January, 2018

Oculus Hiring Spree Suggests Facebook is Accelerating VR/AR Plans

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Starting toward the end of 2017, the number of listed job openings at Oculus has nearly tripled, with the current number of openings floating around an all time high.

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Star Citizen Will Still Get VR Support, Chris Roberts Confirms

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Star Citizen has been around about as long as the Oculus Rift has, and the crowd-funded massively multiplayer online (MMO) game once even supported VR in an early development build. But, as the years have gone on, VR support has become an increasingly distant subject for the high-profile project.

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This AR App Teaches You How To Play The Piano

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AR piano learning system with improvised jam sessions. Learning to play the piano is getting an immersive upgrade with a new augmented reality (AR) piano training software called Music Everywhere.

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Vuzix Blade AR Glasses with Alexa Integration Announced at CES 2018

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From the same city where Kodak grew to a massive worldwide company and ultimately died. Vuzix, a Rochester, New York-based display provider, is doing the same for AR glasses where Google's Glass failed. The Vuzix Blade AR glasses unveiled at CES in Las Vegas.

Book Review: Experience on Demand

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Professor Jeremy Bailenson from Stanford University’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab explains what Virtual Reality is, how it works, and what it can do. I’m still old enough to remember a time when typing a message on a touchscreen keyboard felt very cutting-edge indeed.

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The Minnesota Vikings Become First NFL Franchise to Launch Virtual Reality Application for Oculus

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The Minnesota Vikings are the first team to launch a virtual reality application for Oculus. Titled “Vikings VR” and available in the Oculus store, the app takes fans directly inside U.S. Bank Stadium to view 360 videos and photos from Vikings games and events.

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How Limitless And Lytro Aim To Make The VR Characters Of The Future

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In the past few months I’ve seen some really impressive stuff in VR.

This Is What A Mixed Reality Hard Hat Looks Like

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A Microsoft-endorsed hard hat solution lets construction workers use holograms on site. Industrial collaboration tools are one of the fastest-developing areas for the Microsoft HoloLens, with many companies such as Object Theory looking for ways to diversify and broaden the market for Mixed Reality.

End Space Coming to Oculus Rift January 25th

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The wildly successful End Space VR on the Gear VR is coming to the Oculus Rift tomorrow, January 25th, and the HTC Vive in February. End Space may not have the top-end graphics of the likes of Eve: Valkyrie, however, the game is priced at only $14.99

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Can Virtual Reality be a Game Changer for Learning?

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Will virtual reality help you learn a language more quickly? Or will it simply replace your memory? VR is the ultimate medium for delivering what is known as “experiential learning.”

HTC VIVE enters CES2018 with new VIVE PRO Upgrade, Wireless VIVE Adaptor, and major upgrade to Viveport

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Heading into CES2018 HTC VIVE announced the introduction of Vive Pro and Vive Wireless Adaptor. In addition, the company debuted new improvements to Viveport VR and Vive Video.

Google ‘Blocks’ Update Matures Tools for Even Easier 3D Modeling in VR

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Google Blocks, the 3D object creation tool for VR/AR app developers, just got a big update that includes new environments, improved object snapping, and a number of experimental features that the company says makes Blocks “more powerful and even easier to use.”

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The Exorcist: Legion VR Episode 3 Gets Release Date, PSVR Launch Soon

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Just about recovered from the first two episodes of Wolf & Wood’s Exorcist VR series? Good, because the third installment is nearly here. The Exorcist: Legion VR Chapter 3 – Skin Deep will be launching on both Steam and the Oculus Store on January 25th.

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The Empowering VR Story of an All Female Brigade Fighting ISIS

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Sun Ladies VR makes its debut at Sundance. Making its debut at Sundance this week, the roughly seven-minute immersive live-action documentary brings you face-to-face with a troop of Yazidi women fighters.

Disney Movies VR Experience

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With the recent success of Disney's latest Star Wars movie The Last Jedi. Disney brings us Disney Movies VR , but is it any good? The Disney Movies VR experience is a short collection of experiences highlighting some of most popular Disney movies, such as: Jungle Book. Captain America. Star Wars. Disney Movies VR - The GOOD. It is FREE. 3D Menus are cool. The snake scene is nicely done in 3D. Disney Movies VR - The BAD. Videos are 360-degrees spherical video without head tracking.

HTC Vive Pro

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Today HTC announced the HTC Vive pro VR headset. A minor upgrade compared to the existing HTC Vive. Is it worth buying or should you stick with your original Vive? The HTC Vive Pro has a few advantages above the normal Vive. The most important thing is the higher resolution of the Pro.

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Overwatch League has no women competitors, can we not make this mistake with VR eSports.

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This morning I was shocked to find out that Blizzard's ambitious new esports league Overwatch League had absolutely no women competing. This news came a little late to me and I had to do some research.

The Key Technology Behind Varjo’s High-res ‘Bionic Display’ Headset

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Varjo is a relatively new name to the VR scene, but the company is certainly making a buzz, having quickly raised some $15 million in venture capital touting the promise of delivering a VR headset achieving retina resolution at the center of the field of view. But how exactly does it work?

Sketchfab Launches Store For 3D Objects

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Startup Sketchfab is taking one of its biggest steps yet today and launching features so that users can buy and sell 3D objects.

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‘Wolves in the Walls’ Marks a New Chapter for Interactive Narrative VR

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Fable Studio’s long-awaited Wolves in the Walls carries the banner of Story Studio with its Sundance debut.

Pico partners with TheDreamVR to bring over 150 channels of VR Video Content

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As the saying goes - “Content is King.”. Pico this week announced a substantial increase in the content they have available for their VR headsets by partnering with 360 video / VR distribution platform The Dream VR to bring over 150 channels of VR video to their Pico Goblin and Pico Neo all-in-one VR headsets. The Dream VR is the first Virtual Reality and 360º TV in the world. The Dream VR enables users to activate 360-degree scenery on Smart TVs.

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Oculus Go and Mi VR

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Oculus, Xiaomi, and Qualcomm have announced a collaboration for the production of their mobile VR headsets. Both the Oculus Go and the Mi VR Standalone will be produced by Xiaomi on the basis of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 SoC.

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Keng City honors Black History Month with new museum on DigiWorldz

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Martin Luther King delivers is “I Have a Dream” speech at 1963 march on Washington. Image via Wikimedia Commons.). Keng City will open a new museum on Wednesday, February 1 on the DigiWorldz grid to celebrate Black History Month.

A Glimpse of the New Vive Pro Controllers & SteamVR Tracking 2.0 Base Stations

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While HTC is planning to launch the Vive Pro headset itself starting in Q1, the full package including the headset, controllers, and new SteamVR Tracking 2.0 base stations won’t come until later in the year.

Yaw VR Is A Portable Motion Simulator Seat For Your Headset

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VR still hasn’t managed to solve the difficult subject that is locomotion, but Yaw VR thinks it has the answer for at least some experiences.

Sketchfab Launches 3D Model Store for AR & VR Content Creators

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The creative platform now has a store. The platform that has allowed users to publish, share, and discover 3D content on the web for almost 6 years is now helping their community of over 1.3 million members monetize their work.

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Living with TPCast Wireless HDMI and HTC Vive

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I first tried the TPCast wireless device during CES 2017 in January. Now, a year later, the TPCast device has been shipping for a little over a month allowing VR fans to use their HTC Vive without any wires tethering them to a PC. Many people have been very skeptical that wireless HDMI can work for VR. After a month of use, I can say wireless VR is a reality, and it is indeed glorious (with caveats)! TPCast One Month Findings Pros & Cons.

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Tactical Haptics is debuting its VR haptic controllers at CES 2018

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Tactical Haptics is debuting it's newly developed reconfigurable haptic controllers and new game content at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES).

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Panthera Grid

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US$20 for a 20,000-prim region on the hypergrid-enabled Panthera Grid. Larger sizes also available. 25,000-prim region: $9 per month. 45,000-prim region: $13 per month. Additional 5,000 prims: $5 add-on per month. Variable sized regions: • 2×2 var with 60,000 prims: $17 per month. •

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Oculus Research Reveals New Multi-focal Display Tech

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Oculus Research, the company’s R&D division, recently published a paper that goes deeper into their eye tracking-assisted, multi-focal display tech, detailing the creation of something they dub a “perceptual” testbed.

Microsoft Launches Sci-Fi ‘Reality Rooms’ For Employee VR/AR Development

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VR and AR can both still be considered experimental technologies, so Microsoft is letting its employees experiment with them. This month the company’s Garage division revealed what it calls Reality Rooms.