November, 2017

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. Whether it be training robots to complete mundane tasks, defuse bombs , or direct production machines , there seems to be no end in what’s possible when you combine VR and robots.

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Designers Prototype New Approaches to VR Headset Ergonomics and Input

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Two common types of head-mounts for VR headsets dominate the market today: the side & top strap approach, and the halo approach (which rests mostly on the forehead). Despite their abundance, there’s still a long way to go toward improving comfort, ease-of-use, and social acceptability as VR grows. Designers from industrial design firm Nonobject prototyped a range of new designs which could be viable as VR technology becomes smaller and lighter.

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Logitech Is Working On A VR Keyboard That Works With Vive Tracker

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Logitech is working with developers on a solution that brings keyboards into VR using HTC’s Vive Tracker. The VR keyboard developer’s kit is being distributed to a small set of creators to make software and apps that use the capability. This BRIDGE kit, as it is called, could be a boon to apps like VR Desktop and Bigscreen, each of which already appear to be working with the system.

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. Vive recognizes VR's potential to share and engage with the world's most valuable treasures in a new and exciting way, and the company's latest investment will support the content, creators and institutions that embrace this new medium.

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How Digital Transformation will Bend the Curve of the Linear Economy Toward the Circular

Speaker: Bruce Armstrong Taylor, Co-Founder & Managing Director of SmartNations Foundation, Jimmy Jia, Venture Partner at Pi Labs, Fabienne Durand, Senior Advisor to the SmartNations Foundation, & Roger Strukhoff, Executive Director of the Tau Institute

The Carbon Zero, Circular Economy, is easily the most profoundly important result of digital transformation. Industry 4.0 has a massively cumulative impact on dematerialization (in all forms) and resultant decarbonization (both emissions and embodied) throughout the economy. Join panelists Bruce Armstrong Taylor, Jimmy Jia, Fabienne Durand, and their moderator Roger Strukhoff as they discuss how bending the carbon/GHG heavy linear economy to the circular is one of the hidden benefits of digital disruption.

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. Its latest phones — iPhone X , iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus — support its new augmented reality platform ARKit.

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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. The app lets you train from anywhere while wearing the standalone headset “via a holographic coach or an interactive, shared 3D virtual system,” according to a press release. The app is part of Airbus’s greater plan to use mixed reality for training, an Airbus spokesperson told VRScout.

Pressure Mounts for Xbox’s Missing VR Strategy as PSVR Rakes in an Estimated Half Billion From Hardware Alone

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VR may still be young, and adoption still low compared to the world of traditional gaming, but it can’t be ignored that mounting sales of the Playstation VR headset—effectively a very expensive accessory for the PS4—is adding up to considerable revenue. In an era where Sony appears to have a significant lead in console sales already, and with PSVR sharpening the system’s competitive edge, pressure is mounting for Microsoft to figure out its Xbox VR strategy. Moving the Needle.

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

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A trailer for Blood & Truth from Sony’s London Studio, like a preview Oculus showed earlier this month for an upcoming war title from Titanfall creator Respawn Entertainment, makes it clear that Sony and Facebook are financially supporting what its executives think gamers want to play in VR. The goal: drive the sale of more headsets by giving the likeliest consumers more reasons to buy. But are investments in bloody shooters by the industry’s largest companies really necessary?

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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. Morgan Mercer has started a crowdfunding campaign for a virtual reality tool to help people combat the issues of sexual assault and sexual harassment faced by many in campuses and the workplace.

AR/VR Simulations for Sustainable, Regenerative, Circular Cities

Speaker: Nik Gowing, Brenda Laurel, Sheridan Tatsuno, Archie Kasnet, and Bruce Armstrong Taylor

Join our amazing panelists, Nik Gowing, Founder at Thinking the Unthinkable and International Broadcaster; Brenda Laurel, PhD, Principal, Neogaian Interactive; Sheridan Tatsuno, Principal, Dreamscape Global; Archie Kasnet, CEO, Regenerative; and Bruce Armstrong Taylor, The Climate 4.0 Project, to discuss how today's AR/VR and related AI-enabled technologies can be effectively applied, using data from such sources as NASA and NOAA, to both improve and accelerate urban sustainability planning and design.

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. The company has developed a training program aimed at universities and corporations, and is now looking for funding to build a virtual reality experience around it. The crowdfunding campaign launched today on IndieGoGo , The company hopes to have a pilot out by next summer.

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. Fantasy RPGs exist in many forms and virtual reality gaming wouldn’t be complete without bounteous options to materialize in magical lands.

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. But Evan is confined to a wheelchair and has asthma, and the trek into the desert could possibly be unsafe for his health.

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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. The new VR park, named simply ‘ Oriental Science Fiction Valley ‘, is nearly complete, featuring a bevy of VR attractions and rides that hopes to capitalize on China’s steadily growing VR industry.

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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. Previous demos were teleportation movement only and now they’ve added full, smooth locomotion features with both Dualshock 4 and PS Move controllers.

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. Chapter 1: First Rites and Chapter 2: Idle Hands are expected out November 22nd , with the rest following soon after. First Rites will launch at $3.99

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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. Image courtesy Tangle grid.). This year’s Tangle Winter Expo will run from December 1 to January 13, 2018. Visitors will enjoy skating, sledding or skiing.

VR headsets pass 1 million shipments for the first time in a single quarter via @VentureBeat.

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VR headsets pass 1 million shipments for the first time in a single quarter via @VentureBeat [link] [link] — allthingsvr (@allthingsvr) November 28, 2017. virtual reality augmented reality vr ar

HTC Officially Announces Vive Focus, Its Standalone VR Headset

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It’s time to cut the cord. Today at Vive Developer Conference in Beijing, HTC announced its long-awaited standalone headset, called Vive Focus. Since we first started hearing about the prospect of a Vive standalone a few months ago, the VR community has been eagerly awaiting its public release. Now it’s here. And it’s 6DoF. Vive Focus takes us from room-scale to “world-scale” tracking.

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Report: HTC to Unveil Standalone VR Headset at Vive Developer Conference in November

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HTC could be showing off its standalone VR headset at the company’s November 14th Vive Developer Conference (VDC) in Beijing. As reported by YiVian , the conference has recently published promotional material featuring a veiled image of the company’s upcoming headset. To wit, HTC says it will have ‘some important announcements’ to make.

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. Earlier this month Google launched Poly , a repository for objects and scenes created in VR apps like Tilt Brush and Blocks.

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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. The game’s head-to-head mode has a unique twist: the VR player will engage in strategic combat against a non-VR opponent playing on the Social Screen in the same room.

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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. One creator of mesh avatars, who did not want to be named, saw her products distributed full perms across multiple grids and said she no longer trusts those grids and does not want to come to OpenSim as a result.

HTC cancels plans to release wireless VR headset with Google in the U.S. via @TechCrunch.

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HTC cancels plans to release wireless VR headset with Google in the U.S. via @TechCrunch [link] [link] — allthingsvr (@allthingsvr) November 14, 2017. virtual reality augmented reality vr ar

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China’s Billion Dollar VR Theme Park Is Nothing Short Of Colossal

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If the enormous selection of various VR experiences and attractions don’t get you, the $15 million Transformers statue will. If there was any doubt that the VR boom in China was all hype, then it’s probably starting to fade now. It’s been common knowledge for awhile now that the Oriental Times Media Corporation has been working tirelessly on a massive VR theme park for Chinese patrons.

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Report: Apple Acquired VR Headset Startup Vrvana for $30 Million

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Citing sources close to the deal, TechCrunch reports that VR headset maker Vrvana has been acquired by Apple for $30 million. Vrvana is a little known VR headset maker that’s been on the scene since 2014. The company was building the ‘Totem’ headset, which had gone to Kickstarter that year but came up short of its goal despite a positive start.

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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. Holoplayer One is an interactive lightfield display. It consists of a device that unfolds from a shape similar to a laptop and projects a 3D image above a glass panel that anyone can use their hands to interact with.

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. Morgan Mercer has started a crowdfunding campaign for a virtual reality tool to help people combat the issues of sexual assault and sexual harassment faced by many in campuses and the workplace.

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. Now the same treatment is available as a virtual reality app, which offers a more efficient, effective, and engaging way to get the therapy, according to development company Realiteer Corp.

HTC to Unveil Standalone VR Headset at Vive Developer Conference in November via @RtoVR.

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HTC to Unveil Standalone VR Headset at Vive Developer Conference in November via @RtoVR [link] [link] — allthingsvr (@allthingsvr) November 1, 2017. virtual reality augmented reality vr ar