The New Oculus Rift Is Very Cool, And You Can Get One This Year

Ask anyone in video games what new piece of tech has them most excited about the future, and there's a good chance they'll bring up the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. Good news: Later this year, developers (and the rest of us) will be able to own the latest, greatest version. And it really is pretty great. » 3/19/14 1:42pm 3/19/14 1:42pm

I Wore the Navy's Oculus Rift, and It Showed Me the Future of Warfare

When we think of the future of the military, we think of bigger and better weapons. Laser canons and the like. But what about the people operating those lasers? How can a behemoth like the Navy ready its future sailors for the high-tech combat of tomorrow? Believe it or not, with an Oculus Rift. » 3/13/14 2:48pm 3/13/14 2:48pm

What will life be like when digital brains outnumber humans?

These days, people worry about robots stealing our jobs. But maybe we should be more concerned about massive populations of computerized human brains. Called "ems," these infinitely-reproducible brains could change the world. Here's what will happen when digital brains vastly outnumber biological ones. » 2/24/14 11:00am 2/24/14 11:00am

People Really Want That Other Scary-Cool Virtual Reality Headset, Huh?

Small screens inches away from your eyes. Light beamed directly at your retinas. At this rate, the next war for cutting-edge display supremacy will be happening on your face. Sometime in the near future, the headgear showdown is going to be the Oculus Rift vs. the just-funded-twice-over Avengant Glyph. Ophthalmologists … » 1/24/14 10:21am 1/24/14 10:21am

Why You Should Upload Yourself to a Supercomputer

We're still decades — if not centuries — away from being able to transfer a mind to a supercomputer. It's a fantastic future prospect that makes some people incredibly squeamish. But there are considerable benefits to living a digital life. Here's why you should seriously consider uploading. » 1/09/14 11:08am 1/09/14 11:08am

Bionic humans are about to get an upgrade, thanks to monkey cyborgs

In a big step towards making humans more bionic, scientists have trained monkeys to control not just one, but two virtual arms by thoughts alone. The work could someday be a boon to double amputees or quadriplegics. » 11/11/13 11:20am 11/11/13 11:20am

This virtual 10-year-old-girl just outed 1,000 sexual predators

A Dutch organization called Terre des Hommes has identified some 1,000 alleged child-sex predators by luring them in with a computer-animated prepubescent Philippine girl on Internet chat rooms. The online victimization of children, it would appear, is far worse than imagined. » 11/05/13 8:40am 11/05/13 8:40am

Is there a technological fix for racism? These scientists say yes.

Playing videogame or virtual reality avatars whose race is different from yours could reduce your racial biases, according to a new study. Now, scientists are using this insight to explore how technology could help build empathy and reduce tension between different groups of people. » 6/06/13 1:19pm 6/06/13 1:19pm

This guillotine simulator is the most twisted use of Oculus Rift yet

Ever wonder what it would be like to have your head chopped off? Well, you may soon get the chance to find out. A group of independent developers has created a guillotine simulator using the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. » 5/07/13 8:20am 5/07/13 8:20am

Here's the Real Reason Why Virtual Reality Doesn't Work Yet

It's another blow for immersive virtual reality. University of California researchers have shown that even people with perfect eyesight navigate the world by relying on a lot more than what they see. Here's why VR won't really work until we go beyond visual cues and fancy treadmills. » 5/02/13 11:18am 5/02/13 11:18am

Watch a gamer combine a VR headset with an omnidirectional treadmill

As if we didn't already have enough reasons to be excited about the Oculus Rift VR headset, a company called Virtuix has shown what gamers can do when you add an omnidirectional treadmill to the mix. » 4/22/13 3:04pm 4/22/13 3:04pm

90-Year-Old Woman Tries Out Oculus Rift VR Headset, Is Adorable

The more we hear about Oculus Rift, the more excited we get about it. The virtual reality headset probably won't hit shelves til 2014, but developer's kits started shipping earlier this month. Here, YouTube user Paul Rivot lets his 90-year-old grandma take the setup out for a spin. First stop: Tuscany. » 4/15/13 8:20am 4/15/13 8:20am

New virtual reality CAVE brings us one step closer to Star Trek's…

It's easy to get lost in CAVE2. The next-generation virtual reality platform is one of the most advanced visualization environments on Earth. It combines 320 degrees of panoramic, floor-to-ceiling LCD displays with an optical tracking interface that gives rise to a "hybrid reality system" capable of rendering remarkably… » 2/26/13 9:30am 2/26/13 9:30am

Oculus Rift VR headset to be used in Sinful Robots 'erotic encounters'…

Fully immersive brain-jacked virtual reality sex may still be a few decades away, but we're inching closer with each passing year. The latest news on this crucial technological front comes in the form of a new collaboration between software developer Sinful Robot, an Irvine-based startup, and Oculus, a hardware… » 12/14/12 6:40am 12/14/12 6:40am

Researchers interact with rats by becoming virtual rats themselves

A wise man once said, "In order for us to understand the rat, we must become the rat." Now, it's quite possible that no one has ever actually said this, but that doesn't matter. But what does matter is that it's the driving sentiment behind a project that's seeking to bridge the gap that's separating us humans from… » 11/01/12 2:45pm 11/01/12 2:45pm

Choosing the virtual reality experience that’s right for you

We're still several decades away from developing completely immersive computer simulations, but it's not too early to dream about the ways we'll be able to use them. Today we're exploring the tremendous potential with new gadgets like Glass, Google's computer glasses. But that's just the beginning. » 7/11/12 4:00pm 7/11/12 4:00pm