Austin’s Rapidly Growing VR Community

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Does Austin have the largest VR community outside of Los Angeles? I was familiar with Austin, Texas because of SXSW — having attended with my previous employer, Emblematic Group. The VR community in Austin was a bit of a late bloomer compared to other cities.

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‘AR/VR Austin’ 2017 to Explore Political Climate & its Impact on the VR/AR Industry

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AR/VR Austin returns for its third successive year, presenting a mini-conference named ‘Alternative Realities’. Tickets for AR/VR Austin 2017 are available via Eventbrite.

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Watch The Latest From Unity At Unite Austin

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It’s about time for another one of Unity’s many, lengthy press conferences, this time coming from Austin, Texas. The next Unite showing kicks off today, and we’re expecting plenty of updates from John Riccitiello and co at the show. You can watch it below at 4pm PT/7pm ET.

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Go Behind The Scenes Of Austin City Limits With New VR Series

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Austin City Limits is back for its 43rd season celebrating music from some of the world’s biggest artists, and you can go behind the scenes with the help of VR.

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Exploring Near-Future Moral Quandaries with INVAR Studios

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I previously interviewed Cosco at VRLA last year , and I had a chance to talk with INVAR’s co-founder & chief creative officer Vincent Edwards & creative director Austin Conroy on their thoughts on the future of storytelling in VR at Kaleidoscope VR’s FIRST LOOK VR Market.

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Run The Jewels Star In New 360 VR Documentary Series ACL: Backstage

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According to a prepared statement, “The series, shot in 6K 360° Video and created by SubVRsive and ACL, in partnership with Google and sponsored by Apple Music, gives an up-close look at some of the season’s most iconic performances and takes viewers backstage to hear from the artists before they step under the lights at Austin’s famous Moody Theater.” Tagged with: ACL , Austin City Limits , Rune the Jewel Facebook Twitter Reddit More.

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‘Onward’ Community Helps Raise Over $7,000 for Deceased Player’s Family

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Austin Aiken, better know in Onward as ‘Capptin’, was a foreman in the tree service industry in Clearwater, Florida. Austin did not have any savings or life insurance. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Austin’s friends and family. – – — – –.

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Top 10 YouTube Channels for Hardware

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7: Austin Evans. Austin Evans is an interesting entry on this list, because in many ways he’s a bridge of sorts between PC hardware-oriented YouTube content and smart device-oriented content.

Magic Leap Has Quietly Built a 40-Person VR Team in AustinMagic.

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Magic Leap Has Quietly Built a 40-Person VR Team in Austin Magic Leap, the secretive AR/VR company that has been teasing techies with clips of whales emerging from gymnasium floors, has quietly built a team of about 40 people in Austin.

The Spy Who Shrunk Me Looks Like No One Lives Forever VR

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The Spy Who Shrunk Me from Catland is an upcoming tongue-in-cheek VR stealth game that appears to take heavy inspiration from titles such as No One Live Forever and spy films such as Austin Powers, James Bond, and Our Man Flint.

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Creating Immersive Learning Experiences

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Google harnesses the power of photos and street view to deliver simplified VR development for teachers and students.

THE WITCHER 3 IN FIRST PERSON IN VR

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My name is Austin Hooper, and I make virtual reality gaming videos! Pretty much what the title says there. Got Witcher 3 working in VR with the first person mod. Pretty cool!

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HTC Vive Shows US Mayors How VR Can Help City Planning

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During this year’s South by South West (SXSW) show HTC held an event in which Mayors from cities like Albuquerque, West Sacramento, and the festival’s own home of Austin. HTC is eager to push VR beyond the realms of gaming and into industries as soon as possible.

Report: Kids and VR

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We found that kids can develop more trust in media characters in the virtual environment,” says Jakki Bailey, a graduate from Stanford’s PhD program in communication and now an assistant professor at the University of Texas at Austin.

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The Global Skills and Education Forum in Dubai Showcases the Convergence of VR/AR and Education

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professor and researcher at UT-Austin, who portaled in from Austin via AltspaceVR. An event that proved the importance of XR’s role in the future of education.

GIANT MONSTER – Chronos with the Oculus Rift CV1!

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My name is Austin Hooper, and I make virtual reality gaming videos! I decided to play a little more Chronos on my Oculus Rift CV1 today. Hope you guys enjoy! With my trusty Oculus Rift, GearVR, Razer Hydras, and many more VR gadgetry, I try to find the best and most compelling experiences to share with the world! VR is here, and I’m coming right along with it. So, I hope you’ll join me on my adventure into VR! And like I always say, I’ll see you in another reality!

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The Glitch Mob & ‘TheWaveVR’ to Launch Interactive VR Version of Latest Album

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The Austin and Los Angeles-based startup is also known for having collaborated with EDM artists TokiMonsta, Heavy Grinder, Ninja Tune artist Ash Koosha’s AKTUAL, and Strangeloop’s N-FOLD to name a few.

HTC Debuts Kingspray VR Graffiti Simulator at X Games

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At the X Games in Austin, Texas from June 2-5, HTC is publicly demoing for the first time Kingspray Graffiti Simulator. This graffiti simulator is coming to VR and now you can try an early demo.

The Void to Open New Location in Mall of America, ‘Star Wars’ VR Experience Coming at Launch

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New locations coming in the near future include Atlanta, Austin, Hollywood, New York City, Philadelphia, Santa Monica, and Washington D.C. . Minnesota’s Mall of America , the United States largest mall, is getting the popular VR out-of-home experience The VOID soon.

‘Black Mirror’ Inspired Sci-fi Mystery ‘Torn’ Confirmed for August Launch on PSVR, Rift & Vive

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Aspyr Media is the Austin-based studio known for their work on its many PC-to-Mac ports including Call of Duty , Sid Meier’s Civilization and Star Wars. Torn is an upcoming sci-fi mystery puzzle from Aspyr Media that takes inspiration from The Twilight Zone and Black Mirror.

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The VOID Adds Five Marvel & Disney Location-Based Experiences

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Atlanta, and Austin. The hyper-reality provider partners with ILMxLAB to develop a new series of interactive experiences, starting with Disney’s upcoming animated film, Ralph Breaks the Internet.

The VOID is Developing 5 New Disney & Marvel VR Experiences, ‘Ralph Breaks VR’ Coming in Fall

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More openings are coming soon however, which include Atlanta, Austin, Dallas, Hollywood, Minneapolis, New York, Philadelphia, Washington D.C.,

Developer Teases AR Functionality For The Apple Watch

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I currently work as an “iOS Design Technologist” at SwiftKick Mobile in Austin, TX, which is a role that bridges iOS engineering and iOS product design. Apple’s popular smartwatch is even cooler with high-quality augmented widgets powered by ARKit.

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The Adventure Begins – Vivecraft Episode 1

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My name is Austin Hooper, and I make virtual reality gaming videos! ” IT’S FINALLY HERE! The very first episode of Vivecraft, our new Minecraft VR series! Join us as we attempt to survive in a perilous world, fighting monsters, hunger, and not trying to kill ourselves! All within the HTC Vive using the Vivecraft mod! With my trusty Oculus Rift, GearVR, Razer Hydras, and many more VR gadgetry, I try to find the best and most compelling experiences to share with the world!

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TheWaveVR Releasing Mind-Bending VR Album With TOKiMONSTA

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Based in Austin and Los Angeles, TheWaveVR raised a $4 million seed round earlier this year. With the release of its latest collaboration, TheWaveVR continues to push the boundaries of VR and make a name for itself building mind-bending virtual worlds centered on music.

DOOM IN VR – Doom (2016) with the Oculus Rift CV1!

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My name is Austin Hooper , and I make virtual reality gaming videos! Mann I was SO excited to do this video as soon as I saw the profile on VorpX! Here you go guys, DOOM 2016 IN VR WITH THE OCULUS RIFT! With my trusty Oculus Rift, GearVR, Razer Hydras, and many more VR gadgetry, I try to find the best and most compelling experiences to share with the world! VR is here, and I’m coming right along with it. So, I hope you’ll join me on my adventure into VR!

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Inside the ‘Ready Player One’ OASIS at SXSW

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Located in a massive building in Austin, Texas, Warner Bros. Ready Player One arrives at SXSW. Ready Player One is one of the most anticipated films due to hit theaters on March 29th. Taking place in the year 2045, the world based on Ernest Cline’s best selling novel is bleak.

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Building The VR Experiences And Worlds of the Future

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Kim Pallister, the director of Intel’s virtual reality center of excellence, moderated a fireside chat about that topic with science fiction writer Austin Grossman at our recent GamesBeat Summit 2017: How games, sci-fi, and tech create real-world magic. Above: Kim Pallister (left) of Intel quizzed sci-fi novelist Austin Grossman at GamesBeat Summit 2017. Above: Kim Pallister of Intel talks with Austin Grossman (right) about the future of virtual reality.

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8 Official ‘Ready Play One’ VR Experiences to Debut at SXSW, Soon Available for Home Download

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If you’re not going to be able to make it to Austin this week, you’ll be able to download all of these experiences at home for free before the film’s March 29th release.

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‘Obduction’ Adds Motion Control, Coming to Vive and Oculus Touch This Month

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Cyan’s spiritual successor to Myst is launching with all-new motion control support on March 22nd for HTC Vive and Oculus Touch. The game originally released on Steam in August 2016, receiving initial VR support for the Rift in October.

AR+VR Weekly: The big LBE opportunity, VR a billion dollar sector & iPhone 2019 rumors

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Austin’s Ambiq Micro Adds $11M for Energy-Efficient Microcontrollers ( Xconomy ). Catch up on the latest in XR highlights, funding news and launch announcements. By Tom Emrich. Highlights. It’s been another busy week in AR+VR! In addition to keeping you up-to-date on the top AR+VR news, funding activity, and launch announcements, here are there three stories you need to know: the big LBE opportunity, VR a billion dollar sector and 2019 iPhone rumors.

This ‘Sensory Reality Pod’ Will Make You Feel VR

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Galstaun says since Sensiks’ initial launch at last years annual SXSW in Austin, Texas, the company has shipped 25 of the booths with another 50 currently on back order. Sensiks is a glimpse of the direction multisensory virtual reality could be heading.

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Microsoft Now Hosts Free HoloLens Demos Across US & Canada

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Austin, The Domain. Haven’t been able to make it to any of the big gaming expos (or you don’t know anyone with the $3,000 AR headset)? Microsoft Stores across the US and Canada are now hosting free HoloLens demos, so you can finally see what the hubbub is all about.

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Creepy VR Films Coming to Fantastic Fest Next Month

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The Austin-based film festival will be premiering VR content for the first time. For the first time, virtual reality will be making its debut at Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas September 22-29.

2018 VR and AR Conference, Festival and Expo Schedule

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Austin, United States. Over the last few years a busy conference circuit has emerged for creators and enthusiasts interested in VR and AR technology, and 2018 is already full of events throughout the year. We’ll update this list of VR and AR-related events from time to time as more dates are announced. If we’ve missed a big one, please email tips@uploadvr.com with information about the conference or event and we’ll periodically update this post.

Live Comedy Show ‘Comedy Living Room’ Coming to Altspace Thursday

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Comedy Living Room, the stand-up comedy show created by Matt Lottman and Frank Chad Muniz (and literally held in a living room), is hosting its first show in VR on Thursday, April 27th at 5pm PT.

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Owlchemy Labs the award winning creators of Job SImulator, Jack Lumber, and Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality get acquired by Google.

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Google has made an interesting play to solidify it's VR lineup for the future. Welcome Owlchemy Labs to Google. They've created award-winning games like Job Simulator and Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality.

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‘Invsible’ From ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ Director Arrives On Samsung VR

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The show stars Sofia Black-D’elia, Olivia Boreham-Wing, Michael Siberry, Austin Caudwell and Lewis Cancelmi and is produced by Julina Tatlock, who previously produced the tv show “Who Cares About Girls?”

New Magic Leap Video Tells Us Nothing About What the Company Is Working On

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Born out of the founder’s lifetime love affair with sci-fi, surrealism, and a fortuitous road trip across the US, the story of Magic Leap’s founding reads like a beat generation novel about discovering magic in ordinary experiences.

Rick And Morty VR developers Owlchemy Labs raise $5 million in Series A funding.

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With several great moves Owlchemy is doing a great job and that has turned that into a $5 million series A investment from Qualcomm Ventures, HTC, The VR Fund, Colopl Next, Capital Factory, and several Austin area investors. This is an incredible time for Owlchemy Labs.