This Street Fighter V pro is using a reality show to make a name

Rob “RobTV” Burney is a YouTube content creator, Street Fighter V pro player, and a contestant on Eleague’s new esports reality TV show, The Challenger. He lived with six other contestants in a house, Big Brother style, all of them competing for a spot in Eleague’s upcoming Street Fighter V Invitational. What’s at stak…Read More

Google Maps unveils its first-ever augmented reality interface

Google Google used its Tuesday I/O keynote to unveil a pretty killer new feature that may one day come to Google Maps: camera-assisted walking navigation. “Here’s how it could—will look like,” Google VP Aparna Chennapragada told the I/O crowd when unveiling a sample interface that combines Google Maps’ 2D interface with the view from your smartphone’s camera lens. […]

Facebook changes an Oculus division’s name, invents term “Facebook Reality”

On Monday, Oculus chief scientist Michael Abrash posted this image of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testing something at what was formerly known as Oculus Research. Now, these tests take place at Facebook Reality Labs. (credit: Oculus) Nearly four years ago, Facebook paid roughly $ 2 billion to acquire the virtual reality company Oculus, yet since […]

MLB’s virtual reality home run derby comes to PSVR and HTC Vive

Major League Baseball got into VR with a home run derby simulator that fans tried at the All-Star game and select ballparks last season. Earlier this year, the MLB promised it would bring the experience to consumer virtual reality sets in spring. While it didn’t arrive in time for Opening Day, aspiring sluggers can load […]

Women often say they prefer taller men — but the reality is more complicated

Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Turner Men are an average of about 5 inches taller than women. Scientific studies suggest that while women might say they have a preference for taller male partners, actual height differences in heterosexual couples aren’t as wide as stated height preferences. Shorter men do tend to marry younger and lower-educated women, […]

Holograms were the fantasy; VR and AR are the reality

Like flying cars and robot assistants, holograms have spent almost my entire life being “only a few years away” from ubiquity. The hologram rush began whenNational Geographic featured 3D skulls, eagles, and globes on the covers of its magazines. Naturally, as the sci-fi concept had finally become somewhat tangible, people began to assume that holographic TVs would […]

Father of virtual reality: Facebook and Google are dangerous ‘behavior-modification empires’ resulting from a tragic mistake

Getty Images All of the troubles surrounding Facebook and Google can be traced back to a mistake, according to TED speaker and virtual reality visionary Jaron Lanier. At this point, Lanier said, we shouldn’t call companies like Facebook social networks. “Call them behavior-modification empires.”  Lanier believes the only solution is to essentially turn back the […]

‘Accepting reality’: Torres confirms Atletico exit

Fernando Torres has announced he will be leaving Atletico Madrid at the end of the season. The 34-year-old striker, who rejoined boyhood club Atletico permanently in 2016, has struggled to make an impact this season, scoring just seven goals in 34 appearances. The former Chelsea and Liverpool forward said the decision was not an easy […]

Cultist Simulator is how Sunless Sea’s creators play with cards and reality

Weather Factory’s Cultist Simulator has a straightforward name, but the game itself isn’t so easily defined. It’s interactive fiction that trades in digital cards. It’s filled with intricate text describing otherworldly events, but players are urged to make quick decisions by ticking clocks. It’s a roguelike, where dea…Read More