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4 Most Important Stories From CES and What They Mean for VR in 2018

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CES 2018 has come and gone, and with it, a pace has been set for what we can expect to see in VR in the next six months or so. If you weren’t following the day-to-day news, here’s a look at the top stories and what they mean going forward. HTC Vive Pro. Photo by Road to VR.

AR App Brings Amazon Fashion & Fitness To Life


Browse Mission fitness apparel while learning the hottest workout routines from a personal trainer that fits in your pocket.

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Mayweather Boxing & Fitness VR Program Debuts At First Gym This Month


Take a closer look into what the world-class boxer promises to be the “future of fitness.”. No matter what your opinion of Floyd “Money” Mayweather may be, there’s no denying the man knows exactly what he’s doing.

CES 2018 Hands-On: Black Box VR Gave Me A Real Workout


I’m a chubby guy. I’ve been chubby ever since middle school and I don’t really have much of an excuse other than typical laziness, poor eating habits, and a lack of exercise.

Boxing legend Floyd Mayweather unveils VR workout program

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At CES Floyd Mayweather unveiled his vision of the future of fitness with his Virtual Reality workout program, featuring the Champ himself.

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Alibaba’s AI wins human in Reading Comprehension


The battle between man and the machine went pretty devastating for the “homo sapiens”. Chinese multinational e-commerce, retail, internet and technology conglomerate Alibaba, has developed an artificial intelligence model that actually beat humans in a Stanford University reading and comprehension test.

Reality Reflection Announces Pre-ICO of New Location-based AR Mobile Game

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Reality Reflection , a VC-backed virtual reality(VR) and augmented reality(AR) startup announced on Monday the launch of Pre-ICO on ‘ Mossland ’, a location-based AR mobile game with decentralized ad platform. Mossland is involved with virtual real estate.

NGCodec Closes $8M Series A Investment, Aiming to Make Low Latency Cloud-based VR a Reality

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NGCodec , a cloud video processing company creating low latency codecs for video and interactive VR, announced the closure of an $8 million Series A funding round, bringing their total funds to $15.9 million.

This AR App Teaches You How To Play The Piano


AR piano learning system with improvised jam sessions. Learning to play the piano is getting an immersive upgrade with a new augmented reality (AR) piano training software called Music Everywhere.

NextVR’s Resolution Upgrade Is A Game-Changer


Newport Beach-based NextVR offered a trio of updates as CES announcements last week. The first announcement was that the company is planning gradual support for full freedom of movement. The second was that the company will be streaming WWE soon. The third update was, in my opinion, the biggest of all — a resolution bump to broadcasts.

How State Farm Turned a Marketing Tagline into an Expression of Its Corporate Values

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Happy 2018! I hope everyone enjoyed their holidays and had a chance to relax. As we get back to the swing of our regular routines, I have to wonder — what becomes of the season of giving? The Salvation Army bell ringers have disappeared, and cause-related marketing ads promoting companies’ charitable giving (like Subaru’s Share […]. advertising B2C marketing corporate social responsibility Insurance media


Oculus announces the Oculus Start program to help aspiring developers during their VR creation journey.

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Oculus announced its new developer-focused program today to help grow the ecosystem. Oculus Start is a program created for VR application developers who are just getting started.

SyncThink Closes $3.5 Million Series A Funding to Further Develop VR-based Concussion Detection

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SyncThink, a Berkeley-based eye-tracking and brain firm, announced the closing of a $3.5 million Series A-1 funding round led by Quadrant Management.

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This HoloLens Childbirth Simulator Helps Train Medical Students


The first childbirth AR simulator. Whether learning how to play the piano or training crews to fly an Airbus , industries are quickly figuring out different ways augmented reality can be used for training and education. One such field we’ve seen the most experimentation within is medical.

Wes Anderson’s Isle Of Dogs Is Getting A VR Experience


The Grand Budapest Hotel director Wes Anderson’s latest project, The Isle of Dogs, has to be one of our most anticipated movies of 2018. Firstly because it’s made by one of the best directors of our time and secondly because, well, dogs.

How to Paint in VR: Tilt Brush 3D Art Workflow and Unitilities


About Kab Age: Kab Age, known as Zaw Imagineering in the 3D art community, is 3D artist focusing on VR presentations/animations using Google's Tilt Brush software. Follow him on VeeR , YouTube and Facebook to see more of his work.

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Overwatch League has no women competitors, can we not make this mistake with VR eSports.

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This morning I was shocked to find out that Blizzard's ambitious new esports league Overwatch League had absolutely no women competing. This news came a little late to me and I had to do some research.

Oculus Story Studio Alumni Form New Studio to Push Boundaries of VR Storytelling & Affordability

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Oculus Story Studio, the company’s internal production studio tasked with creating ridiculously polished cinematic experiences, first announced they’d be winding down production last summer.

This ARKit Game Transforms Your Office Into a Zen Garden


There’s nothing sinister about “feeding the fish” in Orbu , except that you might find it quite addictive. There seems to be a trend in VR gaming towards using the immersive properties of the medium to induce relaxation and facilitate something of a meditative, Zen-like state.

Sketchfab Launches Store For 3D Objects


Startup Sketchfab is taking one of its biggest steps yet today and launching features so that users can buy and sell 3D objects.

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Make BI Applications More Intuitive With Search Like GUI

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Most business intelligence (BI) applications are constructed using point-and-click drag-and-drop graphical user interfaces (GUI), but still require end user training and long ramp up times, although not to the extent of learning and writing SQL code. Few business decision-makers access data directly, instead rely on trained business analysts, even for basic information. Modern BI tools […

Pico Interactive adds The Dream VR as a content partner for its all-in-one VR HMDs

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The Dream VR , a pioneering 360 video/virtual reality (VR) technology and multi-device distribution platform, has teamed up with Pico Interactive , maker of high-end ultra portable VR headsets, to bring its premium original content to the Pico Goblin and Pico Neo all-in-one VR headsets.

Hands-on: Vive Wireless Adapter Debuts With Robust Connection but Latency Too

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Revealed this week at CES 2018, HTC has announced their own Vive Wireless Adapter which promises to break the tether on the Vive and Vive Pro. We went hands-on to see how it handles.

Microsoft Garage Launches Reality Room For Employees


The Garage Reality Room is a place where Microsoft employees and volunteers can learn, experiment, and hack on XR (Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality). Its goal is to be a platform to explore XR technology and encourage employees to develop and launch new and innovative ideas.

AiFi’s Holo Messenger Lets Your iPhone Make Holographic Selfies


AiFi hopes to make its mark with a couple of augmented reality apps that will enable you to make, among other things, holographic selfies with your smartphone. The company showed off the tech off CES 2018, the big tech trade show in Las Vegas this week. The idea is to let you use the Wonderlens and Holo Messenger apps to play with your image and transport yourself to a location in the name of cool or funny art. It works on any iPhone and iPad.

AI Chatbots are rapidly changing the ways of banking in the world


The biggest Hong Kong bank, HSBC Holdings , is starting the New Year with a new chatbot. Chatbots are computer programs that typically use text-based live chat as an interface to carry out tasks for customers on behalf of the business. Now they are emerging as an inexpensive way to introduce artificial intelligence (AI) in banking. Even though they are practically machines, banks are trying to give their chatbots a human touch which is why HSBC named its newborn Amy.

WWE and NextVR to partner on bringing the action and drama of pro wrestling to VR.

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NextVR, the leader in broadcasting live events in virtual reality, and WWE announced a new partnership to bring fans unique WWE experiences in virtual reality, featuring highlights from select 2018 WWE special events.

TPCast Aims to Bring up to 8K Resolution with New 2.0 Wireless VR Solution

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Following reveals of TPCast Plus and TPCast for Windows Mixed Reality , the wireless VR specialists TPCast have also announced their “next-generation” technologies, called TPCast 2.0.

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Take a VR Tour of Aech’s ‘Ready Player One’ Garage With Friends


Sansar Studios’ latest venture gives you the chance to explore all the pop culture references featured in Aech’s legendary ‘garage.’.

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CES 2018: Hands-On With The 6DOF Standalone Pico Neo Headset


Companies like Facebook’s Oculus, HTC, and Sony pioneered the realm of powerful consumer-facing VR in 2016 with the launches of the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and PlayStation VR (PSVR) respectively. But the one thing that all of these headsets have in common is that they’re connected to a machine such as a PC or PS4 by a wire and they all require external tracking systems. That’s a severely limiting concession for the ability to visit virtual worlds.

OpenSim stats drop with holidays, reporting issues

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OpenSim land area fell by the equivalent of 8,667 standard regions, and active users dropped by 3,473 due to combination of school holidays and fewer grids reporting stats than in the last couple of months.

Nintendo is betting that humans like cardboard just as much as cats with their next big move.

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Nintendo Labo is a new line of interactive build-and-play experiences that combine DIY creations with the magic of Nintendo Switch. Nintendo is looking to broaden the Switch’s appeal to new audiences, particularly diy and maker communities.

TPCast to Support Windows Mixed Reality with ‘Universal’ Wireless VR Module

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Alongside its reveal of the TPCast Plus product range , the company also announced plans to bring their wireless technology to Windows ‘Mixed Reality’ VR devices.

Sketchfab Launches 3D Model Store for AR & VR Content Creators


The creative platform now has a store. The platform that has allowed users to publish, share, and discover 3D content on the web for almost 6 years is now helping their community of over 1.3 million members monetize their work.