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Ambiotherm may look goofy, but it lets you feel the warmth of a virtual sun

Ambiotherm is a wacky virtual reality accessory that promises to mimic the feeling of the wind and sun on your face and neck by… well, blowing air and pumping heat in your direction.The post Ambiotherm may look goofy, but it lets you feel the warmth of a virtual sun appeared first on Digital Trends.

Trippy VR self-portrait takes you inside its artist creator’s body

Los Angeles artist Theo Triantafyllidis’ latest creation, “Self Portrait (Interior),” is a virtual reality tour that doesn't just take you inside his head -- but gives you a tour of the rest of him, too.The post Trippy VR self-portrait takes you inside its artist creator’s body appeared first on Digital Trends.

OptiTrack’s new tracking system could cause arena-style VR market to explode

OptiTrack launched a new tracking system for out-of-home theme park-style VR experiences. The new system is capable of keeping up with multiple users and their carried/worn objects in areas filled with walls and stationary items.The post OptiTrack’s new tracking system could cause arena-style VR market to explode appeared first on Digital Trends.

OptiTrack’s new tracking system could cause arena-style VR market to explode

OptiTrack launched a new tracking system for out-of-home theme park-style VR experiences. The new system is capable of keeping up with multiple users and their carried/worn objects in areas filled with walls and stationary items.The post OptiTrack’s new tracking system could cause arena-style VR market to explode appeared first on Digital Trends.

Want to simulate anti-gravity in VR? Use a headset in your swimming pool

What would happen if you combine VR with sensory deprivation tanks? That idea helped spawn this unique waterproof headset, which could help simulate sensations like weightlessness.The post Want to simulate anti-gravity in VR? Use a headset in your swimming pool appeared first on Digital Trends.

Content developers now have access to the SteamVR for Linux beta

Valve Software provided a developer build of SteamVR for Linux based on the Vulkan graphics API. It is served on GitHub and requires pre-release drivers for Nvidia and AMD products and version 5.6 of Unity.The post Content developers now have access to the SteamVR for Linux beta appeared first on Digital Trends.

New VR game lets you experience the sinking of the Titanic, and explore the wreckage too

Titanic VR puts gamers in the role of a survivor onboard the ship prior to its sinking and aboard a submersible exploring the wreckage. The developers have turned to research books and thousands of pages documents to ensure realism.The post New VR game lets you experience the sinking of the Titanic, and explore the wreckage too appeared first on Digital Trends.

Google Research and Daydream are creating more realistic VR avatars

Google Research is looking to make virtual and mixed reality more interactive by combining 3D computer vision, machine learning, and advanced rendering methods to convey a user's identity, focus, and face.The post Google Research and Daydream are creating more realistic VR avatars appeared first on Digital Trends.

Huawei’s Honor VR Camera could be the most portable 360-degree camera yet

Huawei has taken the wraps off of a 360-degree camera of its own, and it could be the most portable 360-degree camera yet. The device clips to Huawei's smartphones and supports live-streaming.The post Huawei’s Honor VR Camera could be the most portable 360-degree camera yet appeared first on Digital Trends.

Tilt Brush hits the Oculus Store with a subtle redesign for Touch controllers

Now that the Oculus Touch controllers have had some time to pick up steam among Rift users, Google is releasing a new version of an old favorite for the Rift platform. Starting Tuesday, Tilt Brush is available on the Oculus Rift.The post Tilt Brush hits the Oculus Store with a subtle redesign for Touch controllers appeared first on Digital Trends.

Stryker is using Microsoft’s HoloLens to design operating rooms of the future

Microsoft's HoloLens AR solution is perhaps the most advanced in terms of becoming a part of the real world. Stryker, which is using HoloLens to redesign the operating room, provides a clear example of the potential of AR in this setting.The post Stryker is using Microsoft’s HoloLens to design operating rooms of the future appeared first on Digital Trends.

Stryker is using Microsoft’s HoloLens to design operating rooms of the future

Microsoft's HoloLens AR solution is perhaps the most advanced in terms of becoming a part of the real world. Stryker, which is using HoloLens to redesign the operating room, provides a clear example of the potential of AR in this setting.The post Stryker is using Microsoft’s HoloLens to design operating rooms of the future appeared first on Digital Trends.

Samsung’s VR concepts aim to help the blind, decorate your home, travel the world

Samsung has announced it is preparing four exhibitions for next week's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, from its Creative Lab department, specializing in new and inventive uses for virtual and augmented reality.The post Samsung’s VR concepts aim to help the blind, decorate your home, travel the world appeared first on Digital Trends.

Samsung’s VR concepts aim to help the blind, decorate your home, travel the world

Samsung has announced it is preparing four exhibitions for next week's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, from its Creative Lab department, specializing in new and inventive uses for virtual and augmented reality.The post Samsung’s VR concepts aim to help the blind, decorate your home, travel the world appeared first on Digital Trends.

2017 Gear VR will come with a one-handed controller

Samsung is looking to upgrade the control system for its next iteration of the Gear VR headset. Instead of forcing wearers to use the side-mounted touch panel, they will instead have a one-handed controller.The post 2017 Gear VR will come with a one-handed controller appeared first on Digital Trends.

Microsoft reportedly cans first HoloLens revision, new version expected in 2019

Microsoft has apparently ceased development on an immediate revision of its HoloLens headset, in favor of working on a more comprehensive update to the device that's intended to release in 2019.The post Microsoft reportedly cans first HoloLens revision, new version expected in 2019 appeared first on Digital Trends.

We’ve made a map so you can find the HTC Vive demo nearest you

Virtual reality is difficult to truly understand until you've tried it. HTC knows this, and has set up demo stations across the globe to give people their first taste of VR. Here's where you can try to the Vive. The post We’ve made a map so you can find the HTC Vive demo nearest you appeared first on Digital Trends.

Nolo is an inexpensive motion tracking system for mobile and SteamVR play

While VR has certainly proven popular, particularly within the gaming community where immersive experiences are key, enjoying the experience has been pricey, to say the least. The HTC Vive, after all, costs $799. The NOLO costs $99. The post Nolo is an inexpensive motion tracking system for mobile and SteamVR play appeared first on Digital Trends.

U.K. hospital uses 360-degree video to reassure kids ahead of MRI scans

A hospital in the United Kingdom has launched a new app that allows children to familiarize themselves with the process of undergoing an MRI scan using 360-degree videos before they go in for the real procedure.The post U.K. hospital uses 360-degree video to reassure kids ahead of MRI scans appeared first on Digital Trends.

NBA’s Google Daydream app to launch with VR series featuring basketball greats

The NBA is launching its first-ever virtual reality app for the Google Daydream. The app will feature highlights, a 3D sports lounge, and the league's first-ever episodic VR series, House of Legends. The post NBA’s Google Daydream app to launch with VR series featuring basketball greats appeared first on Digital Trends.

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When and where to buy the Samsung Galaxy S21 phones

Samsung in early January announced its latest flagship smartphone series with the Galaxy S21, and its two siblings, the S21+, and S21 Ultra. All three phones are offered in a variety of color options with varying amounts of memory and storage combinations.Customers won’t have to look hard to find the Galaxy S21 phones as they’ll be sold through numerous wireless carriers and retailers. And, of course, there’s always the unlocked models you can purchase directly from Samsung, too.Here, we help spell out when and where to buy the Galaxy S21 phones. Just about anywhere you look you’ll find carriers and retailers offering discounts and deals on the Galaxy S21 line.Pre-ordersThe Galaxy S21 phones don’t arrive until January 29, but you can pre-order one at Samsung’s website or through your major wireless carrier.Selling a phone? Do these things firstWhere can I buy an unlocked phone?CarriersWhen it comes to color choices, each of the wireless service providers listed here essentially have the same options. For the Galaxy S21 we have Phantom White, Phantom Pink, Phantom Violet, and Phantom Gray; the Galaxy S21 Plus comes in Phantom Black, Phantom Silver, and Phantom Violet; the Galaxy S21 Ultra is sold in Phantom Silver and Phantom Black.VerizonSamsung Galaxy S21 – As low as $800 ($33.33 per month for 24 months)Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus – As low as $1,000 ($33.33 per month for 30 months)Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra – As low as $1,200 ($39.99 per month for 30 months)AT&TSamsung Galaxy S21 – As low as $800 ($26.67 per month for 30 months)Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus – As low as $1,000 ($33.34 per month for 30 months)Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra – As low as $1,200 ($40.00 per month for 30 months)T-MobileSamsung Galaxy S21 – As low as $800 ($33.34 per month for 24 months)Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus – As low as $1,000 ($41.67 per month for 24 months)Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra – As low as $1,200 ($50.00 per month for 24 months)US CellularSamsung Galaxy S21 – As low as $800 ($26.66 per month for 30 months)Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus – As low as $1,000 ($33.33 per month for 30 months)Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra – As low as $1,200 ($39.99 per month for 30 months)Other CarriersMany other carriers are expected to offer at least one version of the Samsung Galaxy S21 line this year. Key among those who have already announced intentions to carry the device(s) are Visible and Xfinity Mobile.VisibleGalaxy S21: $792 (128GB) or $840 (256GB)Galaxy S21+: $984 (128GB) or $1,032 (256GB)Key RetailersConsumers can also purchase the different versions of the Galaxy S21 family at a variety of retailers. Whether it’s brick-and-mortar or online-only, you might want to check with your favorite stores.Not only might you find a discount or promotion around the phone, but buyers may also have a credit card or account which offers special financing terms.AmazonThere’s no indication yet as to what Amazon will do in terms of selling the Galaxy S21 line, but we suspect more information will be made available soon.Best BuyBest Buy will offer an unlocked version of the Samsung Galaxy S21 models as well as versions for the major carriers.SamsungTo no surprise, the official website for Samsung has options for all of the major carriers as well as unlocked models, too.

HyperX reveals new PC and gaming peripherals for 2021

HyperX, the hardware division from Kingston that centers on gaming, announced several new products for the virtual event that is CES 2021. Moreover, it is also giving some of its US-only products a global launch.The first big announcement from HyperX is its new Alloy Origins 60 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard. With a footprint of 60% of a traditional keyboard, it helps gamers gain desktop space which can be helpful for mouse movement.The Origins 60 employs HyperX Red switches which have a linear key travel. This means they don’t have the “bump” that other mechanical keyboards do, reducing the tactile feedback that keyboard gamers are familiar with. It also lets players press more rapidly which can be instrumental in the heat of the moment.Business professionals will also appreciate the red switches as they’re more responsive, move more smoothly, and are quieter than standard mechanical keyboards.HyperX’s other big new product is its ChargePlay Duo Controller Charging Station for Xbox. Compatible with Series X/S and Xbox One controllers, it also comes with a pair of 1,400mAh battery packs. The station, which has a weighted base, also has LED indicators to display charging status.In addition to the new products, HyperX has announced expanded availability for the HyperX Pulsefire Haste , Cloud II Wireless, and Cloud Revolver.AvailabilityAlloy Origins 60 gaming keyboard – Available in the U.S. on February 22 for MSRP $99.99 on HyperX Shop.HyperX ChargePlay Duo Controller Charging Station for Xbox – Available in the U.S. on HyperX Shop in February for MSRP $39.99Pulsefire Haste Gaming Mouse – Now available globally for MSRP $49.99Cloud II Wireless Gaming Headset – Now available globally for MSRP $149.99Cloud Revolver Gaming Headset + 7.1 – Now available globally for MSRP $149.99

Hatch adds Rest Mini to its portfolio of smart sleep products

Hatch, one of the leading names in smart sleep products, has announced a new device for 2021. Dubbed the Rest Mini, it’s exactly what you might envision — a small unit for helping users fall and stay asleep.Rather than trying to be a jack-of-all-trades sleep device, the Rest Mini has a tighter focus. With eight different sounds, the $40 product is geared toward the little ones but it works for people of all ages.Rest Mini Features8 Soothing Sounds – Heartbeat, Water, White Noise, Dryer, Ocean, Wind, Rain, and Birds.Simple Companion App – Control remotely with iOS and Android devices.Custom Timer – Set sounds to play for any custom duration, for minutes or hours.Easy Touch Controls – Play, stop, skip, or adjust volume with simple touch control on the device.As one might imagine, users can control the sound machine via a mobile app; functions include sounds, timers, volumes, and on/off. Whether you’re looking to just let things run for a few minutes at the start of a nap or all night long, the Hatch Rest Mini is happy to help.Look for the Hatch Rest Mini to go on sale in February. Learn more about Hatch and its other products at the brand’s official website.

Kingston Workflow Station announced for content creators

Kingston is a company specializing in flash memory and storage. During this year’s CES, they announced the Workflow Station and their accompanying Workflow Readers.The Kingston Workflow Station is tailored to content creators who are finishing up production and need to offload files. The Workflow Station connects to your computer with the included USB-C to C cable and is powered by a separate power adapter, with Kingston including four different country converters. Once plugged in, you can connect any combination of the three Readers to the four available USB-C docks to best fit your particular workflow and setup.The Kingston Workflow Station will run you $135.20 and includes the USB miniHub, which will be described below. The purchase comes with a 2-year warranty, which includes free technical support via Kingston’s website.Here’s what you need to know about the three readers for the Kingston Workflow Station:Workflow USB miniHUB, included with the Workflow Station, has two ports, one being a USB-A and the other being a USB-CWorkflow SD Reader, available for $36.40. It supports two UHS-II SD cards, and includes a USB-C cable to allow it to be used independently of the Workflow StationWorkflow microSD Reader, which supports two UHS-II microSD cards . It includes a USB-C cable for independent use and costs $36.40