August, 2017

VR Health & Exercise Institute Finds Many VR Games Are Better Exercise Than a Treadmill

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According to Aaron Stanton, director of the newly-founded Virtual Reality Institute of Health and Exercise , many of the popular VR games and applications are actually more effective at burning calories than a traditional treadmill exercise routine.

Peter Jackson’s New Studio is All About AR Storytelling

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The Lord of the Rings auteur is using Apple’s ARkit to unlock new levels of storytelling immersion in augmented reality. In the world of modern cinema, there are few names as recognizable as Peter Jackson.

Google’s Clay Bavor: Our Goal ‘Is To Make AR Mainstream’

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Today, Google is announcing ARCore , a software-based solution for making more Android devices AR-capable without the need for depth sensors and extra cameras. It will even work on the Google Pixel, Galaxy S8, and several other devices very soon and supports Java, Unity, and Unreal from day one.

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The fact KFC did not invite one their biggest fans to their VR event hurts!

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In a special media event for the "media" KFC unveiled a VR experience that seemed more like Bioshock than a VR Chicken Frying trainer.

AWE USA 2018

AWE USA, the world’s #1 AR+VR conference and expo, is back for it’s 9th year on May 30-June 1, 2018 in Santa Clara, CA. Use code VRPUL200 for $200 off all three All Access Passes (1-day, 2-day and 3-day) as well as the 2-day Expo Only Pass.

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HypeVR Uses ARKit as a Portal Into Volumetric Video Content

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HypeVR is developing volumetric video tech which we called “ a glimpse at the future of VR video ,” when we got to see it back in January.

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Disney and Lenovo Unleashing Star Wars AR This Holiday

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Jedi Challenges will have you battling Kylo Ren with an augmented reality light saber. Soon you’ll be trading blows with Darth Vader from the comfort of your living room, all thanks to the latest partnership between Disney and Lenovo.

Impressions: What We Think Of The HP Windows VR Headset Dev Kit

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This week we got our hands-on the first development kit edition of the HP “Windows Mixed Reality” VR headset. Right off the bat let’s clarify that verbiage. Microsoft is using the term “Mixed Reality” as an umbrella to encapsulate VR, AR, and all other related devices.

Add a bit of Ray Harryhausen and a dash of Ultraman and you have this 2 awesome for words F2P VR City Builder/Monster Battler from High Voltage Software!

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One of my all time favorite video game companies High Voltage Software, ( Dragon Front, Damaged Core, CONDUIT 2: THE SECOND ONE ) released They Live to Destroy , a City Builder/Monster Battler, on an unsuspecting world today to Gear VR in association with Oculus Studios.

SVRF Launches SVRF Tabs 2.0, Huge Update to the First Chrome.

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SVRF Launches SVRF Tabs 2.0, Huge Update to the First Chrome Extension for VR/360º Content SVRF , the first and only search engine for immersive content (360º/3D) today announced, the next generation of SVRF Tabs , the first Chrome extension for VR/360º content.

Otoy Wants to Make Light-field Rendering Affordable with a Supercomputing Cluster You Get Paid to Be Part Of

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Otoy has announced the Render Token , a blockchain-based currency that underpins a distributed GPU rendering network. The company hopes to allow idle GPUs on consumer PCs to be tapped for rendering work, earning money for the owner in exchange for their computer’s work.

James Cameron: ‘If I wasn’t making Avatar [sequels] I would be experimenting with VR’

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James Camera is one of Hollywood’s most celebrated directors, best known for Titanic , and Avatar , two of the world’s top grossing films. He’s also been an evangelist of technological innovation in cinema production.

DreamWorks Voltron Chronicles Comes to VR

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The Netflix original series gets an episodic VR experience for PlayStation VR, HTC Vive, and Oculus Rift. Voltron is getting the VR treatment.

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SIGGRAPH 2017: Feel A Hot Desert Or Freezing Mountain In This Doctor Strange-Inspired VR Project

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Researchers from National Taiwan University and Tamkang University are presenting a project at SIGGRAPH this week that shows potential for VR arcades as it recreates realistic weather effects that could enhance immersion.

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Award winning VR FPS VINDICTA has a great update to go along with a great price drop.

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Vindicta is a great VR FPS that is able to stand out from a very crowded marketplace with its innovative control scheme, smooth gun combat, and art style that seems like a mix of Portal and Half-Life.

@GameOfThrones in 360º by @micahnotfound & @dav_itron [link]

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@GameOfThrones in 360º by @micahnotfound & @dav_itron [link] [link] — allthingsvr (@allthingsvr) August 28, 2017. virtual reality augmented reality vr ar

New Procedural Speech Animation From Disney Research Could Make for More Realistic VR Avatars

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A new paper authored by researchers from Disney Research and several universities describes a new approach to procedural speech animation based on deep learning. The system samples audio recordings of human speech and uses it to automatically generate matching mouth animation.

‘Mario Kart VR’ Blows Visitors Away at Japan’s Shinjuku VR Zone

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IGN’s Lucy O’Brien traveled to Japan’s Shinjuku VR Zone , Bandai Namco’s newly opened VR arcade featuring bespoke VR games from top properties including Dragon Ball, Gundam, Evangelion, and yes, Mario Kart.

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WebVR Support Comes To The Firefox Browser Today

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The popular desktop browser becomes the first to support immersive WebVR content. WebVR is a hot word within the VR community that’s been thrown around quite a bit as of late. But what exactly does it mean?

Video: Insta360 Teases New Type Of 360-Degree Camera

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Insta360 is one of the companies in the 360 camera space that has been on an absolute tear. Last year it announced the Insta360 Nano which is a popular iPhone-attached 360 camera capable of doing Periscope and Facebook live streaming.

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Cute upcoming PSVR title Moss to incorporate Sign Language as a communication option.

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Moss is a single player action-adventure puzzle game for all ages. Built for virtual reality from the ground up, Moss reimagines classic action-adventure gameplay in a first-of-its-kind fully immersive environment. When I first watched the E3 trailer for Moss I was filled with awes.

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Game of Thrones in 360º made in Tiltbrush by Micah Milner

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Game of Thrones in 360º made in Tiltbrush by Micah Milner. game of thrones hbo tiltbrush jon snow season 7

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Google Releases ARCore for Android, The Company’s Answer to Apple ARKit

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In an answer to Apple’s recently released ARKit , a developer tool used for making augmented reality apps and games that run on newer iPad and iPhones, Google today released a preview of a new Android-compatible software development kit (SDK) called ARCore.

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‘Star Citizen’ Devs Affirm Eventual VR Support, Say New UI is Designed With VR in Mind

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Star Citizen may be the world’s most ambitious Early Access project (and quite possibly the next textbook example of Development Hell ).

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How to Direct 360° Video

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Google’s YouTube Creator Academy shows us the finer points in 360° video production. Last year Google’s YouTube Creator Academy gave us the low-down on some of the biggest mistakes made while shooting in 360° with the video How Not To Shoot 360° Video.

VR Puppet Theater Mindshow Finally Releases In Early Access On Vive

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Since we first laid eyes on it just over a year ago, Mindshow has remained one of our most anticipated VR projects. From today, you can finally try it out for yourself. Mindshow is releasing today in Early Access on Steam for the HTC Vive and is completely free to download.

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For the love of CATS go play Cat Sorter VR!

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Independent game developer and publisher Pawmigo Games has launched Cat Sorter VR, a virtual reality game where players find and fix faulty cats and restore them to normal.

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Wishing I was in Saint Barth right now… [link] via @SVRF— allthingsvr.

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Wishing I was in Saint Barth right now… [link] via @SVRF — allthingsvr (@allthingsvr) August 22, 2017. virtual reality augmented reality vr ar

‘Google Earth VR’ Lets You Experience the Total Solar Eclipse Right Now

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