Oculus Touch: “Natural Input VR Controller” Is A Thing Now

Screen Shot 2015-06-11 at 2.32.59 PMAbove is the Oculus Touch being used in conjunction with the Oculus Rift. 

The primary function of the Touch is to provide a more natural input for playing VR games with the just-finalized VR headset. While it won’t debut in Q1 2016 alongside the Oculus Rift’s consumer launch, the Touch will accompany the company’s catalog later on in 2016.

Some notes on what the two controllers actually are: they have capacitive touch input, gesture recognition, haptic feedback and a set of traditional buttons as well.

In short, you’ll be able to “feel” certain things in the VR space thanks to the Oculus Touch — which will complete the experience. Why can’t this come any sooner?

Via: Oculus

Oculus Will Team Up With Microsoft To Bundle Xbox Controller With The Rift

oculus_stepintotherift1It’s a very interesting partnership and further cements Oculus’ place as the first solid purveyor of VR gaming. The Oculus Rift final consumer model has been unveiled as part of a press conference today, and with it, the consumer bundle. An Oculus Rift kit will include a wireless Xbox One controller, the Rift headset, and a small table-top camera that observes LED markers to track head movements.

Some notes on the new Rift headset: Oculus managed to include a pair of headphones capable of 360 immersion, a low latency tracking system that’s been refined over the course of the past few years, and finally, two OLED screens.

On top of all of that, Rift will work natively with Windows 10 come its launch in Q1 2016.

Via: Oculus

Leica Q Review: Welcome To A Beautiful World Of Photography

_IGP0462Leica cameras have always been paragons of image quality, but to attain such quality was usually a hassle, fraught with sacrificing many modern technologies. The Leica Q essentially brings Leica into the complete 21st century of camera technology, all additional bells and whistles included, rather than sticking to the core “expert photographer” toolbox. Things like an EVF (electronic view finder), touchscreen, WiFi, a companion app and the like.

And of course, being that this is a Leica camera, a full frame sensor and a high price tag are also coming along for the ride. So, how is this ride, exactly? I had a week to find out.

Sony A7R II Is The 4K, Full Frame Monster Of A Camera

sony-a7r-2At the humble price of $3,200 considering the specs, Sony’s A7R II is the camera of dreams. The first camera to sport backside illumination, at a full-frame size 42.4 megapixel sensor. The other first that the A7R II sports is an ISO up to 102,400 and an insane 399 phase detection AF points — this supplements the capture of 4K video using the full width of the sensor, a first for a 35mm-format interchangeable-lens camera. Which of course, is insane.

Oh, and the body is made of magnesium alloy with 5-axis image stabilization. Who said your camera couldn’t have everything?

Via: Sony

Leica Q Announced: A Full-Frame, 24MP Camera With 10FPS Shooting

_IGP0538Today, Leica is unveiling the Q, a full-frame camera with a 24 megapixel sensor, full 1080p HD video recording at 60 fps, shooting at ten frames-per-second, an f1.7/28mm Summilux lens, integrated WiFi and remote shutter control via a dedicated Leica Q app on iOS and Android, an ISO range of up to 50,000, a 3″ 1.04 million-dot LCD screen, and finally, a high-res EVF that has a built-in sensor which automatically switches to the mode when held up to the user’s eye. Built in Germany and using aluminum and leather as build materials, the Q is a quintessential Leica, as well as being a modern camera capable of some serious shooting.

Asking price? $4,250, available starting today. Leica will also be producing a variety of accessories to accompany the Q, including an external grip accessory and a cross-body carrying case.

Press release after the break.

Samsung Unveils It Has Mirror And Transparent OLED Displays

Samsung-Display]-55-inch-Transparent-OLED_1_1Straight from the future, indeed.

Showcased in Hong Kong, Samsung’s new mirror and transparent OLED displays are less a thing of concept and more a preview of the company’s plans to come. The displays are going to be integrated with Intel’s RealSense technology, meaning that the mirror display, for example, can be used as a “virtual fitting room,” made possible by Intel’s own 3D cameras and an “automated library of stored perceptions” — basically, a user can try on clothes, and jewelry before actually trying them on, to see if they fit.

The transparent OLED displays? Well, Samsung has plans for that also: interactive ads, again making use of Intel RealSense technology and gesture control.

It will take Samsung time to bear fruit of this cutting-edge tech, bu tit will happen; after all, this is Samsung we’re talking about here: a paragon of screens across all ranges.

ViaSamsung

Microsoft Debuts 1TB Xbox One with New Controller, Ships The 16th For $400

XboxOne_Controller_620Microsoft is keen on making the Xbox One a resounding success, no matter the shaky month-by-month sales figures or the intense competition that the PS4 assails the platform with.

Today, the company at Redmond continues the mission with the announcement of a 1TB (1,000GB) Xbox One, as well as the debut of a revised wireless controller that (finally!) uses a 3.5mm headset jack for audio (a la PS4), with revised bumpers that offer increased performance along the entirety of the button(s). Also, wireless firmware updates, because no one wants to connect a controller to a console for an update — it’s 2015.

The new 1TB Xbox One is shipping in the US on June 16th for $399, with Halo: The Master Chief Collection as a bundled game “for a limited time”.

Meanwhile, the existing 500GB One got a price cut, to preppy $349.

Via: Xbox Wire

Next Version Of OS X: El Capitan, Coming This Fall To Mac

osx-el-capitanAvailable to developers via a preview today, and to consumers in the Fall, OS X “El Capitan” is the next iteration of Apple’s desktop operating system and changes are coming. An overhaul to the Safari browser for one: you can pin tabs, set tabs to startup, and mute audio from specific tabs as well. Spotlight search has been improved to support natural language, so as asking it to find “documents I worked on in June” will net you the intended documents, including the weather, stocks, and games scores.

New Notes app as well as an improved Mission Control interface for better window management, including a Split View, which splits the screen into two halves: one for each app.

System-wide the font has been changed to Apple’s San Francisco, which will also be extended towards iOS 9 and unify the font used across Apple systems. A 40% increase in rendering is also being integrated into El Capitan, allowing for games (usually an afterthought on the OS) to run better than ever before.

Via: Apple (Businesswire)