September, 2017

The 3 Biggest Challenges Facing Augmented Reality Today

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Man Proposes In Zero Latency’s VR Zombie Arena


I’m not crying! You’re crying! Everyone loves a good proposal story. The terrifying act of popping the big question is a big moment in any young couple’s life. So any attempt at breaking the norm when taking that life-changing knee is always fun.

VRTK’s Open Source Tools Help New Developers Get Started In VR


What’s becoming clear in VR development is that with the market split across Rift, Vive and PlayStation VR, the developers of some of the most successful apps like Job Simulator , Fantastic Contraption and Raw Data work hard to make their software work well across all three headsets.

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A Work Of Heart: Owlchemy Labs Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality @VRDC2107

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At VRDC2017 Devin Reimer and Alex Schwartz (Chief Technology Owl and Chief Executive Owl, respectively) of Owlchemy presented their Postmortem on Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality. Owlchemy Labs originally began in the mobile and PC game space back in 2010.

Sign up here for MIT’s VR/AR Hackathon on Oct 6-9! [link]


Sign up here for MIT’s VR/AR Hackathon on Oct 6-9! link] [link] — allthingsvr (@allthingsvr) September 22, 2017. virtual reality augmented reality vr ar

Projection and Distortion in Wide-FoV HMDs


There is an on-going, but already highly successful, Kickstarter campaign for a new VR head-mounted display with a wide (200°) field of view (FoV): Pimax 8k.

Magic Leap Updates Site in Preparation for the “journey to launch”

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Magic Leap today launched a refresh of their official website which includes a new teaser stating that the company wants to “[take] you with us on this journey to launch.

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OTOY’s Next Phase: Peer-To-Peer Rendering Network Built On The Blockchain


A couple weeks ago I dived deep into the efforts of Jules Urbach, the visionary fast-talking CEO and co-founder of Los Angeles-based OTOY.

Neko Atsume VR Confirmed.

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#2017PSカンファレンス  |今年春 映画にもなった女性に人気のスマホゲーム『ねこあつめVR』((株)ヒットポイント)が2018年にPS VRに登場決定! — プレイステーション公式 (@PlayStation_jp) September 19, 2017.

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5 marketing videos to check out in VR

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A still from the Rogue One 360 VR Experience, which lets you drive through a scene from a Star Wars movie. If you’ve been keeping up with media based content marketing — and hopefully you have — then you know the current trend is to publish and share immersive, 360-degree videos.

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Vive Focus tipped as name of HTC’s standalone VR headset


We haven’t heard much about HTC‘s upcoming standalone VR headset — a model of the Vive that doesn’t need to be tethered to a PC — but that’s likely to change in the near future.

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ZED Mini Turns Rift and Vive into an AR Headset From the Future

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Stereo camera company Stereolabs has launched pre-orders for the ZED Mini , a smaller version of their stereo depth-mapping camera which fits on a mount made to attach to VR headsets like the Rift and Vive.

Blocker is a Revolutionary AR Application for Filmmakers


Filmmakers rejoice! Augmented Reality just made your job a whole lot easier. Much has been made of the storytelling capacities of VR and AR, but what about using them as tools to aid other storytelling media?

Editorial: Why Apple’s Immersive Evolution Starts With Poop


People who watch technology closely — especially those optimistic about VR and AR — are scratching their heads this week trying to understand how Apple “ undersold ” those features so significantly.

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VRDC 2017 Spotlight: The Use Your Illusion: Creating Immersive Virtual Reality Worlds session

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Writing about the talks at a conference can be tough unless some crazy game/product reveal happens or Kanye West or an equivalent celeb is involved. Generally these talks tend to be a meeting of the minds sharing their respective perspectives on certain aspects of an industry.

AviWorlds reopens after burying hatchet with former partner

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AviWorlds is back online after owner Alexsandro Pomposelli put aside his differences with SkyLife owner Josh Boam. The two had an acrimonious dispute last year after AviWorlds went down due to server issues and other problems.

Gear VR PhoneCast app lets you use some 2D apps in virtual reality


Virtual reality is fun and entertaining but hardly useful when it comes to getting real-world things done, it isn’t of much help. At least with the current state of technology.

Google’s Massive Street View Library Now Available in ‘Google Earth VR’

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Today Google has launched an update to Google Earth VR which brings the company’s huge library of street-level imagery into the application which lets users immersively explore the entire globe.

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Street View Comes To Google Earth VR


The new update brings Street View imagery from 85 countries. Last year Google launched a VR version of Google Earth , letting you visit locations around the world in 3D.

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Space Pirate Trainer Finally Exits Early Access With Launch Update This Oct.


Space Pirate Trainer is finally poised to exit Early Access and release its 1.0 version on October 12, 2017, for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, as well as on the Windows Store for Windows VR headsets when those are available. There’s a short list of introductory VR apps that I cycle through anytime I’m letting someone try out an Oculus Rift or HTC Vive for the first time.

Cortopia Studios bringing the award-winning mobile VR game Wands to Oculus Rift

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Wands® was recently awarded ”Best VR Game” at the International Mobile Gaming Awards Global in San Francisco. Game critics have been spell-bound Wands and now it will be coming to the Oculus Rift.

Second Life’s cloud move could lower land prices, hurt OpenSim

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London City region in Second Life. Image courtesy David Kariuki.). Second Life is moving its architecture to the cloud, Linden Lab announced last week, and that might help them offer lower land prices. The reason?

Intel’s Project Alloy standalone VR headset is dead


It’s been quite some time since we last heard from Intel’s Project Alloy. The VR headset was first revealed last year and was intended to be an open reference for other manufacturers who wanted to make their own VR headsets.

Intel Scraps Plans to Launch Project Alloy Reference Headset, Pursuing Other VR R&D

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Intel is scrapping plans to launch the Project Alloy headset as an open reference design, citing lack of partner interest.

Google Buying HTC’s Pixel Team for $1.1 Billion


HTC retains brand but lets part of their smartphone business go. Google has announced a $1.1 billion cooperation agreement under which certain HTC employees – many of whom are already working with Google to develop Pixel smartphones – will join Google.

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VRChat Raises $4 Million Round Led By HTC


Startup VRChat just raised a $4 million Series A round of funding led by HTC. The money for the social VR startup comes in the wake of AltspaceVR running out of cash and the earlier closure of Convrge, though Altspace has found a lifeline of sorts. There’s still High Fidelity running strong and Linden Lab continues building Sansar , the successor to one of the longest-running virtual worlds, Second Life.

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Cats and Snack Cakes are the keys to great VR: Lessons learned from Jim Topel's rambling @VRDC2017

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First I want to start out by saying yes a BIG part of the reason MINDSHOW is great is that you can finally fulfill your dreams of having a rap battle between a cat and a snack cake. This is the kind of design choices that builds community.

eleVR leaving YCR


In May 2016 we joined Y Combinator Research (YCR). Today is our last day there, and possibly our last day at all. For the couple years previous, we were hosted by SAP. Both YCR and SAP have been remarkable in their trust and openness in allowing us to do our best research without external pressures. Particularly Alan Kay, Vishal Sikka, and Sam Altman have been nothing but supportive of our long-term research vision.

Google Street View joins Earth VR on Oculus Rift and HTC VIVE


Exploring our fine planet in Google Earth VR can already be a awe-inspiring thing, but today Google is making the experience a little more immersive by adding Street View to the app.

How VR, AR, & AI Can Change Education Forever – Part 1, Today’s Problems

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Education is an odd bird: we all know it could be better, while at the same time it is the best it has ever been in human history.

How Eye Tracking is Driving the Next Generation of AR and VR


AR and VR are gearing up for a giant leap forward thanks to advancements in eye-tracking technology. The industry has been experiencing a boom in recent years with hundreds of startups and heavy investment from tech giants including Google, Apple, Samsung, and Facebook.

Google, Facebook and Microsoft Line Up For VR Standalone Push


Over the next two weeks we are expecting major announcements related to VR from Microsoft, Google and Facebook.

CCP Games Launches EVE: Valkyrie – Warzone, The First Fully Cross-Platform, Cross-Reality Videogame for VR, PC and PlayStation 4

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Today, CCP Games released EVE: Valkyrie – Warzone™, taking the thrill and skill of competitive online space combat beyond VR to PlayStation®4 and PC gamers as the first fully cross-platform, cross-reality videogame.

AvatarFest opens Saturday

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Virtual recreation of a house from a Van Gogh painting that visitors can walk through by virtual artist Tosha Tyran. Image courtesy AvatarFest.). This year’s AvatarFest , an annual celebration of OpenSim creativity, opens its doors this Saturday, September 23, at noon Pacific time.

First Al Jazeera VR movie Debuts: “I Am Rohingya”


Contrast VR , Al Jazeera Media Network’s immersive studio, has completed its first VR documentary, “I Am Rohingya”.

Pimax 8K & 5K VR Headsets Coming to Kickstarter Later This Month

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Pimax, the China-based VR headset manufacturer, just released a preview of their Kickstarter page for its new 8K and 5K VR headsets.

How VR Can Help Solve Dementia


How VR is helping us spot, research, treat, and raise awareness for dementia. Anyone who has suffered from dementia, or knows someone who has, knows that is a cruel, tough syndrome to battle.

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