Tue.Feb 19, 2019

How to Watch the Microsoft Mobile World Congress Event Rumored to Reveal HoloLens 2

Next Reality AR

We already know that Microsoft has something big planned for later this month, and now we have details on how to watch the company's big reveal.

Studying Social Presence in VR

Tech Trends VR

New research by the University of British Columbia highlights both similarities and differences in the way people interact in virtual environments and the real world.

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Magic Leap Jumps into the Star Wars Universe with Release of Project Porg App

Next Reality AR

After some social media teasing, the Star Wars universe's Magic Leap debut has finally arrived. On Tuesday, Magic Leap announced the release of Star Wars: Project Prog, which is available for free via Magic Leap World.

Varjo VR-1 Shows Us Virtual Reality Through High-Res Lenses

UploadVR

It’s been 20 months since I tried the Varjo prototype and its promise of VR at extreme resolutions. Now in 2019, the company has made it a reality. Dubbed the Varjo VR-1, this enterprise headset has launched today to 34 countries, including the U.S.

Varjo Launches VR-1 with Retina-quality Fixed-foveated Display & Eye-tracking, Priced at $6,000

Road to VR

Varjo today announced the launch of its VR-1 headset. Priced at $6,000, the headset aims to deliver a huge jump in effective resolution with a novel fixed-foveated display that offers unprecedented retina-resolution fidelity at the center of the field of view.

VR Social Network vTime Adds AR Support, Quest Version Inbound

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Nearly a year on from raising $7.6 million , social VR network vTime is rebranding and jumping on AR platforms. The company today launched the AR version of its app on iOS and Android.

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This Awesome VR Paragliding Rig Puts You In Control

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Most people have a dream VR setup. It might be laid out for the ultimate racing experience, or designed for immersive flight simulation. Studio Muybridge, however, built the ultimate VR paragliding experience. The France-based studio recently shared this look at its elaborate contraption.

YouTube Creator Lab 2019 Returns To LA

VRScout

Applications are now open for the latest round of VR180 education and mentorship. Since 2017, VRScout has been partnering with YouTube to develop and foster a growing community of immersive content creators.

Beat Saber And Subpac Are Helping Deaf Fans Play The Game

UploadVR

Beat Saber is arguably VR’s biggest phenomenon, taking PC VR and PSVR platforms by storm. But it’s also a game that lives and dies by its music, which helps players get in the flow. For deaf VR fans, that’s a big barrier to cross.

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‘vTime’ Goes XR with New Cross-platform AR Support for Apple & Android Devices

Road to VR

vTime , the social VR platform, today announced that users can now connect with friends through smartphone-powered augmented reality in addition to VR.

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Sniper’s Ground Is A Gorgeous VR Multiplayer Sniping Game

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Remember that incredible boss battle with The End in Metal Gear Solid 3? Sneaking through the forest for hours on end, using camouflage to avoid detection? Sniper’s Ground looks set to capitalize on that in VR.

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‘Final Assault’ Early Access Review – a Charming & Engrossing RTS on the Rise

Road to VR

Virtual reality has absorbed a number of traditional mouse-and-keyboard games and turned them into something that truly can only exist in the medium.

Excerpt: Four Stories From Blake Harris Book The History Of The Future

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The new book The History Of The Future is out today in hardcover, ebook and audiobook. The narrative written by Console Wars author Blake Harris charts the 2012 founding of Oculus. Along the way there is an accounting of the $3 billion acquisition by Facebook and $500 million jury decision. The story ends after the 2017 exit of Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey. Along the way is Chapter 23, titled NINE STORIES.

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Oculus Teases ‘Asgard’s Wrath’ Asynchronous Multiplayer, Heroes, & More

Road to VR

We’re steadily learning more about the upcoming Rift exclusive Asgard’s Wrath , a Norse-inspired VR action adventure game being developed by Sanzaru Games and published by Oculus Studios. The company has shared the first details about how the game’s “asynchronous multiplayer” feature will work, and offered additional teases on weapons, playable heroes, and the array of animal companions that will aid the player along their quest.

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Until You Fall Is A VR Sword Fighter From I Expect You To Die Studio

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Development studio Schell Games is announcing its upcoming sword fighting VR game Until You Fall. The studio is focusing on delivering satisfying melee combat in the “magic-infused” title. Until You Fall launches on VR headsets sometime in 2019. From the game’s official description: “Players will be masters of their own martial style and battle corrupted humanoids, monstrous creatures, and unknown horrors.”

A Few Minutes With PTC's Jim Heppelmann

Charlie Fink

We're so obsessed with startups we rarely talk about this multi-billion dollar public company that's bringing AR to enterprises all over the world

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#744: Women in VR Dicussion Sponsored by Mozilla

Voices of VR

Disclosure: Mozilla is financially sponsoring the Voices of VR podcast to collaborate on four different events in 2019, and our first collaboration was this conversation. Podcast Archive

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Using AR/VR for Assurance in Insurance

EnterpriseWear

I recently watched a Netflix documentary about the Fyre Festival. Two things from the story really stuck with me: 1) Festival owner Billy McFarland failed to get festival insurance; and 2) He couldn’t (or wouldn’t) listen to reason, as multiple people told him it would be impossible to pull off such an ambitious festival in under six months.

#743: Storytelling in AR Panel at Sundance New Frontier 2019

Voices of VR

I moderated this 90-minute Sundance New Frontier panel discussion about immersive storytelling in AR and the role of virtual characters and conversational interfaces. It included. Podcast Archive

Blueprint Reality Partners with SpringboardVR

SpringboardVR

Providing VR Operators with the MixCast™ VR Marketing System VR ARCADE PLAYERS CAN CREATE, CAPTURE AND SHARE THEIR FAVORITE IN-GAME MOMENTS IN MIXED REALITY WITH THEIR SOCIAL COMMUNITIES! Vancouver, BC?—?February February 7, 2019 ?—?Blueprint Blueprint Reality Inc.

#740: Facebook/Oculus Head of Experiences on Immersive Storytelling

Voices of VR

Colum Slevin is Facebook/Oculus’ Head of Experiences, and I had a chance to talk about how they’re supporting independent storytellers in a quest of trying. Podcast Archive

#741: Disney’s First VR Narrative Experiment of “Cycles”

Voices of VR

Disney Animation was showing Cycles, which is their first narrative VR short film that they produced during private screenings in Park City during Sundance. It’s. Podcast Archive

#742: “Traveling While Black” is a Healing Ritual of Restorative Practices through Immersive Documentary

Voices of VR

Traveling While Black is the most powerful piece of virtual reality that I’ve ever seen. Director Roger Ross Williams in collaboration with Felix & Paul. Podcast Archive