Amazon Launches ‘Prime Video VR’, Commits to Building up VR Video Library

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Amazon today announced the launch of Prime Video VR on Oculus Quest, Go, and Gear VR. In addition to bringing the entire Prime Video catalog onto the headsets, Amazon is also for the first time adding VR content to its Prime Video library. Image courtesy Amazon.

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Amazon to Begin Selling VR Apps Through New HTC Partnership

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Amazon will soon begin selling VR apps on its massive digital marketplace through a new partnership with HTC. The company’s partnership with Amazon will allow customers to buy Viveport apps directly on the Amazon marketplace. HTC Steam Amazon amazon vr htc htc viveport

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Amazon Brings Augmented Reality Product Previews to iOS App

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Simply tap the camera in the Amazon app and then tap ‘AR View’ to browse products in AR—containing everything from chairs to teapots. Amazon’s ‘AR View’ is exclusive to iPhones for now. Some of our articles feature Amazon affiliate links.

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Update: Oculus Rift + Touch Immediately Sells Out After Start of Amazon Prime Day

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If you’re already an Amazon Prime Member, or looking to become one starting today, Amazon’s annual Prime Day is here to help you spend that hard earned cash on at very least an Oculus Rift. Update (July 16th, 3:53 PM ET) : It appears Amazon USA is already out of stock.

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Best Holiday Vive Deal Yet, Today Only: Deluxe Audio Strap, ‘Fallout 4 VR’ and $100 Amazon Gift Card

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If the HTC’s Black Friday deal wasn’t attractive enough to convince you into finally grabbing that Vive headset you’ve been eyeing, Amazon is ‘reviving’ the $600 Black Friday deal today and throwing in a $100 Amazon gift card. image courtesy Amazon.

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Amazon Hires Former Tribeca Director To Work On VR Content

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Amazon’s plans for VR content still remain under wraps, but the company recently made a significant hire that gives us a small glimpse into what it’s working on. This week, The Hollywood Reporter noted that she had been hired by Amazon Studios to work on VR content. A member of the Amazon Video PR team has validated the report to UploadVR, though the company declined to provide any further information. Tagged with: Amazon , amazon video , Genna Terranova.

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Lenovo Mirage Solo on Sale for $320 at Amazon US

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Launched right on the heels of the Oculus Go earlier this summer, the Lenovo Mirage Solo, the company’s standalone Daydream headset, is currently selling for an $80 discount off the original $400 price tag on Amazon US.

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Amazon Is Working On ‘A Completely New VR Shopping Experience’

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Tracking Amazon’s work in VR can be tricky, as the company is famously quiet in response to media inquiries while seemingly being involved in multiple areas. Amazon is looking for a Sr. The listing states that the company is looking to “revolutionize online shopping for millions of customers worldwide” while seeking someone to “lead the development of a completely new VR shopping experience at Amazon.” VR Industry News Amazon

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Vuzix Blade Adds Google Assistant Beta to Extend Its Voice Assistant Capabilities

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Smartglasses maker Vuzix made a big splash at CES 2018 with the inclusion of Amazon's Alexa voice assistant among the AR superpowers of its consumer-centric Blade smartglasses. Now, it's time to tell Alexa to make room, as Vuzix is bringing Google Assistant support to Blade.

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Amazon’s Sumerian Is A Web-Based Development Service For VR/AR Apps

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Amazon revealed its new Web-based AR and VR editor called Sumerian. The service includes a library of pre-built objects to use but according to Amazon you can also use assets from Sketchfab or Turbosquid. Google also recently launched Poly, its 3D object library. ” Tagged with: Amazon Facebook Twitter Reddit More. Development VR Industry News Amazon

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Amazon willing to team up with Apple and Google

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s Google if it would help improve customers’ experience with its Alexa voice-activated virtual assistant , an executive working on the platform said. on productivity features for Alexa such as calendar interactions, will put the user first in pursuit of any other partnerships, said Toni Reid, Amazon’s vice president of Alexa and Echo devices, who has been on the team since 2014. The team is currently working hard building the speech and language solutions behind the Amazon Echo.

Tvori’s Christmas Competition Lets You Use VR To Win Amazon Vouchers

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The VR animation app is running a Christmas competition with Amazon vouchers up for grabs. Full disclosure – I’m going to be a judge on the competition alongside the likes of Tipatat Chennavasin, General Partner at The Venture Reality Fund, Mike Morris, Storyboard Artist and Revisionist on DuckTales at Disney ABC Television Group and Estella Tse, Virtual Reality Artist and Designer, Artist in Residence with Google and Adobe.

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Amazon Wants You to Wake up and Travel with Alexa

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Amazon, hoping to replicate the success of its Echo device , is poised to extend its eyes and ears into every part of your life with the launch of new voice-controlled and camera-equipped Alexa devices designed for bedrooms, living rooms and even your car.

The renaissance of silicon will create industry giants

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Of course, the big AI players like Google (with its custom Tensor Processing Unit chips) and Amazon (which has created an AI chip for its Echo smart speaker) are also creating their own architectures. Navin Chaddha. Contributor. Navin Chaddha leads Mayfield.

Amazon’s New Smart Goggles Might Make Sense, If Alexa Is Everywhere

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I’m not a fan of smart goggles, the awkward device Google tried to pawn off on us a few years ago for a high price tag. Google Glass failed because it didn’t really offer that much functionality, and Google didn’t actually convince anyone it made sense to wear glasses. And yet news about Amazon making smart goggles caught my attention , because — while I never warmed up to the idea — I can see the benefit for anyone who already wears glasses anyway.

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Creating VR Content With Zero Coding Skills

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Image Credit: Amazon. Sumerian by Amazon. The Varwin software interface is based on Google’s Blockly visual language. News Amazon Sumerian BrioVR EngageVR Varwin VR DevelopmentFour platforms to build original VR projects without any programming experience.

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The New Google Daydream View VR Headset Has Arrived

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At first glance, the second generation of Google’s Daydream View VR headset may not look much different. Available in stores today and coinciding with the release of Google’s Pixel 2 phone, Daydream View is an improvement—but you’re probably not going to notice until you actually put it on.

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CES: Rokid unveils AR glasses prototype

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The company, better known for its home assistant products (that bear similarities in looks and functionality to Amazon’s Alexa Dot and Google’s Home Mini), appears to be making its first foray into the augmented reality space. The glasses run a variant of Android 6.0 — suggesting it may eventually leverage Google’s ARCore to build out a software base as the product heads towards commercialization later this year.

Learn to Fly: Google Earth VR tips

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Without a doubt one of the most stunning educational virtual reality experiences is Google Earth VR. Google Earth VR gives you Superman-like powers, allowing you to fly around the world at speed. Download Google Earth VR from Steam for free by clicking here

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Power and Responsibility: Highlights from Microsoft Build

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McQuire points to the fact that this follows similar moves made by Amazon Web Services over the past 12 months, and sees it as a clear statement of intent at gaining developer mindshare against Google ahead of its own developer event, Google I/O which also happens this week.

Google Daydream Support Arrives For Samsung Galaxy S8 And S8+

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This means the Galaxy S8 line of phones are the first ever to support both the Oculus-powered Gear VR ecosystem and Google’s budding Daydream platform. We first found out the support would officially be coming back in May of this year with some hints that it was just around the corner only a couple of weeks ago and now today Google made it official with an announcement GIF on Twitter linking to the Google blog. Google VR (@googlevr) July 31, 2017.

Tellables Unveils Its Lineup Of Virtual Storytellers At 2019 Alexa Conference

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Since the introduction of the Amazon Alexa and Google Home, Tellables , an app developer specializing in voice-driven storytelling, has been delivering easily-accessible audio tales through these voice assistant devices via simplistic commands, such as “Alexa, open my box of chocolates” or “Alexa, open Tricky Genie.” Teaming up with Amazon, the company has now set its sights on more visual storytelling through its use of virtual human storytellers.

‘AR As A Feature’ Is The Best Use Of AR Tech Right Now, And Amazon Gets It

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In addition to creating new standalone apps, both Apple’s ARKit and Google’s counterpart, ARCore, offer developers and companies an opportunity to engage users of their existing apps with new AR features. One of the best examples of “AR as a feature” is Amazon’s addition of “ AR View ” into its main mobile shopping app. Again, Amazon has done this well by introducing it through the camera icon on the Home Screen.

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These Are The Stocks You Could Buy To Invest In The VR Industry

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billion from companies listed below like Google and Qualcomm. Google – NASDAQ: GOOG – Cardboard, Google VR, Daydream & Tango, VR cameras, Tilt Brush. Amazon – NASDAQ: AMZN – VR Content & Game Engine. Amazon – NASDAQ: AMZN – VR content.

Google’s Gradient Ventures Joins $58 Million Investment In AR Startup Mojo Vision

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Mojo Vision , an under-the-radar augmented reality (AR) startup that has yet to reveal exactly what it’s building, announced that it has raised $58 million in a series B round of funding from Google’s Gradient Ventures, Advantech Capital, HP Tech Ventures, Motorola Solutions Venture Capital, Bold Capital Partners, LG Electronics, Kakao Ventures, and Stanford StartX.

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Now with Netflix, HBO, and NextVR, Daydream Rises to Top VR Platform for Video

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Google’s Daydream Android VR platform just got a lot more watchable. While Gear VR has been the exclusive home of Netflix VR since September 2015, the app has now landed on Daydream , Google’s Android VR platform.

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Lenovo Mirage Solo Daydream Headset Now Available For Pre-order at $400

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You can pre-order Lenovo Mirage Solo on Amazon for $400 with a release date of May 6th. Based on Google’s Daydream Android VR ecosystem, the headset’s biggest claim to fame is its 6 degrees of freedom (6DoF) tracking, which allows for room-scale positional tracking.

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Gap And Google Just Showed Us How AR Shopping Will Work

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Other brands like Alibaba and Amazon are already making moves towards VR shopping experiences. Tagged with: ar , asus , Gap , google , shopping. AR ar asus Gap google shoppingInnovation across industries is being inspired by emerging AR and VR software and hardware, a fact that was made clear today during the ASUS press conference at CES 2017.

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Google Is Opening Up Its Virtual Reality Field Trips To Everyone

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On the heels of Amazon’s entry into the learning materials market, Google also revealed to the knowledge of public a series of product announcements aimed at expanding the use of Google products and technologies in the classroom setting.

Get ready for a new era of personalized entertainment

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When you use Youtube, Facebook, Google, Amazon, Twitter, Netflix or Spotify, algorithms select what gets recommended to you. Jarno M. Koponen. Contributor. Jarno M. Koponen is working on intelligent systems and human-centered personalization.

Lenovo And Google’s VR180 Camera Goes Up For Pre-Order

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Lenovo and Google’s standalone Daydream headset, the Mirage Solo, has been available to pre-order for about a week now, and now you can grab the other half of the pair’s VR offerings, too. The Mirage VR camera, which was introduced alongside the Solo at CES 2018, can now be pre-ordered for $299 on Amazon. The device is one of the first to carry Google’s new VR180 label. Can Lenovo and Google bring VR to a mainstream audience with these new products?

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Lenovo Mirage VR180 Camera Now Available for Pre-order, Launches May 4th

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You can now pre-order Lenovo Mirage Camera on Amazon , although retailer release dates may vary. Lenovo has told Road to VR that it will launch officially on May 4th despite Amazon’s advertised May 6th release.

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This App Lets You Control Your Smarthome Lights via Augmented Reality

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Voice-activated digital assistants from Amazon, Apple, and Google currently have the upper hand for home automation integrations, but a new augmented reality mobile app promises to give homeowners and renters visual control over their connected appliances.

AR+VR Weekly: Tim Cook’s AR prediction, Google VR Skates and Toyota’s use of HoloLens

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Google VR Skates and Toyota’s use of HoloLens. And a new patent suggests Google may be working on a pair of motorized VR roller skates. 8th Wall and Amazon Sumerian join forces to use AR to promote the latest Spider-man movie ( Next Reality ).

Nokia Technologies Partners With Disney To Film The Future of VR

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Nokia Technologies today announced a partnership with Disney to explore the creation of virtual reality (VR) content in filmmaking using Nokia’s OZO, the world’s first VR camera, to film behind-the-scenes movie extras.