foreign language is that to become fluent – or even just to be passably coherent in a reasonable timeframe – you need to be immersed in it. You need to live in a country where that language predominates. But cost or opportunity often make that infeasible. San Francisco startup Learn Immersive wants to create the next best thing. Its two-man team has built a virtual reality platform that transports you to real-world environments and helps you understand them in their native language. Read More

Remember when we got some eyes-on time with Samsung's Oculus-powered VR headset earlier this year? Well, the Gear VR is now on sale in the US, though the company is making it clear that this is a product aimed at early adopters and developers, and not yet ready for mainstream consumption. Read More

While most virtual reality headsets place an emphasis on gaming, Canadian company Cordon Media believes that the technology is suited to everyday computing tasks such as browsing the web or watching video. It intends to bring its vision to the masses via the Pinć (pronounced “pinch”) VR headset, which is designed for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, and folds right up to fit in your pocket. Read More
In a attempt to look at how our relationship with technology can potentially change our inherent identity, British artist Mark Farid is pledging to spend 28 days isolated inside virtual reality, seeing only footage of someone else's life. This social experiment called "Seeing I" is currently raising funds on Kickstarter and if successful will see the brave artist lock himself away in a small room, equipped with nothing but a bed, toilet and shower, all the while being completely visible to the public. Read More
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