Sat.Sep 09, 2017 - Fri.Sep 15, 2017

Google’s Massive Street View Library Now Available in ‘Google Earth VR’

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Today Google has launched an update to Google Earth VR which brings the company’s huge library of street-level imagery into the application which lets users immersively explore the entire globe.

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Editorial: Why Apple’s Immersive Evolution Starts With Poop

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People who watch technology closely — especially those optimistic about VR and AR — are scratching their heads this week trying to understand how Apple “ undersold ” those features so significantly.

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MasterpieceVR Lets Four People Paint and Sculpt Together in VR

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What’s better than making art with friends? As you might guess from checking out our annual art show or watching Art Attack , our mixed reality series produced with Soul Pancake, we at VRScout are big believers in the possibilities for art and content creation in VR.

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5 marketing videos to check out in VR

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A still from the Rogue One 360 VR Experience, which lets you drive through a scene from a Star Wars movie. If you’ve been keeping up with media based content marketing — and hopefully you have — then you know the current trend is to publish and share immersive, 360-degree videos.

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Pimax 8K & 5K VR Headsets Coming to Kickstarter Later This Month

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Pimax, the China-based VR headset manufacturer, just released a preview of their Kickstarter page for its new 8K and 5K VR headsets.

Become A Star Wars Hologram With Help From R2-D2 And ARKit

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Everyone remembers the first time R2-D2 suddenly projected Princess Leia’s desperate plea for help in Luke Skywalker’s home on Tatooine. It was one of the first of many iconic ideas we’d see in the first Star Wars movie.

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Generators help grids stay up through Florida hurricane

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View of Hurricane Irma from space. Image courtesy NASA.). Several OpenSim grids using a Florida-based data center for their hosting have been able to stay up during Hurricane Irma with the help of backup generators.

Apple is Bringing AR to “Hundreds of Millions” of iPhones and iPads Starting September 19th

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Apple’s iOS 11 is coming to compatible devices starting September 19th, which means that if you own a recent Apple iPhone or iPad, you may have an augmented reality-capable device in your hands before the new iPhone line even launches.

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This ARKit App Can Help You Park Your Car

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We’ve all been there; circling around a busy city center, desperately trying to find a place to park on a busy Saturday afternoon. You might feel like you’re destined to forever drive up and down the same stretch of road, but Apple’s ARKit can put a stop to these trying times.

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‘Greenland Melting’ Uses VR To Shine A Light On Global Warming

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Journalism meets VR in this PBS funded film highlighting the gradual melting of Arctic ice. I’m not sure if you’ve heard, but the environment isn’t doing so well.

VR gives new life to old games

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Skyrim. Image courtesy Bethesda.). Virtual reality can breathe new life into old games, says video game expert Patrick Soulliere.

Report: Magic Leap Could Reach $6B Valuation, First Device Shipping in 6 Months to “small group of users”

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Magic Leap, the mysterious augmented reality startup with a multiple-billion dollar valuation , could soon be taking on more investments, bringing its total valuation close to $6 billion, Bloomberg reports.

Apple’s Animoji Lets You Become An Animated Pile of Poo

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Apple’s iPhone X includes animated emoji that lets device owners send messages animated as a variety of cartoon characters, including a pig, puppy and poop. This is very likely the result of the 2015 acquisition of Faceshift.

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100-Year-Old Man Reacts to His First VR Experience

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Lyle Becker has lived many lives in his 100 years. He flew C-46 Commando transport planes in WWII, spent a quarter-century as a commercial pilot and flight instructor, later worked as an air traffic controller—and along the way had six children with his wife of 70 years.

Festi’Avi 2017 submissions due end of month

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Festi’Avi 2017 is accepting submissions from creators. Image courtesy FrancoGrid.). Franco grid is calling on as many OpenSim creators as possible to submit their avatar creations for the fourth annual Festi’Avi 2017 event before the deadline at the end of September.

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‘Star Wars: Battlefront II’ Won’t Be Supporting PSVR Headsets After All

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Criterion Games, the EA studio that developed the PlayStation VR-exclusive Star Wars Battlefront Rogue One: VR Mission , says Battlefront II won’t be getting the virtual reality treatment the developers previously announced, and that no VR missions will be present in the game.

Criterion: ‘There Is No VR’ In Star Wars: Battlefront 2

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A few months ago it looked like VR support had been all but confirmed for DICE and Criterion Games’ Star Wars: Battlefront 2. Sadly, it’s now looking like there won’t be any integration after all. Criterion’s Matt Webster and John Stanley confirmed as much in a recent interview with Metro. When asked if there would be any VR options in the game, Webster simply replied: “There is no VR.”

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This Robot Disarms Bombs Through Virtual Reality

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Virtual reality becomes the new worst enemy of bombs. Thanks to VR and a robot, bomb disposal squads can now neutralize explosives like never before.

Google Street View joins Earth VR on Oculus Rift and HTC VIVE

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Exploring our fine planet in Google Earth VR can already be a awe-inspiring thing, but today Google is making the experience a little more immersive by adding Street View to the app.

Meta 2 Adds Initial SteamVR Support, Soon to Work With Vive Controllers

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The Meta 2 AR headset SDK now supports SteamVR, making it easy for developers who have built SteamVR applications to add support for the headset.

Play Quake II In Room-Scale VR On Your Rift Or Vive

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Just in time for its 20th anniversary comes a virtual reality mod for Quake II. Actually, the mod saw its last update this May, but Martin Lammi drew our attention with his video tour of the legendary shooter, which you’ll find embedded below.

Ikea Place ARKit App Brings Virtual Furniture Into Your Home

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The Swedish furniture retailer is using Apple’s ARkit to help digitally furnish your own space. For years IKEA has been making it insanely easy for its millions of customers to furnish their homes, offices and studios with colorful furniture and affordable appliances.

EON Reality and Catalyst Group Intl launch Anti-Terrorism App at 22nd UNWTO General Assembly

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At the 22nd United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) General Assembly in Chengdu, China, EON Reality and Catalyst Group Intl. launched the “Suspicious Signs” application which trains users how to detect agents and indicators of an eminent terror attack.

Apple Reveals Short List of AR Apps Coming to App Store This Month

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With ARKit in the wild for a few months now, Apple’s special iPhone 8 event was the place to announce the coming wave of augmented reality apps.

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HTC Trademark Suggests Vive Focus Is Standalone VR Headset’s Name

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We’re expecting to find out more about HTC’s Vive-branded standalone VR headset in a few weeks’ time, but it looks like the name has already surfaced online. Lets Go Digital has uncovered two filings from HTC for a ‘head mounted display’ named Vive Focus. One is from the European Union Intellectual Property Office while the other is from the United States Patent And Trademark Office.

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Justice League VR Coming to HTC Vive & Oculus Rift

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The Vive experience will debut at New York Comic-Con. Warner Bros and DC Entertainment are stepping up promotion for the upcoming superhero film with a few Justice League VR experiences of their own.

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Intel WiGig products are dead, long live Intel WiGig for VR

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If you haven’t heard of WiGig yet, don’t fret. It might not matter anymore anyway. Advertised by the Wi-Fi Alliance last year as the future of Wi-Fi and the IoT industry, WiGig just lost one of its biggest supporters. Well, somewhat.

HTC Registers ‘Vive Focus’ Trademark in EU & US, Likely Intended for Standalone VR Headset

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HTC has submitted a new trademark application in both Europe and the US, specifically requesting the use of a new name: Vive Focus. First revealed at Google I/O 2017 developer conference, both HTC and Lenovo announced they were building standalone VR headsets for the Daydream platform.

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The Biggest Oculus Rift And Gear VR Releases Of The Week 09/10/17

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Rift owners will find plenty of great new content waiting for them this week, while there’s a big new release for Gear VR too. There’s real diversity in this week’s releases, so get stuck in. If you missed the previous entry of this list you can see those new releases here.

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Australian Prehistoric Exhibit Fuses VR and Puppets

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Puppets and virtual reality resurrect the dinosaurs. A new exhibit in Australia transports you to the continent’s prehistoric past through puppets and virtual reality.