September, 2017

The 3 Biggest Challenges Facing Augmented Reality Today

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

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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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Man Proposes In Zero Latency’s VR Zombie Arena

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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.

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]

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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

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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.

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

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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.

How VR Can Help Solve Dementia

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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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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! pic.twitter.com/8nqB5Pguoo — 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

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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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Fear Not, ‘Budget Cuts’ Development is Still Underway, Headed for Early 2018 Launch

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It’s been more than a year and a half since I first stepped into Budget Cuts , an instantly promising VR title from indie developer Neat Corporation with a novel and efficient locomotion system that blends perfectly with the game’s throwing-knife stealth action gameplay.

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Editorial: Why Apple’s Immersive Evolution Starts With Poop

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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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MasterpieceVR Lets Four People Paint and Sculpt Together in VR

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What’s better than making art with friends? As you might guess from checking out our annual art show or watching Art Attack , our mixed reality series produced with Soul Pancake, we at VRScout are big believers in the possibilities for art and content creation in VR.

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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.

Intel’s Project Alloy standalone VR headset is dead

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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.

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.

Angest Is The New VR Game From The Makers Of Finding Monsters

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Black River Studios is one of the more interesting developers working in mobile VR. The team’s Finding Monsters was one of the few VR games of the time to be aimed at children, and the studio has since released fascinating experiments like Rococo. Now the developer’s next game is here.

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100-Year-Old Man Reacts to His First VR Experience

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Lyle Becker has lived many lives in his 100 years. He flew C-46 Commando transport planes in WWII, spent a quarter-century as a commercial pilot and flight instructor, later worked as an air traffic controller—and along the way had six children with his wife of 70 years.

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?

Google takes viewers inside of music using VR

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Google has introduced what it calls an ‘interactive experiment,’ one that uses virtual reality to take music lovers inside of songs, doing so in a way that is entirely new thanks to this budding technology.

Pimax VR Headsets Pass $1M in Funding After 5 Days on Kickstarter

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Pimax, the China-based VR headset manufacturer known for their 4K headset , have recently hit Kickstarter with their newest devices, the Pimax 8K and 5K VR headsets.

Google, Facebook and Microsoft Line Up For VR Standalone Push

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

Australian Prehistoric Exhibit Fuses VR and Puppets

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Puppets and virtual reality resurrect the dinosaurs. A new exhibit in Australia transports you to the continent’s prehistoric past through puppets and virtual reality.

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

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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

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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.

‘ARK Park’ Launches on PlayStation VR in December 2017

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ARK Park, the VR multiplayer adventure game based on the world of ARK:Survival Evolved (2017), is officially releasing on PlayStationVR this December.

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

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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.

Blocker is a Revolutionary AR Application for Filmmakers

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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?

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.