Black Friday Savings on the Insta360 Nano S VR Camera

Black Friday Savings on the Insta360 Nano S VR Camera

Anyone who has spent some time around Apple World Today, Tangible Tech, or AWT TV knows that I’m a big fan of virtual reality, with today’s VR cameras and headsets making it possible to recreate worlds in high resolution. That’s why I’m excited about today’s Black Friday deal on the Insta360 Nano S VR camera. This camera usually sells for $239, and it’s on sale today for $199. Even better — use the coupon code BFSAVE20 when checking out and you can take another 20% off of that price, bringing the total down to a little over $159!

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Apple World Today News Update: April 27, 2018

Apple World Today News Update: April 27, 2018

Happy Friday! Today's podcast has a fun story about Apple's rumored AR/VR headset that may arrive in 2020, what Apple says you should look for in a Wi-Fi router now that it's no longer making them, and news about a fun Apple Music deal:

Dual 8K displays blasting your eyes with augmented or virtual reality? A WiGig connection to a powerful but lightweight computer? That's what may be in store for us in 2020 with Apple's rumored AR/VR headset

  • Apple has published a recommendation on what prospective Wi-Fi router buyers should look for

  • Apple's giving away another month of free music to those who have been on the three-month Apple Music trial but haven't signed up. The deal goes through May 27

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GoPro Fusion: Full review of the new 360° VR action camera

GoPro Fusion: Full review of the new 360° VR action camera

I’m a very avid VR photographer who started by taking 360° spherical photos with iPhone apps, then moved to an iPhone-controlled Ricoh Theta S camera a few years ago. The photos and videos I have taken are quite popular; as a Google Street View photographer I have 10.8 million views! But as a photographer I always strive to improve my imagery, and the Theta S had two issues — first, images always seemed to be low resolution and grainy, and second, in bright sunlight there’s always a bright purple-red lens flare. The quest for better 360° photos led me to the new GoPro Fusion (US$699.99).

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Fishball 360: An inexpensive way to shoot 360° photos and video with your iPhone

Fishball 360: An inexpensive way to shoot 360° photos and video with your iPhone

Although I'm not a fan of crowdfunding projects right now (I've got well over $700 invested in two campaigns that may never ship...), I saw one today that caught my attention because it's inexpensive and it has to do with my fascination with 360° spherical VR photography and videography. It has the fun name "Fishball 360" and it's at 107 percent of its funding goal on Indiegogo with 11 days to go.

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AWT TV Episode 5: Apple Watches, AR/VR, ecobee3 lite, and Luminos

AWT TV Episode 5: Apple Watches, AR/VR, ecobee3 lite, and Luminos

Last night we live streamed episode 5 of AWT TV, and it was a good one. Featuring just Steve and Marty (Dennis is taking a much-needed vacation), the show celebrated the second birthday of another revolutionary Apple device -- the Apple Watch. 

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DODOcase SMARTvr: Bringing virtual reality to the masses

DODOcase SMARTvr: Bringing virtual reality to the masses

Since Palmer Luckey and his crew at Oculus have decided that Macs just aren't good enough for his overpriced, overhyped, and late-to-market virtual reality headset, those of us who use Macs and iOS devices will just have to go elsewhere. Fortunately there are some good inexpensive solutions already (ViewMaster, anyone?) and now the good folks at DODOcase in San Francisco have a nifty VR viewer going through crowdfunding. The DODOcase SMARTvr just launched on Indiegogo, and you can pre-order by backing the device for as little as $28.

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Worldwide wearables device sales to grow 18.4% (thanks in part to the Apple Watch)

Worldwide wearables device sales to grow 18.4% (thanks in part to the Apple Watch)

The Forecast: Wearable Electronic Devices, Worldwide, 2016 report from Gartner, Inc. forecasts that 274.6 million wearable electronic devices will be sold worldwide in 2016, an increase of 18.4% from 232.0 million units in 2015. And theApple Watch and virtual reality/augmented reality will spur growth by almost one-fifth this year, according to the research group.

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And another rumor: Apple already has hundreds working on virtual and augmented reality

And another rumor: Apple already has hundreds working on virtual and augmented reality

During the Tuesday Apple earnings call, Piper Jaffray analyst and Apple pundit Gene Munster asked Tim Cook if the company had any plans for virtual reality products, to which Cook answered "it's really cool and has some interesting applications". Well, the Financial Times today reported that Apple has "assembled a large team of experts in virtual and augmented reality and built prototypes of headsets...". 

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Apple hires expert in virtual reality/augmented reality

Apple hires expert in virtual reality/augmented reality

Apple has hired Doug Bowman, an expert in virtual reality/augmented reality, according to the Financial Times. The Virginia Tech computer science professor was listed among grant winners for HoloLens research projects and he specializes in creating 3D user interfaces, fueling speculation that Apple is working on virtual reality/augmented reality (VR/AR) projects.

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Virtual reality on the cheap with DODOcase P2 Virtual Reality Pop-Up Viewer

Virtual reality on the cheap with DODOcase P2 Virtual Reality Pop-Up Viewer

Virtual reality is one of those tech dreams that always seems like it's just around the corner. My first experience with it was way back in 1995, with a VR FPS game that required wearing a heavy helmet to look at a computer-generated (and quite primitive) battle scene. It always made me semi-nauseous and gave me a minor headache. Fast-forward to 2016, and we have a lot of high-resolution VR headsets that are either available or to be released soon. For those who want to dabble in VR without the expense of one of those headsets, take a look at the DODOcase P2 Virtual Reality Cardboard Pop-Up Viewer ($25.00, on sale today for $17.50).

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