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Facebook strives for mainstream adoption for new VR headset and other augmented reality features

October 16th 2017

At Facebook’s recent Oculus Connect 4 Keynote VR conference, Facebook announced a variety of new products and features. The most notable product announcement is the $199 Oculus Go, an entry-level VR product that Facebook believes will be adopted by the masses. Facebook originally purchased the virtual reality startup Oculus in 2014, a bold move that cost Facebook $2 billion. Mark Zuckerberg was prideful and driven to bring virtual reality to a mainstream audience, a goal that has yet to be met.

Good and obsolete

Techwatch October 6th 2017

On being relevant in a changing world I’m asked sometime when would you/ will you retire? My answer is, when I’m no longer relevant.  Relevancy is another parameter that can be plotted on Maher’s practicality-gap or Roger’s Diffusion of Inno-vations curve; a predictive model for the life time of a product, and other items and people.  Consider the fax. It is now possible to get a system that consists of a relatively fast, high-resolution full-color scanner, with a built-in high-resolution color ink-jet printer, that will answer the phone, and connect

Why I go to COFES - It’s not for the wine

I’ve gone to COFES for the past 10 or 15 years, I can’t remember, and don’t care. When Brad first started it he tried to get me to come, but I was either too busy or too cheap. When I finally got my lazy butt to Click here to read this blog entry

Looking forward - To the GTC conference

Every year now for the past seven years Nvidia has presented a GPU conference. The first on in Late September 2008 was named the GPU Technology Conference, and it overwhelmed the Fairmont hotel, and prompting the company to rename it GTC and move it to the convention center. This year Click here to read this blog entry

Is Xbox becoming a PC?

Microsoft unifies PC and Xbox One platforms into one ecosystem with Universal Windows Applications (UWAs) Microsoft announced over a year ago in January 2015, that it was bringing Xbox apps to Windows 10 PCs, and that would allow cross-platform play and a cohesive friends list across both platforms. In November, the Xbox Click here to read this blog entry

The Future of Visual Computing is Hybrid Reality

The future of face mounted computing (sorry head; I choose to use face) will not be Virtual Reality or Augmented Reality; but a hybrid of both. To me, Virtual and Augmented Reality are not good names for hardware platforms. They are a way of experiencing computer generated information. For example. Click here to read this blog entry

Why Sony will win first in VR

Ease of use, price, and one-stop shopping Now that Oculus has revealed its consumer version of the Rift HMD, consumers can start planning how they might engage with VR, and they have a choice—a DIY rig with a PC and Rift, or a turn-key system with Sony. Sony Click here to read this blog entry