Oculus Is Bringing Free-To-Use VR To 90 California State Libraries


Now the Facebook subsidiary is focusing on making virtual reality more accessible than ever by bringing their Oculus Rift headsets to public libraries across California all for the low cost of $0.00. News Cali Group California Library Education Oculus Oculus Rift

Oculus Brings Rift to 90 Libraries in California for Public Access VR

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Oculus has announced a pilot program to place 100 Rifts and Oculus Ready PCs in 90 libraries throughout the state of California, from the Oregon border down to Mexico. The post Oculus Brings Rift to 90 Libraries in California for Public Access VR appeared first on Road to VR.

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Oculus Is Putting Rift In 90 California Libraries So VR Is Free To Use


100 Oculus Rifts will be deployed at 90 California libraries over the next three months as part of a pilot program offering VR to anyone with a library card. Oculus Education Program Manager Cindy Ball said in a prepared statement the program covers less than 10 percent of the California library branches, but “hopefully the experience with the first 100 devices will generate sufficient interest for the state to drive further expansion.”

‘Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire’ Disney World VR Attraction Gets New Trailer, Tickets on Sale

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The collaboration between Lucasfilm, ILMxLAB, and The VOID debuts on December 16th at Disney World, Florida and opens at Disneyland, California on January 5th. Tickets are now available for location-based VR company The VOID’s latest experience, Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire.

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Oculus partners with the California State Library to continue their goal of making VR accessible

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Through a new partnership with the California State Library, Oculus is giving access to VR to people that may never have the chance. Next steps would include the California State Library expanding the program by allocating or raising additional funding to scale the presence of VR.”

US Legislators Form VR-centric “Reality Caucus” to Guide Immersive Technology Policy

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Bill Flores (R-Texas)’ Darrell Issa (R-California). Ted Lieu (D-California).

Oculus to Talk “Breakthroughs in Spatial Audio Technologies” at Connect Conference

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Oculus Connect 4, the company’s fourth annual developer conference, is set for October 11th and 12th in San Jose, California. There, Oculus will share with developers some of its latest research and developments, including what’s coming to the company’s VR Audio SDK.

Watch Oculus Connect 4 Live Starting At 10am Pacific, October 11


Facebook’s big VR conference – Oculus Connect 4 (OC4) – kicks off on October 11, 2017 in San Jose, California. OC4 will give us a glimpse at what Facebook has been working on and what their plans for the future are around virtual reality. We’ll be at the show covering many of the demos, sessions and keynotes live, but if you can’t make it to San Jose, please check out our coverage on the site and watch developments from OC4 on either Facebook, YouTube or Twitch: Oculus Facebook Page.

New Procedural Speech Animation From Disney Research Could Make for More Realistic VR Avatars

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Researchers from Disney Research, University of East Anglia, California Institute of Technology, and Carnegie Mellon University, have authored a paper titled A Deep Learning Approach for Generalized Speech Animation.

Two new Samsung Gear VR coming soon, one jumping to AR


At a virtual reality gathering in California, Samsung Electronics VP Dr. Sung-Hoon Hong confirmed rumors that there would a “Gear VR 2” coming soon.

OC4: Echo Arena Expansion Echo Combat Unveiled


The critically-acclaimed and all-around-fun zero-G space esport Echo Arena is getting more gameplay modes as Echo Combat was announced today at Facebook’s Oculus Connect conference in San Jose, California.

These Gloves Let You Play Piano in VR—and Feel It


Researchers at University of California-San Diego have designed a new lightweight glove that can replicate the feeling of touch, using it to play piano. Combining three discrete technologies, researchers at UC San Diego have created a glove that simulates real-life force in virtual worlds.

Chocolate Is A VR Dance Party With Psychedelic Cats Coming Very Soon


The experience features SUBPAC support, and sparkling, interactive cats that will dance alongside the player to the title track, Chocolate by California electronic music record producer Giraffage.

Lifeliqe Is Bringing HoloLens To The Classroom


In fact the company has already run pilot lessons using the headset in classes at Renton Prep in Seattle, Washington, and Castro Valley Unified College in California.

Crytek-Incubated ‘VR First’ Program to Double Number of Academic VR/AR Labs in 2017

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BinaryVR Begins Shipping First Dev Kit For Facial Tracking Solution


The California-based company recently started shipping its first development kit for a device that doesn’t follow the user’s eyes, but instead reads facial motion in the mouth, chin and cheeks and replicates them on a VR avatar.

NASA and Caltech Alums Raise $3 Million to Create The Microsoft Excel of VR


Now, VR is conquering one more territory, big data, thanks to a new startup from a group of founders that include alums from NASA and the prestigious California Institute of Technology (Caltech). Virtual reality can do a lot of things.

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Google Brings AR Into The Classroom With ‘Expeditions AR’ Program


Google I/O 2017 runs from May 17th to May 19th at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California. Google Expeditions expands services to include educational AR for students.

Watch Robot Spiders Attack in Vortex Ball, an AR Tech Showcase From Sturfee


The citizens of Northern California seem unaware their home is under attack in a new video showcasing the AR game Vortex-Ball by Sturfee. Going to the bank is hell.

Google Play Awards Add VR And AR Categories


Taking place at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California, Google I/O is an outdoor developer festival that lasts for three days.

Star Wars: Secrets Of The Empire Tickets Now On Sale, Check Out The Trailer


16 and Downtown Disney in California on Jan. Tickets are now on sale for what is likely going to be one of the best introductions to virtual reality on the planet — Star Wars: Secrets Of The Empire. The Star Wars VR attraction will open at Disney Springs in Florida on Dec.

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Presence Episode 7: Virtual Reality as a form of Therapy


The subject of VR Therapy has pressed heavily on our thoughts lately, so we’re thrilled that Arno Hartholt, Computer Scientist & Project Director at the University of Southern California, could join us for episode 7.

Signing Investment Deals In VR Is A Thing Now


In the case of Arthur Technologies, though, literally using a Vive controller to sign a document — in a shared virtual world with investors in California and the startup in Germany — is a pretty interesting demonstration of the technology’s capabilities.

NextVR Developing Longer Format Original VR Content, Starting With ‘Paranormal Evidence’

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The California-based VR broadcast company developed the program, described as “a virtual reality investigation exploring the unexplained phenomena reported at notoriously haunted locations.”.

US Ruling Creates A Privacy Nightmare For US Cloud Providers Overseas

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District Court for the Northern District of California upheld a ruling requiring Google to turn over Gmail data stored overseas. On August 14th, Judge Richard Seeborg of the U.S. The ruling seems to be in conflict with a U.S. Court of Appeals ruling in Microsoft v. United States where the court ruled that Microsoft does […]. privacy security & risk GDRP public cloud Security & Risk

Oculus Connect 3 will be in October.

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Save the date for Oculus Connect 3, coming to San Jose, California, October 5-7! more than 50 technical talks and opportunities to experience new Oculus hardware and content. Featuring signature keynotes from Brendan Iribe, John Carmack, and Michael Abrash.

LG Uses Augmented Pixels’ Sensor for Better Robot Navigation and VR Tracking


Palo Alto, California-based Augmented Pixels, a computer vision research and development company, calls the technology SLAM, or simultaneous location and mapping. Augmented Pixels has created a new way to navigate using computer vision , and LG Electronics is announcing today it has built a 3D camera module that uses that technology to assist autonomous robots.

Snap Inc. Spectacles: A Spectacle to be Worn

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HQ in Venice Beach, CA, Spectacles drew customers from Southern California and beyond wanting to get fresh, new, smart pair of eyewear from the social media giant. Over the last several weeks, Snap Inc.

IMAX LA VR Center Sees 15,000 Admissions Since January


Going forward, more pilot centers are set to open up in California, New York City, the UK, and Shanghai in the coming months, and IMAX is looking to offer more cinematic content too. Back in January IMAX opened the doors to its first pilot center for its location-based VR initiative. When we tried it for ourselves , we were curious as to what kind of a reaction the center would get from the general public. Now we know.

Knott’s Berry Farm Brings VR Haunted Attraction to Theme Park


The seasonal Halloween Haunt event at Knott’s Berry Farm in California kicks off today, transforming the theme park into 160 acres of terrifying mazes and roaming monsters. You won’t be able to turn away from this disturbing Gear VR hospital experience.

AxonVR Raises $5.8 Million Seed Investment for Advanced VR Haptics

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AxonVR was founded in 2012 and has offices in both San Luis Obispo, California and Seattle, Washington. AxonVR has announced the closure of a $5.8 million seed investment, which is claimed to be the largest secured by a VR haptics company to date.

Photogrammetry Showcase ‘Realities’ Update Brings New Content, Touch Support, and Improved Visuals

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The limited selection of scanned environments is now being expanded, with a major update that adds 6 spots in California’s Death Valley, combined with new, atmospheric audio.

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Immersv Raises $10.5M Investment to Bring Ads into VR and Mobile 360 Video

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Today, California-based interactive advertising platform Immersv announced the successful completion of a $10.5 million Series A round of financing, led by venture capital fund Rogers Venture Partners.

The Crazy VR Goggles in HBO’s ‘Silicon Valley’ Are Not a Prop but a Real Prototype

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HBO’s show Silicon Valley entertains with tales of the pervasive startup culture of California’s San Francisco Bay Area.

Adidas Unveils Boots With In-Store PlayStation VR Experience


When it comes to fashion brands bringing virtual reality experiences in-store, we’ve seen TOMS take shoppers on virtual giving trips , Tommy Hilfiger give front row seats to a runway show , and 7 For All Mankind take customers on a journey from from Paris to California.

NVIDIA GTC VR Content Showcase to Award $30k in Cash & Prizes to Non-gaming Applications

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Nvidia’s annual GTC conference will be held May 8-11 this year in San Jose, California.

Justice League, Aquaman To Get Interactive VR Experiences


IMAX currently has one VR center open in Los Angeles, but plans to expand with new locations in New York City, California, the UK and Shanghai over the coming months. The first full Justice League trailer hit this weekend, sending the internet into a frenzy for both better and worse. These days no Hollywood blockbuster is complete without a promotional VR experience, though, and Zack Synder’s latest move is no exception. Warners.

3 Reasons Why the Finance Industry Needs VR


Michael Amori is the co-founder and CEO of Virtualitics, a data visualization company based in Pasadena, California, that merges artificial intelligence, Big Data and virtual/augmented reality to gain insights from big and complex data sets. Virtual reality provides an unmatched ability to interact with financial information like never before.

Vuforia’s Project Chalk Lets People Communicate in Augmented Reality


Wright is unveiling the technology in a talk at the Augmented World Expo , a big AR trade event this week in Santa Clara, California. Internet of Things and augmented reality technology provider PTC announced that it is working on an application that lets people make ink-like virtual marks on AR images they can view using AR goggles.

Surgeon Chooses VR Over Sedatives For Patients


After presenting the findings at the 2006 Medicine Meets Virtual Reality conference in California, the pioneering surgeon received a considerable amount of attention as well as resources to further expand his project.

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