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Google Opens The Floodgates To Let More Developers Submit Daydream Apps

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For its first few months of availability, Google only worked with a select group of developers on Daydream-compatible apps.

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‘Sansar’ Will Open to All in First Half of 2017 with a New Approach to Virtual Worlds

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Sansar , a virtual world platform from the creators of Second Life, will open its doors to everyone in the first half of 2017. Developer Linden Lab explains their new approach to virtual worlds, and the many ways they plan to enable creators to make money with compelling virtual experiences.

The Heart Pounding Vive VR Shooter: John Wick Chronicles

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Your dream of finally becoming John Wick, a hitman out for murderous vengeance over his beloved puppy Daisy, is about to come true — thanks to virtual reality. Lionsgate and video game publisher Starbreeze have partnered to launch a VR first-person shooter based on the movie John Wick.

Recommended Oculus Rift Room Scale Setup

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You want room scale, but you purchased the Oculus Rift, and you are jealous of your Vive room scale friends? Never fear, Oculus are here to help. Or at least, so they say since the feature is still marked experimental.

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Play Oculus Rift and HTC Vive games with your smartphone

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Play Oculus Rift and HTC Vive games with your smartphone. The most common complaint about virtual reality is the price of VR headsets. For this reason, more and more developers are looking for a cheaper alternative.

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How to develop for Microsoft HoloLens

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Ivan Zubritskiy. Image courtesy Program-Ace.). One of the devices that generates the greatest interest among the tech community at the moment is Microsoft HoloLens.

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Epic Games CEO: “HTC Vive is outselling Oculus Rift 2-to-1 worldwide”

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Tim Sweeney, founder of Epic Games and creator of Unreal Engine, has a unique position in the virtual reality industry. As an active supporter of VR and head of one of gaming’s most important VR-compatible game engines, when Sweeney speaks, we tend to listen.

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Watch Obama’s Farewell Speech Live in 360°

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We’re Livestreaming President Obama’s Farewell Address in 360°. We are very excited to announce that VRScout is teaming up with The White House to bring you an exclusive live 360° broadcast of President Obama’s farewell address on Tuesday.

FeelVR Racing Seat at CES 2017

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Warning: The video below is an accurate representation of my driving skills. I’ve played race car games using the Oculus Rift before and it seems pretty realistic. The Rift combined with the FeelVR system made me forget I was in middle of the Las Vegas Sands Hall at CES!

Numbers of 2016

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A new year! 2017 will be all about VR! VR Bites started this year great thanks to Techtyche, who named VR Bites in their list of best virtual reality websites of 2017! Thanks a lot for that! Since February 2016 the new servers have been smoking to give you the tastiest VR snacks.

‘Tilt Brush’ Toolkit Turns Artists Into Animators With Unity Integration

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Google’s Tilt Brush app is evolving from a new way for artists to create into an important new tool in a developer’s arsenal.

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Oculus CTO John Carmack On The Stand: ‘I Am Not A Mac User Unless Under Duress’

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We’ve had a writer in a Dallas courtroom following the ZeniMax vs. Oculus court case this week and taking notes.

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Believe the Hype: HypeVR’s Volumetric Video Capture is a Glimpse at the Future of VR Video

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After having teased the tech toward the end of last year, we’ve finally gone hands-on with HypeVR’s volumetric video captures which lets you move around inside of VR videos. Inherent Limitations of 360 Video.

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The VR/AR Association Launches theDirectory, a Database with 1,000+ VR/AR Companies

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In time for CES 2017, the VR/AR Association (VRARA) has launched theDirectory , a first-of-its-kind searchable global database of technology solution providers in the VR, AR, and MR ecosystem.

HTC Offers $10 Million fund to help change the world

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VR for impact is what HTC are calling their latest fund with $10 million is cash available. The fund is for creators to produce virtual reality content that highlights key sustainability issues around the world.

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Enderal VR HTC Vive Direct VR Custom Vorpx Profile

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Enderal is a Total Conversion Skyrim mod (not Special Edition) and brings a brand new story in a brand new world.

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Researchers Demonstrate 100° Dynamic Focus AR Display With Membrane Mirrors

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Achieving a wide field of view in an AR headset is a challenge in itself, but so too is fixing the so-called vergence-accommodation conflict which presently plagues most VR and AR headsets, making them less comfortable and less in sync with the way our vision works in the real world.

Valve Confirms More Headsets In The Works Compatible With SteamVR Tracking

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In a late comment to the Gabe Newell AMA on Reddit , Valve’s Joe Ludwig posted an update outlining progress licensing its SteamVR Tracking system.

Simple PlayStation Move Mod Brings Dual Analog Control To PSVR Games

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PlayStation VR is a very capable headset, but it does have one glaring weakness: the PlayStation Move controllers. Sony’s positiontally-tracked wands bring your hands into VR with relative accuracy, but they pale in comparison to the HTC Vive’s wands or Oculus Touch controllers.

Meta Debuts Groundbreaking Interactive AR at Sundance

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Meta let me and a partner interact with the same hologram in, “The Journey to the Center of the Natural Machine.”

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Woman's Guide to CES

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True story: I packed five pairs of shoes for a four-day trip to CES. I had good intentions. Standing at 5’2 on a good day, my 4-inch stiletto were a necessity! First, I wanted to see exhibits and people at eye level, especially while I conduct an interview.

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HUMAN TETRIS IN VIRTUAL REALITY! | Unbreakable VR Runner (HTC Vive Gameplay)

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The Unbreakable VR Runner is a great cardio workout game for the HTC Vive. It’s basically a coin catcher game in which the player collects coins or candies and dodges obstacles at the same time. If the players Virtual Reality Headset hits an obstacle it’s game over.

2016’s Record Breaking VR/AR Venture Funding Totals $1.8 Billion

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With 2015 breaking previous records, industry observers entered 2016 wondering if VR/AR funding would be able to keep pace. Dollars and Deals. In 2016, venture funding of VR/AR companies reached $1.8 billion, ending significantly above 2015.

Lumus Packed a 55 Degree Field of View into Optics Less than 2mm Thick

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At CES 2017, Lumus is demonstrating its latest waveguide optics which achieve a 55 degree field of view from optics less than 2mm thick, potentially enabling a truly glasses-sized augmented reality headset. Israel-based Lumus has been working on transparent optics since 2000.

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Dr. Oz is Using VR to Create The ‘Google Maps’ of the Human Body

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Mehmet Cengiz Öz, better known by the simplified monicker, “Dr. Oz,” has quite the extensive resume. He is a cardiothoracic surgeon and professor at Columbia University as well as an author, speaker and television promoter.

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NASA Announces VR Mars Ride With Actual 90-Foot Drop

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Those lucky enough to attend the Super Bowl Live festival in Houston have the chance to travel to Mars in virtual reality. The Super Bowl is just around the corner, and unsurprisingly the multiple promotional events dedicated to the massively-popular spectacle have begun to kick off.

CES 2017 – Day 1 VR Summary

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CES is a crazy place with a mass array of people, bright lights and tech galore. Day 1 of CES 2017; VRCircle ventured to the South Hall at the convention center where VR and Gaming are showing their latest and greatest. Royole Corp. Shows their Moon Virtual Theater First up, was Royole Corporation.

GOING BACK TO THE FUTURE | HoloBall VR (Oculus Touch Gameplay)

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HoloBall puts players into an Virtual Reality arcade arena inspired by one of the most iconic game titles of all time. You will have to use powerful paddles to hit, smash and curve the HoloBall past your enemy to score. Learn and master skillshots to outmatch your increasingly difficult opponents.

Hands-on: HTC’s New Vive Tracker Makes VR More Immersive With Specialized Accessories

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The Vive accessory market is about to get a huge boost thanks to the newly announced HTC Vive Tracker. Gaming, training, and more benefit from the enhanced immersion that comes from wielding “real” tools, weapons, and instruments.

Teomirn Is A HoloLens App That Teaches You To Play The Piano

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Playing games that also teach you skills is a dream for any lazy person, but it’s still a distant one. Guitar Hero was fun, but it never taught you to play its starring instrument, and neither will Rock Band VR when it hits Rift later this year.

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