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Report: Apple Acquires VR & AR Eye-tracking Company SMI

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A report from MacRumors provides compelling evidence that Apple has quietly acquired SMI, also known as SensoMotoric Instruments, a company specializing in eye-tracking technology. German-based SMI has specialized in eye-tracking since its founding in 1991.

Russian Artist Arrested for Refusing to Take off Her VR Headset

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Moscow artist Ekaterina Nenasheva claims she was arrested and taken to a psychiatric clinic. The crime? Refusing to take off her VR headset according to reports.

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Spider-Man: Homecoming’s VR Experience Isn’t So Amazing

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Look, up there! Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Why no, it’s someone pretending to be your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man! Throwing cinder blocks off of rooftops, fighting deadly balloons, ripping posters off of walls, and inexplicably standing still when arch nemesis The Vulture attacks!

CatsAndVR.com visits the ART OF VR event at Sotheby's NYC.

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Recently I got the chance to visit the Art Of VR event at Sotheby's NY. A big shout out to the team at Oculus for that as well. A public, two-day event, The Art of VR festival showcased just a sample of many of the VR and augmented reality experiences currently unavailable in VR App stores.

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‘Vive N Chill’ is a Cooling Solution for HTC Vive Users With Sweaty VR Faces

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ViveNchill is a new bolt-on cooling system comprising two angled fans that the creators claim will banish foggy, sweaty headset issues for good.

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Putt-Putt Google Earth VR Looks Amazing

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The new video also teases “puppet skinning” for Tilt Brush. When YouTube channel Nat and Friends toured Google VR, we were honestly expecting to see experiments from Google’s Daydream Labs that we’ve already seen.

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CatsAndVR@Pocket Gamer Connects SF- VR Indie Pitch Winner VINDICTA

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Recently CatsAndVR had the chance to not only attend Pocket Game Connects SF but also be part of their VR Indie Pitch. My game is still a work in progress and the feedback was great for my development.

‘Vive N Chill’ Cooling Solution for HTC Vive IndieGogo Campaign Now Live

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ViveNchill, the intriguing new bolt-on dual-fan cooling solution for the HTC Vive, has begun its crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo.

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TheWaveVR x Strangeloop Takes You Into VR Music Rave

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Strangeloop joins forces with TheWaveVR 6/28 at 7pm for N-FOLD , a synesthetic immersive music experience, in association with Flying Lotus imprint Brainfeeder.

Hands-On With Valve’s Knuckles Prototype Controllers

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Editor’s Note: Valve has started shipping the prototype Knuckles controllers to select VR developers in limited quantities. UploadVR hasn’t gotten its hands on a pair just yet, so we’ve reached out to the development community to see what they think.

Weekly Funding Roundup: Apple Buys German Eye Tracking Firm.

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Weekly Funding Roundup: Apple Buys German Eye Tracking Firm SensoMotoric Instruments, Adobe Buys Mettle’s SkyBox Tools, and Former Valve initiative CastAR Shuts Down 1) Apple has quietly bought SensoMotoric Instruments , a German maker of eye-tracking glasses.

Video: Watch Valve’s New ‘Knuckles’ VR Controller in Action

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Knuckles, Valve’s unique VR motion controller, is already in the hands of select developers who are no doubt designing ways to use the controller’s 5-finger tracking. In the video published by Zulubo Productions , we get a better look at just what Knuckles can do.

The Magik Gallery Debut was a Landmark Event for Immersive Art

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The Magik Gallery exhibition on May 20 marked a turning point in how the general public and the art establishment will engage with immersive art.

See Valve’s Awesome New Knuckles Controllers In Action

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It’s official; we really, really want Valve’s new SteamVR Knuckles controllers. If you’re wondering why then look no further than Cloudhead Games’ new video showing the prototypes in action.

Start your VR off week right with something very cute, Song Of The Sea VR.

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Start your VR week of the right way.with something very cute. Cartoon Saloon invites you to step inside the Great Storyteller’s Cavern inspired by their Oscar-nominated hand-drawn animated feature film ‘Song of the Sea’.

Google Begins Experimenting with VR Ads

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According to a recent entry on the Google Developers Blog , the company has begun experimenting with advertising formats suitable for placement inside of virtual reality experiences.

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Nickelodeon Debuts SlimeZone Social VR Experience

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Sliming virtual friends at Vidcon. Going on its eighth year, VidCon brings tens of thousands of screaming fans together with their favorite video content creators.

Dogmented Reality ‘Coming Soon’ To Apple’s New ARKit

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A very good, 11/10 app may soon be heading to an iPhone or iPad near you. The term Dogmented Reality was first coined for a 2016 April Fools gag from Meta, but now it’s very much a real thing for some smartphone users. Follow the Dogmented Reality hashtag on Twitter and you’ll find scores of people touring the world with virtual pets that sit in our reality a little like you’ll find in other apps like Pokemon Go.

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Archdaily Partners with SentioVR to Inspire Architects with Virtual Reality via @ArchDaily.

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Archdaily Partners with SentioVR to Inspire Architects with Virtual Reality via @ArchDaily [link] [link] — allthingsvr (@allthingsvr) June 30, 2017. virtual reality augmented reality vr ar

Valve’s Knuckles Controllers Get Ergonomic Improvements, Begin Arriving at Devs’ Doorsteps

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Having done the core R&D for what would become the Vive controllers, Valve is continuing to iterate on VR input.

Your Hands are Controllers in Leap Motion’s Interaction Engine

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Leap Motion just dropped a major upgrade—Interaction Engine 1.0—to to immerse your mind and hands in VR. Last year, digital-physical interaction pioneer Leap Motion released an early access beta of Interacton Engine.

Ubisoft Teased Two AR Game Prototypes Running On HoloLens At Unite Europe

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During a talk at Unite Europe 2017 Ubisoft showed off two previously unrevealed HoloLens game prototypes: Toy Soldier and Rabbid Rockets. Whether or not these games will become full projects remains to be seen. At the event David Yue from Ubisoft led a talk titled “AR Prototyping for the HoloLens” in which both projects were shown.

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5 Takeaways from VRTO that will Help to Guide VR Forward via @UploadVR [link]

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5 Takeaways from VRTO that will Help to Guide VR Forward via @UploadVR [link] [link] — allthingsvr (@allthingsvr) July 1, 2017. virtual reality augmented reality vr ar

Oculus Founder Backs ‘Revive’—a Hack for Vive to Play Rift-exclusive Games—With $2K in Monthly Funding

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Oculus founder Palmer Luckey, who left the company back in March, has backed a crowdfunding campaign for Revive—a hack which allows HTC Vive owners to play games from the Oculus platform—to the tune of $2,000 per month to support its continued development.

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CEOs Under Fire For Using VR To Experience Being Homeless

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A group of CEOs face immediate backlash after using VR to simulate being homeless during “CEO Sleepout.”. Virtual reality may be an immersive technology capable of simulating many experiences, but they are still far from the real thing.

Report: Skyrim VR Will Come To HTC Vive Next Year

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Skyrim VR was one of the biggest surprises of E3 2017 this month, but so far it’s only been confirmed for PlayStation VR (PSVR). But PC VR users need not fear; it should be with them next year. Developer Bethesda apparently confirmed as much to GameSpot, as stated in the below video.

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Quick tutorial on how to export OpenStreetMap map view into 3d model for ARKit by @tbaranowicz.

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Quick tutorial on how to export OpenStreetMap map view into 3d model for ARKit by @tbaranowicz [link] [link] — allthingsvr (@allthingsvr) June 30, 2017. virtual reality augmented reality vr ar

HTC Vive & Lenovo Standalone Headsets to be Based on Qualcomm Reference Design, Components Detailed

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Just about the only thing we know so far about the new Daydream standalone VR headsets in the works from HTC and Lenovo is that they are… in the works.

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Virtual Girlfriends Are a Thing at Tokyo VR Show

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Social has the potential to be the killer app in VR—enabling us to connect with others on a level that more closely mirrors human interaction, all with a strong sense of presence (that feeling of truly being transported somewhere else).

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Samsung Filed A Patent For Magnetic VR Hand Controllers

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Today we learned that Samsung, the creators of the Oculus-powered Gear VR headset, filed a patent in late December of last year for magnetic VR hand controllers. Based on the description in the patent and the accompanying concept image (embedded below), the controllers would be used to provide more visceral and accurate hand-tracking for the Gear VR.