Tag Archives: Virtual Reality

VR takes you on a trip to Mars and other worlds

NASA has been offering virtual-reality tours of Mars for years — but now, with Google’s help, the space agency has come up with one of the most accessible tours yet. “Access Mars” lays out a 3-D terrain for five of the spots … Continue reading

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Oculus shows off standalone VR headset

Oculus is filling the virtual-reality niche between smartphones and its high-end, wired-up Oculus Rift headset with a standalone mobile headset that’ll sell for $199. The Oculus Go headset, unveiled today in conjunction with the Oculus Connect conference in San Jose, … Continue reading

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Video arcades are back, with virtual reality

Remember the days when arcades were the places where kids could play the coolest video games? No? Well, now you can get in on that experience, this time with immersive virtual reality adventures instead of Frogger and Pac-Man. Portal, at … Continue reading

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‘Mission: ISS’ puts you in virtual space station

Oculus has just launched “Mission: ISS,” a virtual-reality simulation that takes advantage of the company’s headset and handheld controllers to let you explore the International Space Station and even perform a virtual spacewalk. The computer-generated environment, designed for Oculus Rift and Oculus … Continue reading

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Xinova and Aetho join forces on AR and VR

A Seattle-based invention factory called Xinova has made a deal to collaborate with Aetho, a San Francisco-based venture, on new technologies in augmented reality and virtual reaility. The agreement, announced today, sets the stage for Aetho to license intellectual property … Continue reading

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What it’s like to take a virtual walk on Mars

I’ve been to Mars to kick the tires on NASA’s Curiosity rover – and you can take that trip as well. Not in reality, of course, but in virtual reality: The tours of Curiosity’s surroundings near Mount Sharp are being provided … Continue reading

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Museum of Flight offers VR tours inside planes

It’s not easy to crawl through the guts of a World War II bomber, but a new virtual reality project from Microsoft and Seattle’s Museum of Flight turns it into a snap on a screen. The Aviation Pavilion Virtual Tour … Continue reading

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Crawl through King Richard III’s grave online

One year after King Richard III’s remains were reburied, the much-maligned monarch’s skeleton has been exposed once again – this time, in virtual reality. Internet users can zoom in on the 15th-century remains as they were found in 2012, lying beneath a … Continue reading

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HoloLens wins rave review from astronaut

After his return from nearly a year in space, NASA astronaut Scott Kelly gave Microsoft’s HoloLens headset a big thumbs-up for work on the International Space Station – and for shooting down aliens in his spare time. “It worked great,” he said … Continue reading

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