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Psychedelic Choose-Your-Own VR Adventure ‘Terminus’ Available Now On Oculus Rift


Explore five mind-bending realms that will have you questioning your reality. Commissioned by the National Gallery of Australia, TERMINUS —a five-part VR experience developed by New Zealand-based artists Jess Johnson and Simon Ward—is now available on Oculus Rift and Oculus Rift S, offering a truly bizarre psychedelic experience in which players explore five other-worldly realms filled with impossible architecture, unsettling digital creatures, and a whole bunch of WTF visuals.

The XR Week Peek (2020.08.10): Valve Index gains market share, Hitman 3 is coming to PSVR and more!

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It’s a sunny Summer day here, and many people are in vacation. But XR never stops, so here below you’ll find the roundup of the most interesting news of the past week. Before leaving you to it, I want to remind you that in 5 days it will be my blog’s birthday! This year I’m unsure what to do… I’m thinking about a Reddit AMA, but if you have a better idea, please tell me! Top news of the week. Valve Index and Oculus Quest gain PC VR market shares.

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How The Team Behind VRDays Europe Brought A Multi-Day XR Conference To Life


Ahead of its sixth anniversary, we chat with the Dutch duo responsible for this celebrated international conference. It was almost a year ago that VRDays , the Amsterdam-based multi-day XR conference, celebrated its fifth anniversary—a hard feat to pull off in an ever-changing industry. .

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Facebook Researchers Develop Bleeding-edge Facial Reconstruction Tech So You Can Make Goofy Faces in VR

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Facebook Reality Labs, the company’s R&D division, has been leading the charge on making virtual reality avatars realistic enough to cross the dreaded ‘uncanney valley’ New research from the group aims to support novel facial expressions so that your friends will accurately see your silly faces VR.

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DARPA virtual dogfight will include battle between AI and human pilot


DARPA has revealed its plans for the final of three AlphaDogfight Trials, a competition that will — this time around — take place entirely online. Anyone will be able to register and stream the competition, giving them a chance to see the latest and greatest artificial intelligence algorithms compete against each other in fighter jets, as well as against a … Continue reading. Archive AI aircraft DARPA Military virtual reality VR

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HTC’s Cheaper Vive Cosmos Play Headset Won’t Be Sold To Consumers, Shifts Focus To Enterprise

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Six months ago HTC announced a new, cheaper version of its Vive Cosmos PC VR headset named Vive Cosmos Play. The headset switched out the original Cosmos’ six-camera inside-out tracking setup for a cheaper, four-camera solution. The idea was to release a headset to cater to the lower-end of the consumer PC VR market, costing around $499. But, after six months of silence, HTC confirmed to UploadVR that the device is shifting in focus.

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Virtual Athletics League to Host World’s Largest VR Fitness Summit

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Virtual Athletics League has partnered with some of the largest names in VR fitness and esports to host a VR Fitness Summit that will feature a prize pool of $25,000 across a variety of tournaments and contests that will take place from September 3 through 12 with qualifiers for some events starting this week. Continue reading on VR Fitness Insider. Events Featured VR Esports exercise at home Virtual Athletics League Virtual Reality VR esports VR Fitness Summit vr gaming vr health

VRChat Launches Updated 3.0 Avatar System, Increasing Customization

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VRChat has rolled out an update that brings a new Avatar 3.0 system to the app , an upgrade to the 2.0 system, that adds a huge amount of new features and user customization options. In terms of social VR apps, VRChat remains one of the forerunners in the genre and is hugely popular in the VR community.

Facebook’s new A.I. takes image recognition to a whole new level

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The social media giant has new ways to extract valuable data from images. Features ai Facebook machine learning

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Community Download: Should HTC Completely Give Up On Consumer VR?

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Community Download is a weekly discussion-focused articles series published (usually) every Monday in which we pose a single, core question to you all, our readers, in the spirit of fostering discussion and debate. For today’s Community Download , we want to know if you think HTC should just accept the writing on the wall and completely give up on consumer VR?

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Popular Pesticides Are Killing Birds, Too

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The most commonly used pesticides in the world have been a disaster for bees. But new research shows they’re also bad news for birds, which are dying at an alarming rate. The findings, published in Nature Sustainability on Monday, show they’re responsible for a decline in American birds. Read more. birdmodo pesticides birds agriculture


NVIDIA Teases ‘Ultimate Countdown’ As Next-Gen GPU Rumors Heat Up

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NVIDIA is teasing a 21 day ‘Ultimate Countdown’, just days after detailed pricing & launch date rumors for its upcoming Ampere GPUs emerged. … #UltimateCountdown — NVIDIA GeForce (@NVIDIAGeForce) August 10, 2020. Ampere is the codename for NVIDIA’s next generation GPU architecture. The current RTX 20-series cards use the Turing architecture, and the new cards are expected to use RTX 30-series naming.

NVIDIA Teases GeForce “Ultimate Countdown” For August 31st: Ampere Inbound?

Anand Tech

NVIDIA this morning has posted a short teaser to its GeForce brand Twitter feed, announcing what they are calling the “ultimate countdown” The pinned Tweet contains a short, abstract video, along with the ultimate countdown hashtag. UltimateCountdown — NVIDIA GeForce (@NVIDIAGeForce) August 10, 2020.

People Are Cutting Off Their Hair to Soak Up the Mauritius Oil Spill

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In an attempt to stave off ecological disaster, Mauritius residents are cutting off their own hair to soak up an oil spill that began off the coast of the island nation in late July. Read more. oil spill mauritius france wetlands oil

Robots Everywhere: Robots and the animal kingdom

Digital Trends

On this episode we take a look at machines that are inspired by the animal kingdom, and mimic the look, feel, and function of animals. Emerging Tech Robotics robots everywhere


Scientists Have Turned Bricks Into Batteries

GizModo VR

We build homes out of bricks for lots of reasons. They’re resilient to high pressure and frost. They can withstand fluctuating temperatures without shrinking, expanding, or warping. They’re great at absorbing heat. They’re durable and can be reused. And according to a new study in Nature Communications, they can also… Read more. brick buildings energy storage

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Video game industry continues success with massive second quarter

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Hardware and video game sales skyrocketed last quarter. Gaming News consoles Playstation xbox

I'm Still Not Over the Bob-omb Thing

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It’s been weeks since I finished Paper Mario: The Origami King. I’ve since moved on to another replay of Fallout 4 , this time delving into the moral dilemma that is playing as a raider in the Nuka-World storyline. But nothing that Fallout 4 (or most other games) makes me experience can compare to the emotional… Read more. super mario bros paper mario the origami king nintendo video games bombs origami

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The best thrillers on Netflix

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Watch these when you're in the mood for suspense and intrigue, but don't want to be scared out of your wits. Movies & TV best Netflix movies Netflix Streaming thrillers


Georgia School in Viral Photo Closes Indefinitely Following Covid-19 Outbreak

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Administrators at a Georgia High School got a taste of the Streisand Effect last week when they suspended two students for shared images of students navigating packed hallways between classes while a pandemic rages across the state. The photo went viral and one student used the free time to do TV news hits. Now, the… Read more. coronavirus schools covid 19 georgia

2020 Volkswagen ID.3 first drive: The iCar Apple Didn’t Build

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Electric and connected, the ID.3 is the most important VW since the first Golf. Cars electric cars Hatchbacks infotainment Volkswagen Volkswagen ID.3

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Shooty Skies Overdrive Now Available On Steam With Index And HTC Vive Support

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The arcade shooter Shooty Skies Overdrive launched on Steam for PC VR last week, after an Oculus Quest and Rift release earlier in the year. While the game launched for Quest and Rift last month, it was only available on the latter through the Oculus Store. Now, Shooty Skies Overdrive is flying its way onto Steam and brings with it support for more PC VR platforms like HTC Vive and the Valve Index.

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Toshiba is getting out of the laptop business after 35 years

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It transferred its last share in Dynabook Inc., ending its laptop creation. Computing News Laptops PC Sharp Tech Toshiba


HP Hosting Reverb G2 Technical Breakdown Next Week

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Another chance to get a closer look at the HP Reverb G2 before launch is taking place later next week. Next Thursday, August 20th, Microsoft is hosting a digital Virtual Reality Developer Event. Kicking off at 9.05am PT, the event will feature five hours of workshops and talks, including a look at WebXR and OpenXR as well as a session on prototyping in VR using Maquette.

2 Months of Un-Hulk-Like Calm Went Into Making This Incredible Avengers Flipbook

GizModo VR

Remember how proud you were of the stickman riding a skateboard flipbook you made in your high school chemistry textbook? Had you continued improving your skills, this is where you’d be now: creating flipbooks of famous movie scenes, including Bruce Banner hulking out during the climactic final battle in The Avengers. Read more. flipbooks art hulk the avengers marvel studios marvel disney mark ruffalo artists


OPPO's Reno3 5G vs Reno3 Pro vs Reno3 Pro 5G: Why Don't We See More MediaTek Dimensity 1000 Phones?

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Today, we’ll be taking a closer look at one of MediaTek’s Dimensity 1000 powered phones, the OPPO Reno3 5G. The Reno3 series has been quite the oddball device line-up this year, as the company has been selectively releasing quite different variants at a rapid pace in different markets – all with different SoCs and slightly differing device specs. We have three of these units at hand, and are going to be taking a closer look at the performance differences of the SoCs. Mobile


Herbicide, Lead, and Other Poisons Found in Bodies of Stranded Dolphins and Whales

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New research shows the startling degree to which stranded dolphins and whales found along the southeastern U.S. coast are contaminated with pollutants. Read more. stranded dolphins stranded whales strandings marine biology dolphins whales cetaceans toxins pollution science


Microsoft rolls out Minecraft: Education Edition to Chromebooks

Digital Trends

Microsoft also updated Minecraft: Education Edition with 11 new STEM lessons. Gaming News Chromebook Microsoft minecraft Minecraft: Education Edition

Prototype Reveals Your eReader Might One Day Fold Just Like a Real Book

GizModo VR

In addition to low power consumption and excellent legibility in bright sunlight, E Ink’s electronic paper displays are just as flexible as OLED screens. So while folding phones and tablets are grabbing headlines, folding eBook readers could soon be a thing too, as this prototype from E Ink reveals. Read more. prototypes gadgets tech consumer tech e ink e readers

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The best head-up displays (HUDs) for 2020

Digital Trends

Although it's normally associated with new cars, the head-up display (HUD) was invented for Air Force pilots. Buying Guides Cars Best of best of everything head-up displays HUDs Tier 4