The Great Bubble


2013 has brought much excitement to the VR world, especially the perception of great breakthroughs in Head Mounted Display products. Can we take a deep breath, then hold up a distant mirror to the cautionary history of VR from 1993-1998.

Vintage VR-4 Head Mounted Display Teardown


Here’s a much more detailed tear down of the Virtual Research VR-4 Head Mounted Display, done by one of the engineers at VR sometime in 1994. He shows us how to remove the back light inverter and the main PCB. ‘Scuse the vintage VHS EP mode recording. I was trying to save on video tape costs; a 6 hour tape cost $1.50! Click here to view the embedded video. The post Vintage VR-4 Head Mounted Display Teardown appeared first on V-Rtifacts.

Digital VR Rehab


For years, therapists would attempt to treat smokers and alcoholics using real-life triggers. Let addicts see a lighter or an empty bottle, or even a photo of something smoking or drinking related, to trigger cravings, then teach them coping strategies. It was limited because patients could tell they were in a lab and their new found coping skills were not always transferrable to the real world. Enter Virtual Reality: Click here to view the embedded video.

Airbus Launches HoloLens App to Train Future Airline Crews


Airbus, a Microsoft HoloLens partner, developed the software for its A350 XWB line of planes, which first took to the skies in 2013. The Japanese airliner purchased 31 A350s in 2013 and will be the first to take advantage of the software. Jet engineering is going holographic.

Niantic’s ‘Ingress Prime’ Brings A Sci-fi Twist To Location-Based AR Gaming


Join pick a side and join the battle for control of previous Exotic Matter in this modern revival of the 2013 location-based AR game.

New Google Glass for Enterprise Emerges in FCC Listing

Road to VR

First introduced in its Explorer Edition in 2013, it now appears a second gen Enterprise Edition has passed FCC certification. It’s been over a year since Google launched its Glass Enterprise Edition , something the company called “a new chapter” for the device.

Google 176

Mindfield Games Make Their Debut with Ambitious Virtual Reality Adventure P.O.L.L.E.N - OnlySP


One such company, Finland's Mindfield Games, embarked on their journey to release their first game, Pollen, for VR back in 2013, and their work is now coming to fruition

uSens Raises $20 Million To Pursue Inside-Out Tracking Technology


uSens was founded in 2013 and is working on inside-out position and hand tracking technologies. AR/VR startup uSens completed a series A round of fundraising to the tune of $20 million. The post uSens Raises $20 Million To Pursue Inside-Out Tracking Technology appeared first on UploadVR.

Disney Animation Studios to Debut Its First VR Short Film Next Month

Road to VR

The film will be directed by Jeff Gibson, who has worked as a lightning artist at Disney Animation Studios since 2013.

PlayStation VR Sales Disappointing - But Why?


PSVR was supposed to sell much better than the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive since PSVR could leverage the over 50 Million PlayStation 4 consoles sold since 2013. Playstation VR (PSVR) was the next best hope for VR sales. Alas, it was not to be.

Retail 197

Manufacturing 4.0: Checking In with Expert Peggy Gulick of AGCO


Where others saw challenges, Peggy and her team saw opportunities to turn a device that was then (2013) struggling to find a purpose […].

‘PAYDAY 2’ Getting Full VR Compatibility with ‘PAYDAY VR’, Beta Later This Year

Road to VR

The company’s studio, Overkill Software, is behind Payday 2 (2013) , a well regarded FPS that focused on four-player co-op action.

Smart Glasses? It’s all about perspective.


Its Google Glass finally unlocked the market of smart eyewear in 2013. Wikipedia defines smart glasses as a wearable computer that adds information to what the wearer sees.

Utah 55

‘Border Patrol’ Aims to Bring the ‘Papers, Please’ Experience to VR, Demo Now Available

Road to VR

Border Patrol is an upcoming first-person virtual reality take on Papers, Please (2013), putting you in the shoes of a booth operator at an AI travel border who must accept or deny entry to robots trying to enter the region.

‘Payday 2 VR’ Exits Beta, Now Available as Free DLC to Main Game

Road to VR

Payday 2 (2013) , Overkill’s 4-player bank heist co-op shooter, has offered a VR mode in beta for the past few months, but now it’s off the beta branch and pushed out as a free DLC to the main game.

Gaming 198

Oculus Share Shuts Down, Ending An EraGoodbye, Oculus.


August 2013 was a different time for VR. That period between August and December 2013 Oculus raised $75 million to continue its VR ambitions. Oculus Share Shuts Down, Ending An Era Goodbye, Oculus Share.

Oculus 130

Tactical Haptics to Bring ‘Production-Ready’ Haptic VR Controllers to GDC 2019

Road to VR

Tactical Haptics has been working on a unique haptic controller design since its founding in 2013.

Haptic 216

New Video Reveals More Giant Bosses of ‘Astro Bot Rescue Mission‘

Road to VR

Developed exclusively for PSVR, Astro Bot Rescue Mission sees a reprisal of the little bots that were first introduced in The Playroom (2013) and later in The Playroom VR (2016).

Video 188

Director of ‘The Hills Have Eyes’ is Making a Live-Action VR Horror Series, Releasing Halloween 2017

Road to VR

AltspaceVR founder wants to make virtual reality as accessible.


Founded in 2013, the Redwood City, Calif.-based AltspaceVR founder wants to make virtual reality as accessible as the web Eric Romo and his cofounders at AltspaceVR want to make virtual reality as pervasive and accessible as the worldwide web.

Exclusive: Meta 2 AR Demos Revealed in Full

Road to VR

Like Rift DK1 in 2013, Meta 2 isn’t perfect in 2016, but it could play an equally important role in the development of consumer augmented reality. Outside of a few demonstrations at tradeshows, Meta has only give glimpses of the content on its impressive AR headset dev kit in short clips.

Here’s Each Of The 180+ Cars You Can Race In VR In Project Cars 2


Project Cars 2 is gearing up for its September 22nd release date, promising to be one of the most fully featured racing simulations for VR headsets yet. Developer Slightly Mad Studios has sparred no detail in bringing a realistic driving experience to the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, and that includes an exhaustive list of drivable cars, revealed today. Below is every car you can expect to get behind the wheel of when the game launches on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in two months’ time.

Groups 145

Report: Jaunt in Talks to Sell Cinematic VR Business as It Moves Towards AR

Road to VR

Founded in 2013, and exiting out of stealth in 2014, Jaunt previously focused on producing high-quality 360 video in the hundreds, as well as a professional-grade 360 camera dubbed Jaunt One (formerly NEO).

China 168

Virtuix Omni VR Treadmill to Get ‘Arizona Sunshine’ Support, Partners with HTC

Road to VR

” Arizona Sunshine [ our review ] is one of SteamVR’s top rated games, and soon it’ll be compatible with the Virtuix Omni , a VR treadmill which got its start after a successful 2013 Kickstarter. Virtuix got its start in 2013 with a Kickstarter campaign that raised $1.1

AltspaceVR CEO Eric Romo Joins Facebook’s Social VR Team

Road to VR

Romo, who founded AltspaceVR in January 2013, will be moving to the role of Director of Product at Facebooks’s Social VR team, the group behind Facebook Spaces. Eric Romo, co-founder and CEO of AltspaceVR , is joining Facebook’s Social VR team.

‘XING: The Land Beyond’ Launches on PSVR Today, Free DLC Coming to All Platforms

Road to VR

Xing: The Land Beyond has come a long way since its 2013 Kickstarter days, releasing on HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and traditional monitors back in late 2017.

Sony 161

Google buys Eyefluence, an eye-tracking startupGoogle wanst to.


The eye-tracking interface startup founded in 2013 had raised $21.6M Google buys Eyefluence, an eye-tracking startup Google wanst to know everywhere that you’re looking. Today, Eyefluence announced that it has been acquired by Google.

Esports Pushing VR Adoption

Tech Trends VR

Virtuix is a Texas-based start-up founded in 2013 best known for developing the Omni VR treadmill. Can professional gaming help to propel the consumer adoption of virtual reality?

Witness The Discovery Of The God Particle In AR


Higgs the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics. NYT app simulates a Higgs particle reaction using AR technology. Since its initial development during the mid 1960’s, the Large Hadron Collider has remained one of the most impressive scientific and technological achievements in human history.

Facebook CEO: ‘In Five to Ten Years AR Will Be Where VR is Today’

Road to VR

Back in March, I made the case for the Meta 2 AR headset being as important of a stepping stone as Oculus’ Rift DK1 was back in 2013: The careful reader of this article’s headline (Meta 2 Could Do for Augmented Reality What Rift DK1 Did for Virtual Reality), will spot a double entendre.

Trends 198

The Benefits of Virtual Reality (VR) in Schools to Motivate Students


Source: Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative, 2013, [link]. It is well-established that motivation plays a very important, and possibly the most important, part in the learning process.

Wargaming to Develop ‘World of Tanks VR’ for VR Arcades

Road to VR

Wargaming —the company behind free-to-play titles World of Tanks (2010), World of Warplanes (2013) , and World of Warships (2015) —has announced development of a new title, World of Tanks VR , under development for deployment into VR arcades.

Russia 206

Cheeky Airport Security Game ‘TSA Frisky’ to Launch May 17th

Road to VR

The game, which appears to be a cheeky cross between Papers, Please (2013) and Job Simulator (2016), is slated to arrive on Steam for Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and Windows VR Headsets on May 17th.

Gaming 186

Media Molecule’s ‘Dreams’ Confirmed to Support PSVR at Launch

Road to VR

Tools 202

VR Drama ‘Kiss Me First’ Arrives On Netflix June 29th


Kiss Me First is a loose adaptation of Lottie Moggach’s 2013 YA novel of the same name. Live-action meets CGI in this six-part adaptation of Lottie Moggach’s hit YA novel.

Tools 208

CCP Studio Behind ‘EVE: Valkyrie’ Acquired by Sumo Digital

Road to VR

O’Brien joined CCP in 2013 as executive producer of the fledgling Valkyrie, coming from EA’s DICE studio in Stockholm.

VR Quiz Game ‘Go Guess’ Uses Google 360 Captures to Make You Guess Where You Are

Road to VR

Like its 2D forebears such as GeoGuessr (2013) , Go Guess tasks you with investigating the captures by hunting for clues. Go Guess (2018) is a new interactive VR quiz game from developers Oblix that tosses you into Google 360 captures and makes you to guess where you are. The twist?

Google 244

‘Starfighter Inc.’ Kickstarter Passes 50% Funding

Road to VR

Lead by industry veteran David Wessman, famous for his work on the classic X-Wing series, developer Impeller Studios has been working on this passion project since 2013. Starfighter Inc. has passed the halfway mark on its crowdfunding campaign , now with 9 days remaining.

Report: Apple Nearly Acquired Leap Motion but the Deal Fell Through

Road to VR

According to a report from Business Insider , earlier this year Apple was on the verge of acquiring Leap Motion, but the deal fell through days before it was expected to close.

Eye Doctors Can Now Prescribe VR Lazy-eye Treatment for Home Use

Road to VR

Founded by James Blaha in 2013, Vivid Vision (formerly called Diplopia) is a virtual reality treatment for lazy eye disorders—characterized by both eyes not cooperating normally to achieve sharp, binocular vision. Vivid Vision offers a virtual reality based treatment for lazy eye disorders.

Magic Leap Could Call its First AR Headset ‘Magic Leap One’

Road to VR

Magic Leap, the secretive augmented reality startup, might be calling its first device ‘Magic Leap One’, as suggested by a recent trademark filing.

High Fidelity & NeoSensory Partner to Launch ‘exoskin’ Haptic Jacket, Coming July 2018

Road to VR

Haptic 236

VRgineers to Integrate Leap Motion Hand-tracking into its Wide FOV VRHero Headset

Road to VR

The Controller has been available since July 2013, although has since seen a major software upgrade in 2016 that has refined its made-for-VR hand-tracking engine.