What It Feels Like to Shoot With the Military’s Experimental Smart Scope

You’ve probably never fired an M4 carbine. Until a couple weeks ago, I hadn’t either. But at a recent DARPA demo day, I loaded a magazine (also a first for me), snuggled up to the deadly assault rifle, and looked through one of the most technologically advanced smart scopes ever built. Then I pulled the trigger. » 4/28/15 2:29pm 4/28/15 2:29pm

Chrysler's Using Oculus Rift To Put You Inside a Car As It's Built

It seems a test drive just isn't enough to sell customers on a new car these days. So to help promote the new Chrysler 200, the automaker partnered with Wieden+Kennedy Portland, Stopp, and MPC Creative to produce an Oculus Rift virtual reality experience that gives buyers not only a tour of the car, but the process of… » 11/25/14 2:41pm 11/25/14 2:41pm

Daytona Rising: From Aging Track to Hi-Tech Motorsports Mecca

Daytona International Speedway is undergoing its first major renovation in 55 years. Its first ever, really. On a recent visit, we found out just how far 40 million tons of steel, miles of fiber, and an eye towards the future will take an aging behemoth—one that can swallow 14 football stadiums whole. » 8/22/14 12:59pm 8/22/14 12:59pm

I Rode Shotgun in a Rally Race By Strapping a Phone To My Face

Google Cardboard and its ilk are proving that virtual reality isn't just the realm of the Oculus Rift; you can do wonders with not much more than a phone and a couple of lenses. I saw some proof of that this morning, when I rode shotgun in a motorsports rally by strapping a phone to my face. » 7/03/14 11:43am 7/03/14 11:43am

Using the Oculus Rift to Find Your Next Car

Going to a car dealership is notoriously fraught with anxiety. In addition to some guy in a plaid jacket trying to upsell you on hubcaps, you never know if they're going to have the exact car you're looking for, with the right options, in the right color. How do you know if it's what you want if you can't see it with… » 6/27/14 3:50pm 6/27/14 3:50pm

I Wore the Navy's Oculus Rift, and It Showed Me the Future of Warfare

When we think of the future of the military, we think of bigger and better weapons. Laser canons and the like. But what about the people operating those lasers? How can a behemoth like the Navy ready its future sailors for the high-tech combat of tomorrow? Believe it or not, with an Oculus Rift. » 3/13/14 11:26am 3/13/14 11:26am

How Google Glass Will Save Car Enthusiasts From Extinction

"Computers are killing the automotive hobby!" Car geeks say this with defeatist disdain; tech nerds utter it with futurist superiority. Thing is, they're both wrong. Virtual reality and wearable tech could very well save hobbyist mechanics from becoming the 21st century's horseshoe installers. Here's how. » 1/21/14 4:26pm 1/21/14 4:26pm

More Fun With Ford Engineering Press Shots

Ford engineers and designers continue to revolutionize the process of creating automobiles and Ford's press photographers continue to make the weirdest choices for the press releases about said process. Last time we brought you a photo of tiny engineers working on a giant car and you brought us the funny. Today we've… » 12/28/07 11:45am 12/28/07 11:45am

Follow that Ghost!: Microsoft Applies to Patent "Phantom Car" Technology

TransportTrends reports on a patent Microsoft recently filed for a new, virtual-reality navigation technology that won't require drivers to take their eyes off the road. The system would project (on a vehicle's windshield) the image of cartoon "lead car," fed by information gleaned from a satellite nav system. The… » 8/24/05 2:43pm 8/24/05 2:43pm