The Latest: Google poised to get serious on VR

The Latest from Google’s software conference in California (all times PDT): 9 a.m. Google’s bare-bones entry into the still-nascent field of virtual reality came two years ago when it unveiled a cheap headset made out of cardboard. The company may now be poised to get more serious, given far more sophisticated options available for sale, including the Oculus Rift from rival Facebook. Analysts are touting virtual reality, a technology that casts its users into artificial, three-dimensional worlds, as one of the industry’s most promising areas for growth. Google is keeping plans for Wednesday’s software conference under wraps, but the agenda offers several hints: Virtual reality and artificial intelligence, or “machine learning,” will be among the focal points. The three-day conference is taking place in Mountain View, California. — Michael Liedtke,…


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