Apple Plans Ahead


The futuristic ad takes place in September 2011. 24 years ago Apple ran this advertisement predicting a tablet based voice assistant. With yesterday’s announcement of Siri , they missed their prediction by only one month (out of 24 years.)

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Beware the funny hair… its a tech cult giveaway


Matt Novak, in Smithsonian’s Paleofuture blog , draws some interesting contrasts between Jaron Lanier’s 1991 Omni Magazine interview and his current book: “ You Are Not A Gadget: A Manifesto. ” 1990s virtual reality as seen in The Carousel of Progress (photo by Matt Novak).

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Seeing the Eye in a New Light


There’s been an enormous resurgence of DIY HMDs in the VR hacker community recently, some quite impressive. Understanding how the eye works is the key to these inventions. I found a really instructive 70 year old nugget which gives HMD designers the real lowdown.

Platypus Headsets?


The Science Channel interviews Jaron Lanier who shows off some wide field of view headsets from the late 80’s. Jaron feels like a platypus when wearing one of these JumboTrons. The narrator’s conclusion (and Jaron’s as well): The state of the art in VR hasn’t progressed too much further. . (A A tip of the hat to Aphradonis over at for finding this little gem!). The post Platypus Headsets? appeared first on V-Rtifacts.

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‘Ready Player One’ Book Sequel ‘Ready Player Two’ Arrives This November


Ernest Cline returns with a follow-up to his 2011 sci-fi cult favorite. Exciting new for all you Ready Player fans.

Facial Reconstruction of a Prehistoric Man Whose Head Was Mounted on a Stake

George Dvorsky

In 2011, Swedish archaeologists found human skulls that had been mounted on stakes at an 8,000-year-old burial site, representing a behavior rarely seen among prehistoric hunter-gatherers.


Rockstar Starts Production on AAA Open-world VR Title

Road to VR

Noire (2011) to the medium, so it’s also possible we could be seeing a VR-adapted re-release of an extant Rockstar title such as GTA V (2013) or Red Dead Redemption. According to the studio behind L.A. Noire: The V.R.

Old Meets New as App Transforms Vinyl Records into Augmented Reality Sculptures

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Despite the rise of music streaming, the experience of immersing oneself in the artwork and lyrics of old school albums is alive again, as sales of vinyl records and CDs have outpaced digital downloads for the first time since 2011.

‘Ready Player One’ Book Sequel Coming November 24th

Road to VR

Released in 2011, Ready Player One casts a dim vision of the year 2044. Ernest Cline’s breakout novel Ready Player One is getting a sequel on November 24th, which is slated to delve back into the massive multiplayer VR world of the OASIS.

PSVR Exclusive ?Paper Beast? is Coming to PC VR This Summer

Road to VR

Chahi is the developer behind cult classic platformer Another World (1991), Heart of Darkness (1998), and From Dust (2011). Paper Beast, the surreal wildlife simulation first launched on PSVR, is slated to release on SteamVR headsets sometime this summer.

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Disney Researchers Introduce ‘MotionStick’ AR Puppeteering


Disney Researchers build off an idea from 2011 to develop a new way to puppeteer digital characters in augmented reality.

‘Snow Crash’ TV Series Coming to HBO Max, Neal Stephenson to Executive Produce

Road to VR

Cornish is known for having directed Attack the Block (2011) and for having written The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn (2011) and Ant-Man (2015).

Mars Longest and Heaviest Rover Is Assembled In AVR School Competition

EON Reality

The Mars rover was launched by an Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on November 26, 2011, and landed in Gale crater on Mars on August 6, 2012.

‘Paper Beast’ Now Launching Q1 2020, New Gameplay Trailer Here

Road to VR

He’s the mind behind cinematic platformer action-adventure games such as Another World, Heart of Darkness (1998), and god-game From Dust (2011).

Magic Leap CEO Rony Abovitz Steps Down Citing ‘Focused’ Direction


I have been leading Magic Leap since 2011 (starting in my garage). Rony Abovitz is stepping down from the CEO role at Magic Leap after raising more than $2 billion and subsequently laying off a large segment of the workforce.

Explore Aperture Laboratories From Portal In VR Using Half-Life: Alyx Steam Workshop Mod


The mod — titled ‘Portal 2 – Speed Ramp’ ports over the entire sp_a3_speed_ramp map from Valve’s 2011 title into VR.

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Google Closes The Door On Its ‘Spotlight Stories’ VR Film Studio


billion USD acquisition of the mobile phone company in 2011. Pour one out in remembrance of Google’s Oscar nominated, Emmy award-winning platform.

Dead GroundZ Is Dead Island VR But Somehow Rougher – Quick Review


It was a 2011 zombie survival game that raised a lot of hype with impressive trailers and screenshots, but a plague of technical and design frustrations left a lot to be desired. Remember Dead Island?

Rockstar’s LA Noire Comes To HTC Vive This November


Remember that amazing neo-noir detective action-adventure game from the creators of GTA released back in 2011? The blockbuster detective thriller gets its own VR rendition for the Vive in one of four new versions coming this November.

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Virtual Reality in Storytelling


One example is an experiment conducted at Stanford University in 2011. Understanding the constraints and benefits of virtual reality and 360 videos for telling stories and exploring ideas of culture and identity Photo by Lux Interaction on Unsplash 01.

Kitely add stats to login screen

Hypergrid Business

Since it first launched in early 2011, Kitely has been the only major grid not to publish its stats, instead providing them by email to Hypergrid Business on request.


2016’s Record Breaking VR/AR Venture Funding Totals $1.8 Billion

Road to VR

Both median deal size and total number of deals in 2016 outpaced those in 2015, with a 58% increase in average deal size and 30% more deals, according to year-end analysis from Greenlight Insights of individual deals back to 2011. “In

Magic Leap Founder Rony Abovitz to Step Down as CEO

Road to VR

I have been leading Magic Leap since 2011 (starting in my garage). Magic Leap pivoted to the enterprise space recently after an extended lukewarm reception by consumers for its $2,300 AR headset.

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


Based off the 2011 science fiction novel of the same name, the story follows unlikely hero Wade Watts in the dystopian future of 2044 as he searches for the immensely valuable “easter egg” hidden within a virtual reality universe known as the “Oasis.”.

‘L.A. Noire: The VR Case Files’ Gets Surprise Launch on PSVR with New Content, Technical Upgrades

Road to VR

Noire which launched as a non-VR game way back in 2011. ” Not entirely unexpected for a title which was ported to VR from 2011 source material, we didn’t find the 2017 PC VR version of the game particularly compelling due to clunky gameplay and immersion-breaking design.

Explore 40 Years of VR In Film In This 360-Degree Video


Source Code (2011). Ready Player One , a popular 2011 novel by Ernest Cline, has a film adaptation on the way directed by the one and only Steven Spielberg.

Masters of Pie Secures $4.7M to Further Develop AR/VR Tools for Enterprise

Road to VR

Founded in 2011 in London, Masters of Pie started out as a service company creating R&D prototypes and products for blue chip companies using the tools and knowledge from the gaming industry. Masters of Pie, an enterprise-focused AR/VR studio, announced its secured £3.6 million (~$4.7

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The ‘Wolfe’ External GPU Aims to Make Macbooks VR Ready

Road to VR

Right now, the team claim The Wolfe is compatible with the following Apple computers: MacBook Air 11-inch, Mid 2011–2015. MacBook Air 13-inch, Mid 2011–2015. MacBook Pro 13-inch, Early 2011–2015. MacBook Pro 15-inch, Early 2011–2015. Mac mini, Mid 2011–2015.

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Nintendo President Says The Company Is Exploring New Ways To Use AR


Back in 2011, Nintendo introduced AR Cards for the Nintendo 3DS which allowed users to interact with 3D models of beloved Nintendo characters and engage in AR-based minigames tied to specific 3DS titles, including Mario Party: Island Tour, Bravely Default , and Kid Icarus: Uprising.

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Uber is reportedly buying food delivery company Postmates for $2.65 billion

Mashable VR

Launched in 2011, Postmates is active in over 4,200 U.S. Uber is reportedly acquiring food delivery startup Postmates for $2.65 billion, with official confirmation of the all-stock buyout expected as soon as Monday.

Amazon to Begin Selling VR Apps Through New HTC Partnership

Road to VR

The company began running its own Android app store in 2011 to capture revenue from Google’s Play app store and to reduce the company’s reliance on Google for its own ‘Fire’ tablets.

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Face an active shooter with HTC Vive


From the Columbine High School Massacre to the 2011 Seal Beach shooting ( deadliest mass killing in Orange County History), San Bernardino terrorist attack and recent Orlando nightclub shooting, we need to be prepared to do much more than “duck and cover.”

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‘Pistol Whip’ Gets Dieselpunk-inspired Level in New ‘Dark Skies’ Update

Road to VR

Like many of the game’s other levels, ‘Dark Skies’ takes inspiration from a few works of fiction, namely the airship scene in Ninja Gaiden, The Rocketeer (1991), Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004), and Captain America: The First Avenger (2011).

Ultrahaptics Acquires Leap Motion for a Reported $30M

Road to VR

Since its founding in 2011, Leap Motion has garnered over $94 million in outside funding. Leap Motion, the pioneer in optical hand-tracking, has been acquired by Ultrahaptics, the enterprise-focused immersive haptics company.

Mini Motor Racing Might Be The Best VR Racing Game On Oculus Quest


Originally released back in 2011 on iOS and Android, Mini Motor Racing X has finally made its way to the Oculus Quest, offering what could easily be considered the most satisfying VR racing experience available on the standalone headset at the moment.

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The Biggest PSVR Releases Of The Week 11/12/17


The full entirety of Bethesda’s legendary 2011 RPG has been retooled for PSVR, with the entire world now available to explore inside your headset. Just one new release this week but, well, when that release is Skyrim in VR, you don’t really need to worry about much else, do you?

AR Nuclear Power Plants

EON Reality

Serious nuclear power plant accidents include the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster (2011), the Chernobyl disaster (1986), the Three Mile Island accident (1979), and the SL-1 accident (1961).Nuclear