Sense of touch for VR is arriving now, with attached hype

The news about VR touch is becoming a torrent of verbosity. We’re now talking about full body haptics, stable haptics, room-scale haptics and “much more”.

So what is this really all about, you ask sweetly from your bunker? Essentially it’s transferring an equivalent sense of touch to a VR object, at this point. This is another sensory interface, much like creating media for sight and sound.

The inevitable first frontier for haptic tech is of course gaming. The commercial buzz is unmistakeable and getting louder. This is big, and getting bigger on a daily basis. Haptics in some form are even coming to PlayStation controllers. Predictably enough, the theme is immersion, as though gamers weren’t immersed by definition.

(It’ll be interesting to see if lazy game developers and marketers do anything about making haptic games more reliable and less infuriating than current games. Crashes, no-saves, etc. are the usual fodder

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AMD Targets PC Gamers With New Ryzen 5000 Desktop CPUs Arriving on Nov. 5

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AMD’s new desktop CPUs, the Ryzen 5000 series, will start arriving on Nov. 5 with the goal of offering the best PC gaming performance. 

The main improvements involve the Zen 3 architecture, which is designed to boost the max clock speeds and increase the instructions per clock by 19 percent. The layout on the Ryzen chips has also been redesigned so that the cores have direct access to the L3 cache for lower latency, enabling faster PC gaming. 

“Zen 3 increases our overall lead in performance,” said AMD CEO Lisa Su during a Thursday event. “It increases our lead in power efficiency, and also now it delivers the best single-threaded performance and gaming performance as well.”

The Ryzen 5000 family will first arrive in four processors: 

  • The Ryzen 9 5950X: a 16-core, 32-thread chip for $799

  • The Ryzen 9 5900X: a 12-core, 24-thread chip for $549

  • The Ryzen

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Apple leaker confirms Oct. 13 ‘iPhone 12’ event, Pro models arriving later

The “iPhone 12” will be announced at an Apple Event on October 13 according to prolific leaker Jon Prosser, aligning with earlier rumors.

Apple is expected to announce the “iPhone 12” lineup at an event sometime in October, and all speculation points to October 13. Jon Prosser has added that his sources line up with the leaked date provided to AppleInsider.

Prosser details again that the event will take place on October 13 with pre-orders opening on October 16, just as the AppleInsider source had said. He also included that the “iPhone 12 mini” and “iPhone 12 Max” would arrive in stores on October 23.

A follow up tweet noted that the “iPhone 12 Pro” and “iPhone 12 Pro Max” would likely be shown at the event, but not launch until sometime in November.

The pro models are likely delayed due to more complex part orders and the

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