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Where Thoughts Go review: an emotional journey in VR

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Where Thoughts Go is an emotional virtual reality experience developed by Lucas Rizzotto , a very smart XR developer and community member.

LooxidVR is a virtual reality headset that can analyze your emotions

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When I wrote my post about CES 2018 , I briefly talked about a headset called LooxidVR, able to “read the emotions” of the user by employing a combination of EEG sensors and eye tracking. Looxid VR has also won an innovation award at CES.

HTC Vive Focus launched worldwide: an enterprise standalone headset, starting from $599

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After a long wait, finally, the Vive Focus is ready to exit from its home country. You will be able to finally buy it in Europe and North America for $599, from the dedicated page on the HTC website. HTC Vive Focus Specs.

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All you need to know about the leaked Valve VR headset: is Half-Life 3/2 coming?

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The VR ecosystem is in fibrillation because of the leak of a possible upcoming next-gen Valve HMD headset. But what do we know about it? Well, in this article I’ll try to summarize all that we know and all the main speculations regarding it.

NASA JPL may have given us a preview of next gen HoloLens

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It’s L.E.A.P. Conference time and everyone is only talking about Magic Leap in these days. But today, we may also have some cool news about next gen HoloLens: in a video, we may have spotted its future appearance.

Anime VR: present and future of a new medium

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Today I feature a very interesting blog post about Virtual Reality anime by Fedotov Maxim. If you like anime and you like virtual reality (as my buddy Max, to whom I dedicate this post), I’m sure that you will appreciate a lot this article.

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Magic Leap’s John Gaeta talks about the future of cinema, storytelling and mixed reality

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One of the best moments ever at View Conference 2018 , has been when I was able to interview John Gaeta. If you don’t know who John Gaeta is… well, he is the inventor of the bullet-time of the movie The Matrix.

How to use Casting to stream your Oculus Go content to Phone or PC

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At Oculus Connect 5 , Oculus has announced Casting, an amazing feature that lets you stream the content of an Oculus Go to a smartphone. But how to use it? And is it possible to use it also to stream to PC? Keep reading and you will know that.

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4 hard lessons on VR startup life that I’ve learned attending events

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Hello all! As I’ve told you in my newsletter, this period I’m travelling to attend events to try to spread awareness for my consultancy company New Technology Walkers.

View Conference 2018: What does holophonic, ambisonic and spatialized audio mean?

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Today at View Conference 2018 I attended a very interesting workshop by Gianni Ricciardi and Matteo Milani about immersive sound. I absolutely wanted to attend it, because I know that audio is very important for immersion in virtual reality , but I have a great lack of knowledge in that field.

How to update your Oculus Go and Vive Focus

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Today I decided to take my Oculus Go out of its box again after a lot of time of inactivity.

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Baobab Studios talks about the development of “Crow: The Legend”, a movie that deserves to be watched in virtual reality

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Donald Greenberg: virtual reality is still a baby, we’ll need 20 years for photorealism

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There are days when I’m really happy to be a blogger. The day when I interviewed Donald Greenberg is one of these days. Donald Greenberg is one of the fathers of the CGI.

Virtual Reality is reaching a mature state according to Gartner

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Some days ago, while browsing the Facebook group VIRTUAL REALITY, I found a post comparing the Gartner Hype Cycle 2017 and 2018. The results of the comparison were basically two: Augmented Reality has not moved in the graph; Virtual Reality has disappeared.

NVIDIA talks about RTX 2080 graphics cards and virtual reality

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When NVIDIA announced the RTX 2080 graphics cards , I was there. I watched Jensen Huang announcing the new graphics cards with amazing features like real-time raytracing and variable rate shading.

My predictions for Oculus Connect 5

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Next week, on September 26th-27th, Oculus will perform its annual showcase event: Oculus Connect , that has now arrived at its 5th edition.

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Robert Rodriguez’s The Limit review: a crazy VR action movie

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I love Robert Rodriguez. I like his style in directing movies and I like the emotions that he’s able to foster in me thanks to his movies.

View Conference 2018: National Film Board of Canada offers us interesting VR storytelling tips

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Today I’ve attended my first lecture at View Conference : the Masterclass “Artist-Driven Immersive Work” by Eloi Champagne and Martin Viau, of the National Film Board of Canada.

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Oculus Connect 5 mega round-up: all you need to know about Oculus Quest and the other announcements!

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As it is tradition of this little blog, I will write a full round-up of the Oculus Connect 5 , the very important Oculus event that has been held in San Jose on 26th and 27th of September (2018).

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HTC Vive announces 6 DOF controllers for Vive Focus and teases hand tracking for Vive Pro

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Today it’s a great day for virtual reality: at WCVRI conference, HTC has just announced a kit to provide 6 DOF controllers for Vive Focus and has showcased a hands-tracking technology for the Vive Pro !

Oculus Referral program issues: Rift codes are temporarily suspended

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Close to Black Friday, Oculus has launched a cool referral program , that lets you give a special code to a friend of yours so that both you and he/she will get discounts and store credit.

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How to suppress the controller pairing popup in your Vive Focus app

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Today I want to propose you a quick solution for one big problem of the Vive Focus apps: the controller pairing popup always appearing in front of your eyes.

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Oculus Quest vs Vive Focus: let the battle begin

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The Vive Focus was most probably the best VR standalone on the market when Oculus last week announced what will be the first consumer 6DOF VR standalone headset. And so here we are again: Oculus vs HTC, America vs China, Hugo Barra vs Alvin Wang Graylin. The never-ending story.

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VIEW Conference 2018 will host amazing XR talks and workshops

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I’m very happy to talk about a very important event that will take place very soon in my city of Turin (Italy): the VIEW Conference. The VIEW Conference is an annual conference focused on Computer Graphics that is held in my city and that has now arrived at its 19th edition.

Oculus announces Oculus Quest: 6 DOF, Snapdragon 835 VR, disruptive $399 price

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In the end, the time has come: Oculus has officially revealed the name and the price of the Santa Cruz headset. Its name will be Oculus Quest and will cost $399. I followed today’s OC5 conference via Facebook streaming only for this moment and Oculus has not disappointed my expectations.

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Vive Immersive Labs experiment demonstrates that VR can really help in learning a new language

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Some weeks ago I interviewed Mr. Chen of Vive Immersive Labs regarding the interesting research that HTC is conducting regarding the applications of virtual reality.

The world is your dancefloor with Beat Reality

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Today is a great day for me because finally there is a second app of mine on Viveport. It is called Beat Reality and it is a super innovative musical mixed reality experience for the Vive Focus. The root of all this is still the #30DaysInVR initiative by Enea Le Fons.

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PanguVR mixes virtual reality and artificial intelligence to revolutionize interior design

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When I went to China , one of the companies that I wanted to visit was PanguVR , but unluckily its CEO was not available at that time because of some business stuff he had to do.

View Conference 2018: Museum of Symmetry review: one of the best creative VR experiences I’ve tried

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During the talk of the National Film Board of Canada at View Conference 2018 , the speakers Eloi Champagne and Martin Viau talked about one of the experiences they have developed, called Museum of Symmetry , that was like a cartoon in virtual reality.

Analyzing Oculus Santa Cruz patent images

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Yesterday I was reading the comments on Reddit regarding my post with the predictions for Oculus Connect 5 and the kind redditor /u/SilverWhite2 provided me the link to the latest available patent with the design of Santa Cruz.

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Scraper: First Strike looks like an interesting VR action game

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I had the pleasure to talk with Jim R. Ivon, the CEO of Labrodex , an indie game studio that is working an interesting action VR game called Scraper: First Strike. I talked with him about the game and the hurdles of being an indie VR developer. Doesn’t this sound cool to you?

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An amazing day at HTC Vive, trying SteamVR multiroom, Vive Wireless Adapter and Vive Focus gesture tracking

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Two days ago, I’ve been at HTC Vive Chinese headquarters in Beijing. It has been a really amazing day, where I have been able to try some amazing HTC tech demos (more on this later on! Don’t miss it!) and especially to talk with some special people.

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Vive Focus 6 DOF Controllers dev-kit specifications: ultrasound-based tracking, 180° horizontal FOV

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The news of the day is that finally we do know something about the upcoming Vive Focus 6 DOF Controllers dev-kit specifications. If you don’t know what I’m talking about: well, the Vive Focus is the standalone headset produced by HTC.

How to fix Vive controllers not working inside SteamVR games

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We all love virtual reality, but sometimes it gives us big headaches. And not because of the motion sickness , but because something doesn’t work.

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7Invensun aGlass DK II unboxing, setup and review: a great dev kit for eye tracking in VR

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In China I met the company 7Invensun , that is a worldwide leader for what concerns eye tracking. Being them very kind, they gave me as a gift an aGlass DK II eye tracking add on for HTC Vive and I used it to experiment with eye tracking interfaces.

A crazy night at the discotheque with the virtual reality app Beat Reality

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Who said that the life of developers is boring? I’ve spent the last Saturday night in a real discotheque in Milan to make people try our virtual reality experience Beat Reality and I really had tons of fun.

The Ghost’s Spotlight: oVRshot, Microsoft Maquette and The Great C

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Today I inaugurate a new column of this blog called “The Ghost’s Spotlight” in which I try to put the spotlight on some interesting VR projects that I tried or that I got to know.

Samsung hints at a future mixed reality headset (and at unsolvable problems for Gear VR)

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When in 2015 I had my first Samsung Gear VR, I was amazed: finally, I could enjoy high-quality tether-less virtual reality. Yes, it was a 3 DOF toy, so I couldn’t move my head in games, but it was the first time I tried a sensation of freedom in VR.

Magic Leap’s LEAP Con 2018 round-up: all the major announcements in only one place

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Magic Leap has just organized its first developers’ event, dubbed “L.E.A.P.” ” It has taken place in LA in October, 9-10th 2018 and has been attended by various believers, innovators, developers and journalists.

A journey in some interesting Italian VR startups at Milan Games Week 2018: AnotheReality, Beyond The Gate and many more!

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This Saturday I have been to the Milano Games Week. If you don’t know what it is, I can describe it as the little Italian brother of the Gamescom: it is much smaller, but it features anyway a lot of games , both from popular major players and from indies.

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Nathan Phail-Liff: Ready At Dawn is excited about the Quest, Echo Combat will come with surprises at launch

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Raise your hand if you like Echo Arena and Echo Combat. Imagine me raising mine in this moment). We all love those amazing games, that are developed by a game studio called Ready At Dawn.

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Gamescom 2018 Day 0: NVIDIA reveals RTX 2080 series graphics cards

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The Gamescom has not begun yet, but it has already been exciting. Today, the day before the start of the kermesse, NVIDIA has organized the event in which the new GTX 11 graphics cards should have been announced.

Vive Focus enter version 2.0 at VEC 2018

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“Hold my beer”: this is what the Vive Focus has told to all other standalone headsets yesterday at the Vive Ecosystem Conference in Shenzhen. The headset has taken a big step forward with the 2.0

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