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The Magic Leap Con

“Today, our world feels divided.” Rony Abovitz, CEO of the infamous mixed reality startup Magic Leap stood awkwardly on a circular stage, surrounded by hundreds of attendees of his company’s first developer conference, and first major public-facing event, eyeing a teleprompter, arms behind his back. “It feels broken,” he said. “Our new medium of spatial computing feels fresh. It doesn’t carry the baggage and negative headlines that are dominating the news today.” Read More >>

I’m Struggling to Believe This Report of an Apple AR/VR Headset Coming in 2020

Apple has stumbled in its efforts to win the voice computing wars, and it’s pretty far behind its competitors in the virtual reality/mixed reality field. But if a new report is true, Apple is aiming to have a headset ready by 2020 that goes beyond anything we’ve ever seen. Take this all with a large grain of salt. Read More >>

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Okay, Maybe This Microsoft VR Thing Won’t Suck

VR, like that one cousin on Facebook, can be hard to love. The potential is there, and you have all these fond memories—mainly rooted in cool science fiction books you’ve read, but in reality VR is pricey, buggy, and kind of limited to one experience: games. Yet Microsoft has been making a lot of low key noise about VR, AR, and the mixed reality recently, and how it can be more than a tool for fragging aliens. Read More >>

The iPhone 8 Will Turn Us All Into Beta Testers For Apple’s Next Revolutionary Product

On Tuesday evening Apple is expected to officially unveil its next iPhone. You know the drill by now: Tim Cook and a parade of Apple executives will come on stage, declare it the best iPhone ever and run through the various tweaks and improvements that make this year’s phone better than last year’s. We’re expecting the screen to be bigger, the processor to be faster... Blah blah blah. You know the drill. Read More >>

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Walking Around This Interactive Room Is a Nightmarish Drug Trip Without the Drugs

When you strap on a virtual reality headset, your body has a constant (heavy) reminder that what you’re seeing isn’t real. But what happens when virtual reality spills out into the real world? This tech-filled room is able to warp and bend reality making you feel like you’re tripping on drugs you don’t remember taking. Read More >>

I Just Strapped a Windows Computer to My Face for the First Time

The future of Windows computers could soon be worn on your face. Yesterday, at a special media event in New York City, we got our hands on the first Windows 10 “mixed reality headset” from Acer. The device is only a developer kit for now, but it’s expected to be commercially available by the holiday season this year. Read More >>

Asus’ Crazy New Phone Takes 92 Megapixel Photos

Whether it’s the Google Pixel or the Samsung Galaxy S7, companies are betting that the future of virtual reality will be ushered in by your mobile device. Now, you can add Asus to that list. The company just announced a new smartphone at CES that takes an adventurous and somewhat experimental leap into the world of mixed and virtual reality — and it actually looks pretty useful. Read More >>

Here’s What Microsoft Thinks Windows in VR Could Look Like

Earlier today Intel showed off  a virtual reality headset that doesn't have any pesky cords. Project Alloy, as its being called, will run on Windows Holographic, the same software used to run Microsoft's Hololens. Holographic isn't restricted to pricey headsets, though, and we have our first look at how Microsoft envisions using Windows in VR. Read More >>

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Magic Leap’s Latest Demo Is Like Tripping Balls

Wired just published a giant feature on Magic Leap, the lavishly-funded, and crazy secretive mixed reality startup that we know almost nothing about. Professional thoughtfluencer Kevin Kelly got impressive access to the startup and reveals some very tiny details about what the hell they’re doing. There’s a headset! And it is capable of what you see in the video below, which is like tripping, if LSD made you hallucinate your calendar. Read More >>

Microsoft HoloLens Preorders Open Today (and It’s Not Cheap)

It’s been well over a year Microsoft first teased HoloLens, its new mixed reality headset that layers holograms over the real world. Starting today, developers can finally (!!!) preorder the futuristic augmented reality goggles. They’ll cost $3,000 (that's just shy of £2,160 in the Queen's notes, before taxes and shipping) for delivery from March 30th. Read More >>

Microsoft’s HoloLens Has a Huge Flaw That Won’t Be Solved By Launch

Microsoft’s Kudo Tsunoda is one of the men in charge of HoloLens, a headset that lets you see virtual objects as if they existed in the real world. At E3 2015, he told me a bit about what we can expect from Microsoft’s holographic computer at launch. He also admitted that one key issue will still need some ironing out. Read More >>

I Played Minecraft With Microsoft’s HoloLens, and it Was Bloody Impressive

When Microsoft said you’d be able to make Minecraft worlds appear in your living room with its new HoloLens headset, perhaps you squealed in glee. Or perhaps you wrote it off as smoke and mirrors. Not reality. Guess what? I just played it. Everything you saw on stage is real. Read More >>

How Magic Leap Plans to Make Virtual Objects Appear in the Real World

Want to know more about the mysterious Magic Leap and its plan to make virtual objects appear in the real world? Watch this fireside chat with three of the company’s leaders, including Snow Crash author Neal Stephenson. [MIT Tech Review] Read More >>

Magic Leap Claims This Kickass Reality-Bending Raygun Game is Real

Remember Magic Leap, the elusive Google-funded company promising to make virtual objects look like they exist in the real world? The one whose technology we've never actually seen? The secretive startup just released this incredible video filled with robots, retro rayguns, and a holodeck-like user interface. Read More >>