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17,000 Medical Professionals Are Using VR In The Fight Against Coronavirus

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Free VR medical training is helping to bring retired healthcare workers back into service.

Award-Winning AR Storybook App Wonderscope Offering All Stories Free Through June

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Keep the younglings entertained while under lockdown with these educational immersive reading experiences. We’ve never been shy about our love for WITHIN’s children’s AR reading app Wonderscope.

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New Snapchat Lens Creates AR Safe Zone To Promote Social Distancing

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If you must leave your home, make sure to practice safe social distancing. Though it may not seem like it based on the packed beaches and crowded parks, we’re currently dealing with a global pandemic the likes of which we’ve never seen.

YUR Launches Fitness Tracking VR Smartwatch For Oculus Quest

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Track your estimated hear rate, squats, and calories burned without taking off your headset. Fitness-focused VR developer YUR today announced the release of YUR.watch, a virtual smartwatch device compatible with a massive selection of existing PC VR titles, as well as several Oculus Quest releases.

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HTC Announces First-Ever Virtual Industry Conference In Response To Coronavirus

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Alvin Wang envisions how conferences of the future will be done through March’s V2EC2020 conference. The coronavirus (COVID-19) has caused total havoc on all types of travel for vacationers and company employees.

It’s Time To Develop A Consent Framework For Virtual Beings

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The rise of virtual beings leads to new questions regarding the rights of digital representations. Technological advancements mean that we are rapidly approaching a time when artificial agents will be indistinguishable from that of human beings.

VR Grapple Shooter SWARM Swings Its Way Onto Headsets This Summer

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Spider-Man meets classic Centipede in this arcade-style VR shooter. If there’s one thing we’ve learned from games like Windlands and the Spider-Man: Far From Home Virtual Reality Experience , it’s just how fun swinging in VR can be when done right.

Tribeca Film Fest To Release VR Films On Oculus Quest & Go After Coronavirus Cancellation

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15 VR short films scheduled to debut at Tribeca Immersive will be available later this month on standalone Oculus headsets. Last month New York’s annual Tribeca Film Festival announced it would be postponing its film and interactive storytelling programs indefinitely after New York Gov.

Boston Red Sox Fans Visit Fenway Park In AR With Latest Snapchat Lens

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With MLB baseball on hold, the Boston Red Sox turn to AR to reconnect with fans. With nearly all nonessential services shut down due to the Coronavirus, people are desperate to reconnect with their favorite places and activities that have been rendered inaccessible while under lockdown.

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How Location-Based VR Is Finally Breaking Out Of Its Box

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A “location-first” mentality is leading to a whole new wave of location-based immersive entertainment. Strictly speaking, all experiences are location-based (save for the ones we have in our dreams and even then technically they’re bed-based).

World’s Greatest Teacher Delivers VR Math Lesson In Half-Life: Alyx

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Not even an alien invasion can stop this teacher from educating his class. Half-Life: Alyx offers plenty of incredible moments throughout its roughly 10-15 hour campaign. Exciting gunfights, creepy subterranean exploration, unique puzzles sequences, and the list goes on. Surprisingly, however, all players seem to care about is a dirty window and set of markers.

Get Your Sweat On During Quarantine With These Fitness-Focused VR Experiences

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Don’t let the coronavirus outbreak prevent you from getting a great workout. The coronavirus outbreak is proving to be a major disruptor in terms of our day-to-day lives.

Antilatency Showcases Wireless Full-Body Tracking With 10-Person VR Zumba Class

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The company’s 5-point tracking system offers a sleek alternative to bulkier location-based VR solutions. Inside-out tracking provider Antilatency has done some incredible work in the field of location-based entertainment.

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Rumor: Star Wars – The High Republic VR Game Currently In Development

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Lucasfilm’s new publishing campaign will supposedly include a VR tie-in set roughly 200 years before The Phantom Menace. .

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Cyberaction Arena Brings 5v5 Location-Based VR To Oculus Quest

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Battle cowboys, space paratroopers, and terrorists in this competitive arena-scale VR experience. Imagine stepping into a full scale virtual arena where you can choose from being a cowboy in a western, a space paratrooper battling aliens, or special forces battling terrorists.

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New Oculus TV Series Shines A Light On The Transgender Community

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Oculus releases ‘Authentically Us’ in celebration of International Transgender Day of Visibility. Just three months into 2020 and Oculus TV is already crushing it with its selection of captivating 360 and VR180 content.

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Hand Tracking Comes To Nreal AR Glasses

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High fidelity hand tracking lets you pinch, grab, and zoom in AR.

How To Play Gamecube & Wii Games Natively On Oculus Quest

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Players will need a bluetooth controller and their own ROM files. Those familiar with the world of video game emulation are no doubt familiar with the open-source console emulator Dolphin. Originally released in 2003 on Windows, this brilliant piece of software allows players to run Nintendo Gamecube and Wii console games on their Windows, macOS, and Android devices. Last year a user going by the name Pixelacos on YouTube posted a video of Dolphin running natively on an Oculus Quest headset.

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2020 NAMM Show Highlights The Growing Impact Of Immersive Technology On Live Music

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“The world’s largest trade-only music event” shined a spotlight on how VR and AR are changing how artists perform live.

Valve Index Headsets Back On Sale This Monday, Just In Time For Half-Life: Alyx

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Sales start March 9th at 10am PT via the Steam digital storefront. .

Dr. Seuss’s AR Alphabet App Lets Kids Direct Their Own Seuss-tastic Adventures

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Seuss Enterprises’ first AR experience exposes a new generation of users to the legendary children’s author. . Available now on compatible iOS devices, Dr. Suess’s ABC – An Amazing AR Alphabet!

Holoswitch Turns Your Phone Into A Security Camera While In VR

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Answer calls, respond to texts and view your real-world surroundings while in VR. Available now in early access, Holoswitch is a mobile app for SteamVR that lets you interact with your smartphone without having to take off your VR headset.

Jaw-Dropping Oculus TV Documentary ‘Everest VR’ Is An Absolute Must-Watch

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The three-part VR docuseries features an incredible selection of breath-taking shots captured in immersive stereoscopic 360. Standing at an incredible 29,029 feet, Mount Everest is the highest mountain in the world above sea level.

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Willy Wonka-Style Tour Of Valve HQ Includes Half-Life: Alyx Demo

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The one hour visit will include a VR demo, tour, and meet-and-greet at the companies’ home-base in Bellevue, Washington.

California Fire Department Using VR To Train Recruits How To Fight Wildfires

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VR technology offers firefighters-in-training realistic training scenarios. In 2019 alone, over 6,402 fires have been recorded in California.

Somnium Space Launches Social VR Platform Powered By Ethereum Blockchain

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Own virtual land and design your own home in Somnium 2.0. Somnium Space is an open-source social VR world powered by blockchain and shaped entirely by its users, allowing them to buy digital land where they can build VR homes and buildings.

Russian Farmers Using VR To Calm Their Cows And Increase Milk Production

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An emotionally-stable cow is a happy cow. Somewhere northwest of Moscow on a dairy farm in Krasnogorsk roams a herd of VR-wearing cows immersed in a serene summer pasture tailor-made for bovine enjoyment.

Netherlands-Based VR Arena Aims To Bring Full-Body Esports To Mainstream Audiences

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Active Esports Arena Eindhoven promises a competitive VR experience that’s as much fun to watch as it is to play. This week marked the launch of Active Esports Arena Eindhoven, a full-body VR esports facility that blends immersive gaming with physical sports. .

Couch Live WebVR Hangout Lets You Watch TV With Others No Matter What Their Device

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Stave off those quarantine blues with this easily accessible VR hangout experience. Couch Live is a webVR app that is accessible from any device such as your smartphone or computer, but best experienced through a VR headset. .

Niantic’s Latest AR Game Turns The Entire Earth Into One Giant Game Of Catan

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Pokemon Go meets Settlers of Catan in Catan – World Explorers. First released in 1995 to a small, but passionate group of fans, award-winning strategy game Settlers of Catan would eventually go on to become one of the most influential board games ever released.

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Sundance: Aquatic VR Experience Simulates Outer Space By Lying You Face-Down In A Pool

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Spaced Out ditches gravity to immerse you in a mind-bending trip through the cosmos.

How A Small Handful Of Adorable Dragons Are Leading The Way For VR Pets

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Beast Pets demonstrates how virtual companions can have a genuine emotional impact on users. “Go Go fetch, Tux!” I knew he couldn’t fully understand me, but nevertheless Tux made his way over to the red and white ball I had just thrown across the small park.

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The Rise Of Virtual Beings – K/DA, Lil Miquela, Hatsune Miku, VTubers

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From musicians to Instagram models, artificial personalities are taking over the entertainment industry. Welp, we had a good run, humanity. After spending decades at the top of the entertainment food chain, technology has once again claimed another victim with the rise of the Virtual Being.

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Fable Studio Announces Its 2019 Virtual Being Grant Winners

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The first batch of grants go to radical ideas at the heart of the virtual beings community. In Edward Saatchi’s professional opinion, virtual beings will have a significant impact on our daily lives.

World Bank Turns To VR Filmmaking To Fight Global Poverty

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Sparking action against global poverty using the power of VR filmmaking. The numbers are horrific. 3 billion people around the globe are living on less than $2.50 per day, including the 1.2 billion living in extreme poverty, existing on less than $1.25 per day. .

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First-Of-Its-Kind Mixed Reality Fitness Game Makes Its Way To Vive Focus Plus

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HitMotion: Reloaded blends VR, MR, and exercise to create a truly unique fitness experience. It’s safe to say VR changed the way people think of video games. With the introduction of immersive entertainment, gaming is no longer a strictly sedentary experience.

VR Technology Reunites Grieving Mother With Her Deceased Child

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South Korean documentary ‘I Met You’ shows how VR technology is bringing the dead back to life. We’ve seen VR technology used in a variety of incredible ways, but nothing quite as extraordinary as bringing the dead back to life.