November, 2017

Exclusive: How NVIDIA Research is Reinventing the Display Pipeline for the Future of VR, Part 2

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In Part 1 of this article we explored the current state of CGI, game, and contemporary VR systems. Here in Part 2 we look at the limits of human visual perception and show several of the methods we’re exploring to drive performance closer to them in VR systems of the future.

Editorial: Sony And Facebook Don’t Need To Finance Shooting Virtual Humans

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Toyota Debuts Humanoid Robot Controlled By HTC Vive

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Wearable controls and a “Master Maneuvering System” lets you pilot the T-HR3 remotely. It seems like you can’t swing a stick nowadays without hitting a VR-controlled robot. Jokes aside, we’ve seen a surprising amount of VR-based robotics over the past couple of months.

Cool AR apps to try with Apple’s new phones

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Apple has lagged behind in the virtual and augmented reality race so far. Their phones can be used for some low-end VR, via the Cardboard platform from Google, but they haven’t had anything of their own to match the higher-end Samsung Gear VR and Google Daydream View headsets.

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HTC VIVE launches VIVE Arts, a new multi-million dollar global VR art program

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HTC VIVE today announced VIVE Arts, a new multi-million dollar global VR program set to change the way the world creates and engages with the arts.

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Sniper Rust VR

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Sniper Rust VR is the first-of-its-kind, sharpshooting experience for Virtual Reality devices. Sniper Rust VR is an 18 level, globe-trotting adventure set against an armed militia uprising across international borders. Games action games sniper VR games

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Skyrim VR Will Not Feature Mod Support At Launch

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Earlier this week at a private PlayStation press event in San Francisco, CA we got the chance to go hands-on with a full, updated build of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR for PlayStation VR (PSVR) and came away impressed.

Airbus Launches HoloLens App to Train Future Airline Crews

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Jet engineering is going holographic. Passenger jet maker Airbus has created a Microsoft HoloLens app to train engineers and cabin crews.

Can VR stop sexual harrassment?

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With all the latest news headlines about sexual harassment, Los Angeles based startup Vantage Point thinks it can make a difference with virtual reality.

Using VR to create understanding and empathy with victims of sexual harassment and assault. My Interview with Morgan Mercer, CEO of Vantage Point.

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Morgan Mercer and the team at Vantage Point are looking to eradicate sexual assault and sexual harassment, with the help of virtual reality. The team says that existing educational programs fail in several way to truly help victims of sexual assault and sexual harassment.

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Best VR Fantasy Role-Playing Games for Epic Adventures

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Since the day tabletop RPGs first were brought into our digital era, role-playing games have enthralled and entertained through epic quests for gold, slaying of dragons and monsters, and for letting us take on the role of the hero.

HTC Invests in 26 More AR/VR Startups in Vive X Accelerator

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HTC today announced its third batch of AR/VR startups backed by the company’s Vive X accelerator program. A total of 26 new companies from across the world have been selected to participate in the program with the goal of “building and advancing the global VR/AR ecosystem.”

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VR Hits Major Milestone As Computing Platform With New Google Team-Up

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Google is taking its biggest step yet toward becoming an important service provider for immersive computing. The company’s latest move allows people using development software like Unity and Unreal to easily bring 3D objects into their projects from a growing crowdsourced library.

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Leveling the Playing Field: From Reality Tech to Reality Itself

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You can’t go on social media or turn on the news these days without being taken aback by a barrage of stories revolving around sexism.

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Places to visit in-world this holiday season

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Grids are getting an early start on the holidays this year, with a number of winter-themed regions already up and ready to visit, and a full calendar of events planned across the hypergrid. Skiing and Winter Expo in Tangle Grid. Isle Expo region is ready for the Winter Expo event.

The Exorcist: Legion VR Comes To Oculus Rift and HTC Vive on Black Friday

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Fun Train and Wolf & Wood bring The Exorcist horror franchise to virtual reality with The Exorcist: Legion VR. Based on the events of The Exorcist III , players experience a stand-alone story untold in the movies across five chapters.

HTC and Logitech bring keyboards into virtual reality

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HTC and Logitech have announced the new Logitech BRIDGE SDK, a way for developers to add keyboard support to their virtual reality apps.

Giant $1.5 Billion VR Theme Park to Open in China, Promising 35 VR Attractions

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A giant robot looms over the outskirts of Guiyang, the capital of Guizhou province in China.

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Holoplayer One Is An Interactive Lightfield Display Bringing Holograms To Your Home

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Microsoft likes to think of its HoloLens mixed reality headset as projecting holograms into the real world, but these can only be seen by the person wearing the headset. Looking Glass Factory’s Holoplayer One is making holograms that everyone can see and interact with.

VR Helped This Man Feel What It’s Like To Walk Again

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VR gave this man the ability to walk, explore Burning Man and ski all from his wheelchair. Evan W. Gadda said he had dreamed of traveling to Burning Man. As an artist himself he said the opportunity would be unreal.

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Content theft quietly demoralizing for creators

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Although many creators do not speak up, theft and illegal distribution of their content is hurting their morale and creativity, and may even be driving some out of OpenSim altogether.

League of War: VR Arena Launches Exclusively on PlayStation VR for Strategic Tabletop-style Combat Fans.

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League of War: VR Arena , a new arena-based arcade wargame based on the League of War strategy game franchise launches exclusively on PlayStation®VR. Priced at $19.99 and available now on the PlayStation®Store, the game features quick, visceral 1v1 battles against AI or human opponents.

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Amazon Sumerian wants to be the cross-platform VR/AR builder

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Amazon might not be a name you’d immediately associate with creating interactive content, much less games, but that is exactly what the retail giant has been up to lately.

Exclusive: Lytro Reveals Immerge 2.0 Light-field Camera with Improved Quality, Faster Captures

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Lytro’s Immerge light-field camera is meant for professional high-end VR productions. It may be a beast of a rig, but it’s capable of capturing some of the best looking volumetric video that I’ve had my eyes on yet.

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The Best Videos And Trailers From This Week

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We’re getting near the end of the year and that means a slew of product releases. Not surprisingly, games were big this week, and it’s obvious that folks are excited to play Skyrim, LA Noire, Doom, and all the other big games coming to VR soon. Skyrim PSVR.

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Google Launches Social Awareness VR Initiative ‘Daydream Impact’

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Google Daydream will provide organizations with VR training and equipment rentals. When it comes to social change, awareness is the first step on a long journey to impact the causes and problems that we care about.

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VR app helps treat phantom limb pain

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WiseMind. Image courtesy Realiteer Corp.). Phantom limb pain can be debilitating but is often treatable with mirror therapy , which tricks the brain into thinking the amputated limb is still there.

Vantage Point looks to eradicate sexual assault and sexual harassment, with the help of virtual reality.

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Morgan Mercer and the team at Vantage Point are looking to eradicate sexual assault and sexual harassment, with the help of virtual reality. The team says that existing educational programs fail in several way to truly help victims of sexual assault and sexual harassment.

HTC Vive Focus standalone VR headset eliminates wires

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HTC has announced Vive Focus, a standalone virtual reality headset that eliminates the wires found on the regular HTC Vive.

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Amazon’s New ‘Sumerian’ Tool Aims to Make Developing Web-based VR Apps Easier

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Amazon today announced a new developer tool at its annual AWS re:Invent that aims to make creating web-based applications for VR/AR and traditional monitors even easier.

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Bait! Arctic Open Introduces Multiplayer Fishing To Facebook Spaces

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When Bait! from Resolution Games first launched on Gear VR it introduced several visually pleasing vistas at which players could cast their line for some recreational fishing.

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