January, 2018

This AR App Teaches You How To Play The Piano

VRScout

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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Windows VR Headsets See Huge Sales at Amazon US

Road to VR

If you’ve been eyeing a Windows VR headset, you’ll be interested to see the huge discounts currently available from Amazon US on every Windows VR headset except for the Samsung Odyssey.

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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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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

Tech Trends VR

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.

The Best VR Games for PC and Console - October to December 2017

VR Game Critic

It’s a new year and the perfect time to look back at the hottest winter releases from the last three months! Discover top-rated games for Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and PlayStation VR.

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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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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.

End Space Coming to Oculus Rift January 25th

VRCircle

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?

Tech Trends VR

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.”

This groundbreaking metalens could make AR and VR bulk-free

Slashgear

A groundbreaking new lens could make future augmented reality glasses lighter and less obtrusive, replacing complex displays with a revolutionary alternative.

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

VRScout

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

Compact Portable Motion Simulator ‘Yaw VR’ Launches on Kickstarter

Road to VR

Claiming to be “the world’s most compact and affordable VR motion simulator,” Yaw VR is a 3DoF motion system using a spherical dome design that allows for unlimited, 360-degree yaw movement and 50 degrees across the horizontal axes.

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

Cats and VR

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.

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.

Top VR Multiplayer FPS Games for Facing Off Against Your Friends

VR Game Critic

Now, get ready to go all Die Hard on your friends as we present you with some of the finest multiplayer FPS games out there so far. These games all thrive on an active player-base so why not gear up with your friends and give one or two of them a shot.

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The Future of VR Headsets Is Wireless With Inside-Out Tracking

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CES ushers in next-generation VR headsets with inside-out tracking. Aside from the lights going out and what seemed like days of rain, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) was the place to be if you wanted a sneak peek of new VR headsets dropping this year.

Hands-on: Pimax “8K” Has Come a Long Way but There’s Still Real Kinks to Iron Out

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Pimax , the Chinese VR startup honing in on a consumer headset with a huge field of view, is said to soon be shipping the first Pimax “8K” headsets to Kickstarter backers.

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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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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.

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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HTC Vive Pro

VR Bites

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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7 Must-Have Samsung Gear VR Apps and Experiences

VRScout

It may be hard to believe but its been four years since Samsung and Oculus first announced their smartphone-powered Gear VR headset. Since then, Marvel has released not one but two Guardians of The Galaxy films that people actually love. I’m not sure which impresses me more.

NextVR Plans 6DOF, Increased Quality, and AR Support for Live VR Video in 2018

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Today, live event broadcasting specialists NextVR announced three technology advancements to their platform coming this year: six degrees of freedom-enabled content, higher resolution output, and augmented reality support. A sneak peek of the technologies is being shown to media at CES 2018.

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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.

Will 2018 Be Ether’s Year?

Cats and VR

EXCLUSIVE – If 2017 was the year that brought bitcoin into mainstream finance, will 2018 be the year for ether? Powered by the Ethereum blockchain, ether started the new year on a positive note, hitting an all-time high of $914 today, according to CoinDesk’s Ethereum Price Index.

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Living with TPCast Wireless HDMI and HTC Vive

VRCircle

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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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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HTC Unveils New Vive Pro Headset & Wireless Adapter

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Increased resolution without a cord. It’s been nearly two years since HTC first introduced the Vive VR headset, opening up an entirely new world of room-scale VR that’s had us dodging arrows and bumping into furniture ever since. Now the Vive is getting an upgrade.

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Exclusive: Summoning & Superpowers – Designing VR Interactions at a Distance

Road to VR

Manipulating objects with bare hands lets us leverage a lifetime of physical experience, minimizing the learning curve for users. But there are times when virtual objects will be farther away than arm’s reach, beyond the user’s range of direct manipulation.