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.
We have seen the future of fully autonomous vehicles, and it includes the futuristic Audi AI:ME. The automaker touts it as a personal “third living space” where passengers can use eye tracking to communicate with the show car intuitively, like having it order their favorite foods. Put on a pair of VR goggles to enjoy a virtual flight across a spectacular mountain landscape. Plus, all of the technology adapts virtual content to the movements of the vehicle in real time.
The Toyota Research Institute (TRI) specializes in developing assistive home robots, and currently they’re attempting to teach a general purpose robot how to perform useful human-level tasks in actual homes. To achieve this, the team is teaching the robot using an immersive telepresence system. In other words, there’s a model of the robot that is mirroring what the robot is doing.