AMD Unveils 7nm Gaming GPU Radeon VII at CES 2019

Earlier in the week to mark the start of CES 2019 NVIDIA made its big announcement of the show, revealing the GeForce GTX 2060 GPU. Today, it was the turn of AMD, with the company unveiling its new gaming GPU the Radeon VII, alongside a new processor, the 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen desktop processor.

AMD Radeon VII graphics card 1

The new GPU is based on AMD’s second-generation Vega architecture, providing a reported twice the memory, 2.1 X the memory bandwidth, up to 29 percent higher gaming performance, and up to 36percent higher performance on average when compared to the current top-of-the-line AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 graphics card. This is thanks to the new GPU’s 7nm process, great for high-end PC gaming and virtual reality (VR). Continue reading

Create Better Mixed Reality VR Videos With MixCast Moments

Mixed reality (MR) videos have proven to be a great way to showcase what it’s like to be inside a virtual world to those who’ve yet to try virtual reality (VR). Blueprint Reality has been aiding this endeavour through the use of its software MixCast. Initially released back in 2017, the software has seen several improvements, most notably last summer when MixCast 2.0 arrived on Steam for free. For CES 2019, the company has now revealed MixCast Moments, designed to help gamers easily create mixed camera MR videos to share socially.  Continue reading

TPCAST Air is the 2nd Gen Wireless Solution for Enterprise

Chinese tech startup TPCAST started by designing a wireless solution for HTC Vive before turning its attention towards Oculus Rift. For CES 2019 the company has now revealed its second generation wireless solution, TPCAST Air, designed for multi-user industrial and enterprise VR applications.

TPCAST Oculus Rift
TPCAST for Oculus Rift

With more companies looking towards location-based entertainment (LBE) and enterprise to make money for virtual reality (VR), TPCAST Air is primarily designed for multi-user applications.

Able to display PC VR applications wirelessly on standalone VR headsets by utilizing regular Wi-Fi networks, the solution is based on TPCAST’s real-time codec technology (RTCodec and RTCIP). Currently supporting headsets like Oculus Go, in the future TPCAST will add support for Oculus Quest. Continue reading

Hospital Trains Staff Using VR Seclusion Rooms

A new forensic psychiatric program being conducted at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton Charlton Campus in Hamilton, Ontario is exposing healthcare employees to the realities of isolated living in the hopes of building a more supportive relationship with patients confined to seclusion rooms.

Lead by Dr. Gary Chaimowitz, a Psychiatry & Behavioural Neurosciences professor at McMaster University and Head of Service & Forensics at St. Joseph’s Healthcare, the exercise features two VR simulations. The first, a basic hospital seclusion room with no windows or bathroom; the second, a low lit prison cell. Each hyper-realistic environment was crafted by Ottawa-based VR/AR developers SimWave using a series of photos taken of actual hospitals and prisons. Continue reading

Mobile Notifications in VR Could Soon be a Possibility With Dell Mobile Connect

Being immersed in virtual reality (VR) is all well and good but enthusiasts have likely come across the odd occasion where someone has sent them a message and completely missed it for ages as they have just one more go on their favourite  Beat Saber track. To solve this problem Dell is looking into combining both worlds, so players can still see their notifications whilst enjoying a spot of VR gaming, all through the Dell Mobile Connect app.

Dell Mobile Connect

The software has already been around for a year, previously making its debut during CES 2018. Free to use, the Dell Mobile Connect app was designed to enable PC users to stay connected by bringing all their mobile communications to the PC. Allowing them to make calls, send texts, get notifications, and even mirror their phone to interact with all their favourite apps. Continue reading