9 Great Reads From CNET This Week: ‘Infinite’ VR, 2022 Smartwatches, Elden Ring, and More





VR adds a third dimension to computing. Put on a headset and you’re not just watching Bee something, you are surrounded through. There is a real sense of depth and volume and immersion. You are as good as there.

An excellent example of this is a virtual reality installation called The Infinite, which puts you in the International Space Station and allows you to look down from orbit. CNET’s Joan Solsman tried it out and also has some thoughts on how that sort of location-based VR compares to wearing an Oculus headset in your living room. They also spoke to two astronauts who can confirm how vivid an experience is The Infinite: “When the lights came on in the movie and around me was the space station that I remembered as my home, I wasn’t ready yet,” said Christina Koch. “I wasn’t ready to say goodbye again.”

Those stories are among the many in-depth features and thought-provoking comments that appeared on CNET this week. So here you go. These are the stories you don’t want to miss.

Stepping into a huge virtual international space station is like stepping into the living memory of the ISS.

The ISS dome window offers a glimpse of Earth with swirls of blue and white

Felix & Paul

A more durable Apple Watch, Google’s long-trumped-up Pixel Watch and the first Wear OS Fitbit smartwatch could launch this year.

Apple Watch Series 7

Lexy Savvides/CNET

Comment: It makes no sense.

A scene from Elden Ring

From Software / Namco Bandai Games

Location-based virtual reality fell into disrepair during the pandemic. Now, with personal experiences reviving, you will touch the future of the metaverse.

Scene from Ready Player One

Jaap Buitendijk

Loop is a DIY automated insulin delivery system with more customization and features than FDA-approved systems on the market.

The Loop app dashboard with pump and blood sugar data

Justin Eastzer/CNET

Comment: I was tired of Wordle spin-offs, but I will devour a Waffle every day.

The Wordle-esque game Waffle

wafflegame.net

Commentary: Mergers can come with price increases, but $15 a month is expensive enough.

Warner Bros.  Discovery logo on a smartphone screen

The same quadcopters you can buy from Amazon are on the front lines of the battle for Ukraine.

AeroVironment

Yes, we can put sensors in clothes, but there’s still no good reason why you can’t use a smartwatch.

A person running down a sidewalk away from the camera, covered in images depicting health and fitness

Metamor Works / Getty Images


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