Mozilla now offers an alternative browser for Firefox, one that supports AR and VR headsets.
In a blog post on Tuesday, Mozilla announced a new version of its Firefox web browser. This browser, dubbed Firefox Reality, is specifically designed to be used with virtual and augmented reality headsets.
According to Mozilla, the new mixed reality browser has been built to tackle “new opportunities and challenges of browsing the immersive Web.” It is meant to be cross-platform, privacy-friendly and open source.
With the use of emerging mixed reality web standards, Firefox Reality allows consumers to use it without installing additional apps. And unlike others, the new browser will work on various devices and platforms.
Senior Vice President of Emerging Technologies Sean White explains the product in detail. “The future of mixed reality is about delivering experiences, not about building applications. There shouldn’t be friction moving from one experience to another.”
As with their desktop browser, the VR-friendly browser is open source. The company has already released its source code and developer builds for different platforms on GitHub.
There is no news yet as to when the browser will be available to the public. What we do know for certain is that it will be available with HTC Vive Focus and other headsets supported by HTC’s Vive Wave VR platform at launch.
Mozilla will be releasing more updates for Firefox Reality in the coming weeks so stay tuned!
Owning an Oculus Go, the Facebook’s virtual reality headset is not a cheap piece of hardware. Now the company has released Oculus Go for only $199. The Go is actually the Oculus’ third product release to date.
Oculus Go Headset
Oculus’ Go is a device intended for mobile Gear VR. Although it occupies a similar niche, it offers an affordable price for a very limited VR experiences. Why limited? Because like a Gear VR, Oculus Go does not track the full movement. It works only by rotating the head via a small remote control. In short, this single device is convenient, optimized and accessible to use.
To use the device, pressing the power button turns on the Oculus Go device. The device is not beholden to whatever updates installed in the device, according to gamers. Gamers who were able to use the device described the headset as high quality when compared to the Rift. It also offers games the comfort they needed.
Other gamers claim that Oculus Go outperforms the first-gen Google Daydream View headset. Furthermore, they also lauded the device’s “facial interface” for being spongey and breathable. What’s also good about the Oculus Go is that it fits with glasses.
Having said that, the device has an aggressively nondescript after it partnered with Xiaomi. It has a gray colored headset, ports and buttons, and a gray head strap. Oculus said that the device’s design and the concept were inspired by Oculus Rift.
Go’s side and front panels seam actually make the headset look cheaper. We are still clueless about Go’s internal specs. It is also difficult to test the performance of the device in a controlled demo environment. What is certain though is that the device works well with other Gear VR games.
Tech users have something to look forward next year. This comes after Google is soon to release a new device that would change the AR world. Called as the Magic Leap One, the search giant funded augmented-reality start-up will finally come out, a report from CNET said on Thursday, December 21.
Details of the Magic Leap One was shared by Rony Abovit, the founder and CEO of the company. He described Magic Leap One as a round-lensed googles that have display, audio and external camera sensors. Google’s new device is actually a handheld controller that looks like a touchpad.
What is Magic Leap One?
Magic One Leap’s touch pad is quiet similar to Samsung Gear VR and Google Daydream View’s phone-based VR headsets. Magic One Leap also connects itself to a round computer that works smoothly.
What’s amazing with this device is that you don’t need to tether to either a phone or PC. Given the public announcement of Magic Leap One, the company, however, did not release any details about its release date as well as the price.
The Magic One Leap is bundled with a Lightwear pair of glasses, a belt pack called Lightpack, and a controller. One of the features of Magic Leap One is its capability to track movements and at the same time map space. Other tech users are comparing the Magic Leap One to other AR headsets like the Microsoft Hololens.
What’s the difference between the Microsoft HoloLens vs Magic Leap One?
The company claims that Magic Leap One has more advanced 3D imaging features. Far more advanced that Microsoft HoloLens because Magic Leap One uses a light field technology with its specialized haptic controller.