Wed.Sep 19, 2018

In a Major Hit to Apple, Rovio to Launch Angry Birds in AR for Magic Leap

Next Reality AR

Considering Rovio Entertainment quite literally owes its existence to Apple and the App Store, it may ruffle a few feathers that the company has opted to aim the augmented reality debut of its blockbuster Angry Birds franchise at Magic Leap instead.

Elon Musk Wants to Livestream SpaceX Moon Mission in “high def VR”

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SpaceX, the aerospace manufacturer and space transport company founded by tech billionaire Elon Musk, ultimately has its sights set on colonizing Mars, although the company’s next big step on the way there is taking tourists to the moon.

E-Commerce Gets an Augmented Reality Upgrade for Mobile Web Platforms from Vertebrae & Shopify

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Two companies armed with web-based augmented reality tools, Vertebrae and Shopify, are ready to help online retailers boost their sales.

First-Person Angry Birds Game Announced For Magic Leap One

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One mobile gaming’s most prolific franchises arrives on the Magic Leap One this fall.

Pixar Magic: How Magnopus Brought The Wonder Of Coco To Life In VR

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“Pixar originally didn’t want to do the project [ Coco VR ] because they didn’t think we could hit the quality bar that they found acceptable,” said Ben Grossmann, Co-Founder of Magnopus. “We had to prove ourselves.” ” And they did just that.

Valve Unveils Third Evolution Of Knuckles Controllers

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The EV3 devkit features an improved battery life, better ergonomics, and an overall stronger design. In an official blog post made earlier today, Valve revealed its Knuckles EV3 devkit, the third iteration of the companies original 2016 design.

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‘Firefox Reality’ Web Browser Now Available On Oculus, Viveport & Daydream

VRScout

Mozilla Firefox arrives on standalone VR & AR headsets as an open-source, cross-platform browser tailor built for immersive content. Updated to better clarify compatible headsets* (9.19.18): .

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Palmer Luckey: Facebook Buying Oculus ‘The Best Thing That’s Ever Happened To VR’

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Despite parting ways with the company in 2017, Oculus Rift inventor Palmer Luckey still insists that Facebook buying Oculus was “the best thing that’s ever happened to the VR industry.” ” Luckey said as much in a recent interview with Wired.

First-person ‘Angry Birds’ AR Game is Coming to Magic Leap This Fall

Road to VR

Angry Birds, the mobile breakout hit, is coming to Magic Leap in a brand new game called Angry Birds FPS: First Person Slingshot. Due to launch this Fall, the game is quite literally a first-person take on the physics-based slingshot smasher game.

PSVR Exclusive Astro Bot Gets Plenty Of New Gameplay In Latest Trailer

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We’re not too far from the launch of anticipated PlayStation VR (PSVR) exclusive, Astro Bot Rescue Mission now. Before launch, though, there’s just time for another look at the gameplay.

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‘Slime Rancher’ to Get VR Version This Fall in Free DLC

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The critically-acclaimed game Slime Rancher (2017) , a PC and console title that lets you run your own ranch filled with plucky slime buddies, is getting a VR version this fall that will allow you to vac, feed, and play with slimes.

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Slime Rancher Is Coming To VR Via Free DLC This Fall

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The wacky world of Monomi Park’s Slime Rancher is coming to VR. The developer this week announced a collaboration with 3lb Games to release a free DLC update for the game later this fall adding in headset support.

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Studio Behind ‘Luna’ to Launch ‘Luna: Moondust Garden’ on Magic Leap One This Fall

Road to VR

Indie game studio Funomena , known for their interactive VR experience Luna (2017) , announced that the company is bringing a new Luna experience especially made for augmented reality. Called Luna: Moondust Garden, the experience is slated to launch on Magic Leap One this fall.

Oculus Seems To Have Patented The Fabric Wrap For Santa Cruz

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Today in mildly interesting and painfully specific patents from big VR companies: Oculus seems to have patented the fabric that will wrap around its upcoming Santa Cruz headset. The patent, filed exactly a year ago today and published yesterday, was first spotted by Reddit user valdovas. It describes an “ornamental design for a fabric wrap for head-mounted display”, with several images showing how it wraps around the top of the device.

Weta Workshop Job Posting Suggests ‘Dr. Grordbort’s Invaders’ Will Be Multiplayer

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Grordbort’s Invaders is an upcoming shooter for Magic Leap One , and while not much is really known about Weta’s AR game, a recent job posting searching for a Networking Programmer at Weta Workshop could mean the company is pushing to make it a multiplayer experience.

Oculus Connect 5 Will Livestream In VR, But Not On Rift

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You’ll be able to watch next week’s Oculus Connect 5 in all but the most expensive of Facebook’s VR headsets. The Oculus Venues app, which launched earlier this year on Oculus Go and Gear VR, will be streaming keynote talks and eSports matches live from this year’s developer conference. Venues hasn’t yet launched on the Oculus Rift, though, so owners of the PC VR headset will have to settle for standard streaming if they don’t have a Go or Gear.

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Virtual Reality in Schools: One important Consideration.

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Virtual Reality in Classrooms: Being first comes with Responsibility. I had the privilege of attending a very informative session on VR in education, yesterday, in Dubai. There were many takeaways and bookmarks.

Why is Gyroscope Important for Virtual Reality?

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The introduction of the iPhone 4 saw the addition of yet another amazing sensor known as the ‘gyroscope’, which became an instant success, just as the addition of the ‘accelerometer’ to the first iPhone was a significant milestone. The question is, why do we need a gyroscope? What are its implications for virtual reality? Let’s find out. Gyroscope – Motion Against Gravity. A gyroscope is defined as a device which uses the earth’s gravity to help determine orientation.

You can now buy and sell High Fidelity currency

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One of the shops at High Fidelity’s Avatar Island. Image courtesy High Fidelity.). High Fidelity , the new virtual world platform started by Linden Lab founder Philip Rosedale, now allows its users to convert its virtual currency to real-world cash. Philip Rosedale.

Firefox Reality VR web browser now out for Vive, Oculus, Daydream

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Virtual reality is all about immersing yourself in a made-up world that looks (in theory) like you’re really in it. The last thing you need is a flat floating rectangle that shatters that illusion. That said, if you ever need to access the Web, that’s exactly the only way.

How Magic Leap compares to Microsoft HoloLens

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#697: A Tour of Phenomenological Philosophers & Embodied Insights into VR

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Nicolas Goyer is a writer and philosopher who takes a tour through phenomenology & post-modern philosophy, and how the can provide insights into immersion, embodiment, Podcast Archive