Wed.Nov 28, 2018

US Army Declares Microsoft the Winner in Battle for $480M AR Headset Contract

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In their first head-to-head major contract clash, Microsoft has emerged victorious over Magic Leap, as the US Army has awarded a $480 million contract to the HoloLens maker.

Ecuador Is Launching A VR Training Program Supported By The World Bank


Immersive training has the potential to make a huge impact on Ecuador’s education system.

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Dreamscape Immersive to Open 4 New Out-of-Home VR Venues

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Dreamscape Immersive , the location-based VR startup backed by some of the biggest companies in Hollywood, today announced it will be opening four US-based locations in addition to its flagship LA venue.

Mind-Bending VR Puzzler A Fisherman’s Tale Gets Release Window


The bad news? One of our most anticipated VR experiences of the year is no longer arriving in 2018. The good news? It’s still not very far away.

Promising VR Adventure ‘A Fisherman’s Tale’ to Launch in January, Gameplay Trailer Here

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Vertigo Games, Innerspace and ARTE today announced that their upcoming VR puzzle adventure A Fisherman’s Tale is headed to all major VR headsets in January 2019. We went hands-on with A Fisherman’s Tale at Gamescom this year and came away pretty impressed.

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Hands-On With A Voice Controlled Spaceship In Starship Commander: Arcade


Talking to computers aboard a spaceship has been a sci-fi dream for decades. From Captain’s Logs in Star Trek to Cortana in Halo, as humans we’ve done a remarkable job of personifying the non-human objects that populate popular fiction.

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Slappy The Ventriloquist Dummy Is Back With A New Christmas AR Experience


Your least favorite ventriloquist dummy returns in the second installment of Krikey’s Goosebumps 2 AR trilogy.

Echo Combat Review: VR Shooter Meets Zero-G Movement


Shooting guns in VR feels natural at this point. When VR headsets first hit the market games like Space Pirate Trainer made novel use of motion controllers by letting us gun down robots and other enemies from inside the immersive, virtual realm.

Augmented Reality Startup Phiar Paves Path to $3 Million in Seed Funding for AI-Powered Navigation Solution

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Another contestant has emerged in the race to deliver a mainstream augmented reality car navigation system, with Silicon Valley-based Phiar picking up $3 million in seed funding to launch its own artificial intelligence-based mobile app by mid-2019.

Dreamscape Immersive Opening L.A. Flagship Location With New WEVR Experience


Startup Dreamscape Immersive is beginning its roll-out of location-based VR entertainment beginning with a premier location at Westfield Century City in Los Angeles followed by multiple locations in 2019 at AMC Theatres. One of the physical props used in the entry room to Alien Zoo from Dreamscape Immersive during its trial run early in 2018.

Dreamscape Immersive To Open LA Location December 14th

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Dreamscape Immersive's LA flagship to open with three free roam VR adventures

U.S. Army Chooses Microsoft’s HoloLens For $480 Million Contract


The United States Army awarded a $480 million contract to Microsoft that will equip military personnel with prototype versions of HoloLens intended to increase “lethality, mobility, and situational awareness.” ” HoloLens is an all-in-one augmented reality headset from Microsoft which first shipped in 2016 for $3,000. Its robust tracking system constantly maps the world while overlaying digital objects into the central area of its wearer’s vision.

100 Voices of AR and VR in Education


Just over a year and a half ago I set up this website with two specific goals - 1. To share ideas and examples of best practice in the use of AR and VR in education 2. To connect with like-minded educators and pioneers working with immersive technologies.

PSVR Announcements Promised For Kinda Funny Games Showcase


PlayStation VR fans might want to pencil next week’s Kinda Funny Games Showcase into their diaries. Yup, our friends over at Kinda Funny are running their very own press conference-style showcase on December 8th at 10am PT as a fill-in for Sony’s usual PlayStation Experience show, which is taking a break this year. But, most importantly, the team’s Greg Miller recently confirmed on Twitter that there will be ‘PSVR announcements’ at the show.

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Virtual Desktop (Mobile) Review: The Best Way To Access Your PC From Oculus Go


One of the main promises of virtual reality has been to replace or enhance the physical workspaces of today. What if monitors could one day be replaced with virtual screens of any size, shape, or viewing distance? What if your office setup could be floating in space? For years now, PC VR users have been able to do just that. The first demo version of Virtual Desktop was released back in early 2014 for the Oculus DK1 built by a single developer, Guy Godin.

In The UK? You Can Get An Oculus Rift+Touch For £299 Today – 25% Off Sale


UK catalogue retailer Argos is offering a total of £100 off the Oculus Rift+Touch bundle on their eBay store. The headset is £50 off in the listing, and then by entering the voucher code ‘PRESENTS’ in the checkout another £50 will be removed, bringing the price down to £299. The offer is only valid for collection from store — delivery is not available. This is the best price we’ve ever seen for the Oculus Rift+Touch kit in the UK.

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Pavlov VR Livestream – FPS Action Like Counter-Strike


Pavlov VR is one of the best and most popular VR shooters out there. It’s got an active community, tons of mod support, and some of the most refined shooting mechanics you’ll find in a headset. The gameplay is similar to Counter-Strike, offering fast-paced thrills with lots of action and a variety of weapons and game modes. We’ll be playing Pavlov VR on Rift using a two Touch controllers. We’re starting right around 2:oo PM PT and we’ll aim to last for around an hour or more.