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Qualcomm intends to boost the adoption of AR platforms. (Image Source: Qualcomm)

Qualcomm announces Snapdragon XR1 AR Smart Viewer Reference Design glasses

The new AR Smart Viewer Reference Design glasses from Qualcomm integrate the Snapdragon XR1 SoC, BOE micro-OLED binocular displays and Goertek hardware, plus dual monochrome cameras that enable six-degrees of freedom head and hand...
Bogdan Solca, Wed, 24 Feb 2021 16:13:00 +0100
The PS5 VR system will have a new headset and controller. (Source: Sony)

Sony confirms next-gen VR system for PlayStation 5 - just not in 2021

A Sony executive has just confirmed that the PlayStation 5 (PS5) is getting its own virtual reality (VR) system after all. It will consist of a next-gen headset and controller, which will apparently be informed by everything the O...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Tue, 23 Feb 2021 18:26:00 +0100
A video for Samsung's Glasses is allegedly out there. (Source: Twitter)

More details on Samsung's AR glasses leak out

More evidence of Samsung's foray into the augmented reality (AR) market has emerged, in the form of a new video that might be marketing material for its first-gen Glasses. They are apparently pitched at use-cases such as gaming an...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Mon, 22 Feb 2021 23:01:00 +0100
An X570 motherboard. (Source: AMD)

AMD crowd-sources evidence for the fast-emerging 500-series chipset USB issue

AMD's official Reddit account has posted requesting reports from users about an increasingly well-publicized issue in which USB devices installed in or attached to 500-series chipset motherboards disconnect randomly and without wa...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sun, 21 Feb 2021 21:23:00 +0100
The new DuraCore ProScene laser projector. (Source: Optoma)

Optoma announces a world-first 7,000 ANSI lumen short-throw projector

Optoma claims that its new DuraCore ProScene laser projector is rated to throw images with a brightness of 7,000 lumens. It is also short-throw, which means it can has use-cases up to and including whole-room, 24/7 immersive effec...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sat, 06 Feb 2021 22:40:00 +0100
An artist's impression of what the Apple mixed reality headset currently looks like mid-development. (Image: The Information)

More details, including eye-watering price, for Apple's mixed reality headset revealed

More details have surfaced about Apple’s mixed reality headset including an impression of what it looks like and its eye-watering price tag. If you thought that Apple jumped the shark with the pricing of the Airpods Max at US$500,...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Fri, 05 Feb 2021 10:41:00 +0100
Carl Pei's new brand. (Source: Nothing)

Here goes Nothing: Carl Pei introduces his second start-up with a total absence of new products

Today (27 January 2021), OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei launched his first company formed since leaving that OEM in 2020, and it's...Nothing. This new brand-name apparently applies to new and innovative tech Pei and his team plan to ...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Wed, 27 Jan 2021 18:07:00 +0100
The International) DOTA2 championship could be held in New Zealand

Gabe Newell talks about bringing The International to New Zealand, upcoming single-player games, and more

Company founder and CEO Gabe Newell says that Valve is working on some single-player titles that will be announced later. He also talks about hosting The International DOTA2 championship in New Zealand, Valve Index shortages and t...
Anil Satyanarayana, Wed, 20 Jan 2021 22:16:00 +0100
Qualcomm announces the absorption of NUVIA. (Source: Qualcomm)

Qualcomm announces the acquisition of chip start-up NUVIA

Qualcomm has revealed that it has bought the CPU-design team NUVIA for approximately US$1.4 billion. The OEM asserts that the move will make it more competitive in the future, and will enhance the development of Snapdragon mobile ...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Wed, 13 Jan 2021 18:28:00 +0100
The Alienware Aurora Ryzen Edition R10 now supports Ryzen 5000 series CPUs. All Images via Dell/Alienware

CES 2021 | Dell refreshes Alienware Aurora Ryzen Edition R10 with the latest from AMD and Nvidia

The new Alienware Aurora Ryzen Edition R10 desktop PC brings Ryzen 5000 series CPUs to Alienware's desktop family. The machine can be configured with a number of AMD Ryzen 5000 CPUs as well as the newest GPUs from Nvidia and AMD.
Sam Medley, Tue, 12 Jan 2021 18:45:00 +0100
The new ThinkReality A3 glasses. (Source: Lenovo)

CES 2021 | Lenovo introduces its new enterprise-grade ThinkReality A3 smart glasses

Lenovo has made an ambitious leap into the business end of AR glasses with the new ThinkReality A3s. Their lenses are 1080p displays for their potential mixed-reality (MR) or heads-up display content. They also have dual RGB camer...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sun, 10 Jan 2021 15:00:00 +0100
Apple AirTags and other AR accessories may finally launch this year. (Image Source: MacRumors)

Apple AirTags, AR headset, and Apple Silicon MacBook Pros with mini-LED displays to finally launch this year; Entire iPhone 13 lineup expected to sport LiDAR scanners

Apple may very well introduce the much anticipated AirTags and other AR accessories such as an AR headset and/or AR glasses this year, according to Ming-Chi Kuo's latest research note. Kuo also notes that Apple will launch new App...
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, Tue, 05 Jan 2021 23:26:00 +0100
Microsoft Flight Simulator gets full VR support (Source: Microsoft Flight Simulator on YouTube)

Virtual Reality update hits Microsoft Flight Simulator

The latest free update for this year's Microsoft Flight Simulator brings a whole new level of realism and authenticity to the game by adding full support for virtual reality headsets. The list of supported devices includes those m...
Codrut Nistor, Wed, 23 Dec 2020 12:52:00 +0100
HTC Vive Cosmos Elite Detailed Hands-On Review: Elite of VR headsets, but still not problem free

HTC Vive Cosmos Elite Detailed Hands-On Review: Elite of VR headsets, but still not problem free

VR is still at its beginnings. The HTC Vive Cosmos Elite is practically the VR flagship of the manufacturer. At this point, you can purchase it for slightly less than 950 Euros (~$1147; $899 in the US). Just like the first Vive, it uses external Lighthouse tracking, which works significantly more accurately than the inside-out headsets, which are wireless and easier to move around in. As a VR newcomer, I am stepping into fantastical as well as virtually recreated worlds to evaluate what the future has in store in terms of immersion and what still needs some improvements.
Christian Hintze, Sat, 12 Dec 2020 20:34:00 +0100
An example of a Samsung OLED TV. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung secures a new OLED-selling trademark for the European market

The phrase "OLED Provided by Samsung" has been submitted as a trademark by the OEM in question with the European Union's Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO). It has led to speculation that this move is part of the company's run-u...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sat, 12 Dec 2020 16:55:00 +0100
Image source: Steam

You may need to buy a new hard drive to install Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond

The upcoming Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond requires a beefy rig to play, including an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080, an Intel Core i7-9700K, and at least 16 GB of RAM. However, the most insane spec needed to run the game is a minimum...
Sam Medley, Mon, 07 Dec 2020 23:31:00 +0100
The patent product could be a successor to Sony's PSVR headset for the PlayStation 4 (Image source: Sony)

Sony planning PSVR 2 and PS5 VR headset patent surfaces

A recent Sony patent for a virtual reality headset with haptic feedback indicates strongly that the company is working on a successor to the PSVR, despite saying that it had no plans to do so. The patent illustrations indicate tha...
Arjun Krishna Lal, Thu, 26 Nov 2020 17:45:00 +0100
Elisa's 5G network was used to achieve new peak speeds. (Source: Elisa)

Qualcomm and its Finnish partners claim to break the world's 5G speed record

Qualcomm, Nokia and the carrier Elisa claim to have achieved the world's fastest data-transfer speed over millimeter-wave (mmWave) 5G. This was done using dedicated hardware and resources from these 3 partners, and was reportedly ...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Fri, 20 Nov 2020 16:54:00 +0100
OPPO launches its new AR headset. (Source: YouTube)

OPPO unveils its new ecosystem philosophy alongside new AR glasses at its Inno Day 2020

OPPO's Inno Day is its annual developer's conference, at which it might also unveil some new hardware and concepts. In 2020, this event was dominated by the introduction of its 3+N+X strategy. This will determine how the OEM's sof...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Tue, 17 Nov 2020 17:26:00 +0100
OPPO hypes its new AR glasses. (Source: OPPO via GizmoChina)

OPPO teases the launch of second-gen AR glasses at its upcoming Inno Day

OPPO is an electronics company that holds a developer's conference for its growing ecosystem of devices it calls Inno Day every year. It has announced that the latest in this series of events will take place on November 17, 2020. ...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sun, 15 Nov 2020 19:08:00 +0100
Mozilla's new device-rating page. (Source: Mozilla)

Mozilla releases a new system for rating gadgets by their "creepiness"

Given that consumers may be gearing up for their 2020 holiday shopping, Mozilla has expanded its Privacy Not Included initiative by ranking various popular devices and/or gift ideas by how "creepy" they are. It is based on the org...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Fri, 13 Nov 2020 23:41:00 +0100
ARM intros the Cortex-A78C core. (Source: ARM)

ARM announces the Cortex-A78C, a new variant of a next-gen high-end core

ARM unveiled the Cortex-A78, a new core likely to form part of flagship mobile SoCs in 2021, recently. Now, the company has revealed that it is in fact part of a family of such products. One of them is the A78C, which has been mod...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Tue, 03 Nov 2020 23:18:00 +0100
Ryan's statement indicates that Sony still doesn't see VR as a mature market (Image source: Sony)

PlayStation exec Jim Ryan pours cold water on PlayStation VR in the leadup to the PS5 launch

PlayStation executive Jim Ryan spoke to the Washington Post about PSVR ahead of the PlayStation 5 launch and had a fairly sobering take. Ryan implied that it's still not the right time for virtual reality, casting doubt on the fut...
Arjun Krishna Lal, Mon, 02 Nov 2020 14:51:00 +0100
A schematic of the new OLED panel's make-up. (Source: SAIT)

Samsung’s next-gen OLED panels could upgrade to five-figure pixel densities

A new development in OLED technology could result in ultra-high-resolution displays, thanks to the latest developments in increasingly thin, effective solar panels. It involves cutting-edge physics that could be relevant to both f...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Mon, 26 Oct 2020 23:44:00 +0100
The Oculus Quest 2 has started shipping to customers. (Image: Oculus)

Oculus Quest 2 now shipping to customers with big upgrades to processing power for better VR gaming

The Oculus Quest 2 is now shipping to customers and starts from US$299. The second-generation standalone VR headset features several improvements on the original including a much more powerful Qualcomm SoC.
Sanjiv Sathiah, Wed, 14 Oct 2020 12:14:00 +0200
Wireless headphones make for a multi-billion-dollar industry. (Source: Flickr)

The wireless headphones market may be worth over US$42 billion by 2026

A new research report has concluded that the market for wireless headphones worldwide will accrue a value of approximately US$42.1 billion over the next 6 years. This growth may be based on the demand for products that connect use...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sat, 10 Oct 2020 19:34:00 +0200
RazerCon will kick off in October 2020. (Source: Razer)

RazerCon 2020 is an all-new, all-streamed mixed-reality product launch event

Details on the inaugural digital event RazerCon have been unveiled. This 2020 conference will provide mixed-reality (MR) showcases of new products from the event's host, as well as partners including NVIDIA, Intel and Western Digi...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Mon, 28 Sep 2020 17:33:00 +0200
There is a new Splinter Cell VR game in the works

Splinter Cell finally makes a comeback; but with a catch

The critically-acclaimed stealth-action shooter Splinter Cell is all set to make a comeback. However, it will be released exclusively on Oculus VR. We can expect Ubisoft to tell us more about the game in the coming weeks.
Anil Satyanarayana, Thu, 17 Sep 2020 13:27:00 +0200
Autonomous vehicles may be better and safer with network slicing. (Source: Ericsson)

The network slicing market may surpass US$600 million in 6 years

Network slicing refers to the process of sharing a single network (usually for mobile data) between different use-cases (e.g. IoT or VR) in a way that renders the same connectivity optimal for each one. Therefore, its market is li...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sun, 13 Sep 2020 16:55:00 +0200
The GeForce RTX 20 series will be the first and last time that we see the VirtualLink connector. (Image source: NVIDIA)

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 series marks the end of the VirtualLink connector

The VirtualLink connector has been killed off only two years after its announcement. NVIDIA introduced the VR connector with the GeForce RTX 20 series, but it is absent from the company's new RTX 30 Ampere cards. AMD, meanwhile, n...
Alex Alderson, Fri, 11 Sep 2020 20:25:00 +0200
The new Sony VPL-GTZ380 SXRD projector. (Source: Sony)

Sony's new series of projectors is headlined by a 4K SXRD laser model

Sony has launched its new line of home theater- and enterprise-grade projectors. It comprises laser- and lamp-enabled SKUs, although its flagship has the SXRD tech necessary for a micro-display unit to throw images in 4K. Their ma...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Tue, 08 Sep 2020 16:51:00 +0200
The PS5 is widely expected to launch shortly after the Xbox Series X. (Image source: Sony/PlayStation)

Perturbing PlayStation 5 price rumor threatens to spoil the party and alleged PS5 console turns up in unlikely circumstances

A new PlayStation 5 price rumor has been making the rounds on social media lately, with the all-important figures being considerably higher than those that have been generally predicted for the next-gen console. A likely fake but ...
Daniel R Deakin, Sat, 05 Sep 2020 03:23:00 +0200

Samsung allegedly patents new AR glasses

Augmented reality (AR) may emerge as a prominent medium for content and entertainment in the future. At least, Samsung appears to think so, as it has reportedly claimed a new form of the glasses that facilitate it at the South Kor...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Wed, 19 Aug 2020 17:15:00 +0200
The Nreal Light continues the AR glasses dream. (Image: Nreal)

Nreal launches its Light AR glasses in Korea bundled with either an Galaxy Note 20 or LG Velvet

Nreal has launched its Light AR glasses in Korea. Ostensibly looking like a pair of slightly oversize sunglasses, the Light can be pre-ordered now and bundled with either the LG Velvet or Samsung Galaxy Note 20.
Sanjiv Sathiah, Tue, 11 Aug 2020 12:38:00 +0200
Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 is leading the Steam top-sellers chart. (Image Source: Steam)

Microsoft Flight Simulator is now the number one selling game on Steam; VR, TrackIR, and HP Reverb G2 support coming soon

Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 is now the top-selling game on Steam. Developer Asobo Studio has also confirmed that the game will be available on Steam the same day as the Microsoft Store release on August 18. Flight Simulator 20...
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, Tue, 04 Aug 2020 15:41:00 +0200
CES 2021 will go ahead, if not exactly as normal. (Source: CTA)

The CTA announces CES 2021, and that it will be 100% virtual

The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) has announced that there will be a Consumer Electronics Show (CES) scheduled for January 2021. However, it will not be held in Las Vegas as usual: instead, an "all-digital" experience is p...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Tue, 28 Jul 2020 18:37:00 +0200
The new fitting mechanism is clear in this shot of the next-gen Oculus Quest. (Image: @h0x0D/Twitter)

Next-gen Oculus Quest will land September 15 according to tipster

More details have spilled about the next-gen Oculus Quest including some images of the headset in the wild, confirming the leak earlier this week was legit. VR fans will be interested to learn that it is tipped to launch on Septem...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Sat, 25 Jul 2020 10:25:00 +0200
The purported second-generation Oculus Quest. (Image: @h0x0d/Twitter)

Next-gen Oculus Quest leaks out, looks to address wearability

The sequel to the Oculus Quest has leaked on Twitter. The revised VR headset looks to have addressed some of the ergonomic issues of the first gen model based on its appearance, but we can only speculate on which Qualcomm Snapdrag...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Thu, 23 Jul 2020 13:42:00 +0200
The promise of 5G- and 6G-enabled technology. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung sees 3D holograms, "digital twins" and terahertz bands as things in the 6G future

The 5G era has just about begun; however, Samsung's research division is also looking into the next generation of this kind of connectivity already. The OEM is also projecting the technology that this level of bandwidth could brin...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sun, 19 Jul 2020 16:31:00 +0200
Apple may have AR glasses in the works. (Source: Wallpaper Flare)

The lenses for Apple's AR glasses are slated to be made by Foxconn

Foxconn has reportedly begun to test out the fabrication of lenses for Apple's rumored first-gen smart glasses. Apparently, these components are to be semi-transparent, and to be capable of displaying projected images to the user....
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sun, 12 Jul 2020 22:39:00 +0200
Samsung’s 8K Q900 television (Image source: Samsung)

H.266 video codec finally let you stream 8K and 4K video content without laying waste to your data cap

The Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz institute recently announced the new H.266 video codec standard as a successor to H.265. The new codec promises equivalent image quality at half the bit rate. This could make 8K and 4K content accessi...
Arjun Krishna Lal, Tue, 07 Jul 2020 16:21:00 +0200
The Vuzix M400 smart glasses. (Source: Vuzix)

3C clears Vuzix to sell its M400 smart glasses in China

The smart-glasses company Vuzix has announced that it has 3C certification for its M400 model. Therefore, it may now target the market in question with this IP67-rated, drop-resistant smart viewer. As with many other products in t...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sun, 05 Jul 2020 16:58:00 +0200
Facebook's holographic VR glasses protoype. (Image: Facebook)

Facebook teases sunglasses-like wearable VR prototype featuring holographic lens tech

Facebook’s Reality Labs has teased a working prototype of a VR ‘headset’ that shrinks the technology down into something akin to a pair of sunglasses. To make this possible, Facebook’s researchers have combined holographic optics ...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Tue, 30 Jun 2020 13:24:00 +0200
Vive X is its company's investment arm. (Source: Vive)

Vive X announces that it has nearly doubled its VR/AR investments

Vive X is a group set up by HTC's Vive in order to invest in augmented (AR) or virtual (VR) reality-based products and services. It has announced that it has achieved a return of nearly twice the funding it has awarded since its i...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sat, 27 Jun 2020 18:25:00 +0200
Apple Glass could feature a modular design approach. (Image: Apple/USPTO)

Apple Glass patent reveals modular design approach

Apple Glass looks like it could be many different things if a series of Apple patents points to what is in store. Rather than focusing entirely on an augmented reality experience, Apple Glass could offer different functionality ac...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Sat, 27 Jun 2020 15:06:00 +0200
Vive unveils its XR Suite. (Source: HTC Vive)

The Vive XR Suite is the latest entrant into the remote working and collaboration market

HTC Vive has announced a new suite of XR applications to help those whose work or pursuits have moved into a remote format. An example of these is Vive Sync, which may take on other similar platforms such as Microsoft Teams or Zoo...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Tue, 16 Jun 2020 16:16:00 +0200
HTC will unveil new phones soon. (Source: Instagram)

HTC announces a June 16, 2020 launch event, could be for Desire 20 series

HTC has yet to be heard of in the context of new phones in 2020. However, the OEM has just confirmed that it will change this with an upcoming June event. According to recent rumors, the devices to be launched may be called the De...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Wed, 10 Jun 2020 14:21:00 +0200
Build an Arduino-based VR headset with this cheap project. (Image source: jamesvdberg)

Build an Arduino-based VR headset with this cheap project

A new project has demonstrated that it is possible to build a VR headset on the cheap. Utilising an Arduino Micro and a Google Cardboard-compatible headset, the project can bring VR to a PC for under US$80.
Alex Alderson, Fri, 05 Jun 2020 19:19:00 +0200
Pancake FPS Starter Kit gives PC gamers a solid non-VR Half Life: Alyx experience

Not quite Half-Life 3, but close enough - Pancake FPS Starter Kit helps you play Half Life: Alyx without a VR headset

The Pancake VR Starter Kit transforms Half Life: Alyx into something approximating a standard FPS game on PC. This allows users without the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, or Valve Index to enjoy the title.
Arjun Krishna Lal, Sun, 31 May 2020 15:49:00 +0200
The FastConnect 6900 and 6700 are new Qualcomm wireless modules. (Source: Qualcomm)

Qualcomm's latest connectivity modules step up to Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2

Qualcomm has announced the FastConnect 6900 and 6700, 2 new connectivity solutions that may upgrade some future phones to Bluetooth 5.2 and Wi-Fi 6E. The latter is a variation on the latest wireless data standard that adds the 6GH...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Thu, 28 May 2020 20:11:00 +0200

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