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Sulon Cortex Blends Virtual Reality with Augmented Reality

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Another player enters the growing VR headset arena. This one does it a little differently, though.

This prototype will evolve to a smaller design for the developer kitThis prototype will evolve to a smaller design for the developer kitVR is on everyone's minds. Facebook made big waves with its $2 billion purchase of Oculus VR. Just before that, Sony's big reveal of Project Morpheus at GDC. That wasn't the only new player in San Francisco that week, however. Canadian company Sulon Technologies debuted its Cortex virtual reality hardware at the Game Developer's Conference, showing off a technology that separates it from Oculus Rift and CastAR. Instead, it incorporates elements of both virtual reality and augmented reality.

Goggles that bring your Android display to your eyesGoggles that bring your Android display to your eyes

Sulon Cortex transformed this space into a zombie-infested space stationSulon Cortex transformed this space into a zombie-infested space station

What the Cortex goggle headset does differently is that it takes into account your surroundings to create a virtual space. Rather than use a gamepad to move and navigate the world, you physically move within your real life space. There is a spatially aware camera and other sensors that capture your surroundings, which you can see when wearing the Cortex, and then with a flip of a switch suddenly your surroundings are transformed into a similarly shaped, but still completely differently looking space station… complete with zombie attackers. Our sister site Tom's Guide describes the demo well, as well as the video below.

Sulon Concept Demo

We had the chance to sit down with Sulon Technologies CEO Dhanushan Balachandreswara to learn more about the Cortex.

Sulon Cortex Interview

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    timaahhh , April 2, 2014 9:27 AM
    O man looks like a device that Egon created.
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    rwinches , April 2, 2014 1:34 PM
    Imagine walking around even an early Doom custom map.
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    burningdragons , April 2, 2014 1:44 PM
    Sounds like another overprice board.. Expect this to compete with the ASUS Maximus IV Impact in terms of pricing. For me, the AsRock Z87E mini ITX motherboard will always be the best choice.
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    burningdragons , April 2, 2014 1:46 PM
    Damn you Toms hardware not again!!!Scroll down feature ruining the site
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    Master467 , April 3, 2014 5:53 AM
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    Damn you Toms hardware not again!!!Scroll down feature ruining the site
    This 1000000 times. Took me a few days to figure out how to view these on the forum, too. The whole thing is just annoying.
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