#722: IDFA’s DocLab & “the Creative Treatment of Actuality”

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The DocLab at the International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam (IDFA) was started in 2007 by Caspar Sonnen, and it’s very similar to the New Frontier programming. Podcast Archive


E3 2019: Hot Dogs, Horseshoes and Hand Grenades Update Adds Original Guns From Valve’s Team Fortress 2


are adapting the classic weapons from Valve’s 2007 shooter Team Fortress 2. A major new addition coming this month to popular single-player PC VR simulation game Hot Dogs, Horseshoes and Hand Grenades is inspired by Team Fortress 2 and officially sanctioned by Valve Corporation.

Here’s How Apple’s AR Headset Will Likely Be Introduced — And When


Specifically: iPhone was announced January 9, 2007 and released on June 29, 2007. Apple TV was previewed (as iTV) on September 12, 2006 and released March 21, 2007. Apple has been working on an augmented reality headset for years.

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Xbox Game Studios Has (inadvertently?) Acquired Heaps of VR Development Talent

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Founded in 2007 to take over the Halo franchise on Microsoft’s behalf from its progenitor studio, Bungie, 343 Industries is responsible for every Halo game since Halo Reach (2010) , including the upcoming Halo Infinite which is due to launch with the next Xbox console.

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‘Echo Combat’ Open Beta Weekend Starts Tomorrow on Rift

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Offering a payload-based objective, much like the gametype in Team Fortress 2 (2007) or Overwatch (2016), you push the the cart on a track through the winding maze as an attacker, or defend the advances of the cart by pushing it backwards and running down the three-minute game clock.

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‘Sin City’ Director Robert Rodriquez to Debut VR Action Series ‘The Limit’ This Summer

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Robert Rodriguez, the director of films such as Sin City (2005) , Planet Terror (2007), and the Spy Kids franchise, just wrapped production on a newly announced VR action series with The Fast and the Furious franchise actress Michelle Rodriguez.

Visit the Ancient Rome in VR with Rome Reborn

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of the Rome Reborn® model was completed in 2007, 2.0 was started in 1997 and completed in 2007. was started in the summer of 2007. Do you have a passion for ancient history and virtual reality? Then Rome Reborn is for sure a project you should look into.

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Nintendo Files Patent For Glasses Positional Tracking System


This is similar to a Carnegie Mellon University research project from all the way back in 2007: The described system in itself is not actually VR- to be clear. Gaming giant Nintendo filed for a patent for a positional tracking system for glasses.

VR/AR Pioneer Nonny De La Peña Named WSJ Technology Innovator Of The Year


CEO & Founder of Emblematic Group, Peña is the second woman in history to receive the prestigious award.

Google’s Gradient Ventures Joins $58 Million Investment In AR Startup Mojo Vision


Perkins previously cofounded optical networking company Infinera, which went public back in 2007. Mojo Vision , an under-the-radar augmented reality (AR) startup that has yet to reveal exactly what it’s building, announced that it has raised $58 million in a series B round of funding from Google’s Gradient Ventures, Advantech Capital, HP Tech Ventures, Motorola Solutions Venture Capital, Bold Capital Partners, LG Electronics, Kakao Ventures, and Stanford StartX.

‘Audica’ is an Inventive “VR Rhythm Shooter” From the Studio Behind ‘Rock Band’

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Harmonix, the studio behind many rhythm game hits like Guitar Hero (2005) and Rock Band (2007) , today announced what they’re calling a “VR rhythm shooter” that looks—to be frank—pretty freaking awesome.

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Echoing Apple’s iPhone Launch, Magic Leap Taps AT&T for Exclusive US Distribution

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Cingular merged with AT&T in 2007. Magic Leap today announced that AT&T, one of the leading cellular carriers in the US, has invested in the company and solidified a partnership making AT&T the “exclusive wireless distributor of Magic Leap products for consumers in the U.S.”

Valve’s Only VR Title, ‘The Lab’, is the Highest Rated Game on All of Steam

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The Lab has topped Steam’s list of top rated titles , beating out other Valve classics like Portal (2007) and Portal 2 (2011). Among more than 9,000 games on Steam, Valve’s VR title The Lab is heading the platform’s list of top rated games.

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Oculus Nearly Matched The Original ‘Gears of War’ Budget To Fund Epic’s ‘Robo Recall’


The game released in 2007 and that same year an interview with Epic vice president Mark Rein was published by Wired. Oculus is one of the most prolific stimulators of virtual reality content in the industry today.

Trinity VR’s ‘DiamondFX’ Batting Simulator is Made for the Major Leagues

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Pitch FX was installed in major league stadiums in about 2007, it’s collected 100s of 1000s of data points for every pitch thrown for the past 7 years and we’re able to take those data points and reverse engineer those pitches.”

Sundance’s Shari Frilot on the Power of VR Storytelling to See Ourselves in a New Way

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Shari Frilot started the New Frontier program at Sundance in 2007, and produced the festival’s first VR experience in 2012 with Nonny de la Peña’s Hunger in LA using an early Rift prototype made by Oculus founder Palmer Luckey.

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Watch a Complete ‘Echo Combat’ Closed Beta Match

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Echo Combat’s objective gameplay plays out very similarly to the popular ‘Payload’ gametype seen in games like Overwatch (2016) and Team Fortress 2 (2007).

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Second Life’s cloud move could lower land prices, hurt OpenSim

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That could cause OpenSim users to jump right back, former Second Life creator since 2007 and Virtual Lisbon owner Carlos Loff told Hypergrid Business. London City region in Second Life. Image courtesy David Kariuki.).

Take an Immersive Drive Through the World’s Most Secretive Country

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Aram Pan is a Singapore based photographer who has specialised in what he describes as ‘panorama production’ since 2007.

The Simpson’s Infamous ‘Steamed Hams’ Scene Gets 360° Treatment


Perfect examples include everything from an unfiltered fascination in Jerry Seinfeld’s lukewarm 2007 animated film Bee Movie , to a crudely designed model of Knuckles from the Sonic franchise clucking insensately.

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‘Echo Combat’ Gets Open Beta Weekend with Parties & New Features, Starting Today

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Ready at Dawn today announced the beginning of the fourth open beta weekend for the zero-G, VR shooter expansion Echo Combat. Now on the list of improvements and updates includes a hotly awaited parties function, and a few other features and some fresh mechanic balances to boot.

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Building The VR Experiences And Worlds of the Future


Prior to rejoining Intel in 2007, Pallister worked on Microsoft’s business development team conducting deals for MS Casual Games services, including MSN Games, Xbox Live Arcade and Windows Live Messenger. Soon I Will Be Invincible was nominated for the 2007 John Sargent Sr. Pretty soon, real life will be stranger than fiction when it comes to bringing the great inventions of science fiction and games into technology.

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Remastered ‘Half-Life 2’ Coming to Vive & Rift with VR Controller Support via Revamped Mod

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Luckily you can pick up all three, along with Portal (2007) for the entirely reasonable price of $20 via The Orange Box. Praised as one of the greatest games ever made, the 13 year old Half-Life 2 is a lauded piece of gaming history.

Hellgate: London Is Getting A Surprise VR Prequel Game


Flagship Studios’ shooter MMO seemed lost to time, as least in the west, after it first released in 2007. Hellgate: London is almost literally back from hell, thanks to a reveal of an upcoming VR prequel to the long-forgotten game.

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Total Recoil: The Uncanny Valley Is an Uncanny Cliff

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2007 – Uncanny Cliff was introduced to more accurately reflect the shape of the curve. 2007). Proceedings of the 16 th IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, RO-MAN 2007, Jeju, Korea, pp.

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The VRScout Report – Sundance Edition


Recapping the top stories covered on the VRScout Report , a weekly podcast discussing the best in VR, hosted by Malia Probst. You can enjoy the full audio recording below: The New Frontier program at Sundance has been abuzz with virtual reality over the past couple of years.

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Virtual Tours: Around the World with a VR Headset


Springer, 2007. As illustrated by the intricate inlay and pietra dura work on the walls of the marble mausoleum, the Taj Mahal is the ultimate expression of the elegance of Mughal architecture and craftsmanship. Considering the hordes of tourists that it draws, it makes one wish to become a bird, so that they can fly above the masses and study the decorations closely.

‘Starfighter Inc.’ Promises VR Space Combat Sim Built on a Hard Sci-Fi Foundation

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Involved with all four iconic X-Wing games, Wessman leads a team of industry veterans at Impeller, alongside Jack Mamais, lead designer on Crysis (2007). Starfighter Inc.

How 3D Spatialized Audio Bottlenecks Virtual Reality VideoAs.


Suggesting that the era of mobile computing didn’t begin with the iPhone in 2007. 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.

VR Sales Analysis: Rift and Vive to Sell Under 500,000 in 2016, PS VR to Top 2 Million


million units when it released in 2007 before skyrocketing to 11.63 The age of high-end, commercially available virtual reality began on March 28 with the launch of the Oculus Rift. Since then the HTC Vive , PlayStation VR and Google Daydream View have all entered the arena.

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‘Rick and Morty’ Co-creator & Former Epic Games Exec. Producer Form New VR Studio, Squanchtendo

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With a name that could only have come from the mind of Rick and Morty co-creator Justin Roiland, Squanchtendo is a VR game studio founded by Roiland and former Epic Games producer Tanya Watson to “[combine] edgy, mature comedy with refined, high-end gameplay mechanics and stories.”

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Apple CEO Continues to Set the Stage for Rumored AR Play: ‘AR is for everyone, like the smartphone’

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The Cupertino HQ has been acquiring talent in this field for several years , filing patents at least as far back as 2007 for HMDs , and new patents for AR. Apple CEO Tim Cook has once again affirmed his belief in the significance of augmented reality technology.

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Official: Sony Sold Nearly 1 Million PlayStation VR Headsets in 4.5 Months, Despite Limited Stock

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As the New York Times cites as a point of reference, the original iPhone launched in 2007 saw about 1.4 Sony is the first of the big three tethered VR headset makers to drop official PSVR sales figures: 915,000 PlayStation VR headsets sold as of February 19.

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‘Half-Life 2: VR’ Mod Gets Green-lit on Steam in 4 Days

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Luckily you can pick up all three, along with Portal (2007) for the entirely reasonable price of $20 via The Orange Box.

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Complementarity Between Avatars & Environments In Social VR


2007). This is the first installment in a series about what makes avatars useful in Social VR environments. Author’s note: Many of the anecdotes about avatars that get recounted are about unfettered self-expression.

Pornhub Awards Show is in VR this week

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Founded in 2007, Pornhub is the leading free, ad-supported adult video streaming website, offering. Oasis. Image courtesy Utherverse Digital.). Pornhub Awards Show to bring Virtual Reality to the Masses.

‘Sprayscape’ Is A 360-Degree Camera Experiment For Android That Could Inspire Devs


Google’s Android operating system was unveiled in 2007 and has grown into the the mostly widely used OS of any kind, riding on the backs of its developer and consumer friendly open source nature.