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Mike Ey, Microsoft HoloLens designer killed in hit-and-run

As reported by Seattle TV station Kirotv, local police stated that Mike Ey, a project designer for Microsoft's HoloLens, was rear-ended by a speeding drier quoted to be traveling "over 100 miles an hour" while commuting on the highway.

 

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This unfortunate event took place "early Saturday morning," with the driver, Robert Malsch, fleeing the scene and later being captured and charged with vehicular homicide and a felony hit-and-run.

 

In a testimony to Ey's dedication to the project, his girlfriend Kelley Piering commented that he described the HoloLens as "the coolest thing ever," with her adding "It's looking at the future while holding the present" and "Mike said it wasn't perfect but it was going to be one day."

OSVR headset updated, now features 1080p OLED display and much more

GDC 2015 - The Razer-powered Open Source Virtual Reality (OSVR) headset has reached version 1.1, with the HDK 1.1 now featuring a low-latency 1080p OLED panel, as well as much more.

 

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The new 1080p OLED panel provides "high-contrast, low-latency imagery within minimal motion blur" reports RoadtoVR. But the new headset is also capable of mirroring what the VR headset is rendering to another monitor, something that you can do with the Oculus Rift DK2 headset - but it doesn't always work perfectly with the DK2.

 

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The new HDK 1.1 is also now capable of converting standard video to side-by-side format, so that you can watch it in VR, as well as doing so on-the-fly and streaming low-latency video signals, too. OSVR will be providing downloadable schematics on their website, something that can be printed and furnished with the right electronics.

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CliffyB: Valve's VR demo is 'pure magic', 'next level stuff' and more

GDC 2015 - Valve has been showing off its VR headset to various members of the press and industry, but ex Epic Games God and now boss of Boss Key Productions, Cliffy "CliffyB" Bleszinski, has used it and taken to Twitter with his impressions.

 

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CliffyB had nothing but good things to say, where he tweeted: "Valve's VR demo is a religious experiecne. I was nearly in tears at one point. Pure magic. Next level stuff. Mind blown. Also, funny too". I don't think there's anything else to know at this point - but VR is going to really change things. For it to be referred to as a "religious experience" and that it's "pure magic" and "next level stuff" and that he had his "mind blown" we are beginning to turn the dial up on our excitement meter.

NVIDIA announces GRID will stream 1080p 60FPS games to you soon

GDC 2015 - NVIDIA is live at the Game Developers Conference with its "Made To Game" event where we've just been told that the company has made its GRID service a game-streaming service, which will start streaming games to users very soon.

 

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NVIDIA's GRID will be streaming games at 1080p at 60FPS, which will be under its Premium service. The standard service will be streaming games at 720p 60FPS, but the Premium service is where the gamers are going to want to hit.

Sony's VR headset for the PS4 will ship in 2016 with a 1080p display

GDC 2015 - Sony has detailed its PS4 headset during GDC 2015, which is much better than the one that they've shown off a few times now. Project Morpheus will ship in the first half of 2016, but we don't have any pricing just now.

 

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The latest version of Project Morpheus features an OLED-based 1920x1080 display with options for the framerate between 60FPS and 120FPS. Inside of the PS4 exclusive VR headset it a 5.7-inch panel with 360-degree tracking, with Sony teasing that it has super-low latency, which is under half of what the previous prototypes of Project Morpheus has had until now.

 

Sony has said that you'll be able to wear glasses underneath Project Morpheus, which is designed to have a single band that goes over your head. Sony will be detailing Project Morpheus in more detail at E3 2015 in June.

LG's new Watch Urbane is a seriously slick piece of smartwatch

MWC 2015 - LG teased its new Android Wear-powered Watch Urbane and Watch Urbane LTE not long ago now, but we have spent some time with it at MWC 2015, in our video below.

 

 

The LG Watch Urbane features a 1.3-inch P-OLED display with a 320x320 resolution display, Qualcomm's Snapdragon 400 processor at 1.2GHz, and a 410mAh battery. The Watch Urbane replaces LG's Watch R as the flagship wearable from the South Korean electronics giant.

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AVG reveals eyeglasses that make you invisible to facial recognition

MWC 2015 - Security software maker AVG has shown off a pair of concept glasses at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona that can get around even the most advanced facial recognition technology.

 

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In the image above, Facebook's facial recognition technology can detect a face on the left, but when the infrared LEDs are switched on, it cannot detect a face at all. The infrared LEDs are positioned around the nose and eyes, which emit light at wavelengths that are invisible to the human eye, but to camera sensors, they are very bright and disruptive.

 

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Better yet, the glasses have a retro-reflective material on their rim, something that bounces light back to where it came from. If a wearer of these glasses from AVG is hit with flash photography, the retro-reflective material will bounce back most of that light into the camera's sensor. This is purely a proof of concept right now, but it's an interesting thing for AVG to be showing off at MWC 2015.

Early Steam VR impressions has people saying it's 'utterly phenomenal'

MWC 2015 - The Game Developers Conference is beginning to kick off, where we should find out much more about HTC's Vive, Steam VR and everything Valve + VR related. But, one of the more exciting tidbits to come out from the show is that VP of Content at Jaunt, Scott Broock, has played around with Steam VR at MWC 2015 in Barcelona, Spain.

 

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Broock posted to Twitter after he had used HTC and Valve's VR solution at GDC 2015, where he tweeted: "Just experienced HTC and Valve's VR solution at #MWC15. Utterly phenomenal. The controller solution is intuitive and precise". While we've been briefly introduced to the VR headset, we don't know much, if anything at all about the controller.

 

GDC 2015 kicks off this week in San Francisco, where you can be sure we'll be delivering you the hottest content around.

LG details its Watch Urbane smartwatch in its latest video

MWC 2015 - LG detailed its new Watch Urbane and Watch Urbane LTE smartwatches at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, but the new Watch Urbane isn't so different from the current Watch R from LG.

 

 

The LG Watch Urbane has some external changes against the Watch R, with a thinner unibody case. Both of the smartwatches are powered by Android Wear, with a heart rate monitor on the back of the watch. On the front, we have a 1.3-inch P-OLED display with a 320x320 resolution, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor at 1.2GHz and a 410mAh battery. LG is promising around 30 hours of battery for normal use.

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Samsung announces new Gear VR for the new Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge

MWC 2015 - After announcing the new Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge smartphones, Samsung has teased that it has a new Gear VR Innovator Edition coming.

 

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The new Gear VR will work with the new Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge smartphones, taking advantage of those beautiful new Super AMOLED panels and their QHD resolutions. The new Gear VR is 15% smaller than the original Gear VR, has a USB port on it, redesigned straps which give it "better weight balance" and mechanical ventilation that will make wearing the Gear VR for longer periods of time more comfortable.

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