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HTC unveils 'Pro' virtual reality headset

HTC has unveiled an enhanced version of its Vive virtual reality headset at the CES tech fair in Las Vegas. The Vive Pro has two OLED screens that have a total resolution of 2880 by 1600 pixels, which is 78% more than the current model. This is designed to make graphics and text much sharper for the wearer. One analyst said it was a step in the right direction, but VR still needed more quality content to lure gamers. As well as displays that should be more crisp than before,…

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How “Fox & Friends” Rewrites Trump’s Reality

President Trump woke up on November 3rd, turned on the television, and started tweeting shortly before 7 A.M. “Everybody is asking why the Justice Department (and FBI) isn’t looking into all of the dishonesty going on with Crooked Hillary & the Dems,” he typed. “People are angry.” By “everybody” and “people,” he seemed to mean, as he often does, the three anchors of the top-rated cable morning show, “Fox & Friends,” who happened to be discussing that very topic live on air, deploying their trademark brand of folksy, disingenuous outrage….

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Travel 

How Augmented Reality Is Helping Raise Awareness About One of Armenia's Most Endangered Species

In the early summer of 2017, visitors to Yerevan Botanical Garden in Armenia’s capital were likely to come across an unusual sight: one of the country’s last remaining Caucasian leopards, patiently awaiting guests on his outdoor perch. Often he’d sit, occasionally he’d pace, and once in a while he’d roar. Despite the animal’s sharp teeth and fearsome claws, people stopped to pose with him, pat his back and even challenge him to a game of chess. Yerevan’s ‘urban wildcat’ was actually a part of an environmental campaign called “Take a Photo…

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Gaming 

Enhanced Augmented Reality Coming to Pokémon GO on iOS

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Pokémon GO became a cultural phenomenon in the summer of 2016 when it launched on Android and iOS devices. Fans of the series, both casual and devoted, roamed the world capturing Pokémon with the game’s augmented reality mode. However, that mode was pretty basic and not worth the battery drain long-term. Now, developer Niantic is preparing to roll out a new “AR+” mode that makes Pokémon look like they’re truly part of the world around…

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Gaming 

Magic Leap Takes the Covers Off Its First Mixed Reality Headset

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. No VR startup other than Oculus has been better funded or more talked about than Magic Leap. Promising to essentially reinvent computing and entertainment, it has attracted over $ 1 billion in funding from marquee investors, while remaining secretive about its actual product. That has started to change with the company releasing some information about its first product. Called the Magic Leap One Creator Edition, it is a mixed reality (MR), nearly standalone headset featuring…

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Magic Leap's hi-tech augmented reality glasses revealed

Magic Leap has unveiled the first version of its augmented reality system to be made public. The Magic Leap One Creator Edition is designed to project light directly into users’ eyes to trick their brains into perceiving virtual objects as part of their surrounding environment. It consists of a large pair of goggles that wrap around the head, a body-worn computer and a wireless controller. The firm has raised close to $ 1.9bn (£1.4bn) from investors. The Florida-based company’s biggest backers include Google, the Chinese tech giant Alibaba and the…

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Travel 

Virtual Reality Is Allowing Us To See Some of the World’s Most Inaccessible Archaeological Sites

We often associate virtual reality (VR) with thrilling experiences we may never be able to have in real life – such as flying a jet fighter, exploring the oceans or going on a spacewalk. But researchers are also starting to use this technology to study and open up access to archaeological sites that are difficult to get to. An archaeological site can be inaccessible for a range of reasons. It might be in a remote location or on private property, the archaeological remains may be fragile, or it might just…

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