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Oculus’ second-generation developer kits for its virtual reality headset are now shipping, according to emails sent to developers last night. The news first surfaced on a Reddit thread before being picked up by Road to VR. Oculus community manager Andres Hernandez confirmed the shipments in the Reddit thread under the name cybereality: “We’ve started and it’s the real deal.” Oculus plans to ship 10,000 DK2 units in July, though as of April it had sold 25,000 headsets.

Prototype Atheer One and developer kit glasses, as of December 2013. Photo by Signe Brewster
photo: Signe Brewster

The startup recently canceled its crowdfunding campaign and shifted from consumer to enterprise customers. It will focus on industrial and medical applications before returning to working on a device for the general population. Read more »

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SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket is now equipped with landing legs, which could eventually allow it to be reusable–a crucial step toward lowering the cost of carrying cargo to space. The space startup released a video today taken from the surface of the rocket as it passed through the planet’s atmosphere and crashed into the Atlantic Ocean. “The water impact caused loss of hull integrity, but we received all the necessary data to achieve a successful landing on a future flight,” a blog post states. “At this point, we are highly confident of being able to land successfully on a floating launch pad or back at the launch site and refly the rocket with no required refurbishment.”

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Facebook’s acquisition of virtual reality startup Oculus is now final, the company announced Monday. Facebook announced the purchase for $1.6 billion in stock and $400 million in cash in March. “We’re looking forward to an exciting future together, building the next computing platform and reimagining the way people communicate,” the two companies wrote in a statement.

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Now for sale at Amazon, Radioshack and Staples, 3D printers are getting less and less difficult to find. Home Depot became the latest retailer to offer 3D printers today when it began selling MakerBots online and in 12 stores nationwide. The store is selling three printer models, plus MakerBot’s 3D scanner and filament. The 12 stores are located in California, Illinois and New York. “Imagine a world where you can 3D print replacement parts and use 3D printing as an integral part of design and building work,” MakerBot CEO Bre Pettis said in a release.

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3D printed SLR film camera

Last summer, 3D printing enthusiast LeoM developed a 3D printable film camera and posted it on 3D design repository Thingiverse. Now, he’s offering a kit on a French crowdfunding site that includes the non-plastic parts needed to make the camera. He will use the funding to add improvements like compatibility with more types of film, making it easier to use and improving documentation. The camera’s design is still open source.

 

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It looks like bringing back F8 wasn’t enough for Facebook. Oculus, which was acquired by Facebook in March, will host its first developer conference Sept. 19-20 in Los Angeles. The conference, which is called Connect, will feature CEO Brendan Iribe, founder Palmer Luckey and CTO and virtual reality pioneer John Carmack as keynote speakers. The first consumer version of Oculus’ Rift virtual reality headset is expected to debut in the next year, so the conference could feature updates on the form it will take. Applications to attend open July 10.

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