November, 2018

Oculus Patents Use Of Light Field Cameras for Eye Tracking

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Facebook’s Oculus patented an eye tracking technique which uses light field cameras inside the headset. Most previous eye tracking systems used a regular or infrared camera combined with an IR illuminator to keep the eyes lit.

Cutting Edge VR

Tech Trends VR

Fundamental VR is partnering with the Mayo Clinic to democratize the next generation of haptic surgical training simulation tools. Globally, 5 Billion people don’t have access to safe surgery due to lack of trained professionals. In the U.S.

This New Device Could Solve VR Motion Sickness

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OtoTech combats motion-induced nausea without the side effects of drugs. According to research published by ScienceNews , roughly 25% to 45% of users report some form of motion sickness while engaged in a virtual reality experience.

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US Army Declares Microsoft the Winner in Battle for $480M AR Headset Contract

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In their first head-to-head major contract clash, Microsoft has emerged victorious over Magic Leap, as the US Army has awarded a $480 million contract to the HoloLens maker.

‘Virtual Desktop’ is Finally Coming to Oculus Go & Gear VR This Week, Oculus Quest Next Year

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Virtual Desktop (2016) , the app that lets you view and use your desktop computer in VR, is finally making its way to Oculus Go and Gear VR this week. Once Oculus Quest, the company’s upcoming 6DOF headset, launches next year, a version of the app will be available then too.

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HTC Vive Focus launched worldwide: an enterprise standalone headset, starting from $599

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After a long wait, finally, the Vive Focus is ready to exit from its home country. You will be able to finally buy it in Europe and North America for $599, from the dedicated page on the HTC website. HTC Vive Focus Specs.

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Beat Saber DLC: Devloper Planning 30 New Songs

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Still enjoying Beat Saber on your Rift, Vive, or now on PSVR? Well that’s good, because there’s plenty of new content on the way.

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Disney Researchers Introduce ‘MotionStick’ AR Puppeteering

VRScout

Disney Researchers build off an idea from 2011 to develop a new way to puppeteer digital characters in augmented reality.

New York Times Lets You Visit Statue of Liberty's Torch Without Trip to NYC via Augmented Reality

Next Reality AR

While a new museum to house the original torch of the Statue of Liberty is under construction on Liberty Island and scheduled to open in May 2019, New York Times readers can now view the sculpture in their own space through augmented reality.

Holiday Deal Brings New Samsung Odyssey+ to Just $300

Road to VR

Samsung Odyssey+ is the company’s latest VR headset, and while it launched just a few weeks ago for $500, the Korean tech giant is throwing it on sale this Black Friday at a 40% discount.

All you need to know about the leaked Valve VR headset: is Half-Life 3/2 coming?

The Ghost Howls

The VR ecosystem is in fibrillation because of the leak of a possible upcoming next-gen Valve HMD headset. But what do we know about it? Well, in this article I’ll try to summarize all that we know and all the main speculations regarding it.

You Should Definitely Buy A PSVR This Black Friday

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You might have noticed that we’re quite fond of VR here at Upload. In fact, we’re absolutely enthralled about it; we love to play in it, talk about it and write about it. But, when it comes to actually recommending you buy a VR headset?

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XSEED to Bring GUNGRAVE VR to European and North American PSVR users in December

Cats and VR

XSEED Games, the independent-minded publishing brand of Marvelous USA, Inc.,announced

Disney’s PoseVR Tool Lets Animators Create In VR

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Disney’s summer internship program results in a new VR tool aimed at 3D animation. It’s no secret that Disney is constantly looking for new ways to boost the efficiency of their creators.

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Microsoft's HoloLens Morphs Paris Museum Model of Mont-Saint-Michel into Masterpiece of AR

Next Reality AR

Amid the opulent and historic confines of Paris, Microsoft is now hosting an exhibit at a local museum that brings a historic map of a Normandy tourist destination to life in augmented reality.

Magic Leap is Offering Individual Developers up to $500K for Their AR Projects

Road to VR

At Magic Leap’s developer conference last month, the company announced they were ready to throw down serious cash to developers to build apps for their new AR headset, Magic Leap One.

Magic Leap One first impressions review: it’s not a leap, but a step

The Ghost Howls

I thought it would have taken me a lot before I would be able to try the Magic Leap One , but luckily this has not been the case. Thanks to a friend and a bit of luck, I’ve been able to test it and so I will be able to give you my impressions on the device … are you interested?

Get Samsung Odyssey+ For Just $299 Starting Today – 40% Off Black Friday Sale

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Samsung is offering an incredible early Black Friday deal starting today — its Odyssey+ high end PC VR headset for just $299. This saves $200 (40%) from the regular $499 price. The deal applies only to customers in the United States.

Diving Into VR Without a Headset

Tech Trends VR

Is this the closest we have to the Holodeck? It very well might be. There are many tantalizing possibilities around immersive technologies, but where they usually hit a snag is the fact that most cool experiences require complicated equipment.

Tilt Brush Behind One Of Time Magazine’s 50 Best Inventions Of 2018

VRScout

Designer uses VR to design award-winning prototype carry-on bag. When it was released in 2016, Tilt Brush was heralded as VR’s killer app.

AT&T Reveals Winners of First Magic Leap Hackathon

Next Reality AR

Now that its first developer conference is in the rearview mirror, Magic Leap continues to nurture its content development community, this time with an assist from strategic investor and retail partner AT&T. After accepting submissions through Oct.

Microsoft Wins $480M Defense Contract to Provide U.S. Army with AR Headsets

Road to VR

Microsoft has won a $480 million contract with the U.S. Army which is poised to outfit soldiers with 100,000 Microsoft-built AR headsets.

4 hard lessons on VR startup life that I’ve learned attending events

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Hello all! As I’ve told you in my newsletter, this period I’m travelling to attend events to try to spread awareness for my consultancy company New Technology Walkers.

Borderlands 2 VR Could Come To Rift and Vive In 2019

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The small text of Sony’s latest trailer for Borderlands 2 VR for PSVR reveals an interesting fact- the game’s exclusivity to the platform is timed, not permanent. Specifically, it is a timed exclusive for 5 months from launch.

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Retailers Exploring New VR And AR Concepts To Drive Sales In 2019

Tech Trends VR

With more retailers integrating immersive technologies in both their logistics and customer-facing operations, will consumers finally start buying into VR?

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Master of Shapes Combines VR Racing With Real Go Karts

VRScout

Virtual environments. Real-world racing. Last month we had the opportunity to check out Master of Shapes’ VR go-kart experience, a bold new location-based venture that blends virtual reality racetracks with real-world racing.

Children's Book Classic Peter Rabbit & Other Tales Come to AR via iOS App

Next Reality AR

The landscape for mobile augmented reality apps is still mostly filled with utility and gaming apps, but a new entrant into the space is looking to pull children into the mix.

Report: New Valve VR Headset Appears in Leaked Images

Road to VR

When it comes Valve, there’s no telling what’s going on behind their Bellevue, Washington doors. As one of the most reclusive developers of both games and hardware, that goes doubly so for its efforts in VR.

Ground Runner: Trials speeds and shoots its way out of Early Access to deliver immersive vehicular VR combat

Cats and VR

FPS vehicle-based VR shooter Ground Runner: Trials has left Early Access. Available for Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Windows Mixed Reality, the game fuses FPS action, intense vehicle combat and hands-only controls to create a truly immersive and intense gaming experience.

Watch David Attenborough Meet David Attenborough In VR

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Hold The World, a brilliant educational VR app from Sky, features some of the best volumetric capture seen in VR today, bringing Sir David Attenborough to digital life. Need proof? Check out just how amazed the real Attenborough was to meet his digital self in the video below.

Tech Trends @ VR Sports & Entertainment Summit 2018

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The 2nd Annual Immersive Technology in Sports & Entertainment Summit will be held in San Francisco on November 13-14, 2018. Tech Trends is excited to be a media partner for the event so watch this space for key highlights.

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VR Can Help You Learn How to Drum

VRScout

The evolving role of VR in streaming, music, and the craft of percussion. It may seem like no surprise that music—in the form of creation tools, rhythm games, mind-bending visualizations, and virtual performance venues—have intersected with virtual reality (VR) in a large way.

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Magic Leap Launches App Creator Grant Program Awarding Up to $500,000 in Funding

Next Reality AR

On Thursday, Magic Leap decided to step up its efforts to foster its developer community by launching the Independent Creator Program.

Bell Says Latest Helicopter was Designed 10 Times Faster With VR

Road to VR

Bell Helicopter challenged its Innovation Team to accelerate its aircraft design process. Turning to VR as a key improvement to their design pipeline, the team created the FCX-001, the company’s first “concept aircraft,” in just six months.

Donald Greenberg: virtual reality is still a baby, we’ll need 20 years for photorealism

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There are days when I’m really happy to be a blogger. The day when I interviewed Donald Greenberg is one of these days. Donald Greenberg is one of the fathers of the CGI.

Madrid Noir: Prologue Is Like A Charming Pixar Short In VR

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If there’s one thing that everyone loves about going to the movies to watch the latest Pixar film, it’s got to be the shorts. These mini-movies that appear before the main feature are often filled with as much love, laughs and innovation as the film they’re shown in front of.

Exploring a Wounded Mind in VR

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A BBC Virtual Reality experience takes you on an emotional journey through the perspective of two young women dealing with a life-altering brain injury. Is Anna OK is a poignant VR experience based on a true story. Anna and Lauren are identical twins.