Japanese Convenience Stores To Begin Employing VR-Controlled Robots


Japanese store chain Family mart hopes to have robotic employees working in 20 branches by 2022. Imagine walking into your local convenience store only to find the usual checkout person had been replaced by a remote-controlled robot operated in VR by a human being located hundreds of miles away.

Creating Real Family Memories Under Lockdown With The Alcove VR App


Travel the globe, share family photos, and play games with loved ones of all ages in this unique social VR experience. Connecting with family isn’t always easy, especially in today’s climate.

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John Legend Performs Live In VR To Raise Awareness Towards Mass Incarceration


The GRAMMY award-winning artist just set a new standard for live VR performances.

How Researchers Are Using Machine Learning To Make VR Sword Fights More Realistic


En garde! Researchers at the University of Bath in Somerset, United Kingdom, have partnered with Cambridge-based game studio Ninja Theory ( Hellblade VR, DmC: Devil May Cry, Enslaved: Odyssey to the West ) to deliver more realistic, data-driven sword fighting in VR.

‘Star Wars: Squadrons’ First-Person Space Dogfighting Game Announced For VR Headsets


5v5 multiplayer dogfights and a single player campaign confirmed. Fans of 1998’s Star Wars: Rogue Squadron are in for a serious treat!

Snapchat AR Lenses Update Adds Voice Commands, Shared Worlds, Dog & Plant Scanner


Snap Inc. goes all-in on AR with improvements to Lens Studio and the Snapchat app. This week Snap Inc.

Olfactory Engineering: The Future Of Multisensory VR Could Be Scent-Based


OVR Technology CEO Aaron Wisniewski provides fascinating insights into the world of olfactory engineering. . We use all of our senses to understand and interpret the world around us.

Mixed Reality App Immerses You In The Historic Battle Of Gettysburg


Scott Eastwood narrates this educational AR 360-degree experience from QuantumERA. This Wednesday marks the historic 157th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, a gruesome three-day conflict fought in and around the town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania during the American Civil War.

Test Your Woodworking Skills In VR With ‘Vrkshop,’ Arriving Next Month On PC VR


Measure twice, cut once.

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Newly Leaked Photo Hints At Potential VR Support For Cyberpunk 2077


Those VR treadmills look awfully suspicious… First reported by Wccftech , earlier this morning a Reddit user by the name of u/Server16ark released a photo that was supposedly taken at a Chinese press event for CD Projekt Red’s highly-anticipated action-adventure RPG Cyberpunk 2077.

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The Varjo VR-2 Pro Boldly Goes Where No VR Headset Has Gone Before


A high-end HMD perfect for safety-critical training simulations. I love covering this industry, the pace of innovation is awesome, and watching companies large and small vie for market share with powerful and revolutionary tech is inspiring. We have come a long way.

Hipster Bait Helps Musicians Reach New Fans Using A Pokémon GO-Like AR Experience


Discover the latest underground music by exploring your local city in this location-based AR experience. There was a time when discovering new music from lesser-known acts meant scouring local clubs or flipping through vinyl at the local record store.

WWF Partners With Oculus On VR Nature Documentary Series Shot In Cinematic 5.7k


PHORIA’s three-part series launches June 8th on Oculus Quest and Go. Award-winning immersive tech studio PHORIA this week announced the launch of an ambitious new VR documentary series featuring never-before-seen stereoscopic 3D-180 VR footage shot in stunning 5.7k.

Facebook’s Head Of AR & VR Shows Off Futuristic Mixed Reality Workspace


Check out this next-gen office powered by Oculus’ Passthrough technology. Earlier this week Facebook’s head of AR & VR Andrew “Boz” Bosworth showed off an experimental mixed reality workspace powered via prototype Oculus hardware.

Rumor: ‘Apple Glass’ AR Headset Will Retail At $499, Works With iPhone


New leaks may reveal additional information regarding Apple’s long-rumored AR device.

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Katy Perry?s Mixed Reality Performance On American Idol Was A Virtual Showstopper


American Idol ends its latest season with a virtual bang. This Sunday marked the conclusion of season 18 of American Idol. The long-running singing competition switched to a virtual format this past April as a direct result of the ongoing COVID-19 lockdowns.

VR Mil-Sim ‘Onward’ Oculus Quest Release Date Announced, Cross-Play Confirmed


Check out the brand new trailer for this highly-anticipated standalone port. A little more than a year after the initial announcement , developer Downpour Interactive and publisher Coatsink today revealed an official July 30th release date for Onward on Oculus Quest.

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Bigscreen VR Announces Built-In Video Player


Share you personal videos without the need of a VR-ready PC. Since the launch of the social VR platform Bigscreen , movie fans have been jumping into VR to checkout a huge catalog of awesome 2D and 3D blockbuster flicks alongside friends and strangers from across the globe.

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Facebook Purchases Echo VR Developer Ready At Dawn


Oculus Studios announces yet another addition to their team of veteran developers. It seems as though Facebook just can’t help itself when it comes to purchasing accomplished developers.

COVID-19 VR Training With Virus-Free Headsets


Two women-founded XR companies have partnered to provide free COVID-19 training.

Miniature Beat Saber Powered By Oculus Quest Hand Tracking Looks Incredible


All the fun of Beat Games’ VR rhythm slasher, minus the physical exercise.

Italian Airport Using Terrifying Thermal Scanning AR Headsets Amid COVID-19 Outbreak


YOU HAVE 20 SECONDS TO COMPLY! Thermal scanning technology has proven to be an invaluable tool in combating the spread of COVID-19 these past few months.

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WalkinVR Looks To Make PC VR More Accessible To Disabled Users


Disabled users can play SteamVR games using a new tool that offers four types of assistance.

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Artivive Is Bringing Classical Works Of Art To Life In AR


The future of art is multi-dimensional; Artivive is making sure of that. . Founded in 2017 by Sergiu Ardelean and Codin Popescu, the pair began with high hopes of using emerging technology to change the art world’s approach to creating and sharing works.

Half-Life: Alyx?s Surprise Liquid Physics Update Looks Good Enough To Drink


Quench your virtual thirst with the ‘Boozy Liquid Shader.’

Report: Facebook Working On New Oculus Quest With Improved Design & Controls


Bloomberg reports Facebook is working on a new, more comfortable Oculus Quest. Bloomberg is reporting that Facebook is currently working on a new Oculus Quest headset featuring a lighter physical design and faster refresh rates, resulting in a significantly more comfortable in-headset experience.

Adventure Lab Offers VR Escape Rooms With Live Hosts On Oculus Quest


Team-up with friends online for a one-of-a-kind remote location-based experience. Created by the newly launched company Adventure Lab , Dr. Crumb’s School for Disobedient Pets is a live-hosted multiplayer game brings to life the fantasy tabletop role-playing genre in a way only VR can.

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Admix Raises $7M To Develop ‘Non-Intrusive’ Ads For VR & AR


Keep a look out for virtual billboards advertising your favorite products. Thanks in large part to the growing demand for social and mobile gaming, in-game advertising is on a monumental rise.

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Mickey Mouse AR Game Brings New Disney Attraction To Your Living Room


Customize your own racetrack and hit the pavement as Mickey, Minnie, and Goofy.

Tetris-Inspired PvP VR Game Battle Blocks Coming To Oculus Quest


A multiplayer PvP VR game directly inspired by the 1986 classic. Originally released in 1986 on the long since-forgotten Electronika 60, legendary tile-matching puzzle game Tetris has seen nearly every adaptation under the sun.

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Enjoy Fourth Of July Fireworks From Home With This Free AR Experience


Log into the TotalAR app on July 4th for a 12-minute spectacle delivered straight to your doorstep. Ohio-based immersive technology developer Holopundits isn’t about to let the COVID-19 outbreak stop you from enjoying this year’s Fourth of July festivities.

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First-Person Sonic VR Fan-Game ‘Virtua Sonic’ Heading To PC VR


Navigate a series of high-speed obstacles as the world’s fastest mammal in this fan-made experience.

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Half-Life: Alyx Mod Recreates Kojima?s Terrifying P.T. In VR


The now-infamous psychological horror demo returns as a HL:A Workshop mod.

Facebook Discontinues Oculus Go, Will Allow Even More Apps On Quest


Facebook will stop accepting new apps this December as the company refocuses its efforts on 6DoF VR. Welp, we knew this day would come eventually.

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Creators Of Pokémon GO & Sleep No More Partnering On AR Theater Experiences


Niantic and Punchdrunk to produce 10 new immersive theater experiences powered by augmented reality. When it comes to location-based AR gaming, San Francisco-based developer Niantic is at the top of the food chain.

PlayStation’s Dreams VR Expansion Lets You Create & Share PS VR Games


Create your own interactive games and environments, no prior experience required.

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Resident Evil 8 Will Support VR According To Reports


Reports state the next installment will feature a first-person perspective and the return of RE7 protagonist Ethan Winters.

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