Sony, Rift and HTC dominate VR headsets
The analysts at Canalys say that VR headset shipments are showing no signs of slowing.
With the quarterly total exceeding 1 million units for the first time in Q3 2017, Sony took the lead, shipping 490,000+ PlayStation VR (PS VR) sets.
Sony was followed by Oculus, with 210,000 Rift headsets shipped, and HTC in third place, shipping 160,000 Vive VR units.
Collectively, these three players made up 86% of the total market in Q3 2017.
Oculus increased shipments of its Rift headsets by price matching the PS VR, says Canalys, and will be hoping that its forthcoming US$199 Oculus Go standalone headset will reach more users, especially first-time users.
AR glasses help train drone flyers
As part of its ongoing collaboration with global drone leader DJI, Epson has brought out the world’s first glasses-based AR drone flight simulator app, developed by Y Media Labs exclusively for Epson’s Moverio BT-300 FPV smart eyewear.
The application allows a user to fly a 3D digital drone in the real world using flight controllers from the latest DJI drones, including the Mavic Pro, Phantom 4, Inspire 2 and Spark.
The simulator mirrors the natural, real-world movements of a DJI Mavic Pro, allowing new pilots to learn to fly and experienced pilots to sharpen their skills.
Propel Star Wars Drones
A run of limited edition souvenir boxed Star Wars drones were released in November following up on the standard edition Propel Disney Star Wars laser drones. The collection features three of the most popular Star Wars flying fighters – the Star Wars 74-Speeder Bike, the Star Wars TIE Advancedx1 and the Star Wars T-65 X-Wing
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