‘Why don’t you die?’ Man on spider-slaying quest triggers police operation in Australia

A full-scale police operation was triggered in Australia after neighbors sounded the alarm over a man shouting death threats at his home. Police were a bit surprised, though, when they arrived to tackle the ‘threat’. The bizarre incident unfolded in the suburbs of the western Australian city of Perth on Wednesday morning, when a person […]

Netflix Continues Quest for World Domination, Plans to Release 90 Movies in 2019

Netflix is an unstoppable machine, churning out more original programming by the minute. As we head into 2019, the streaming service has an ambitious plan: to release at least 90 movies. For reference, most traditional movie studios release around 30 movies a year – but Netflix wants to outpace that. And they probably will, too. […]

Behind the quest to control a wheelchair with a smile

Facial recognition software has earned a difficult reputation over the past few years, what with its massive privacy implications and ease of being misused by governments and retailers alike, but the technology has just as many beneficial applications. Take the Wheelie 7, for example. While travelling a few years ago, Dr. Paulo Pinheiro was struck […]

Microsoft continues its quest to embrace every developer with Visual Studio 2019

Enlarge / Visual Studio 2019 has a new icon; the left one for the release version, the right one for previews. (credit: Microsoft) Microsoft today made a number of developer-oriented announcements that continue its theme of the last few years: the company wants its tools—and ultimately its platforms, especially Azure—to be the choice of every […]

Oculus talks the controller tracking limitation of Quest

Oculus Quest, the latest VR headset from Facebook, enables full six degrees of freedom (6DOF) tracking for both head and hands using the company’s new inside-out system called Insight. This brings the standalone headset closer to Rift-quality tracking than ever before, but it’s still not perfect. Gabor Szauer, Developer Relations Engineer at the co…Read More

Carmack compares Oculus Quest hardware power to last-gen game consoles

Any excuse to reuse this image of Carmack is a good one. (credit: Oculus VR) SAN JOSE—In a wide-ranging and occasionally rambling unscripted talk at the Oculus Connect conference today, CTO John Carmack suggested the Oculus Quest headset was “in the neighborhood of power of an Xbox 360 or PS3.” That doesn’t mean the Quest, […]

Oculus Quest has Rift-quality VR without the wires

Hugo Barra, Oculus’ head of VR, said earlier this year that the standalone headset is the key to mass adoption of VR. And in 2018, the company is doubling down on that claim. A few months ago, Oculus released its first standalone headset, the Oculus Go, an affordable phone-free alternative to Samsung’s Gear VR. Today, […]

‘Star Wars’ VR experience ‘Vader Immortal’ will debut on Oculus Quest

Oculus Quest owners will have an exclusive Star Wars VR series to look forward to this spring: Vader Immortal. We only got a brief glimpse of it during the Oculus Connect 5 keynote today, but it looks like it’ll place you on Mustafar, the volcanic planet that houses Vader’s lair. The three episode series will […]