April, 2017

Google Earth VR Adds Search and Oculus Rift Support


VR’s killer app just got a major update. It was six months ago when Google launched a VR version of Google Earth for the HTC Vive. And still to this day, Google Earth VR remains one of the best, if not the best, app experiences available in VR.

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Vive to Get Eye-tracking Add-on with Optional Corrective Lenses

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7invensun, one of the latest companies accepted into HTC’s Vive X accelerator program, is launching an eye-tracking add-on made specially for the Vive headset.

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Apple Hires NASA Expert To Help Build Augmented Reality Glasses


According to a Bloomberg story published this week, Apple hired Jeff Norris of NASA to work on augmented reality initiatives. Norris has reportedly been an employee of Apple since earlier in the year, according to Bloomberg’s unnamed sources.

VR puzzle game Solaright is the first HTC Vive title from a development team based out of India.

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Solaright is the first HTC Vive title from a development team based out of India.

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Samsung C-Lab’s FaceSense uses your face to navigate VR


One of the biggest hurdles to virtual and augmented reality today isn’t really the display. We’ve pretty much gotten that down. What breaks the illusion of the made-up worlds is, in fact, our input methods.

AltspaceVR launches Women in VR talk show

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AltspaceVR , a social virtual reality platform, has launched a talk show focused on women in virtual reality that is taped before a live audience — well, live virtual audience.

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It’s Ok to Be Jealous of This $25,000 VR Racing Rig, We Are Too

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What do you do when you want to push VR racing simulation to the limit of immersion? Played with just a headset and a controller, Dirt Rally in VR is a pretty awesome experience.

Trek Tuesdays – An In-Depth Look At The Tactical Role In Star Trek: Bridge Crew


In this weekly series we will look at a different specific aspect of Star Trek: Bridge Crew with each entry, such as the individual roles and game modes, to provide a bit more clarity than a standard preview can provide. This week, we focus on the Tactical role. .

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VR creation application Mindshow gets date for open beta, a new website, and a new trailer at VRLA.

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The Mindshow team announced today at VRLA that the Mindshow Open Beta will be available for the HTC Vive Q3 2017. The team celebrated with a brand spanking new website and official Mindshow trailer. link]. Mindshow lets you make animated movies in VR with your body and voice!

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Google Cardboard now supports WebVR on Chrome


Virtual reality has to be personally experienced to be understood and appreciated, but it’s not exactly the most accessible thing at the moment. Both in terms of equipment as well as content.

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VR film shot from point of view of dead grandfather’s ashes

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Submarine Channel, an Emmy-winning studio, has released their first-ever short virtual reality film Ashes to Ashes , which was shot from point of view of an urn containing the ashes of a dead grandfather.

How Fashion Brands Are Using VR


Who said VR was just for gamers? From Sephora’s latest AR app update , a VR perfume commercial starring the one and only Kate Moss, to a HoloLens powered dressing room –the fashion industry has proven that VR and AR is en vogue through a range of experiences over the years.

Shot on Lytro’s Light-field Camera, ‘Hallelujah’ Is a Stunning Mix of Volumetric Film and Audio

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Hallelujah is a new experience by VR film studio Within that’s captured using Lytro’s latest Immerge light-field camera which captures volumetric footage that makes for a much more immersive experience than traditional 360 video.

HTC Vive Is Getting A $220 Plug-And-Play Eye Tracking Peripheral Next Month


Eye tracking is one feature that could could benefit the performance and affordability of high-end virtual reality headsets. The HTC Vive should become the first mainstream headset to put that theory to the test.

Dungeons & Dragons-themed Dungeon Chess is out now for Oculus Rift and coming soon on Samsung Gear VR. 

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Virtual reality developer Experiment 7 announced that Dungeon Chess is out now for Oculus Rift and will come soon on Samsung Gear VR. Dungeon Chess , a Dungeons & Dragons -themed animated chess game, is the first title developed by Experiment 7 in its partnership with Wizards of the Coast.

Yi 360 VR is a pocket-sized camera with 4K video and 2.5K livestreaming


Joining Google’s newly unveiled YI HALO camera is the Yi 360 VR, a consumer-tier camera designed for recording 360-degree video for virtual reality purposes. The camera is able to stitch together 4K-resolution videos and it can also livestream content at a 2.5K

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Virtual musician moves to Ohio to perform live

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Torben Asp at a live performance. Image courtesy Avination.). If you’re a fan of Torben Asp — and you probably are, as he’s one of OpenSim’s favorite performers — and you live or visit the US east coast, you might now be able to catch him performing live, in person.

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Facebook Reveals New 6DOF Surround 360 Camera


The camera brings multiple perspectives to live videos. Just over one year ago, Facebook unveiled their $30k Surround 360 camera that could capture footage in 3D and render it all out through the company’s software.

Exclusive: Meta 2 AR Demos Revealed in Full

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Outside of a few demonstrations at tradeshows, Meta has only give glimpses of the content on its impressive AR headset dev kit in short clips.

VR For Good: How One Dad Is Using VR To Help His Daughter


This is Imogen. She’s seven years old and lives in the UK. She likes to visit the seaside, play arcade games and loves to swim. She owns two chihuahuas, Fudge and Ru, and a cat name Jasper. Fudge is her favorite, and she’ll bake buns with her dad, too. She also has Williams Syndrome.

Happy 420! The Rick And Morty VR game is out I am celebrating by NOT writing about it.check out this Justin Roiland/Squanchtendo Keynote.

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Today is the launch of the brand spanking new Rick And Morty VR game and I wont be getting high and playing it today since I am on a work trip for my day job [link]. Everyone should go out and buy this game and support this excellent work of Owlchemy Labs (Job Simulator).

Sony isn’t that interested in phones anymore, looks to VR


Sony’s smartphone business has always been seen as on the verge of folding. After a brief period of fame, Sony’s flagships have mostly failed to secure a foothold in the market, thanks to a combination of high prices and less impressive features.

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Gloebits enables cash outs and raises sale limits

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All approved Gloebits merchants can now withdraw their in-world proceeds through PayPal. The cash-out limit of 5,000 Gloebits is also going up, based on the merchant’s transaction history and level of identity verification.

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Introducing Google’s Next-Generation VR Camera


The Yi Halo has 17 lenses and costs $17,000. Google has officially unveiled their next generation Jump camera — the Yi Halo.

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‘Alien’, ‘Blade Runner’ Director Ridley Scott Launches VR Film Division

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Ridley Scott Associates (RSA), the film production company of famed director Ridley Scott, is launching RSA VR, a new division dedicated to the production of high-end immersive films using VR, AR, and mixed reality. Scott and co.

Rick and Morty VR Features A Knockoff Version Of Roy: A Life Well Lived


Spoilers for Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality and Season 2, Episode 2, of the cartoon are found below. Continue at your own risk!

As seen at VRLA Spring Expo: Tender Claws' Virtual Virtual Reality made me want to believe in Google Daydream.

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During VRLA 2017 Spring Expo I ran into Jonathan Krusell, former Executive Producer at Mindshow and now Producer for Google Daydream. Last year Jonathan helped me skip the line to check out Mindshow so I appreciate talking to him any chance I get.

Out on Oculus VR now, Facebook Spaces is a virtual social life


Facebook Spaces is launching today on Oculus VR, a virtual social network for avatars automatically created from your photos and galleries of your friends.

OpenSim Everything fastest-growing community

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(Image courtesy Hypergrid Safari.). The Google Plus community OpenSim Everything gained 131 new members since last September, bringing it to a total of 506 members. It was the single biggest gainer of the OpenSim-specific communities we follow.

Sony’s Streaming Service Crackle Jumps Into VR


The free streaming TV network is creating VR content for original programming like Snatch , along with immersive sponsorships for advertisers. Rupert Grint, known for playing Harry Potter’s witty ginger haired sidekick, Ron Weasley, has left the world of magic behind for the world of VR.

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Lytro’s Latest VR Light-field Camera is Huge, and Hugely Improved

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In the last few years, Lytro has made a major pivot away from consumer-facing digital camera products now to high-end production cameras and tools, with a major part of the company’s focus on the ‘Immerge’ light-field camera for VR.