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Developer kit for the Oculus Rift - the first truly immersive virtual reality headset for video games.
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Dates: Aug 1st -> Sep 1st (31 days)
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Oculus VR scoops up experts in hand tracking and capturing reality

December 12th - via: csmonitor.com
Oculus VR, a virtual reality company owned by Facebook, announced it bought two companies that could help expand one of the most anticipated game systems in recent memory. (Read More)

The Next Version of the Oculus Rift Might Let You See Your Hands

December 11th - via: gizmodo.com
It happens every time I strap on the Oculus Rift. Whether the amazing head-tracking wonder that is the DK2 unit or even the earlier model, I'm completely sucked into a new virtual world. Then I look down and my hands and...nothing. Oculus VR seems to understand the frustration and is taking steps toward developing hand tracking for the Rift by snatching up motion capture startup Nimble VR. (Read More)

Wearable and 3D printing companies raise more than $63M on Kickstarter, Indiegogo

August 14th - via: fiercemedicaldevices.com
Wearable device companies have raised at least $38.5 million on crowdfunding sites Kickstarter and Indiegogo, and 3D printing companies at least $25.6 million, according to calculations by Matt Witheiler, general partner at Flybridge Capital Partners. The statistic includes more than 80 companies that have raised more than $100,000. (Read More)

Inequality on Wearable Kickstarter Campaigns

July 16th - via: l2thinktank.com
Kickstarter has a reputation of being an abundant funding source for burgeoning wearable tech companies. Pebble and Oculus Rift both got their bearings on Kickstarter. However, L2’s Intelligence Report: Wearables finds a large funding gap among the 50 wearables projects on the platform. Only 6 in 10 reach their funding target, and the average Kickstarter wearable campaign achieves 399% of its funding goal. Further emphasizing the gap between the haves and the have nots: successful projects receive 692% of their funding goal, while failed ones receive just 14%. (Read More)

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July 5th - via: techradar.com
Forget next-gen, VR is the most exciting and innovative arena in gaming (Read More)

More Than 100 Kickstarter-Funded Video Games Are Playable Right Now On Steam

June 26th - via: forbes.com
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Oculus Rift: From Kickstarter Darling to Facebook Acquisition

June 18th - via: stratablue.com
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When Kickstarter & Indiegogo funding go wrong

June 13th - via: techgreatest.com
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As Kickstarter Evolves, Investors Watch For Next $1 Billion Idea

April 28th - via: npr.org
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Here are 3 of the most significant tech projects on Kickstarter so far

April 20th - via: gdgtarena.com
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April 8th - via: vrfocus.com
Kickstarter can be a brilliant thing. As an innovative website that lets people pitch product ideas and have fans pledge donations of their choosing, it makes all kinds of unique videogames, peripherals and just about everything else possible when investor’s risk assessments don’t turn out favourably. Not to mention that it allows creators to retain complete control of their vision and, for better or worse, reduces financial pressures upon those makers. (Read More)

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March 29th - via: hereisthecity.com
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Facebook & Oculus Rift. Good Or Bad? – Group Editorial

March 29th - via: cliqist.com
You’ve most likely already read about the whole Facebook buying Oculus VR situation. The popular-yet-hated social media company purchased the makers of the much buzzed about Rift virtual reality helmet this week for $2 Billion, much to the frustration of gamers across the internet. Fears of advertisements, casual games, and draconian practices have been running rampant in forums and editorials. So what do the staff of Cliqist, lovers of all things crowdfunded, think about the Kickstarter darlings over at Oculus selling out less than two years after raising $2.4mil from a collection of nearly 10,000 backers? (Read More)

If you back a Kickstarter project that sells for $2 billion, do you deserve to get rich?

March 28th - via: theverge.com
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Facebook Bought Oculus VR To Create The Metaverse, Or Why Angry Kickstarter Backers Need To Chill

March 28th - via: techcrunch.com
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Facebook's Acquisition of Oculus May Be Bad News for Kickstarter

March 27th - via: webespy.com
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Frog Fractions 2 Adds New Kickstarter Stretch Goal: Buy Oculus Rift Back from Facebook

March 27th - via: dualshockers.com
With the recent controversy and explosion of commentary on the recent acquisition of VR headset Oculus Rift by Facebook, many developers and those in the gaming community were very vocal about their stance on the topic and the news of the purchase. What is development studio Twinbeard’s solution? Buy back Oculus Rift from Facebook. (Read More)

When Crowdfunding Goes Corporate: Kickstarter Backers Vent Over Facebook’s Oculus Buy

March 27th - via: thecrowdfundnetwork.com
When Carlos Schulte contributed $300 on Kickstarter to an ambitious project called the Oculus Rift, he never expected this day to come. It’s doubtful anyone did—Oculus VR, the company behind the virtual reality headset, was only asking for $250,000 in its crowdfunding campaign during the summer of 2012. Back then, it was a scrappy startup with a small but passionate base of supporters. Now, it’s a multi-billion-dollar company about to be owned by Facebook. (Read More)

Frog Fractions 2 Kickstarter Stretch Goal Aims to Buy Oculus from Facebook for $2 Billion

March 27th - via: exophase.com
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I Backed Oculus Rift On Kickstarter And All I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirt

March 26th - via: huffingtonpost.com
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Kickstarter the biggest loser in the Facebook-Oculus deal? [VIDEO]

March 26th - via: video.foxbusiness.com
Barron’s Senior Editor Jack Hough, The Wall Street Journal’s James Freeman and FBN’s Jo Ling Kent on those who invested in Oculus through Kickstarter not benefiting from the Facebook deal. (Read More)

Facebook's Purchase of the Oculus Rift

March 26th - via: geekerskeep.com
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March 25th - via: businessinsider.com
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January 13th - via: digitaltrends.com
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January 7th - via: crowdfundinsider.com
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January 6th - via: engadget.com
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December 23rd - via: theverge.com
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Over $200 Million Has Now Been Pledged for Kickstarter Video Games

December 17th - via: thenextweb.com
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Kickstarter Favorite Oculus Rift Gains Funding

December 16th - via: newschanneldaily.com
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Best Inventions List Includes Three Kickstarter Crowdfunded Projects

November 17th - via: crowdfundinsider.com
Coming from the bastion of traditional media know as Time is a listicle outlining the “25 Best Inventions of the Year 2013″ which unsurprisingly includes several crowdfunded projects. Now I must point out that the paper and ink crew at Time may be a bit premature in their prognosis of hot inventions as last I checked 2013 has not yet ended but I guess they wanted to get a jump on things. (Read More)

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October 23rd - via: tomsguide.com
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Oculus VR Working On HD, 4K Oculus Rift For Consumers

October 21st - via: crowdfundinsider.com
Oculus VR is a crowdfunding darling, having raised a $16 million Series A round on top of another $2.4 million on Kickstarter. Now the virtual reality gaming headset manufacturer is gearing up for primetime in the form of a new, consumer-spec headset that the team says will support 4K resolution for full HD gameplay. (Read More)

Oculus Rift creators working on 4K version

October 20th - via: games.on.net
Oculus Rift is already working on a new version of its eponymous VR headset with support for 4K resolution. (Read More)

Oculus Rift horror Alone being fleshed out on Kickstarter

October 18th - via: incgamers.com
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The top 5 Kickstarter success stories: Oculus Rift, Pebble smart watch, Ouya and more

October 2nd - via: pcadvisor.co.uk
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Virtual Reality Gaming Gets Real with EVE: Valkyrie on Oculus Rift

September 23rd - via: techland.time.com
For months now, I've been reading raves for Oculus Rift, the virtual-reality gaming headset that's among the most famous Kickstarter projects. One of them came from my own colleague Lev Grossman. Like many folks, he got downright giddy after receiving a demo. (Read More)

PS4 and Virtual Reality News: PS4 Gets a VR Headset, 50 Games; Oculus Rift Improved?

September 4th - via: au.ibtimes.com
In light of the PS4's surprising addition to its console, the popular virtual reality project Oculus Rift has shown signs of improvement in terms of motion sickness issues. To date, one of the biggest challenges of the device is the reports of nausea and motion sickness that wearers tend to experience after being exposed to it. (Read More)

Could the Oculus Rift give virtual reality headsets a reboot? (VIDEO)

August 29th - via: bbc.co.uk
For a while in the late 1980s and 1990s virtual reality gaming systems were popular in video arcades, but attempts to produce a consumer-targeted version repeatedly failed. Earlier this month a virtual reality headset, the Oculus Rift, secured its target of $250,000 (£160,200) on crowd-funding site Kickstarter. (Read More)

Oculus Rift Virtual Reality Arriving On Android Devices In The Future?

August 26th - via: geeky-gadgets.com
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John Carmack Joins Oculus Rift As The New CTO

August 7th - via: igameresponsibly.com
Oculus Rift has just announced that John Carmack, co-founder id Software, has signed on as the companies CTO moving forward. Carmack's tenure at Oculus starts today. (Read More)

The Oculus Rift: Goggles for gamers

July 3rd - via: economist.com
WHEN in August 2012 Palmer Luckey, the inventor of the Oculus Rift, a virtual-reality gaming peripheral, asked for financing on Kickstarter, a crowdfunding website, he was hoping to raise just $250,000. Instead, nearly 10,000 people gave him a total of $2.4m to get his device ready for the mass market. Now Mr Luckey has even more cash to play with: his company recently announced it had raised a further $16m of funding from venture capitalists. (Read More)

Oculus VR Adds $16 Million to an Already Successful Kickstarter Campaign

June 18th - via: thediplomat.com
First there was the Kickstarter campaign that blew away the $250,000 goal, topping $2.4 million pledged from more than 9,500 private project backers. Now, with several high-profile venture capital firms ponying up an additional $16 million in support, the Oculus Rift inches one step closer toward bringing immersive virtual reality to consumers. (Read More)

10 Most Funded Technology Projects Ever

June 18th - via: siliconindia.com
Established in 2009, Kickstarter, the website is helping the world to raise funds for creative projects via crowd funding. As the creativity is largely unbound, so is Kickstarter. It funds everything and anything creative from films, food, fashion, games, technology and myriad others. (Read More)

Oculus remains focused on PC first for Rift, using new capital to scale up staff

June 18th - via: engadget.com
The Oculus Rift company is barely one year old, but it's already off to a strong start. Developers have kits from a massively successful Kickstarter campaign, said kit has support from the industry's biggest game engine creators, and the consumer-friendly HD version is already being shown off to press (we loved what we saw at E3 2013 last week). (Read More)

Can an Oculus Rift Game Make You 'Genuinely Horny?' They're Gonna Try.

June 16th - via: kotaku.com
Somehow, porn managed not to be the first thing folks started putting on the Oculus Rift when the VR simulator headset started going out to developers. Well, wait no longer. Someone is building "the world's first erotic virtual reality adventure game" for it. (Read More)

E3 2013: Oculus Rift Shows Off Virtual Reality Upgrades Using Epic's Unreal Engine 4

June 14th - via: hngn.com
Oculus Rift made a big splash at E3 2013 last week. The company, which began as a Kickstarter campaign, is working to perfect the concept of virtual reality gaming with their headset that immerses the person wearing it in a virtual world they can explore in 360 degrees as they turn their head. (Read More)

This LSD-Inspired Oculus Game is The Most Intense Thing I Saw at E3

June 14th - via: kotaku.com
I’ve seen things inside the Oculus Rift you people wouldn’t believe. And, for the most part, it involved the strange LSD-inspired indie game SoundSelf. (Read More)

Oculus Rift – Doesn’t look real but feels real

June 10th - via: 3dfocus.co.uk
In this guest post, Tweetminster founder and The Independent journalist Andrew Walker describes his experiences using the Oculus Rift for the first time (Read More)

Palmer Luckey’s Oculus Rift could be a virtual reality breakthrough

June 8th - via: herocomplex.latimes.com
The latest revolution in gaming may not be something related to in-home consoles or the much-hyped Google Glass. It may well come from a 20-year-old former journalism student who left Cal State Long Beach to focus on a longtime buzzword whose day may finally have come: virtual reality. (Read More)

Oculus Rift co-founder killed by gang trying to escape police (video)

May 31st - via: abclocal.go.com
The pedestrian who was struck and killed during a police chase in Santa Ana was identified Friday as 33-year-old Andrew Scott Reisse. Coworkers described him as a "brilliant mind." Reisse, a Santa Ana resident, was walking in a crosswalk when he was struck and killed at the end of a police chase Thursday. Reisse's father, who lives in Virginia, said his son moved to Southern California about a year ago. Reisse co-founded Oculus VR in Irvine, a company known for its virtual reality headsets for immersive gaming. (Read More)

The 5 Worst Kickstarter Ideas That Actually Got Funded

May 4th - via: cracked.com
In a recent Does Not Compute, we discussed (well, I discussed AT you, which is by far my favorite way to interact) Kickstarter ideas so terrible, they failed to raise any money or attract a single backer. Shattered dreams = hilarious! I also plugged my own Kickstarter, which, now that I think about it, probably wasn't the best mental association I could have gone for. (Read More)

Kickstarter: 10 Tech Projects That Raised Most Funds

April 22nd - via: techhunter.co.uk
Every start up needs the right source of finance to turn that dream into reality. The funding of creative projects has always been major concerns for entrepreneurs looking forward to kick start their ventures. Such start ups often find themselves at crossroads. Kickstarter, a private for profit... (Read More)

GDC: Oculus VR, Ouya Kickstart Up a Storm

March 30th - via: pcmag.com
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Oculus wows the crowd with demos of its Rift virtual reality platform, Ouya makes headlines by announcing June 4 retail launch of $99, Android-based console. (Read More)

Kickstarter launched 18,000 projects in 2012; 17 raised more than $1 million

January 11th - via: washingtonpost.com
Kickstarter reports that its 2.2 million members pledged more than $319 million in 2012, up 221 percent from the year before. But more striking, perhaps, is the scale of some of Kickstarter’s latest success stories. While no project had raised $1 million at this time last year, 17 projects passed that mark in 2012. (Read More)

How Kickstarter stole CES: the rise of the indie hardware developer

January 10th - via: theverge.com
They said the wristwatch was dead, but they were wrong. Forward-thinking watches are making a big splash at this year’s CES, the largest technology trade show in the country, and two watches... (Read More)

What a year Kickstarter had in 2012

January 9th - via: eurogamer.net
What a year Kickstarter had in 2012. Tim Schafer's Double Fine kicked the crowd-funding website into orbit back in March, raising more than $3 million to make an old-school adventure game. (Read More)

Five Kickstarter projects to look forward to in 2013

January 2nd - via: pocket-lint.com
Kickstarter is rapidly becoming one of the most talked-about websites on the internet. Designed to give inventors and entrepreneurs around the world the chance to gain investment from anyone, it has already seen several success stories. (Read More)

17 Million-Dollar Ideas On Kickstarter

December 29th - via: businessinsider.com
Kickstarter is a place where entrepreneurs and artists can post ideas and raise money from other users. (Read More)

Top 10 engineering Kickstarter projects

December 28th - via: eetimes.com
Crowdfunding site Kickstarter launched in April, 2009, and has revolutionized investment ever since. Through micro-funding, the platform managed to turn the internet into an online hub for raising money in small increments from the general public in support of a cause, product or project. In other words, suddenly, backing startups wasn’t just for venture capitalists, it was for everyman (and woman). (Read More)

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