If you liked using the Wii, the PlayStation Move or the Kinect, keep an eye on The Realm System. Like the Wii and PS Move, it has a pair of handheld motion controllers but it also has rubber resistance bands that are tied to a waist strap.
Google and toymaker Mattel are taking the classic View-Master toy to its logical evolution by relaunching it as a virtual reality headset for kids. Instead of holding cardboard disks, the new View-Master holds a smartphone and has a pair of lenses built-in.
If you have a cache of LEGO, you can skip Google’s Cardboard VR headset and do what Redditor lordrothschild did. Just add a couple of lenses from magnifying glasses and a cloth strap and you’re ready to go.
Last year, Microsoft Research made headlines with its IllumiRoom concept, which extends video from a console or media player to the walls and objects around the TV. A company called Catopsys is working on an similar but theoretically much better version of IllumiRoom called Immersis.
Leap Motion, the company behind the eponymous hand motion sensor, have come up with a clever way to let Oculus Rift users see what’s in front of them without taking off the headset. It’s called Quick Switch, an app that switches the feed from the Oculus Rift to the infrared cameras of the Leap Motion sensor and vice versa with a simple gesture.
Mobile phone 3D or virtual reality headsets are one of the newest tech accessories. Like Google’s Cardboard, the Viewbox is on the cheap and low-tech side. But instead of paper it’s made of neoprene, a synthetic rubber used in many products, from wetsuits to laptop sleeves.
While the world awaits for the prophesied Oculus Rift to rise, we’re seeing more and more virtual reality headsets that use smartphones as their brain. However, most of these peripherals are content to provide you a case and a pair of lenses.
Step into the surprisingly floppy robotic body of a Pokémon trainer with Pokémon VR. YouTuber misterbunbun – there’s a 90% chance he’s a 4-year old’s pet rabbit – made the short virtual reality game for the Leap Motion 3D Jam.
If you’re like me, you’re probably champing at the bit to get your hands on some sweet VR action. Smartphone-based VR is the quickest to the market, and the Carl Zeiss VR One has now launched with support for the iPhone 6 and Samsung Galaxy S5.
Virtual reality headsets are not just great for games. They’re also great for viewing 360º videos, which are the video equivalent of Google Street View. In fact, there’s already a 360º documentary about virtual reality. It remains to be seen whether the technology will be a hit with consumers, but vcemo is betting that it will.
You may have heard of The Internet Arcade, a collection of about 900 classic arcade games that you can play right in your web browser. If you’re looking for a more authentic arcade experience, check out Digital Cybercherries’ NewRetroArcade.
We’re all anxiously awaiting plug-and-play, consumer-grade virtual reality. We can’t wait to see the final version of the Oculus Rift, and try that other VR goggle that beams light directly into the user’s eyes, just like the real world does.
One of the coolest features of the Nintendo Wii U was the fact that the Gamepad allows for game designers to give information to one player without giving it to the others. The Oculus Rift can do this, but to a much greater extreme.
Here’s an app that adds another meaning to Ghost in the machine. Currently in development, VRClay lets you create 3D shapes in virtual reality with the help of the Oculus Rift and the Razer Hydra controllers.
This is Totem, yet another VR headset on Kickstarter. I’m posting about it, however, because it can do some really cool things that other VR goggles we’ve seen can’t, and I don’t think the developers have even realized all of the potential they have with this hardware design yet.