Silly headlines aside, Alone is a pretty interesting idea for a game. Currently in development for the Oculus Rift, it looks like it's going to embody the sort of subtle, creeping horror we love best.
The setting is actually a lounge room. When you put the headset on, you'll be transported to a couch where you'll be sitting playing a fictional horror first-person shooter (FPS) video game called The Witching Hour, while a wild, windy night rages outside. Sounds like a lovely evening at home, snug inside, maybe even with a nice blanket tucked around your lap.
Except something's not quite right.… Read more
A new initiative by SpaceX founder Elon Musk would make science fiction author Issac Asimov proud.
In a SpaceX YouTube video (see below), Musk describes how he's endeavoring to build new rocket ship parts using only hand and finger movements and a high-grade 3D laser metal printer. He won't use a typical desktop computer, he won't use a keyboard.
SpaceX is a private company founded by Musk in 2002; it designs, builds, and launches spacecrafts and rockets into low-Earth orbit. The company's goal is to one-day send humans into space so that they can live on … Read more
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While a guy plays the "Breaking Bad" theme song with gear you'd find in a meth lab, we surrender to the soothing sounds of Wikipedia as random people edit entries that get turned into audio. Also, get excited about the Ubi Interactive, which turns any surface into a touch screen. All that and much more on this week's Crave show. … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Old enough to remember Paperboy? Now you can relive it in VR with the Oculus Rift.
- Extreme homeless man makeover: What do homeless people really need?
- Adult Swim is making a Mike Tyson cartoon where he solves mysteries with the help of a smart-talking pigeon.
LOS ANGELES -- I did not fall! No, really. I didn't (just watch the video). Falling was my biggest fear when I booked a meeting last week to see the Virtuix Omni, an omnidirectional, low-friction surface that allows you to move around in a virtual environment (using the Oculus Rift) without (seriously) endangering yourself, your coffee table, or others.
Hold on! The Omni is about 4 to 5 feet in diameter and is sloped toward its center. It's a low-friction surface with a narrowly grooved exterior. A circular handle surrounds your waist, affording you a degree of much-needed … Read more
Editor's note: We had originally planned to run this feature on Saturday, June 1, but found out the day before that Andrew Scott Reisse, a co-founder of Oculus VR, had just been killed in an accident. We are running the story now as a tribute to the product Reisse helped create, and we offer our condolences to the family, friends, and co-workers mourning his loss.
The Oculus Rift headset differs from most other wearable displays by adding the extra benefit of highly accurate head-tracking. This means that when a Rift wearer looks left in real life, the virtual view turns to that direction as well. This sense of realness is often a major surprise for those unfamiliar with the tech. … Read more
Andrew Scott Reisse, co-founder of the company that made the Oculus Rift virtual-reality headset, was struck and killed while walking in a crosswalk Thursday, ABC has reported.
"Andrew was a brilliant computer graphics engineer, an avid photographer and hiker who loved nature, a true loyal friend, and a founding member of our close-knit Oculus family," the company said in a statement.
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An artist combs public places for gum, hair, and cigarette butts, and then 3D-prints portraits of the unsuspecting people who've left their DNA behind. Plus, we take a look at a laser-powered flashlight, and get our heads chopped off in an app for the Oculus Rift head-mounted display. … Read more
Check out the newest killer app for the Oculus Rift head-mounted display: a guillotine simulator.
Created over the course of two days at Denmark's Exile Game Jam, the Disunion app takes an Oculus Rift wearer to the setting of an 18th century execution, complete with masked executioner and curious crowd. While the player awaits his beheading, he can look around at the stage and blade above him.… Read more