Author: Lucas Matney

MirraViz shows off a revolutionary way to do split-screen gaming

TECHCRUNCH [embedded content] MirraViz wants to bring an end to gamers screen peeking. The startup’s display technology lets different people watch different things on the same projector screen depending on where they’re sitting. The best part of this is that only you can see what’s happening on your screen. The technology is definitely still in its early stages, but it’s so, so exciting already. The highly-reflective projector screens send light directly back to the projector being used so anybody within a foot or two of it can see the image but it shows up blank to everyone else. You can...

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Apple says iCloud data migration notice sent to users outside China was done in error

TECHCRUNCH Apple says that an email sent to users with Apple IDs outside of China that their iCloud data was being moved to a Chinese company’s servers was done so accidentally. The Cupertino tech giant had announced Wednesday that next month it will begin the process of moving Chinese users’ iCloud data to servers hosted in China by state-owned Guizhou-Cloud Big Data (GCBD) as it complies with recent legislation in the company that mandates that cloud services are operated by Chinese companies. Apple sent details to affected users, but TechCrunch discovered reports that a number of users with U.S. Apple IDs had received notification that their data was also being moved. In a separate email sent this evening, Apple has informed users that these emails were sent in error, reiterating that only users with their Apple ID country set to China will have their iCloud data migrated to GCBD servers. The email, obtained by TechCrunch, reads in part: “We are very sorry that you received this email. This email was intended only for customers whose Apple ID country is China. A very small number of our customers whose Apple ID country is not China also received this email by mistake.” Apple verified the contents of the email but didn’t offer further...

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This AR headset won’t win any style points, but it fills the world with fish

TECHCRUNCH Hong Kong-based RealMax came to CES with a prototype of an augmented reality headset they want to get on to everyone’s faces. It’s a little rough around the edges but it fills more of the world with digital images than any other device I’ve seen. The prototype bests the field-of-view on just about every AR headset. While Microsoft’s HoloLens is stuck with a field-of-view estimated to be under 40 degrees, Realmax is building something that fills more than 100 degrees of your vision. The prototype’s optics aren’t utilizing the most advanced technologies and definitely could be a crisper resolution,...

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GoPro CEO explains shutdown of company’s Karma drone unit

TECHCRUNCH Yesterday, GoPro confirmed TechCrunch’s reporting that the company was shuttering its Karma drone division and laying off hundreds of employees. Today, CEO Nick Woodman is at CES on damage control. In an interview with TechCrunch, Woodman said that the company is shifting focus entirely back to action cams, a market he insists is “absolutely” robust enough to sustain the company. Woodman didn’t comment on rumors of a potential sale beyond noting that the company was not “actively engaged” in the process of selling itself, and said that the leadership would “continue to strategize and run GoPro as though...

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Google’s first WorldSense VR headset, the Lenovo Mirage Solo, ships in Q2 for ‘under $400’

TECHCRUNCH We got our first full look at a positionally tracked Daydream headset running Google’s WorldSense technology today. Lenovo unveiled the Mirage Solo headset today, which it hopes to ship in the second quarter of this year. The standalone device will sport a Qualcomm 835 chipset, 4GB of RAM and 64 gigs on onboard memory. It will also have dual mics, a headphone jack (!) and a 2560 x 1440 LCD screen. The company claims 7 hours of battery life, which if accurate, is pretty great. The big news is its support for Google WorldSense, an inside-out positional tracking technology...

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Lumus shows off the latest of its increasingly tiny augmented reality displays

TECHCRUNCH As Apple, Microsoft, Google and Facebook all look towards getting augmented reality glasses out into the market to push their vision of the world directly into viewers’ eyeballs, they’re running into a common challenge. While these tech titans have grown familiar with miniaturizing complex technologies, AR displays are an area where the technology is still requiring a lot of R&D to push breakthroughs. “The optics is really where you see a bottleneck in all of these solutions,” Lumus CEO Ari Grobman tells TechCrunch. Lumus is at CES this year showing off its latest builds and highlighting a new form...

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HTC shows off the Vive Pro, a high-res headset targeted at ‘premium’ VR users

TECHCRUNCH HTC is looking towards the high-end as it aims to distinguish its niche in the early VR market. At CES, HTC showcased the VIve Pro, an updated PC-powered virtual reality headset that adds a higher resolution display, integrated audio and an updated tracking system. The headset has a 2880×1600 display (previously 2160×1200) that will power views for both eyes. It’s a 74 percent increase in pixel density over the regular Vive, now at 615ppi. This puts the headset on par with the display of Samsung’s Odyssey headset while besting that of the Oculus Rift. The company also showcased a wireless...

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NextVR is adding 6DoF tracking to its live-streaming VR service

TECHCRUNCH VR’s most popular live-streaming events service is giving you a little wiggle room. NextVR is bringing six-degree-of-freedom (6DoF) movement to its popular virtual reality app for live-streaming sporting events and concerts. This update brings an added sense of immersion for users who will be able to move around a bit while watching events. It’s more of a comfort thing than something revolutionary at this point. Rather than being stuck with a single viewpoint, the point-of-view will shift as viewers move their head. There will be points where the feature adds some utility, such as scenarios when you’re trying to peak around a referee standing on the sidelines. This feature is only going to be coming to positionally tracked headsets, a feature that has traditionally been confined to the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift but is now coming to more mobile standalone systems. “VR is the most demanding visual medium ever created and we’re just beginning to deliver on its potential to convincingly create experiences that mimic reality,” said NextVR CEO David Cole said in a statement. “The ability to move naturally inside the experience and the increased ability to see detail add a critical level of presence and realism.” These experiences will require being shot on the new camera hardware so it’s not something NextVR will be able to retroactively apply to old concerts they’ve shot already. You’ll be tightly limited by...

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