Thu.Aug 08, 2019

Kim Nevelsteen wants to bridge different virtual worlds to create the Metaverse

The Ghost Howls

We all dream of the Metaverse , a fantastic online virtual world where we can all hang out with other people and do whatever we want. Something similar to what we have seen in the movie Ready Player One , or even better. Image by Warner Bros).

UCLA Surgical Training Study Shows VR Beats Traditional Training by 130%

Road to VR

A randomized study conducted at UCLA to test the difference between VR and traditional surgical training found that medical students trained in VR scored significantly better than traditional methods.

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Dirt Rally 2.0 VR Surprise Launches On Rift, Index And Vive


Surprise! Durt Rally 2.0 VR is now available on PC VR headsets. Back in Februrary, we reported that Codemaster’s latest racing game would get Oculus Rift support this summer. The game launched without VR support later that month. Now you can play the entire original title inside the Rift.

Defying Gravity With The Weightless VR Bungee System


Run, swim, and flip your way through your favorite immersive experiences.

Beat Saber Is Finally Getting A Custom Color Picker


Red and blue are yesterday’s news. Fortunately, Beat Saber will soon let you choose from any other color in the rainbow and beyond. Yesterday developer Beat Games confirmed that it is working on a custom color picker for the game.

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Snapchat to Raise $1 Billion to Further Build Content, Gaming, and AR

Road to VR

Snap Inc, the company behind the ever popular Snapchat, plans to raise $1 billion in short-term debt to further develop the content, gaming, and AR features of its platform.

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‘DiRT Rally 2.0’ Finally Gets VR Support for Rift, Index, & Vive; ‘No Plans’ for PSVR

Road to VR

An update to DiRT Rally 2.0 2019) today has finally brought VR support to the game. Now available for $60 on Oculus and Steam, the game offers support for Rift, Index, and HTC Vive, though developer Codemasters also confirmed that PSVR support won’t come to the PS4 version of the game.

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Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10 Doesn’t Support Gear VR


Samsung’s recently announced Galaxy Note 10 phablet does not support its Gear VR mobile VR headset. The Samsung Gear VR is a smartphone-based VR headset. Like Google Cardboard and its plastic derrivatives, users slot in their smartphone which acts as the display and computer.

Report: Immersive Experiences in Education

Tech Trends VR

A newly published white paper investigates the pedagogical theory and use cases for deploying mixed reality in the classroom. It is easy to get excited about the possibilities the Mixed Reality spectrum brings to education.

GNOG Is Free On The Epic Games Store Until August 15


Diorama puzzle game GNOG is free on the Epic Games Store until August 15.

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Google Maps AR Navigation Rolls Out On iOS & Android Devices


Navigate your way through unfamiliar locations using AR overlays. Live View, a new navigation feature that adds AR overlays to the Google Maps experience, has officially begun rolling out on iOS and a wider variety of Android devices.

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Sports Scramble Launches On Rift With Oculus Quest Cross-Buy And Cross-Play


Oculus Quest launch title Sports Scramble is now available on Oculus Rift. It supports cross-play, so Rift and Quest users can play online together. Sports Scramble features three sports, tennis, baseball, and bowling. The style and tone is similar to that of Wii Sports, but with a twist.

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Consumer AR Revenues Projected to Reach $7.9 Billion by 2023

AR Insider

“Behind the Numbers” is AR Insider’s series that examines strategic takeaways from ARtillry Intelligence data. Each post drills down on one topic or chart. Subscribe for access to the full library and other knowledge-building resources.

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Get up Close and Personal With VR Escape Room Specialist Entermission

Peter Graham

Earning a profit from any form of virtual reality (VR) field isn’t the easest avenue to venture down, especially when it comes to location-based entertainment (LBE).

Galaxy Note 10 may herald the end of Samsung Gear VR


The Galaxy Note 10 is a fine smartphone and example of innovation in the smartphone market. It is, however, also arguably one of Samsung most highly-debated models in recent memory.

Launch Trailer for No Man’s Sky: Beyond Showcases a Rich Multiplayer Universe

Peter Graham

There’s less than a week to go until Hello Games launch No Man’s Sky: Beyond, quite possibly the biggest update to the title since it launched three years ago.

xRS Week 2019 Gets Real on XR

AR Insider

As the XR industry continues to develop ways to accelerate consumer and enterprise adoption, it’s all about gaining knowledge and network. And the timing is right to examine product and business models, given XR’s early phases.

Force-Feedback Controller Aero-Plane Provides a Haptic Vision of VR’s Future

Peter Graham

The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) has been experimenting with various forms of force-feedback for virtual reality (VR) applications, last year unveiling the Wind-Blaster peripheral , a device focused on simulating force impacts.

CGTrader Partners with IKAR and Magic Leap for B2B AR Experiences


Designers launch new fashions in live events but industry representatives don’t usually bring models with them when meeting with retailers. This means that, when the meeting matters most, they have to sell 3D products based on 2D images. AR experiences are increasingly solving that problem.

Tesla Autopilot safety? Forget that, it’s life changing and is spatial computing to boot

Robert Scoble

I told you Autopilot is safer than the other humans on the road. Tesla today released a safety report with more road data that shows Autopilot is out performing its human drivers. I can tell when Tesla owners aren’t using it, too. They aren’t as smooth, they don’t signal as well. Autopilot, when used to switch lanes (I changed the default in my Model 3 to automatically switch lanes whenever it wants), turns on the signals way in advance.

The DiRT Rally 2.0 VR Update has now Gone Live  

Peter Graham

When it comes to the addition of virtual reality (VR) support Hello Games’ No Man’s Sky: Beyond update has been grabbing all the headlines of late in preparation for next week. For fans of racing videogames, however, Codemasters has just dropped the exciting news that version 1.7

Dominican Republic VRIA Students Earn Application Upon Graduation

EON Reality

When the 17 students graduated from EON Reality’s VR Innovation Academy in the Dominican Republic, they’d earned a special reward along with their certification.

British VR Studio Maze Theory Expands Team for Doctor Who & Peaky Blinders Development

Peter Graham

London, UK-based Maze Theory is currently working on two big virtual reality (VR) IP’s, Doctor Who: The Edge of Time which is due for release next month, and Peaky Blinders: The Kings Ransom which is coming out in 2020. To help with development, the studio has announced several new hires to massively expand its current team. From left Russell Watson, Ciaran Devine, Victoria Goldsmith.

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Why The Oculus Quest is my Favourite VR Headset Part 2 – The Worst Features


The Oculus Quest Isn’t Perfect. Now we’ve got to the part that we talk about the things I don’t like about the headset. Now the one thing that people have been knocking on this headset is the battery life, as it’s only about two hours.

Google Maps’ ‘Live View’ AR Feature Available in Beta, Makes Getting Lost Harder

Peter Graham

Google may seem to be losing interest in its virtual reality (VR) ventures such as Daydream View but on the augmented reality (AR) the company is still pressing forward with gusto. Having released an AR feature for Google Maps earlier this year to Google Maps Local Guides and Google Pixel users, the company has today begun a wider rollout of Live View. Currently still in beta, the feature to compatible iOS and Android devices which support ARKit and ARCore respectively.

Slingin’ Dirt: Hit the road in ‘DiRT Rally 2.0,’ Available Now on the Rift Platform


Success in the breakneck world of rallycross racing is based on the relationship between driver, vehicle, and course. Each element is crucial to victory, not

Mix It Up: ‘Sports Scramble’ Available Now on the Rift Platform


Sports Scramble mixes traditional athletics with a grab bag of surreal elements; think playing baseball with a golf club or bowling with pineapples. This oddball


Chart Toppers: Harmonix Adds Three New Tracks to ‘Dance Central’ for August


After launching on Oculus Quest and the Rift Platform with a 32-song soundtrack featuring killer tracks from the 1970s to today, Dance Central added three