Facebook sees realistic face-tracking avatars as key to VR’s future

Dozens of people are working at Facebook Reality Lab in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on research into ultra-realistic avatars that could redefine communication in the 21st century. I spoke by phone with Yaser Sheikh, a Carnegie Mellon University associate professor running VR research in the city for Facebook since 2015. Sheikh offered context on a technical blog post released this week […]


Scientists may have cured a man of HIV by injecting him with 'superpower' cells. Here's what it means for the future of AIDS treatment.

Timothy Brown, previously known as the Berlin Patient, was considered the first person to be cured of the AIDS virus. Now scientists think they may have done it a second time.Brendan Smialowski/AFP/GettyImages Scientists say they may have cured a man’s AIDS by performing a stem cell transplant to treat his cancer. Only one other person […]


‘History of the Future’ book reveals canceled Oculus Rift successors Tuzi and Venice

Blake Harris’ The History Of The Future reveals two canceled Oculus Rift successor projects codenamed Tuzi and Venice. In October of last year, TechCrunch reported the cancellation of a Rift 2 project codenamed Caspar. This means that a total of three reportedly canceled Rift successor projects are now public knowledge. The first Oculus Rift was revealed […]

Emerging Tech

In the future, welding robots could be controlled by operators’ thoughts

Welding has always been a physical, hands-on job — but that may be about to change. That’s because researchers from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign have developed a new mind-control system that makes it possible for someone to control a welding robot by transmitting mental instructions via an electroencephalography (EEG) cap. While robot welders are already […]


Bungie parts ways with Activision, will self-publish future Destiny content

Activision and Bungie are ending their Destiny partnership after eight years, the two companies announced. Bungie will acquire the full rights to the massive first-person shooter franchise from Activision and plans on self-publishing all future Destiny content. The companies released a joint statement announcing the development: Today, we’re announcing plans for Bungie to assume full […]