When it comes to using head-mounted displays for virtual reality, those that wear prescription glasses have a mixed bag of experiences.There are new companies that have spawned as a result of these opportunities, offering up custom fits for whatever your desired virtual reality gear may be, and it looks like Sony is at least considering getting into the mix as well.Reported by UploadVR, a recently published patent from the company shows off prescription glasses that features eye gaze tracking for a VR headset.As the patent describes, these prescription glasses can be detected by a VR headset via an encoded sensor.The curious part is that, after reading this code, the gaze detection function of the headset is disabled.The inference that the existing headset features gaze detection is an important factor here.
Bloxvox, a contraption you hold and/or strap to your face, wants to help quiet down the open office workspace, enable phone conversations in libraries, and keep private details private.The device, which is being funded on Kickstarter, is similar to the HushMe devices introduced last year, but designed to accommodate a user’s existing headset rather than a proprietary one built into the unit.Text-based communication is great for a number of reasons, but sometimes a simple phone call is easier.That’s a problem in places where many people gather, particularly offices where more than one person may be taking a call in the same open workspace.Bloxvox aims to solve this issue by muffling the wearer’s conversation to everyone around them, but not to the person on the other end of the phone.The device is 3D-printed, at least in its early Kickstarter form, and features a pair of notches for gripping the device and holding it to one’s mouth.
Plantronics has launched a new pair of wireless noise-canceling earphones, the Voyager 6200 UC, designed to help keep you productive and distraction-free.Plantronics built the Voyager 6200 UC with professionals in mind, especially those working in loud office environments.The headphones’ marquee feature is noise cancellation, and they sport both the active and passive varieties.“We continue to hear that noise and distraction are the number one pain points for office professionals,” said Gavin Sear, global product marketing at Plantronics, in the official Voyager 6200 UC press release.“The best way to get people to embrace technology that can help them communicate and collaborate better is by offering choices that speak to their individual work style as well as their lifestyle, whether they’re in or out of the office.Voyager 6200 UC delivers this versatility with business-grade audio to a new group of users that find existing headset and headphone offerings too limiting.”
Microsoft first unveiled its HoloLens headset almost three years ago, and the company continues to sell them to developers and commercial customers.While HoloLens seemed like a product that would change a lot over time, Microsoft appears to have found specific customers that are willing to adopt the headsets early: firstline workers and information workers.These might not be consumers at home running around playing games with HoloLens, but the headsets are now being widely used in organizations for remote assistance, training, and prototyping.Microsoft is now making its HoloLens headset available in 29 new European markets today, bringing the total up to 39 countries.That confidence in the existing headset comes from businesses wanting to purchase it in a range of countries.Microsoft has found that businesses are willing to purchase HoloLens to replace their existing tools despite the $3,000 price of the headset.
Valve will release an updated version of SteamVR which means a lot of changes.The largest and most interesting is that the space that the tracking technology is capable of will be 10x10 meters, that is to say, 100 square meters.Much larger than now, in other words.in Addition, the device and the tracking technology making use of four new base stations.Valve call the update for SteamVR Tracking 2.0 and the new base stations, which does not work with the existing headset, will be launched in the beginning of 2018 and will be sent out to developers and manufacturers.First, it will only go to make use of the two base stations.
A year after its launch, Sony is updating the design of the PlayStation VR headset, streamlining things a little bit and removing the previous imposition of having to disconnect the unit in order to view HDR content on the PS4 console.The new PlayStation VR headset model is distinguishable by the relocation of its headphone jack from the wire hanging from the headset to the back of the unit, making for a cleaner, more integrated design.There’s also a thinner connection cable to the PS4, to go with an upgraded Processor Unit that makes HDR passthrough possible with this model.The updated PlayStation VR headset, CUH - ZVR2, is being released in Japan on October 14th in a bundle with the PlayStation Camera that will cost ¥44,980 ($400).For North American gamers keen to get in on the action, Sony promises it will keep bundle prices unchanged from where they are now, however it doesn’t yet have a release date to share.The new headset will naturally be compatible with all PSVR content available so far, however you won’t be able to merely swap the processing unit of your existing headset to get the same functionality, owing to the difference in cables.
Sony is launching a new, updated PlayStation Virtual Reality (PS VR) headset.The new model features a slight redesign that puts the headphone jack at the back, while the cable that connects it to the PlayStation 4 (PS4) has been slimmed down.This was made possible thanks to the new Processor Unit inside the PS VR headset, which also allows for the biggest technical improvement.The updated version supports HDR passthrough, which "[enables] users to enjoy HDR-compatible PS4 content on a TV without having to disconnect the Processor Unit in between the TV and the PS4 system," reads Sony's blog post.The new headset, codenamed CUH-ZVR2, will be compatible with all PS VR games released so far, however it won't be possible for current PS VR owners to just swap the Processing Unit and upgrade their existing headset, due to the differences in cables.The updated model will first launch in Japan on October 14 for ¥44,980 ($400/£300), and come in a bundle with the required PlayStation Camera.
Apple has confirmed the removal of the headphone jack connection on the base of the iPhone, as was widely rumoured.The tech giant broke the news at its live event in San Francisco, confirming the iPhone 7 will include earphones in their boxes that connect to the iPhone s Lightning connection, currently used for charging and data transfer.An adaptor will also be included in the box that will enable traditional headphone users to connect to the new iPhone and continue to use their existing headset.New breakthrough wireless EarPods called AirPods were also unveiled for those wanting to go wireless.The AirPods contain sensors that can tell when they are in a user s ears, and can be connected to an iPhone or Apple Watch just by opening the smartbox they come in, that also charges them.The iPhone 7 will also come with stereo speakers for the first time, with a speaker now placed at the top and bottom of the device.
It s been less than a year since the consumer Gear VR was first shown off and it already seems as though Samsung and Oculus are regrouping to push out a new version of the pre-eminent mobile VR headset.A Dutch Samsung rumors site inexplicably found a listing from an Indian imports database that highlights a new model number SM-R323 for the Gear VR device being shipped.We know literally nothing else, except that these units are just for testing and evaluation purpose.With the existing headset less than a year old and with a new Samsung smartphone a new Note on the horizon, which may embrace a new USB Type-C connector, the compatibility of the existing Gear VR with Samsung s entire line might be timing out.All of this is occurring as Mobile VR is about to be blown wide-open by Google Daydream.It s still unclear whether Samsung has any interest in boosting the compatibility of its next-gen Galaxy devices with Daydream or if it will continue to go it alone.
The price in China for the Z2 is close to $270, and for this you get a Snapdragon 820 processor — that s the same one found inside phones like the LG G5 and the Samsung Galaxy S7 — a massive 64GB of internal storage space, and a quick-charging 3500mAh battery.It s not clear, but the Z2 s spec, price, and our good experience with the Z1 makes us keen to try out the sequel.On the back is a 13-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization, an f/1.8 aperture, and laser autofocus.At the moment, there s no word on an international version with Cyanogen for the Zuk Z2 Pro, but the Chinese version will run Zuk s own version of Android.The Galaxy Note 5 landed as Samsung s latest phablet flagship back in mid-2015, and over the last few months the rumor mill has starting to spin up new ideas about what we may see in the Note 6.In an unrelated note, the adoption of a Type-C connector could mean that a new Gear VR is on the horizon since the existing headset only works with Micro USB.
So this sort of slimmed-down release is by no means a surprise.The Xbox One is around two and a half years old, at this point.So it's interesting to see them making the move so early in the console's life cycle.According to Kotaku's sources, the company is also working on an upgraded, more powerful console to be released sometime next year.Rather than developing their own special hardware, they could focus on the console, while letting an existing headset work on it.And since the Xbox One runs Windows 10, it's not too far of a leap for them to get it working, so long as the system is powerful enough.