Virtual reality Stories October 20, 2016

The NBA is going to broadcast 25 games this year in virtual reality, here’s how you can enjoy the action

Virtual reality is rapidly becoming more mainstream as headsets and smartphones supporting this technology are now readily available. A natural fit for this type of content has always been live entertainment but the associated costs has kept it at bay. Today, the NBA has announced that it will be diving into the world of virtual reality content with a commitment to broadcast at least 25 games this season. A new partnership with Next VR will help jump start this new venture. According to the NBA, this is the first time in history that a professional sports league will have a regularly scheduled slate of games in virtual reality.

Virtual reality Stories July 18, 2016

Amazon offers the View-Master Virtual Reality Starter Pack for $12.59 Prime shipped. Also available at Target. That’s nearly 60% off the original price and a match of our Prime Day mention for the lowest all-time at Amazon since it was released.

Forget those old 2D viewfinders, Mattel’s retro-inspired View-Master uses your iPhone or Android to bring objects from around the world to life in 3D. Simply insert your device into the viewfinder and fire up the app. From there, you can navigate a 3D world of different locations and landmarks. The starter pack includes a demo reel of available Experience Packs and everything needed to get rolling. Additional options include: Space, National Geographic: Wildlife, and Destinations.

This is the best-selling viewfinder toy at Amazon with a collective 4/5 star rating from 640 Amazon customers.

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Virtual reality Stories June 14, 2016

It’s been a huge start to the week at E3 in Los Angeles. Nearly all of the major players have taken the stage, sharing their plans for the next year. Sony’s announcement was packed with games and also provided a bit of new hardware as well. We’ve already detailed the upcoming virtual reality set that is coming in the fall but now we’re getting word about a new controller that will bring first person shooters to life. The VR Aim is the modern-day equivalent of NES Zapper and boy does it look cool…

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Virtual reality Stories June 7, 2016

Drones have soared in popularity over the last twelve months thanks to easy-to-fly designs and ever lowering prices. While it’s natural to consider above-ground photography as the hottest trend, a company by the name of Seawolf has another idea.

Its latest creation is a submarine that uses your GoPro to capture the action while beaming a live-view to your Samsung Gear VR headset. Just imagine cruising through the ocean (or that pond at the golf course) and seeing the footage in first person…

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Virtual reality Stories May 12, 2016

Virtual Reality has clearly caught the attention of many major players in the consumer retail space. Just recently, GoPro vaguely revealed plans to launch its own VR rig in the near future. Even popular toys of yesteryear have returned with 3D capabilities as some of the hottest kid-focused products on the market. Today, HumanEyes is taking a shot with its new Vuze Camera. This “affordable” alternative to more well-known brands has a pocket-sized design and costs less than a MacBook Air. But without the cache of a GoPro or Samsung, can it survive?

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Virtual reality Stories April 21, 2016

expiredSmartphone Accessories: HooToo 3D Virtual Reality Headset $22 (Reg. $35), OtterBox iPhone SE, Commuter Case $10, more

Update 4/21 2PM: The HooToo VR kit and the Mpow Power case for iPhone 6 have both sold out.

As part of the Gold Box Deals of the Day, Amazon offers the HooToo 3D VR Virtual Reality Headset for $21.99 Prime shipped. That’s about $28 off the regular sale price and the lowest we’ve seen for it by more than $10. This headset works with just about any iPhone or Android smartphone to give you a VR viewing experience. You can download over 300 virtual reality apps on the iTunes App Store and Google Play Store. Rated 3.8/5 stars by 175 Amazon shoppers. 

More accessory deals:

Mpow Apple MFI Certified 3100mAh Power for iPhone 6/s $10 w/ code JPRA8LHY (Reg. $26) | Amazon

Mpow Apple MFI Certified 2400mAh Power for iPhone 5/s/SE  $10 w/ code JPRA8LHY (Reg. $26) | Amazon

 

OtterBox iPhone SE, 5S, 5 Commuter Case Marine Gray $10 (Orig. $40) | A4C

Deals still alive from yesterday:

  • USB C to USB A iOrange-E 10ft (3M) Braided Cable $8 w/ code CMJMMUVN (Reg. $12) | Amazon
  • Aduro AQUA Sound Bluetooth Shower Speaker with Mic and Controls $10 (Reg. $15) | Groupon
  • Bluetooth 4.1 Headphone Lumsing Wireless Headset $16 (Reg. $25) | Amazon
    • w/ code 5F2H3GCB
  • Aduro 2-Outlet USB Surge Protector $10 (Orig. $40) | Groupon

Virtual reality Stories March 16, 2016

Update (10/11 4:00pm): Amazon is expected to a select number of Sony PlayStation VR units available tonight at 9:00 PM PST (Midnight EST) while Best Buy has announced its strategy for the release of Sony’s PlayStation VR bundle. The retailer is planning on releasing a limited number of units to 350 locations across the country with availability starting at 12:01 EST on October 13th. Store will open at 11:01pm on the 12th ahead of the midnight launch. We’re also expecting to see a limited quantity available online. Nearly every other retailer is currently sold out, so this is likely your best opportunity to grab Sony’s VR kit.

Update (3/29 10:00am): The Sony PlayStation VR Core Headset can now be pre-ordered from Amazon for $399.99. Again, quantities are limited. Also available from Walmart, Best Buy and GameStop.

Update (3/22 10:00am): Amazon is now accepting pre-orders for the PlayStation VR Launch Bundle ($499.99). 1 per customer, quantities are limited. You won’t be charged for the bundle until it ships. Also available at Walmart, Best Buy, and Game Stop.

Sony has announced at the Gamer Developers Conference in San Francisco that it will be releasing a PlayStation Virtual Reality headset this fall. We’ve been hearing about PS VR for awhile but it is finally coming to fruition later this year. Originally dubbed Project Morpheus, details have been rather slim on the console add-on until now. Full details below.

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Virtual reality Stories March 7, 2016

DODOcase has long been involved in Google’s Cardboard and virtual reality technology. After first introducing two $25 options last summer, the brand has announced a new kit on Indiegogo this morning.

The SMARTvr Virtual Reality Viewer is available for pre-order today with a focus on improved build-quality and a fresh design. DODOcase has built its latest release for both Android and iPhone. Full details and pricing after the break.

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Virtual reality Stories September 24, 2015

Today at Oculus Connect 2, Founder and CEO Palmer Luckey announced that the Windows 10 version of Minecraft would be compatible with the upcoming Oculus Rift Headset. While details are somewhat sparse at the moment, you’ll find everything we know so far.

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Virtual reality Stories October 10, 2014

Carl Zeiss has just recently announced the VR One virtual reality headset for use with iOS and Android smartphones. While it still feels like a bit of stretch to get people to put these things on their heads, the typically steep price point of early contenders does’t help. The VR One is a similar premise to what we are seeing from Samsung’s Gear VR headset, but at a seemingly much more affordable price tag.

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