Sat.Dec 22, 2018 - Fri.Dec 28, 2018

Feelreal Wants to Add Smell & Haptics to Your VR Headset, Kickstarter Coming Soon

Road to VR

You might have caught a glimpse of the Feelreal mask prototype when it made headlines back at GDC 2015 , the smell-o-vision add-on for VR headsets that promised to bring plenty of scents to your nostrils and haptics to your face.

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How Starlight Is Using VR To Replace Pain Medication For Seriously Ill Children


Starlight is a well-known charity organization with the mission to create “moments of joy and comfort for hospitalized kids and their families” through a variety of initiatives.

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New York Times App Lets You See a Higgs Particle Reaction from the Large Hadron Collider in Augmented Reality

Next Reality AR

Although it's impossible (at least for now) to travel back in time to see the Big Bang, The New York Times has provided its readers the closest simulation of the experience via its latest augmented reality feature.

Therapists Using VR To Treat Mental Health Issues


Limbix is building up immersive content that therapists can use to tackle phobias, depression and anxiety. There are over 300 peer-reviewed studies that show VR is an effective tool for treating mental health disorders such as anxiety, depression, trauma, and addiction.

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Oculus Quest Hits FCC on Its Way to Spring 2019 Launch

Road to VR

As we head into 2019, there’s a growing sense of bated breath within the VR industry as the Oculus Quest launch draws near. Today the headset popped up in FCC listings, seemingly indicating that things are on track for the Spring 2019 release.

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China shows its masterplan to lead Virtual Reality in 2025

The Ghost Howls

We all know that China is a country that is betting big on Virtual Reality. The Chinese VR ecosystem is very active and it is evolving pretty fast: this summer I have been in China and I met some cool startups that are working on software (e.g.

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Magic Leap & AT&T Team Up to Bring Fans 'Fantastic Beasts' AR Movie Experience in Chicago

Next Reality AR

Despite less than glowing reviews from critics, the latest installment from the Harry Potter spinoff movie series, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, is winning at the box office.

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HoloLens’ Missing Stock Fuels HoloLens 2 Speculation

Road to VR

For a category-defining first-gen device introduced in early 2015, HoloLens has had a remarkably long lifespan. But it increasingly seems like 2019 could be the year that HoloLens 2 is revealed as official channels have now been weeks without stock of the original headset.

Made-For-VR ‘FlyInside’ Is What VR Flight Simulation Needs


After almost two years of development, FlyInside Flight Simulator has launched in Early Access on Steam. FlyInside is a made for VR flight sim which supports Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and Windows MR heasdsets.

Snapchat's New Augmented Reality Trick Is Literally for the Dogs, Lets You Turn Your Pet into a Nerd or Reindeer

Next Reality AR

First, there was SnapCat. Now, we have DogChat! Or SnapBark? In October, Snapchat took social media by storm with its Lenses for cats. But the latest addition to the camera app has given dog lovers an augmented reality Christmas gift they won't want to return.

VR & AR 2018: A Year In Review


Immersive technology continues its push towards mainstream appeal. If 2016 was the birth of modern VR/AR technology, than 2018 was its elementary school graduation.

Valve Reveals Top Selling VR Games on Steam in 2018

Road to VR

As we head into the New Year, Valve has released a look back at 2018’s best selling VR titles on Steam.

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UploadVR’s Best Of 2018 VR Award Nominees


We’ve finally reached the very end of 2018 and it’s been quite the eventful year for the VR industry. Not only did new headsets like the HTC Vive Pro and Oculus Go release, but Facebook announced the upcoming Oculus Quest as well for next year. Sony has even sold through three million headsets, which was before Black Friday, so it’s probably even more now.

Interview to Eduardo Siman: virtual reality makes data visualization fun, we should all work together to make AR and VR to succeed

The Ghost Howls

Some days ago, I have had the enormous pleasure of speaking with Eduardo Siman.

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Big Ben Brought Back To Life Through AR Snapchat Lens


A new Snapchat Lens helps keep the memory of London’s iconic Big Ben alive during its three year renovation. London’s most iconic clock tower, Big Ben fell silent back in 2017 due to necessary and crucial conservation work that promises to safeguard the clock on a long-term basis.

15 VR Games We Can’t Wait to Play in 2019

Road to VR

This year was awesome for VR gaming, but 2019 is looking even brighter with a slew of highly polished titles coming to PSVR, Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. Here we take a look at 15 tantalizing VR titles confirmed for release in 2019.

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Cambridge Researchers Are Using VR To Better Understand Tumours


Researchers at the University of Cambridge developed a virtual reality app which vizualizes cancerous tumours. The project was part of the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute (CRUK) Grand Challenge Awards. The tumour to be analyzed is cut into wafer thin slices which are stained with markers.

The Ghost’s Spotlight: Sketch 360, The Secret of Puffin Cove

The Ghost Howls

Welcome to this second episode of the Ghost’s Spotlight! As I have already said in the previous first episode , this is a new category of posts made to talk about some interesting projects that are worth a mention, but for which I don’t plan to write a full-fledged review.

Huge’s 2018 Holiday Gift Guide Comes With AR Easter Eggs


Huge, the Brooklyn based ad agency is using AR to breath new life into traditional print media. Ever find yourself struggling to pick that perfect gift for your friend, a co-worker, or your favorite family member – such as your cat? Sometimes we need some help.

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Moving Virtual Objects Like a Jedi

Tech Trends VR

. These are definitely the VR powers you’re looking for…. It was only a matter of time.

Facebook and Valve Are On Diverging Paths For VR In 2019


The secrecy is extreme surrounding Valve Corporation in Bellevue, Washington. Leaks are rare because the privately held game-maker is composed of only a few hundred people. This group is also the operator of Steam, which launched in the early 2000s and up until very recently enjoyed a 30 percent cut of every game sold through its PC games marketplace. This ballooning revenue source over the last decade led some to estimate Valve makes the most profit per employee of any company.

Merry Christmas and a happy 2019!

The Ghost Howls

It is that time of the year again, when we do and receive a lot of wishes. So, give me a minute to let me do my best wishes to you. I hope that you will spend a really relaxing Christmas … and if you don’t celebrate Christmas, well, I wish you the best for the 25th day of December! I hope you will spend some quality time with the people you love , that you will relax, and that you will eat a lot.

The future of virtual reality beyond videos and games

Hypergrid Business

Virtual reality is a hot topic in the field of science and technology. It is assumed that the cost of hardware and the complexity of production are the obstructions for the massive adoption of virtual reality. However, experts from the VR industry have different opinions.

AR+VR Weekly: AR Big Ben, 2018 Apple acquisitions & Google Lens sees billions

AWE Blog

Catch up on the latest XR highlights, funding news and launch announcements: Week of Dec 24. Source: Snap Big Ben World Lens. By Tom Emrich. It’s been another busy week in AR+VR!

The Rise And Fall Of Augmented Reality ‘Unicorn’ Blippar


The story of once-hyped augmented reality (AR) startup Blippar has come to an end. The London-based company announced yesterday that it had started insolvency procedures, a process that means all employees will be let go and, likely, services terminated.

Feelreal VR mask brings scents to virtual reality experiences


Virtual reality is a largely visual environment with sounds rounding out the experience. A number of devices bring haptic feedback into the picture, but smell remains absent. That may change in the future via Feelreal’s sensory mask, a contraption that works with existing VR headsets to bring hundreds of smells to the user’s virtual worlds. The Feelreal VR mask is … Continue reading. Archive crowdfunded project virtual reality vr

Oculus beginner’s guide

Hypergrid Business

As virtual reality technology advances, more companies are working to bring the VR experience direct to households. The quality of consumer-level devices ranges from cardboard box setups to pricey helmet-looking headsets. The devices from Oculus VR hit a sweet spot of affordability and performance.

Best VR Sword Fighting Games: Knights & Gladiators

VR Game Critic

Sword fights in virtual reality can be truly intense and challenging experiences, putting your endurance, skill and reflexes to the test.

Pottery In VR Is Like That Scene In Ghost But With Just A Ghost


My art teacher said I’d never make it. Dad told me artistic expression isn’t a man’s profession. She put my drawings on the inside of the fridge. But you know what? To hell with them all; I’ll make it on my own.

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InstaVR 2018 Year in Review: New Publishing Platforms, Funding, Feature Clients, and More


2018 was a phenomenal year at InstaVR! We expanded our publishing outlets, added new features, raised a new round of funding, expanded our team, and continued our leadership as the largest platform for B2B VR app creation. Below are some of the highlights.

Welcome New VR Users!


Apparently, there were good sales numbers for VR equipment prior to the holiday season, and therefore a host of new VR users are coming in just about now. This meta-post collects a bunch of stuff I’ve written (or presented) in the past that might be of interest to some of those new users.

Google Lens Now Recognizes Over 1 Billion Products


Google Lens, Google’s AI-powered analysis tool, can now recognize over 1 billion products from Google’s retail and price comparison portal, Google Shopping. That’s four times the number of objects Lens covered in October 2017, when it made its debut. Aparna Chennapragada, vice president of Google Lens and augmented reality at Google, revealed the tidbit in a retrospective blog post about Google Lens’ milestones. “I’ve

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PSVR MOBA Dark Eclipse Gets Three New Heroes And Winter Skins


Dark Eclipse, the free-to-play VR MOBA exclusive to PSVR, just got a slew of updates to ring in the holiday season. The massive 2.02

PSVR 2019: PlayStation Owned VR In 2018, Can Sony Stay Ahead In 2019?


It was clear, by the end of 2018, that something was shifting in the VR landscape. A litany of identically-themed editorials about how PSVR had actually had an impressive year ( including our own ) offered a rare ray of sunshine from mainstream outlets. Against all odds and its own track record with peripherals, Sony proved that VR is a viable gaming platform. But how does it keep that momentum going next year? Competition Is Heating Up. 2019 will see PSVR at an interesting crossroads.

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Dave & Busters Rolls Out New Dragonfrost VR Attraction


Dave & Busters is outfitting its more than 100 locations with a new winter-themed dragon-riding VR attraction from VRstudios. Earlier this year Dave & Busters rolled out a Jurassic World VR attraction at all its locations that offered a relatively low cost action-packed journey to the infamous park while wearing an HTC Vive VR headset.

Valve Reveals 100 Best Selling Steam VR Games Of 2018


Valve released a list of the 100 top selling VR games on Steam in 2018. More than 1,000 titles released on Steam this year with VR support, according to Bellevue, Washington-based Valve Corporation. The vast majority of the releases are VR-only but the only completely new 2018 VR release to reach the top “platinum” tier of gross revenue on Steam was Beat Saber — which sold more than 100,000 copies in its first month of availability on PC this year.

Latest Oculus Unity Integration Expands HTC Vive Support, Improves Rift GPU Performance


Last month, Facebook added basic support for HTC Vive to the Oculus Unity Integration. In the December release the company expanded that support, as well as reducing the GPU cost of Oculus Rift support. Rift Performance Improvement. The Rift’s GPU performance improvement in Unity apps has been achieved by making the occlusion mesh culling “more aggressive” This should free up some GPU time for rendering. However, it comes at the cost of making the editor preview smaller.

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