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‘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.

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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‘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.

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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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.

Exiii Raises $750K for Haptic VR Gloves with Force Feedback

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Japan-based startuped Exiii , which is developing a pair of haptic gloves with force feedback, has raised $750K for continued R&D, expansion of sales channels, and growing the company’s team.

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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.

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?

Group Behind JPEG Unveils New ‘visually lossless’ Compression Standard for VR/AR and More

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Hands-on: Infinadeck’s Latest Prototype is the Most Natural Feeling VR Treadmill Yet

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Infinadeck is an active omni-directional VR treadmill that lets you walk in any direction. Compared to others, which generally rely on low friction surfaces to emulate the act of walking, Infinadeck’s design actually has a tread that moves beneath you, leading to a much more natural gait.

TheWaveVR Closes $6M Series A Investment, Opens L.A. Office for Artist Collabs

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TheWaveVR , the studio behind the eponymous music-centric social VR platform, today announced the closure of a $6 million Series A funding round led by RRE Ventures.

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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Sony Experimenting with Advanced Livestreaming Features for PSVR, Mixed Reality Views

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Speaking during a session at GDC 2018 last month, Richard Forester, Senior Team Lead at Sony’s Research & Development West group, chronicled a range of explorations in advanced livestreaming and sharing features for PSVR. Today PSVR users can access the usual PS4 broadcasting tools.

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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.

Mozilla Announces Open Source AR/VR Web Browser ‘Firefox Reality’

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Mozilla, the non-profit company behind Firefox web browser, today announced a new cross-platform, open sourced web browser called Firefox Reality, something Mozilla says was built from the ground-up for standalone VR and AR headsets.

Developer Creates Scan of Apartment to Work Inside of VR for 30 Days

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Vive Pro Gets Detailed Teardown Confirming Samsung-made Displays

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Teardown experts iFixit have disassembled the new Vive Pro to see what they could find. In addition to confirming that the headset’s new displays are made by Samsung, the organization also gave the headset a favorable repairability score.

‘Skyrim VR’ for PC Review – a Dragon-sized Feast for the Eyes

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Skyrim VR (2017), Bethesda’s premier virtual reality port of the hit open-world RPG Skyrim (2011) , has finally made its way to PC VR headsets after its November 2017 launch on PlayStation VR.

Social VR App ‘vTime’ Closes $7.6M Series A Investment, AR Experience to Come in 2018

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vTime , the social VR platform, today announced the closure of a $7.6 million (£5.4 million) Series A funding round led by Deepbridge Capital with included investment from Liverpool, UK-based institutional loan and equity provider MSIF.

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VR Photogrammetry Showcase ‘Realities’ is Getting Three New Scenes

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Realities is a VR photogrammetry showcase featuring detailed photogramatic scans from a handful of interesting locations around the world.

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Google Offers High Quality ‘Jump’ 360 Video Stitching with Improved 3D

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Google this week introduced a new “High Quality” option for their Jump Assembler, an automated 3D 360 video stitching service for creators shooting with Jump cameras. The new approach brings more accurate stitching with enhanced depth maps resulting in sharper 3D output.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 VRDK to Offer Ultrasonic 6DOF Controller Tracking

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Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 845 VRDK , a VR headset reference design for hardware and software developers, is now offering 6DOF controller input with ultrasonic tracking.

Dev Behind ‘Mario AR’ Brings ‘Street Fighter II’ to Life with ARKit

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You might know developer Abhishek Singh from his HoloLens version of Super Mario Bros. 1985) that went viral back in June 2017 , or maybe his more recent AR recreation of the iconic scene from The Ring (2002) where the horrifying ghost girl emerges from the TV screen.

The Yang and the Yin of Immersive Storytelling with Oculus’ Yelena Rachitsky

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The future of VR storytelling will be immersive and interactive. Yelena Rachitsky is an executive producer of experiences at Oculus, and she’s been inspired by how interactive narratives have allowed her to feel like a participant who is more engaged, more present, and more alive.

Kat VR Details Upcoming VR Treadmill KAT Walk Mini in New Video

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In response to curiosity from the community, Kat VR , the China-based VR treadmill company, released a new video showing their upcoming small form-factor KAT Walk Mini in action.

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Report: Magic Leap Ships First Wave of Headsets to Small Group of Partners

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Magic Leap, the mysterious augmented reality headset company, has apparently begun shipping its first wave of Magic Leap One AR systems to partners in limited numbers.

Facebook is Using Target Tracking to Unlock AR Experiences From Movie Posters and More

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Facebook is expanding its augmented reality platform to make it possible for developers to create AR content tied to physical objects such as logos, signs and posters.

Researchers Exploit Natural Quirk of Human Vision for Hidden Redirected Walking in VR

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Researches from Stony Brook University, NVIDIA, and Adobe have devised a system which hides so-called ‘redirected walking’ techniques using saccades, natural eye movements which act like a momentary blindspot.

Oculus Rift Increases Lead Over HTC Vive in Steam Majority Market Share

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Valve’s monthly Steam hardware and software survey is out, and it appears Oculus Rift is still gaining momentum over HTC Vive on the Steam platform as the number one VR headset among Steam users.

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British Series ‘Kiss Me First’ Set in a Futuristic VR Metaverse, Coming to Netflix

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In the wake of Steven Spielberg’s latest film Ready Player One (2018) comes a new Netflix series set in the backdrop of a virtual universe. Called Kiss Me First, the psychological thriller takes place in a dark, ominous world where fully-immersive virtual reality is the norm.

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New Jersey Utility Uses Augmented Reality to Visualise Underground Infrastructure

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vGIS, a new geographic information system (GIS) visualisation platform from the Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri) partner Meemim , is being used to view underground infrastructure while wearing Microsoft Hololens.

‘Skyrim VR’ vs. ‘Fallout 4 VR’ – The Best Bethesda RPG in VR

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Bethesda’s recent flatscreen-to-VR ports, Skyrim VR and Fallout 4 VR , face a few common challenges in terms of immersion.

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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HTC Vive Pro Headset Review: Welcomed Improvements Overshadowed By a Steep Price

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