LeEco’s scattershot US debut is one huge risk-take


Founded in 2004, the Chinese behemoth – previously known as Letv – is already one of the largest online video companies in its home country, but is also building what it describes as a “Le Ecosystem” that runs from smartphones through internet-enabled … Continue reading.

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Digitizing Retail Loyalty Programs & Stores with RFID tags

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Loyalty cards embedded with RFID tags have been around since at least 2004 and I am surprised that solutions built around this technology haven’t gained wider adoption. [.]. The post Digitizing Retail Loyalty Programs & Stores with RFID tags appeared first on Immersive Authority. Digital Transformation futurology loyalty retail rfid smartshopping

‘Jesus VR’ Claims First Ever Feature-length VR Film, to Preview at Venice Film Festival

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Like Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ (2004), Jesus VR was filmed in Matera, Italy under the direction of Passion executive producer Enzo Sisti.

InstaVR Interviews: Antoine Vivet, Founder of Longue-Vue (a division of Manzalab Group)


In 2004, he created the LONGUE-VUE agency, and worked with big companies such as RATP, Orange, the Château de Versailles… Since 2016, Antoine has been working with Manzalab to produce interactive 360° films. InstaVR Interviews: Meet the VR Practitioners.

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Sony is Bringing PS2 Classics ‘Gungrave’ & ‘Zone of the Enders’ to PSVR, Teaser Trailers Here

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Blueside announced the game, now developed by Iggymob , as a VR exclusive based on its PS2 predecessor, although is said to go beyond the sequel Gungrave: Overdose (2004).

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Oculus Reveals Multiplayer VR Shooter ‘Killing Floor: Incursion’ Designed for Touch

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Tripwire Interactive first created the original Killing Floor as an Unreal Tournament 2004 mod, and has since seen several iterations across a number of devices.

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Oculus To Demo High Budget Rift Exclusives ‘Stormland’ & ‘Defector’ At PAX South


PAX is a collection of gaming festivals held each year since 2004. Facebook announced that it will host demos of its upcoming high budget Oculus Rift exclusives Stormland and Defector at PAX South 2019. PAX South is held in San Antonio, Texas. This year it will take place on January 18th-20th.

The great Daydream & Gear VR title WANDS wins Best VR Game at the International Mobile Gaming Awards.

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The IMGA is the longest standing and highest regarded mobile games award program started in 2004. The team behind Wands® announced that it has been awarded for Best VR Game in the 13th International Mobile Gaming Awards (IMGA Global).

A VR-based Approach to ADHD


In 2004, after nearly two decades of research, Albert Rizzo and his fellow researchers at the University of Southern California developed a VR-based diagnostic tool to detect and potentially treat ADHD.

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Oculus Announces ‘Wilson’s Heart’, a Twilight Zone-style Psychological Thriller for Touch

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Rosario Dawnson , known for her work in the Sin City and Clerks franchises, joins Alfred Molina , known for reprising the role of Doc Ock in Spiderman 2 (2004) and much more.

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NASA’s 360 Livestream Of Final Cassini Orbiter Mission Scores Emmy Nom


By 2004, the revolutionary spacecraft was in orbit around Saturn, providing researchers back on Earth with the first comprehensive data of the planet, its rings, and its moons ever collected.

Former Myspace Music CTO Dmitry Shapiro Leaves Google to Found.


And in 2004, Shapiro founded one of the pioneering online video sites called Veoh.

Valve Head Affirms Work on First-party VR Games and Interest in Future Technology

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Though Valve is known for making some of the best games of all time—including Half-Life 2 (2004) and Portal 2 (2011)— it’s been more than five years since the company released any narrative focused titles, something that’s in serious demand in the VR space.

Unity Is Creating VR Ads For A New Film In The Saw Horror Franchise


Arriving in theaters on October 27th this year, Jigsaw is the 8th film in the Saw franchise which was born back in 2004. Various industries are regularly embracing VR’s potential to expand their business and film has been heavily active in a variety of ways. In addition to several tie-in VR experiences we’ve seen, the dawn of immersive VR ads are now a thing as well.

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Visit the Ancient Rome in VR with Rome Reborn

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The digitization was accomplished in 2004 with generous support from the Andrew W. Do you have a passion for ancient history and virtual reality? Then Rome Reborn is for sure a project you should look into. Rome Reborn is an amazing project that goes on since 22 years ago (yikes!)

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Five Universal Tasks of 3D User Interfaces with Doug Bowman

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Doug Bowman has been one of the leading researchers in 3DUI as the Director of the Center for Human-Computer Interaction at Virginia Tech , and the co-author of the 2004 book titled “ 3D User Interfaces: Theory and Practice.”

How 3D Spatialized Audio Bottlenecks Virtual Reality VideoAs.


In 2004, your Motorola RAZR would only let you eat cake (play MP3s). How 3D Spatialized Audio Bottlenecks Virtual Reality Video As computational capacity of mobile devices grows, oddly so does the demand for computation. In economics, this is known as Jevon’s Paradox. As mobile SoCs become more efficient and deliver more performance per watt, computation itself becomes less expensive. As computation becomes less expensive, this induces greater demand and more use of computation.

Surgeon Chooses VR Over Sedatives For Patients


After purchasing a rudimentary virtual reality Spiderman game for his son back in 2004, Vazquez saw potential in how distracted his son became while playing and began using the same game in his upper gastrointestinal endoscopies procedures.

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Hands-On: ‘The Big Table’ – A Quirky Educational App That Encourages Experimentation

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This isn’t Garry’s Mod (2004) , after all. Successfully combining educational value with an entertaining, playful presentation, The Big Table is a VR laboratory that teaches many fundamental chemistry concepts, aimed at students aged 13 to 17.

Hands-on: ‘Augmented Empire’ is an Engaging, Story-Driven Tactical RPG for Gear VR

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At this year’s E3, we got a chance to go hands-on with Augmented Empire, a narrative-driven tactical RPG coming exclusively to Gear VR on July 13th.

‘High Fidelity’ Shifts Focus Towards Non-VR Due to Slow Growth

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You guys, this is not Second Life in 2004. Philip Rosedale, CEO of High Fidelity and founder of Second Life, announced at a High Fidelity community meeting recently that the company will be scaling back their VR efforts, focusing more on improving their PC and Mac performance.

On the Hunt for VR’s Killer App with Oculus’ Head of Content, Jason Rubin

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Intuitively, I think the app will be large scale, multi-user or social, and “endless” in the way that World of Warcraft (2004) or a multiplayer game is. Everyone in the VR industry can envision a world in the next 10 years that’s radically changed by virtual reality.

Vimeo 360 is a Revolution for Immersive Storytellers—Here’s How


Since 2004, Vimeo has fought to preserve its identity as a home for high-end, artistic content. Vimeo 360 is here, and it’s more than just 360 video functionality. It’s a big day for VR and 360 video.

Preview: Not Much Memorable in ‘Remember: Remember’

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Everyone agrees: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) is a maddeningly good film. It is too good to tolerate, nearly. There is no one who does not think this; it is True. But everyone knows it’s missing something, and Kevin Cornish knows what that something is: aliens.

Gungrave VR Review: Better Left Buried


In the 14 year gap between releases developer Iggymob hasn’t made a single change to the way you control protagonist Grave, who uses all of the same animations from the 2002 original let alone the 2004 sequel.

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Great News for Gamers: Doom 3 Mod is Now in VR


Doom 3 has been in existence since the early 2000’s – 2004 to be exact. Doom 3 Mod is now officially in VR – the moment gamers have been waiting for. Game developers go beyond what is seemingly impossible to bring forth the best gaming experience for all gamers. It was updated in 2012 and is called Doom 3: BFG Edition. The sound and graphics have improved at this stage. It even supports 3D display.

A reminder that you can unplug from VR at any time

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Virtual Reality in Television : Star Trek The Next Generation: The Game (1990), Star Trek Voyager: The Thaw (1996), Stargate SG1: The Gamekeeper (1997), Avatar (2004), Stargate Atlantis: Aurora (2005), Stargate Universe: Human (2010), Seizure (2011).

Make-A-Wish Grants Incredible Wish Using VR


This was just the tip of the iceberg for the little guy however, as Zayden was also joined by real-life astronaut Leroy Chiao, famous for becoming the first NASA astronaut to vote in a presidential election from space back in 2004.

Facebook’s Quest to Kill the Smartphone


When Zuckerberg founded Facebook in 2004, we didn’t have Android or iOS, but the mobile phone market was well established — think Blackberry, Motorola, and Nokia. Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg is on a quest to kill the smartphone.

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Using VR Revolutionize Sports Training with STRIVR Labs

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Belch asked Bailenson if it was possible to use VR to train football players, but the technology wasn’t ready yet back in 2004.

Brave New World: How Crytek Is Using VR To Push Gaming To New Limits


The first Far Cry game, released in 2004, was lauded for its massive open world setting, long draw distances, seamless transitions between outdoor and indoor areas, and even an advanced rendering system for vegetation.

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‘ROM: Extraction’ Review

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The game’s spaceship environment gets high marks for style and execution, and really feels like it’s been ripped from Battlestar Galactica (2004) or Avatar (2009).

Jules Urbach’s Quest To Realize Star Trek’s Holodeck


Back in 2004, a New York Times article described Urbach as a “caffeinated” man just like the one I met recently. Specifically, she saw the “sub-surface scattering skin shader I had done around 2004,” Ubrach said. Jules Urbach is on the brink.

7 Nintendo VR Games We’d Love To See On The Switch


We haven’t had a new entry since 2004’s F-Zero Climax, which only hit Japan. While we were busy running around the Game Developers Conference (GDC) last week in search of VR and AR goodies, Nintendo was busy launching a new console, the Switch. This hybrid device acts as both a handheld and a home console with detachable controllers that allow you to play how you want. Of course, how we really want to play is in VR, and things are a little murky on that point at the moment.

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Defeat Your Enemies with Rock-Paper-Scissors in RPS Island


” Yi has worked as a game artist and programmer since 2004, producing PC, web, and mobile games. One of the most widely played games on the face of the planet is your only means of survival in RPS Island.

‘Portal Stories: VR’ Brings 10 Made-for-VR Puzzles to the World of Aperture Science

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In my left hand was the Aperture Science Apparatus Retrieval Tool which functions much like the gravity gun in Half-Life 2 (2004). When I loaded up P ortal Stories: VR I was greeted with familiar sights and sounds from the Portal universe.

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02:09: Where is your doomsday destination?


I experienced the tsunami of 2004 at close range. After watching the numerous doomsday scenarios turned into Hollywood blockbusters, you may already be exhausted organizing an ever-growing pile of survival guides.