Starting today, the Oculus Rift headset now costs US$499 (down from $599) and the Touch motion controls are now $99 (from $199). A bundle that includes both is now $598. The new pricing is reflected on Oculus’ website, as well as Amazon and Best Buy. Additionally, a third Oculus sensor (required for 360° tracking) drops to $59 from $79."High-end VR just got cheaper: Oculus gives Rift and Touch a permanent price cut"
In a compelling webseries from 2012 entitled H+, we were introduced to a future world where much of the population has a hi-tech implant, allowing individuals a direct neural interface with the internet. As often is the case in science fiction, things don’t turn out well for those technological pioneers. A virus infects the implant and chaos quickly descends on a human race that has become biologically fused with technology. The series was an…"Welcome to the era of transhumanism"
One of the technological oddities of the 1980s is making a comeback of sorts. The nephew of Sir Clive Sinclair – the man responsible for the famous but flawed C5 – is marketing an updated version of the diminutive electric vehicle called the Iris eTrike. The new street-legal, one-person hybrid electric/pedal-powered tricycle is billed as faster and safer than its ’80s predecessor and sports a Plexiglas canopy, so it can be used in all weathers.…"Clive Sinclair’s nephew creates a C5 for today"
The 2017 Geneva Motor Show will have its fair share of intriguing electric vehicles, including some we would have never seen coming before the first teaser or announcement dropped. The Elextra sports sedan is one of the members of that family, a Swiss-designed, German-built four-door that attempts to marry curvy Italian styling with electric performance fit to put Tesla on notice. Whether it will be successful on either account remains to be seen. Up until…"Tesla challenger boasts 2.3-second sprint, smooth Italian curves"
Even though it was built at the height of the Cold War and hasn’t flown in over 17 years, the SR-71 Blackbird still looks like it fell out of the future. The war plane with no weapons not only had the lines of a spaceship, it set the record for the fastest air-breathing manned aircraft in 1976 – a record that remains unchallenged to this day. So how was it built, and what was it…"Flight of the Blackbird: The how, what and why of the incredible SR-71"
One look at the all-new Moar e-bike and you can tell this isn’t your average pedelec. The bike greets the eye with fat tires, thickly sheathed wires and a battery compartment that shoots off the back of the seat post to double as a cargo rack. Looking more closely, its feature set includes full suspension, a 750-W electric drive and a powerful lighting system. This e-bike just packs “moar” than average, pardon the pun. We’ve…"Folding electric fat bike promises “moar” features"
When you build some of the world’s largest, meanest six-figure off-road adventure trucks, at some point you must come to a realization: only so many people are going to buy these things. If you’re so inclined, you build something smaller to appeal to a different set of buyers. In the case of EarthCruiser, that something smaller is the new GZL, a pickup truck camper that turns the Toyota Tacoma or Nissan Frontier into a capable…"EarthCruiser shrinks off-road expedition camping down to Tacoma size"
Though we’ve reported on many amazing buildings over the past 12 months, some of the most exciting designs are still to come. With this in mind, we highlight our five most anticipated architecture projects – either under construction, or expected to begin soon. From the world’s tallest skyscraper to a cutting-edge office for a tech giant, each one promises to be outstanding. Jeddah Tower You could be forgiven for thinking that skyscrapers couldn’t really get…"Counting the days: Our five most anticipated upcoming buildings"
The discovery of seven habitable planets just 40 light years away is certainly impressive, but the fact is, they are still 40 light years away. Unless we’re willing and able to spend thousands of years traveling through space, we won’t be rolling into the TRAPPIST-1 system anytime soon. This means that over the coming decades, advanced scientific instruments closer to home will play very important roles in exploring these distant worlds – perhaps none more…"What will the James Webb Space Telescope reveal about the newly discovered exoplanets?"
When Google announced Android Wear 2.0 last May, we knew standalone/cellular-connected watches were going to be a major focus. For the last couple weeks, we’ve been testing the first of the bunch: the 4G LTE-ready LG Watch Sport. Is this hulk of a smartwatch worth buying? Read on for New Atlas’ review. The first thing you’ll notice about the LG Watch Sport is its size: This is an enormous smartwatch. But what seemed like a…"LG Watch Sport review: The best standalone smartwatch"