The Oculus Quest 2 is Oculus’ second iteration of its first all-in-one VR gaming system: the Oculus Quest. With more advanced processing power, redesigned touch controllers, and a higher resolution display, the Quest 2 is a more-improved version of the original standalone VR headset.

Because the Quest 2 does not need to connect to a PC to power it, it runs on its own rechargeable power supply.

According to RoadToVR’s Quest 2 teardown, the device has a 3,640mAh (14.0 Wh) lithium-ion pack battery — which is the same capacity as the original Quest. …

What this means for the past, present, of future of the United States of America

Source: Flickr/Lorie Shaull

On May 25th, 2020, Minneapolis police officers arrested George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, after a deli employee called 911 accusing him of buying cigarettes with a counterfeit $20 bill. Just seventeen minutes after the first squad car arrived on the scene, Mr. Floyd was pinned beneath the knee of a white officer, unconscious, and showing no signs of life. He was pronounced dead around an hour later.

The riots that have spawned as a result of this incident have spread nationwide. As the situation of what is happening here in the United States has been escalating for the past…

When it comes to the tech industry, there is a well-documented diversity problem amongst men and women in the workplace.

However, a 2017 survey of 70 international VR and AR companies revealed that 64.3 percent of those companies were led by women. Even though the data also revealed that men still hold the majority of technical roles within those companies, this positive trend suggests women are leading the development of VR/AR technologies.

We are now in 2020, and this notable increase in the number of visible female role models in the VR/AR landscape has been made apparent. …

We are now in 2020, and the landscape of VR is as fast-paced and evolving as ever.

It has been four years since consumer virtual reality has hit the scene. Back in 2016, multiple major tech companies released impressive VR systems that were clearly the first of their kind; flawed yet fascinating.

Since then, there have been major leaps and bounds in both software and hardware when it comes to making VR streamlined and accessible. Much of this credit goes to Oculus and the release of its Oculus Quest in 2019.

2020 may finally be the year that VR goes…

Virtual reality is the new frontier that has opened countless possibilities for developers and consumers to explore, but it is also a new horizon for businesses to venture and implement into their business models.

As of today, more and more industries are beginning to utilize VR in their business practices. These industries include tourism, healthcare, real estate, construction, automotive, military, and more.

VR has allowed industries the full capabilities of their business experiences without the required in-world presence of the user.

A poem about life

Sometimes I feel like my life is a game of 2048
A crowded board of 4’s, 8’s, 16’s, and 32’s
Scattered throughout
No rhyme or reason
They can’t seem to find their way to each other

All the big and small things shuffled around
Representing all that I must manage
Wondering at which point they will all consolidate
Revealing that prized piece
That 2048

One that I’ve cultivated over my series of moves
Handling all pieces the game throws my way
Every move made
Good or bad
Adds one more piece to the board

They never stop coming I must…

The mysterious coronavirus outbreak originating from the Chinese city, Wuhan, has been spreading into neighboring Asian countries — and even as far as Australia, the US, and Europe. The coronavirus, now termed as Covid-19, has been the subject of recent mass coverage.

The pandemic has catalyzed the development of novel coronavirus vaccines across the biotech industry, both by pharmaceutical companies and research organizations such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH), US.

The first Covid-19 vaccine in China is expected to be ready for clinical trials by the end of April, according to Xu Nanping, China’s vice-minister of science and…

Up until recent years, the idea of fully immersing oneself in a digital virtual reality (VR) experience had been confined only to the fantasy of futuristic science fiction. However, the future is now, as VR technology is already well on its way to becoming a mainstream medium amongst consumers as well as in the industry. The immersion of VR is unparalleled, and with the correct setup, it can truly feel as if you’re walking into a different dimension.

With almost 200M current VR users worldwide, the global VR/AR market is expected to grow to $209.2 billion by 2022. So, whether…

Phil Harrison at Stadia Announcement, GDC 2019

What Stadia has taught us about the past, present, and future of gaming.

In March of 2019, Google announced the launch of its all-new, cloud-based gaming service — Google Stadia. Stadia’s main selling point is that it does not require any external hardware, such as a gaming console or PC, to be able to run and play video games. Instead, Stadia allows its users to stream games directly from Google’s data servers to any of their own personal devices with a browser. These devices can include laptops, phones, TV screens, tablets, and more. The user can then “jump” from device to device, all while never having to be interrupted mid-game to do so.

Despite its other qualities, there is one glaring issue with the Oculus Go that myself, as well as others, have with it: the battery life.

Because the Go does not need to connect to a PC to power it, it runs on its own rechargeable power supply. Oculus claims that the Go will run for roughly two hours on a single charge (a little less for games, and a little more if you are just watching videos), and my testing showed that this claim is fairly accurate.

The battery also dies while it’s just sitting there. If this sounds like…

Brandon Kerman

Master of my own destiny. CS | Writer | VR enthusiast.

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