Sat.Jan 21, 2017 - Fri.Jan 27, 2017

Researchers Demonstrate 100° Dynamic Focus AR Display With Membrane Mirrors

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Achieving a wide field of view in an AR headset is a challenge in itself, but so too is fixing the so-called vergence-accommodation conflict which presently plagues most VR and AR headsets, making them less comfortable and less in sync with the way our vision works in the real world.

The Heart Pounding Vive VR Shooter: John Wick Chronicles

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Your dream of finally becoming John Wick, a hitman out for murderous vengeance over his beloved puppy Daisy, is about to come true — thanks to virtual reality. Lionsgate and video game publisher Starbreeze have partnered to launch a VR first-person shooter based on the movie John Wick.

Google Opens The Floodgates To Let More Developers Submit Daydream Apps

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For its first few months of availability, Google only worked with a select group of developers on Daydream-compatible apps.

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Recommended Oculus Rift Room Scale Setup

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You want room scale, but you purchased the Oculus Rift, and you are jealous of your Vive room scale friends? Never fear, Oculus are here to help. Or at least, so they say since the feature is still marked experimental.

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Experts Share 6 Legal Considerations to Know Before Jumping into the VR/AR Industry

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Earlier this month, a panel of legal experts met at the SIXR Legal Workshop to discuss legal challenges in VR and AR development and how to navigate them.

NBC Orders Pilot for New Drama About Virtual Reality

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Writer/Executive Producer Mickey Fisher is bringing one of the hottest technologies of the year to television. TV is no stranger to virtual reality.

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FeelVR Racing Seat at CES 2017

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Warning: The video below is an accurate representation of my driving skills. I’ve played race car games using the Oculus Rift before and it seems pretty realistic. The Rift combined with the FeelVR system made me forget I was in middle of the Las Vegas Sands Hall at CES!

Vive President Says Next-gen VR Headsets Likely to Come in 1 to 3 Year Cycles

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Over the course of the last 50 years, capital markets have significantly codified a generational model approach consumer technology products. New “generations” of products are expected to come at a regular pace and provide increased features and reliability at the same prices.

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Man Bikes Entire Length Of Britain In VR

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British programmer travels 900 miles, all without leaving his living room. Aaron Puzey has become the first person ever to cycle from Land’s End to John o’ Groats, the entire length of Britain, in virtual reality.

Oculus Sensors Are Technically Hackable Webcams

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Oliver Kreylos is a researcher at UC Davis focusing primarily on virtual and augmented realities. He is known as something of a sleuth in the industry and was one of the first people to determine the actual field of view of the HoloLens before Microsoft released the official specs.

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Play Oculus Rift and HTC Vive games with your smartphone

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Play Oculus Rift and HTC Vive games with your smartphone. The most common complaint about virtual reality is the price of VR headsets. For this reason, more and more developers are looking for a cheaper alternative.

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HTC’s VP of Design Leaving to Join Google’s VR Team

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According to a report by The Verge , HTC’s VP of Design is leaving the company to join up with Google’s Daydream VR team.

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Chocolate is The Most Fun You Can Have with Three Legs and Kitten-Cannon Hands

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If you’ve been jonesing for a reason to get your dance on to sci-fi Lisa Frank vibes, look no further: Chocolate just made its official debut at Sundance.

Remedy Entertainment Alums Form New VR Company, 3rd Eye Studios

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Starting a new game studio specifically dedicated to VR content is all the rage these days. Indie developers, former AAA stalwarts, and everything in between are ceasing the opportunity to dive into the VR market head first and take advantage of the early years of creative experimentation.

PlayStation VR Sales Disappointing - But Why?

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Playstation VR (PSVR) was the next best hope for VR sales. Alas, it was not to be. Research group SuperData initially expected Sony to sell 2.6 million PlayStation VR units in 2016 but revised that estimate down to less than 750,000.

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Amazon May Look to VR to Enhance Shopping Experience, Job Ad Indicates

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A new job opening at a division of the online retail giant Amazon my indicate the firm is looking to immersive technology to enhance its shopping experience. Amazon has up to now only tentatively dipped its substantial corporate toe in the waters of virtual reality.

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The Australian Air Force Is Now Testing the Microsoft HoloLens

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The Australian Air Force and Saab Australia are trialing the Microsoft HoloLens augmented reality headset as the Australian military evolves into a “fifth-generation fighting force.”

Jury Decides ZeniMax v. Oculus On Monday

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Although Mark Zuckerberg already left the Earle Cabell Federal Court building last Monday, UploadVR continued to attend and take notes throughout the rest of the trial.

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VR Hololamp Brings The Future Today

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Do remember the scene from Star Wars when Princess Leia pleads for help from Obi Wan Kanobi? Asking "Help me Obi Wan Kanobi you're my only hope" Check out the world’s first portable spatial augmented reality projector HoloLamp!

Animated Short ‘Pearl’ is VR’s First Oscar Nominated Film

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Pearl (2016), a 360 animated short film from director Patrick Osborne and Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects group (ATAP), has landed an Academy Award nomination for this year’s best animated short film, making it the first VR film in the running for an Oscar.

Hackathon Brings Much Needed Attention to WebVR

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Amir-Esmaeil Bozorgzadeh and his teammates Mohamedy Hamdy and Hossein Jalai over at Virtuleap see a future where WebVR will bring virtual reality to the masses through web browsers, rather than through a headset.

Social App VRChat Launches Next Week With Multiplayer Games And Unity SDK

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The social VR race heats up next week as a new challenger looks to take on the likes of High Fidelity , AltSpaceVR and vTime. VRChat will be releasing on Steam in Early Access on February 1st 2017. The platform will support the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and OSVR and is free-to-play.

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Do you remember your first VR?

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It is the weekend, so time for something fun. You probably remember your first VR experience. Mine, was simply the Oculus Demo in the DK2, nothing too exciting but still memorable. With some people, their first time is just down right scary. For example.

One of VR’s Best Party Games Now Supports Rift & Vive Motion Controllers

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Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes is an undeniably fun VR party game that you can play together with a big group with only one VR headset. Now the game has added much requested support for both Vive and Rift’s VR controllers.

ASTEROIDS! is a Playful Act of Intergalactic Compassion

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When I sat down with Maureen Fan and Eric Darnell, CEO and CCO of Baobab Studios, at Sundance this past weekend, the snowy vista outside their cottage window looked like it was pulled straight from their 2016 breakout hit, INVASION!,

HTC Is Sending 1,000 Vive Trackers To VR Devs For Free

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The HTC Vive Tracker presents a lot of new possibilities for VR software, and the company is making sure developers make the most of it. Vive today opened up applications for developers to get their hands on one of 1,000 Tracker units before they launch later in the year. Successful studios will get one of an “initial batch” of Trackers, according to an official blog post. The application process is open for two weeks, closing on February 7th.

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Like Plex? Plevr is coming to VR this month

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For those of you have not tried Plex. Plex is an excellent media organization and a streaming tool allowing you to organize all your media in one place and stream to other TVs, iPads, iPhones and even store them locally for traveling.

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HTC Opens Applications for Free Vive Tracker Dev Kit

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HTC announced earlier in January that they’d be giving away 1,000 Vive Trackers to developers. Applications to get your hands on one of the Trackers are now open through February 7th.

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Dad Uses Vive To Create VR Tour Of Daughters Dollhouse

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Using a collection of 360 photos, a little girl is able to explore her favorite toy in a brand new way.

Should You Play ‘Resident Evil 7: Biohazard’ in VR?

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Sitting in the audience of the Sony press conference at E3 2016 was a special moment in the VR industry for me. It was the last major event before the launch of the PlayStation VR headset and the stage featured footage and announcements for several VR games over the course of the evening.

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