Thu.Dec 06, 2018

Facebook Patents Hybrid Fresnel That Could Make VR Optics More Clear

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Try on an Oculus Rift or HTC Vive and one of the first things you’ll probably notice looking through the lenses are fine concentric circles, creating something many call ‘God Rays’—especially egregious when viewing high contrast scenes.

This Tech Lets You Move Virtual Objects Like A Jedi

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These are definitely the VR powers you’re looking for…. It was only a matter of time. In fact, I’m a bit surprised it took this long, but researchers at Virginia Tech have put their brains to good use and come up with a way for ordinary mortals to replicate the telekinetic powers of a Jedi in VR. .

'Atlanta' Actor Lakeith Stanfield Walks an Augmented Reality Tightrope for New York Times Magazine

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The New York Times has made a habit of publishing augmented reality stories throughout 2018, and now the media giant's magazine is getting into the act, too. As a tie-in to its annual "Great Performers" issue, which recognizes the top thespians of the year in the eyes of Times critics A.O.

Got a 3D Printer? This VR Gun Stock Could Be Worth the Filament

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Magic Leap Shakes Up C-Suite, Shuffles Two Top Executives to Advisory Roles

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In the aftermath of the launch of the Magic Leap One, Magic Leap has ejected two more executives from their leadership roles. Chief marketing officer Brenda Freeman and chief business officer Rachna Bhasin have been transitioned into advisory roles but will continue to report to CEO Rony Abovitz.

Sundance Film Festival to Feature 18 VR & AR Experiences Next Month

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Park City, Utah is already preparing for next month’s annual Sundance Film Festival, and this time around 18 AR & VR films and exhibitions are set to debut at the festival’s New Frontier program.

Learning With AR

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Award-winning director creates voice-activated Augmented Reality Experience that boosts children’s confidence.

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Prey’s Long-Awaited VR Content Is Coming Next Week

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Good news! The Prey VR content that Bethesda announced at E3 back in June hasn’t been lost in a black hole; it’s coming out next week. The company today confirmed that the Prey Typhoon Hunter DLC will be releasing on December 11th. While there’s a bunch of updates for the standard game here, VR fans can look forward to a new single-player escape room mode named TranStar VR.

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Screenwriting for Cinematic VR films

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ScreenWriting for VR films: A Broken Concept? Is there such a thing as writing a screenplay for VR? While it may sound intriguing to announce: “I’m shooting my next epic in VR”, an apt question could be, are we be making movies ‘for’ VR or making movies in VR?

StarVR Claims Its Headset Will Be First To Support VirtualLink USB-C Standard

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A StarVR representative told UploadVR its $3200 ultra wide field of view VR headset supports the new VirtualLink VR cable standard. VirtualLink was first announced back in July. It is a single cable standard specifically for VR which uses the USB Type-C connector. The goal of the standard is to simplify PC VR setup and allow headsets to work on new systems with fewer ports, like laptops or mini PCs.

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Google’s 6DOF Controllers Shown With Trigger And Grip Buttons

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New photos of Google’s developer kit for 6DOF controllers show the complete button design, including trigger and a “grip” button right next to it. The controllers are part of a developer kit add-on for the Mirage Solo standalone VR headset. Google is currently accepting applications for the kit which comes with a faceplate for the headset that plugs into the side. The design uses inexpensive components to provide full freedom of movement for both hands.

Kids In Arkansas Are Using VR To Learn About Concussions

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Kids in Arkansas are set to strap VR headsets on to learn about the damage they can do to their noggin’ CrashCourse is a new interactive education program that’s designed to educate high school students about the risks and effects of concussion.

Giant Celebration Is Where’s Waldo? For VR With Some Neat Ideas

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I wouldn’t have ever considered myself to be a fan of the hidden object game. Something about staring at the same image for hours on end trying to scan every detail for one specific item draws comparisons to watching paint dry. But Giant Celebration, an oddly-named VR debut from the slightly better-named Giant Cranium, makes a good case for bringing the genre to VR.

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Astro Bot Rescue Mission Scores Best VR Game At Game Awards

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The 2018 Game Awards are well underway and the winner for best VR/AR game was just announced. No surprises here. Sony Japan’s Astro Bot Rescue Mission took home the prize, beating out the likes of Firewall Zero Hour, Beat Saber, Moss and Tetris Effect. It’s a great choice; Astro Bot is a third-person platformer that makes great use of the PSVR headset.

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Eminem, Volumetric VR And More Lead Sundance’s 2019 New Frontier Line-Up

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Over the past few years the annual Sundance Film Festival has become a staple event in the VR calendar, showcasing the latest efforts in VR filmmaking via its New Frontier line-up. The 2019 edition of the festival is coming up, and it’s set to offer the biggest slate of immersive experiences yet. 33 projects have been selected for this year’s show ranging from short VR films to experimental AR projects and beyond.

NY Times’ New AR Article Captures Lakeith Stanfield’s Balancing Act

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As part of its “Great Performers” series The New York Times debuted a new AR article featuring Get Out actor Lakeith Stanfield performing a balancing act. The AR content seems to work seamlessly on a recent iPhone or iPad with the NY Times app installed. Simply point the iPhone’s camera at the QR code on this page and it should prompt you to open the app and view the volumetric capture of Stanfield made at Microsoft’s mixed reality capture studios.