Wed.Aug 21, 2019

London’s Otherworld Might Just Be The Coolest-Looking VR Arcade In Existence


Dream Corporation’s “neon jungle” features 14 extra-sensory VR pods, a bar, and a poke kitchen. Open now to the general public, Dream Corporation’s Otherworld VR arcade looks like something straight out of Tron: Legacy.

Oculus Connect 6: Following Mark Zuckerberg’s Path To The Oculus Quest


Mark Zuckerberg’s quest for Oculus started five years ago with a trip in an elevator to see the Valve room at the offices of an ambitious VR startup based in Irvine, California. A witness reported the Zuckerberg visit in January 2014, but few noticed.

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Walmart Employees Say VR Training Helped Save Lives During El Paso Shooting


Employees claim active shooter training helped them respond faster to the situation. Earlier this month, a deadly mass shooting took place at a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas, claiming the lives of 22 individuals and injuring 24 others.

Google Develops Real-Time Finger Tracking Algorithm For Mobile Chips


Google released an open source algorithm which performs real-time 21-point finger tracking on mobile hardware. The system is part of Google’s MediaPipe, a modular framework for machine learning based solutions such as face detection, object detection, and hair segmentation.

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Report: XR Medical Device Training

Tech Trends VR

Todd Maddox examines how Extended Reality (XR) is an ideal tool to enable faster and more efficient familiarization with complex medical devices. Medical devices are essential for safe and effective prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of illness and disease.

‘Electronauts’ Update Adds 45 New Songs to Tear Apart and Remix

Road to VR

Initially arriving last August as VR’s premiere live-remixing rhythm game, Survios’ Electronauts lets players fiddle with the individual tracks and pieces of popular songs, mixing loose effects and loops together with vocal and instrumental stems at their own leisure [ our review ].

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Hands-on: ‘Paper Beast’ Delivers a Visually Stunning Journey Through Uncut Novelty

Road to VR

I didn’t know what to make of Paper Beasts when I heard about back at its reveal in April.

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Oculus Mobile Lead Max Cohen Departs Facebook


Oculus VP of Mobile Max Cohen left Facebook this week, according to a LinkedIn page in his name and a report from Variety. Cohen was one of the longest serving executives at Oculus. He joined in February 2014, one month before Facebook acquired the company.

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Sony Acquires Insomniac Games, Delivering a Strategic Blow to Oculus Studios in the Process

Road to VR

Sony Interactive Entertainment announced Monday that the company is acquiring Insomniac Games, a storied game studio and one of the most experienced in VR development anywhere in the world.

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Gamescom 2019 Day #2: Iron Man VR, Espire 1 And More!


Pew, pew, pew! It’s Gamescom day two! The aforementioned ‘pews’ are attributed to the fact we played Iron Man VR today. There’s been a lot of buzzing about how Marvel’s latest VR experience allows 360 degree tracking in VR. We wanted to put that to the test.

‘Audio AR’ Emerges: Discussions with Developers

AR Insider

A leading indicator for product development in AR can often be the demos shown at top meetups. At last week’s AWE Nite SF — the mother of all AR meetups — the theme was AR in gaming… but an unplanned sub-theme emerged: audio AR.

GIVEAWAY: Win A Free Steam Code For No Man’s Sky With Free VR Support


As part of last week’s episode of the VRecap we’re hosting a giveaway for five free Steam codes for No Man’s Sky. Enter for a chance to win! After last week’s massive Beyond Update released, No Man’s Sky VR support has finally officially arrived. The VR support is included as part of the core game itself and is compatible with all previous save files and can even play online with non-VR players.

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Harry Potter Wizards Unite Augmented Reality Game Casts Spell For Me To Walk Outside


The augmented reality game, Harry Potter Wizards Unite is an app made by Warner Bros. Interactive, Niantic, and Portkey Games. Since downloading the AR app, I’ve had tons of fun being a wizard.

Designing the User Experience for WebAR, with Google's Interaction Developer Austin McCasland

XR for Business Podcast

How an end user experiences a new mode of technology is almost as important -- if not more -- than how the tech works on the inside. Because, let's face it; it could be an amazing bit of code, but if the human mind does not find it simple or easy to use, it's a non-starter. Austin McCasland is a UX prototyper working with Google, and he and Alan chat about the finer points of UX design for AR. Alan: Today's guest is Austin McCasland, a designer and developer in immersive computing.

iStaging review: virtual tours made easy

The Ghost Howls

If you are in the real estate business, you should have a look at iStaging : it is a complete solution able to let you create and manage your 360 tours easily and in an affordable way.

A New-School Twist on an Old-School Favorite: ‘Pinball FX2 VR’ Comes to Oculus Quest


No matter your age, the classic arcade game of pinball connects people across generations. Despite reaching its peak in the 1970s, the thrill of the