The problem with augmented reality is that it’s just not as immersive as virtual reality, but the Magic Leap 2 (ML2) headset aims to change that. Starting with the headset itself, it boasts a slimmer profile and wider field of view compared to its predecessor, along with a new feature that will make AR elements appear more sharp outdoors.
The Sony PlayStation VR2 design was revealed at CES 2022, and since then, new information has leaked. Apparently, the company filed a patent for ‘Positional Haptics via Head-Mounted Peripheral’, which has lead some to believe that haptic technology could be used to improve the headset’s immersive sound technology.
The virtual Facebook Connect livestream is set to air live on Wednesday, September 16th, but the company’s upcoming Oculus Quest 2 VR headset has leaked ahead of that event. It’s powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon XR2 platform, an almost 4K display that offers 50 percent more pixels than its predecessor, 6GB of RAM, up to 256GB of internal storage, 3D positional audio, and controller-free hand tracking.
Carnegie Mellon University researchers have unveiled Wireality, a virtual reality haptic suit that essentially connects users’ hands to their shoulders using spring-loaded cables. This enables it to simulate touching objects in VR. The contraption itself sits on the shoulders, while the spring-loaded cables attach to each fingertip and the hand.
Apple is set to acquire VirtualVR, a virtual reality video streaming service, for $100-million. NextVR has over a decade of experience in broadcasting live events in virtual reality to various headsets, thus revolutionizing the way fans watch sports as well as entertainment. What may have caught Apple’s eyes are its patents to video upscaling technology used in high quality streaming to headsets.