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Creating Personalized Virtual Experiences

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How a group of high school students used VR to bring their coursework to life. The most exciting possibility that Immersive Technologies bring are to accelerate and supplement learning in ways that simply haven’t been possible, practical, or scalable before.

Report: VR and AR Device Market to hit $1.8 billion in 2018

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Latest forecast by analyst firm CCS Insight paints an optimistic picture of Immersive Tech adoption.

Learning to DJ with Virtual Reality

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The crossover between fun and training might well bring about the killer VR app we’ve all been waiting for. “We

Emirates Embracing Emerging Tech

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Those looking for the VR OASIS of Ready Player One should head out to the deserts of the UAE. It’s a truism among VR creators that the best use of the medium is to allow you to do things that are either impossible or extremely difficult to experience in real life.

AWE USA 2018

AWE USA, the world’s #1 AR+VR conference and expo, is back for it’s 9th year on May 30-June 1, 2018 in Santa Clara, CA. Use code VRPUL200 for $200 off all three All Access Passes (1-day, 2-day and 3-day) as well as the 2-day Expo Only Pass.

How VR and AI Will Supercharge Learning

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We are getting to a tipping point where the convergence of Artificial Intelligence and Immersive Technologies will transform the way we teach and learn beyond recognition. What does this mean for educators, and the rest of us? “It

How Virtual Practice Makes Perfect

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The Internet democratized knowledge, but immersive technologies like AR and VR will democratize access to experience – and revolutionize learning.

Book Review: Experience on Demand

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Professor Jeremy Bailenson from Stanford University’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab explains what Virtual Reality is, how it works, and what it can do. I’m still old enough to remember a time when typing a message on a touchscreen keyboard felt very cutting-edge indeed.

Seeing the Realities of War Through AR

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This iOS Augmented Reality app by the Red Cross shows people what the effects of war would feel like in their home. VR is often called the “ empathy machine ” referring to the medium’s unique ability to make you see things from the perspective of another through sheer power of immersion.

Product Review: Dell Visor Windows MR Headset

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The Visor is Dell’s offering to the stable of Windows Mixed Reality Headsets but is it a thoroughbred or a nag? The first thing that hit me when I popped on the Dell Visor was its weightless comfort.

Can Virtual Reality be a Game Changer for Learning?

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Will virtual reality help you learn a language more quickly? Or will it simply replace your memory? VR is the ultimate medium for delivering what is known as “experiential learning.”

Ready Player One

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Ready Player One promises the thrills of VR on the Big Screen so Tech Trends jumped into the OASIS and immersed ourselves in Spielberg’s latest blockbuster. Well… it’s here, Virtual Reality on the big screen.

Is VR the Future of News?

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Marvin is the BBC’s newest foreign correspondent, and you can get inside his head.

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Are Publishers Ready to go Virtual?

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Will we see a gold rush in the publishing industry as major players move to invest in Immersive Technologies?

Extending Reality to the Operating Room

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How medical visualization tools enhance learning by reducing the cognitive load on our brains. Immersive learning technologies are proliferating fast and also growing in popularity, being used not only for entertainment but also in a variety of professional applications.

Experience the Winter Olympics in Augmented Reality

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The New York Times unveils its new AR experience for the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games.

Cycling to Your Favourite Tunes in Virtual Reality

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VirZOOM partners up with Feed.fm to provide personalized music tracks to help users pedal through those virtual miles. VR Fitness is fast becoming a big deal, and there are many apps out there that use the unique immersive capabilities of the medium to take make exercising more fun.

‘Modbox’ AR to Arm You With an Arsenal of Virtual Objects to Create Useful & Fun AR Apps

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The developers behind Modbox (2016) , the VR physics sandbox for SteamVR-compatible headsets, have been experimenting with augmented reality recently, something they say is a perfect fit for the Modbox software.

Google Brings WebVR to Chrome, All Major PC VR Headsets Supported

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Google recently pushed out Chrome 66, the latest update to the company’s web browser. Unbeknownst to the VR community, Google also quietly included WebVR integration for OpenVR-compatible headsets including Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and Windows “Mixed Reality” VR headsets.

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‘Moss’ Boasts Perfect Rating on PlayStation Store, Tops PSVR Charts

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Launched in February as a PSVR exclusive, Polyarc’s Moss has enjoyed a broadly positive reception and has managed to maintain a perfect five star rating after more than 550 player reviews on the PlayStation Store.

‘Serenity VR’ Fan Project Lets You Step Aboard The Most Famous Firefly-class Ship

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Serenity, the firefly-class spaceship from cult TV show Firefly (2002) and film Serenity (2005), is now full explorable in VR. With many years in the making, Unity developer and 3D environmental artist Kaveh Tabar’s Serenity VR fan project is finally here.

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‘Ready Player One’ Behind-the-scenes Shows How Spielberg Used VR in Production

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As an official partner of Ready Player One , HTC has been using the film to highlight its VR wares. In addition to releasing several VR experiences inspired by the movie , the company has released a behind-the-scenes short showing how immersive virtual reality was used in the production process.

Vive Pro Gets AR Capabilities Thanks to HTC’s New Tools for Front-facing Cameras

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HTC has announced a new set of tools allowing developers to build applications which take advantage of the Vive Pro’s stereo front-facing cameras, effectively turning the device into an AR headset dev kit.

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‘Ready Player One: OASIS beta’ Launches on Steam With Vive, Rift, & Windows VR Headset Support

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Ready Player One: Oasis beta (2018), the free mini-game sampler with experiences inspired by Steven Spielberg’s latest film Ready Player One (2018), is finally on Steam , which includes support for HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and Windows “Mixed Reality” VR headsets.

Cloudhead Games – Lessons Learned From Five Years of VR Locomotion Experiments

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Both the Rift and the Vive first launched to consumers around this time two years ago, but their debut, and the games that launched alongside them, were the culmination of years of prior game design experimentation in a new medium that brought both new opportunities and challenges.

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42 Hours in ‘Skyrim VR’ – The Latest World Record Attempt for Longest VR Marathon

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Andreas Hauber, a German VR enthusiast, claims to have just beat the Guinness World Record for longest VR marathon, a bar that was previously set by Australian Jack McNee last year at a grand total of 36 hours, two minutes and 16 seconds in VR painting program Tilt Brush (2016).

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Google Partners With CyArk to 3D Scan the World’s Historical Sites, Provide Open Access to Data

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Google has partnered with CyArk , the non-profit studio behind VR app MasterWorks: Journey Through History (2018), to expand CyArk’s mission to 3D laser-scan the world’s historical sites and provide open access to the data.

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A Candid Assessment of the Industry From a Leading Indie VR Developer

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What is happening with the VR industry? Is adoption and growth still on target to support a vibrant and diverse ecosystem of independent VR developers?

Everything We Know About Oculus Santa Cruz (so far)

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Oculus Santa Cruz is a VR prototype that brings many high-end features of the Oculus Rift and Touch, most notably positional (6DoF) tracking on both headset and controllers, into a self-contained, standalone design. What follows is a brief overview of everything we know about the headset so far.

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Oculus Offers Up Developer Quick-start Guide for Bringing Apps to Go

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With the impending launch of Oculus Go, the company’s first standalone headset, Oculus has shared with developers a handy cheat sheet for bringing Gear VR applications to the Go.

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Kat Walk Mini Pre-orders Start Tomorrow at $1500, Full Price Set at $3000

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KatVR, the China-based company behind the 2015 Kickstarter-funded KAT Walk VR treadmill, announced last month that a new mini-version of the low-friction VR treadmill would be hitting Kickstarter soon, and that above all it would be “affordable.”

Inside VR Park, Dubai Mall’s Massive New VR Theme Park

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The Dubai Mall, one of the world’s largest shopping complexes, is now home to VR Park , an indoor theme park spanning two floors and over 75,000 square feet of space, offering a wide variety of VR experiences, including several physical rides.

Researchers Electrically Stimulate Muscles in Haptic Designed for Hands-free AR Input

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Researchers at The Human Computer Interaction Lab at Hasso-Plattner-Institut in Potsdam, Germany, published a video recently showing a novel solution to the problem of wearable haptics for augmented reality.

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Vive Focus Hits the FCC, Suggesting Dev Kit Soon to Launch in US

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After launching the Vive Focus standalone headset in China in late January, the company announced in March that the headset would be launching in the US, EU, and other Western markets later this year, beginning with the launch of a dev kit.

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