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08.01.14 Sophie Weiner

Dreams of flight are among the most euphoric of human experiences. But no matter how vividly you dream, once you wake up, the memory recedes. Now, we can finally experience realistic flight while fully conscious, thanks to the rapidly improving virtual reality device Oculus Rift and a program called Birdly by Swiss artist Max Rheiner. Wired explains: To simulate the effortlessness of […]

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05.20.14 Andy Cush

As if your average trip to Chuck E. Cheese isn’t enough of an overstimulating rush, the kid’s entertainment emporium will soon begin employing Oculus Rift at birthday parties. According to The Verge, the virtual reality mask will be used to simulate “a large tube where prize tickets whizz around your head.” A six-week pilot program will […]

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04.29.14 Andy Cush

In the video above, researchers from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology pilot a DJI Phantom 2 drone while wearing an Oculus Rift. They’re not piloting the drone with the virtual reality mask, like this guy — just getting a first-person view. Turn your head right, the camera turns right; turn your head left, the […]

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04.11.14 Andy Cush

Conquest of the Skies — a forthcoming nature documentary from David Attenborough — is a shoo-in to the pantheon of greatest-ever films to watch whilst stoned. How do I know? Besides the master documentarian’s mind-boggling pedigree — Life on Earth, Planet Earth, Blue Planet — there’s the fact that it’s being filmed with a 360-degree eight-camera rig and […]

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03.26.14 Michael Rougeau

I’ve played wizard chess against a demon king. I’ve had space ship battles that rival Star Wars. I’ve “sat” in a virtual movie theater with my actual butt planted firmly in a chair in a back room at a technology conference. I’ve even ascended Game of Thrones’ towering wall—and fallen down the other side. I’ve […]

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11.12.13 Kyle Petreycik

The Oculus Rift is a breakthrough virtual reality head-mounted display project that has, since it’s inception raised over $16 million, including a fair share of crowdfunding from Kickstarter. It has quickly found its way into the hearts of loving grandmothers, artists, and a fair share of guillotine enthusiasts. But can you fuck it? It was only a matter of time until […]

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05.07.13 Kyle Petreycik

Oculus Rift — the very same virtual reality platform that that 90-year-old woman enjoys so very much — has gotten its very own guillotine simulator. The artificial dismemberment add-on called DisUnion was developed at the Exile Game Jam, a five-day game development “retreat” in which developers meet, hang out, and collaborate on their own independent projects. The creators insist […]

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04.15.13 Andy Cush

Paul Rivot’s grandmother is 90 years old. She lived through the Great Depression, World War II, and the advents of AM/FM radio, television, and the internet. In the above video, she tries out the extraordinarily powerful Oculus Rift virtual reality headset for the first time, and it is positively heartwarming. Rivot set the headset to […]

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12.10.12 Irina Dvalidze

Oh, good. Pretty soon, shall you encounter special effects water in 4D rides/experiences, no longer will you get wet. No more soaked t-shirts. No more odd smells. No more real water. Welcome to the future. Japanese virtual reality production company Solidray has created a “crossmodal” experience  — for sight and touch –which allows people engaged in […]

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