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Submission + - Oculus Rift Developer Kit 2 Ready for Pre-order Today for $350 (roadtovr.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Today at GDC Oculus has revealed the second developer kit of their virtual reality headset, the Oculus Rift DK2 (http://bit.ly/1fHtuHf). The new unit has a 1080p OLED screen with low-persistence capabilities, positional tracking thanks to an IR LED array and compatible camera, and a bunch of other improvements over the DK1. Pre-orders start today for $350 (https://www.oculusvr.com/order/) and are expected to ship in July.
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Submission + - Scientists Turn Skin Cells Into Beating Heart Muscle (ibtimes.com)

redletterdave writes: "Scientists have for the first time succeeded in taking skin cells from patients with heart failure and transforming them into healthy, beating heart tissue that could one day be used to treat the condition. The researchers based in Haifa, Israel, had their study published in the European Heart Journal on Wednesday, and said clinical trials of the technique could begin within 10 years. But even with more testing to go, the results meant they might eventually be able to reprogram patients' cells to repair their own damaged hearts."

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