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Pavlok’s Wristband That Electroshocks You For Facebooking Or Skipping Workouts Now On Indiegogo

hand Pavlov and his dogs proved conditioning shapes behavior patterns. A hundred years later, a startup called Pavlok hopes the same theory and its electroshock wristband will make us exercise, wake up on time, and stop procrastinating. Launching today on Indiegogo starting at $99, Pavlok’s app lets you set up goals like hitting the gym or avoiding social media sites, and then its… Read More

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Josh Constine

September 30th

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Oculus Execs Believe Controllers Are The Missing Link In Virtual Reality

Future of VR panel_2 When you put a child in virtual reality, they instinctively raise their hands hoping to see them, says Oculus CTO John Carmack. Yet Oculus doesn’t have its own gloves or handheld controllers, despite rumors amongst the VR community that Oculus would reveal a controller today at its Oculus Connect conference. Carmack concluded “The missing link in VR is controllers”. But… Read More

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Josh Constine

September 20th

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The “Oculus Platform” Marketplace For Virtual Reality App Launches This Fall

Oculus Platform Oculus announced the “Oculus Platform” store for developers to distribute their virtual reality apps and experiences today at the Oculus Connect conference. Starting this fall on the Samsung Gear VR made by Oculus, this revamp of the Oculus Share marketplace will let users browse the Oculus Platform within virtual reality and download apps, games, and entertainment… Read More

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Josh Constine

September 20th

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Oculus Reveals Its New “Crescent Bay” Developer Kit With 360-Degree Head Tracking And Headphones

Crescent-Bay-Rear-Pers-on-Light Oculus gave the world the first look at its new developer kit Crescent Bay today at the Oculus’ Connect conference (livestream), and I got the very first hands-on demo. Crescent Bay has a faster frame rate, 360-degree head tracking, and integrated headphones, plus it’s lighter. Oculus also announced the new Oculus Platform coming to the Samsung VR, which brings VR to a large… Read More

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Josh Constine

September 20th

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Rumor: Oculus Will Unveil A Handheld Virtual Reality Controller At Its Conference

Sixense Stem Oculus Oculus‘ headset lets you look around virtual reality but requires integrations with unofficial controllers to move an avatar, fire weapons, or input other commands. But at tomorrow’s Oculus Connect virtual reality conference, sources say Oculus is expected to unveil an official controller or controller industry standard to make it easier for developers to build more complex games. Read More

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Josh Constine

September 19th

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Come To The TechCrunch Virtual Reality Meetup In LA On Sept 18th

vr-meetup14 The night before the Oculus Connect conference, TechCrunch is bringing together the virtual reality community for an evening of cool demos, free drinks, and a chance to meet TechCrunch’s writers and VR startups in the space. Register here for the TechCrunch Virtual Reality Meetup. From 6:30pm to 9:30pm at the The Mondrian Hotel’s beautiful Skybar in West Hollywood, come mingle… Read More

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Josh Constine

September 12th

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Airware Preps Launch Of Its Commercial Drone Operating System With $25M From Kleiner

Airware Featured Image Building a drone’s hardware and software from scratch is tough and expensive, but open source drone kits are inflexible. So to power businesses looking to customize drones for commercial uses from agriculture to industrial inspections, Airware has raised a $25 million Series B led by Kleiner Perkins. The money will fund the launch of Airware’s drone operating system later this… Read More

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Josh Constine

July 23rd

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Google Glass’ Lead Electrical Engineer Adrian Wong Defects To Oculus

1006243_10101105202352425_1191882884_n Adrian Wong still lists himself as a “professional daydreamer” on LinkedIn, but he’s just left Google[x] where he was a lead electrical engineer on Glass to start “Building the Metaverse” at Oculus VR. Wong had been at Google since December 2010 following a stint at Sandia National Laboratories, but now he’s working at Facebook’s latest mega-acquisition. A… Read More

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Josh Constine

May 15th

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How Oculus And 8 Fake Ears Could Morph Concerts Into Video Games

Binaural 3D Microphone head I’m standing on a circular stage with neo-folk musician Beck. Surrounded by cheering fans, I blush, then turn and wave to thank them. They don’t see me though, because I’m actually sitting in a dark, empty back room at Sundance Film Festival, wearing an Oculus Rift. Read More

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Josh Constine

April 13th

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How Oculus And 8 Fake Ears Could Morph Concerts Into Video Games

Binaural 3D Microphone head I’m standing on a circular stage with neo-folk musician Beck. Surrounded by cheering fans, I blush, then turn and wave to thank them. They don’t see me though, because I’m actually sitting in a dark, empty back room at Sundance Film Festival, wearing an Oculus Rift. Read More

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Josh Constine

April 13th

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