February, 2017

Valve Launches Free Steam Audio SDK Beta to Give VR Apps Immersive 3D Sound

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Valve today announced the Steam Audio SDK, a spatial audio plugin that the company says is made is designed to “enhance all interactive products, specifically VR applications.”

This HoloLens App Can Help The Visually Impaired Navigate

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Letting the blind navigate their environment using sound. As VR and mixed reality headsets continue to make their way into the hands of enthusiasts around the world, we are continually impressed with what developers dream up to help improve the lives of others.

Developers Showcase Incredible Full Body Tracking With Vive

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We have yet to see a solution for full body tracking that is affordable, easy to use, and can work in a wide range of VR experiences. That’s not keeping developers from forging ahead anyway though.

The makers of Apollo 11 Announce Titanic VR

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I am sure most of our regular readers remember the Apollo 11 experience. Not only is it great VR but the story harks back to a great time in American history. It was the first VR experience of one our writers, Michelle Figueras and it made her cry.

VR Golf Online

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When Golf meets the limitless possibilities of Virtual Reality, the green is only inches away! Practice your swing and develop your techniques to improve your handicap. Step onto one of the 36 realistic holes, with additional courses planned for the near future.

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How the past few months with Virtual Reality got me to the Super Bowl!

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So I am going to start off that it has been a goal of mine to be able to get to the Super Bowl for free because its a place where a weirdo punk rock dude who is trying his best to make it in the Bay Area and who loves Cats And VR is not necessarily supposed to make it into.

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Surgeon Chooses VR Over Sedatives For Patients

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A surgeon in Mexico City is ditching painkillers by bringing virtual reality into the operating room. Is virtual reality a powerful enough experience to distract humans from pain? Dr. Jose Luis Mosso Vazquez seems to think so.

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Rift Update Straightens Carpet, Improves Multi-Sensor Setups

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Rift leader Nate Mitchell confirmed an update is rolling out to owners of the Facebook VR headset that smooths out the carpet on the floor seen in Oculus Home while also improving the way larger tracking setups work.

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Facebook Ordered to Pay $500 Million in Lawsuit

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If case you are not aware. Facebook/Oculus were being sued for a few dollars. $4 4 Billion + to be exact. This week, Facebook were ordered to $500 Million dollars in the case. It is a lot of money, but it could have been much worse. Related: Facebook Paid How Much for Oculus? $3

Prof asks OpenSim viewer devs to help schools

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Dear OpenSim Viewer Developer: A new trend in learning management systems could be a vehicle for expanding educator use of the OpenSimulator platform.

AltspaceVR and Cyberia are teaming up to present a free VR film festival this weekend.

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AltspaceVR and Cyberia are teaming up to present a new kind of film festival – one taking place entirely in virtual reality VR. Styled after conventional film festivals, audience members can choose from a curated schedule of 38 short films of assorted genres from all over the world.

Sony’s ‘Joshua Bell VR Experience’ on PSVR is Among the Best VR Video You’ll Find on Any Headset

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Powered by the PS4, PSVR might not be the most powerful VR platform out there, but the newly released Joshua Bell VR Experience shows that execution—not oomph—is a major part of what makes VR great.

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The Future of Mixed Reality Videos Could Be Your Face

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UPDATE 2/21/16 9:38AM PST: The full video was deleted from YouTube shortly after we published this article. A short clip can be viewed below. Daydream Labs and Google Research show us how having a face in VR could make all the difference.

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12 Can’t Miss VR Talks You Have To See At GDC 2017

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E3, Gamescom, TGS, PAX are all great shows for exhibiting VR content. But, in the early days of this industry, it is the developer conferences, the places where creators come together to share knowledge and reveal breakthroughs, that are the really exciting events to cover.

The Future of VR Headsets?

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The first generation of VR headsets is out. We have good first generation headsets from Oculus, HTC, and Sony. They help spread the word of VR and allow people to try experiences they never would otherwise. However, as with all technology, we are always looking forward to the next generation.

ZanGrid goes live with Gloebit, merchant payouts coming soon

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ZanGrid went live with the Gloebit virtual currency on Monday as the platform gets ready to start approving merchant cashouts. The currency can also already be used on Mobius Grid.

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Google has made some neat tech that makes VR headsets "transparent" for MR use.

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Mixed reality can help others see what VR feels like, and #DaydreamLabs ' headset removal can show a person's identity, focus and full face. pic.twitter.com/L4tln5SM8I — Google VR (@googlevr) February 22, 2017.

Watch: How ‘Star Wars: Rogue One’ Used Steam VR Tracking to Shoot VFX Shots

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It’s emerged that last year’s Star Wars: Rogue One , used existing virtual reality technology – specifically HTC Vive’s Steam VR tracking – to allow the film’s director to compose visual effects shots for the movie. Watch how it was done.

Discover the Amazon in VR with Conservation International

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Conservation International and Jaunt partner to let you discover the riches and ruins of the Amazonia. Trees stand tall on both sides of the riverbank as I zoom down the Amazon by kayak.

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Monitorless Is A Samsung AR Headset That Lets You Use PCs Without A Screen

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The advent of mixed reality headsets like HoloLens could mean the end of the PC monitor, as apps jump off of the screen and into the real world. That future is a while off, though, and Samsung’s Monitorless looks like an intriguing stopgap.

VRLA Tickets Now Available

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Tickets for the VRLA convention are now on sale. VRLA is the biggest AR/VR event in the US. VRLA had humble beginnings several years ago, but now, just like the VR industry, it has grown. VRLA takes place from April 14 to 15 and will occupy the LA Convention Center in the West Hall.

Kitely Market passes $100,000 in sales

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Worlds End Landscaping and Roleplay is the best-selling merchant on the Kitely Market. The Kitely Market has passed the $100,000 sales milestone, the grid announced last week.

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Samsung Gear Finally Gets a Controller for Awesomer VR

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Designed by Samsung and Oculus, it touches and swipes and clicks and shoots. The post Samsung Gear Finally Gets a Controller for Awesomer VR appeared first on WIRED. Gadget Lab Gear gear vr Samsung virtual reality

Easily Sharpen Vive and Rift Visuals With Supersampling Using ‘OpenVR Advanced Settings’

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‘OpenVR Advanced Settings’ is a dashboard overlay that allows access to advanced functionality of any headset running SteamVR. The menu is accessible in VR, meaning you can easily adjust options such as supersampling without removing your headset.

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Archaeology Team Receives $900k to Recreate Historical Sites in VR

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Lithodomos VR is bringing the world’s most important historical sights directly to your smartphone. International travel in the year 2016 wasn’t exactly the hottest trend.

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Science Teachers Report Benefits Of A VR Curriculum

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Super Bowl is coming, but not in VR

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Every year, families friends and fellow drunk people gather around to watch the yearly Super Bowl. This year, with the growth of the VR industry, I and many others were hoping for some Football action in VR. I wanted to watch the game in VR from various angles and even from the players perspective.

Hypergrid hits record high as share of OpenSim users

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Active user numbers on the OpenSim hypergrid crossed the 80 percent share mark this month, reaching a new record high, while the hypergrid share of land area reached 95 percent, another new record high.

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EON Reality’s Chairman and French Minister on How Augmented and Virtual Reality Can Tackle the New Knowledge Transfer Paradigm

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WebVR Officially Launches on Chrome for Android with Daydream Support

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