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Oculus Founder: Price Isn’t What’s Holding VR Back From Mass Adoption

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Palmer Luckey, the founder of Oculus who left the company in 2017, recently published an article with his thoughts on what it will take for VR to reach the mainstream. Price, he argues, matters little if the experience is not keeping people coming back to the technology on a regular basis.

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Diving Into VR Without a Headset

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Is this the closest we have to the Holodeck? It very well might be. There are many tantalizing possibilities around immersive technologies, but where they usually hit a snag is the fact that most cool experiences require complicated equipment.

Electrical Nose Stimulation Could Let You Smell Anything In VR Without Chemicals Or Refills

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Researchers at The Imagineering Institute in Malaysia have demonstrated a technique that would allow smells to be transferred and sensed over the internet. The ‘Digital Smell Interface’ works by direct electrical stimulation of the smell receptor nerves deep in the nose.

HTC Vive Focus launched worldwide: an enterprise standalone headset, starting from $599

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After a long wait, finally, the Vive Focus is ready to exit from its home country. You will be able to finally buy it in Europe and North America for $599, from the dedicated page on the HTC website. HTC Vive Focus Specs.

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Children's Book Classic Peter Rabbit & Other Tales Come to AR via iOS App

Next Reality AR

The landscape for mobile augmented reality apps is still mostly filled with utility and gaming apps, but a new entrant into the space is looking to pull children into the mix.

Master of Shapes Combines VR Racing With Real Go Karts

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Virtual environments. Real-world racing. Last month we had the opportunity to check out Master of Shapes’ VR go-kart experience, a bold new location-based venture that blends virtual reality racetracks with real-world racing.

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Magic Leap One first impressions review: it’s not a leap, but a step

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I thought it would have taken me a lot before I would be able to try the Magic Leap One , but luckily this has not been the case. Thanks to a friend and a bit of luck, I’ve been able to test it and so I will be able to give you my impressions on the device … are you interested?

Report: New Valve VR Headset Appears in Leaked Images

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When it comes Valve, there’s no telling what’s going on behind their Bellevue, Washington doors. As one of the most reclusive developers of both games and hardware, that goes doubly so for its efforts in VR.

Domino's Australia Serves Up Virtual Previews of Your Pizza Order in Augmented Reality

Next Reality AR

If you're hungry for pizza and ordering from Domino's in Australia, you can now see what your pie will look like in augmented reality before placing your order.

Watch David Attenborough Meet David Attenborough In VR

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Hold The World, a brilliant educational VR app from Sky, features some of the best volumetric capture seen in VR today, bringing Sir David Attenborough to digital life. Need proof? Check out just how amazed the real Attenborough was to meet his digital self in the video below.

Researchers Develop VR Haptic Feedback System Using Custom Quadcopters

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Are custom-build drones retrofitted with touchable surfaces the future of VR haptic feedback?

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Social VR Platform ‘High Fidelity’ to Host Festival in VR Nov. 17th, Win a Rift & Cash Prizes

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High Fidelity, the social VR platform headed by Second Life creator Philip Rosedale, will host its first festival completely in virtual reality, which will feature contests, giveaways and live music shows in VR.

Niantic's Ingress Roots Get a Reboot with the Real World Platform

Next Reality AR

Ingress, the godfather of location based-AR games developed by Pokémon GO creator Niantic Labs, is getting a new lease on life via Ingress Prime, a reboot of the game built on the Niantic Real World Platform.

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Madrid Noir: Prologue Is Like A Charming Pixar Short In VR

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If there’s one thing that everyone loves about going to the movies to watch the latest Pixar film, it’s got to be the shorts. These mini-movies that appear before the main feature are often filled with as much love, laughs and innovation as the film they’re shown in front of.

Niantic’s ‘Ingress Prime’ Brings A Sci-fi Twist To Location-Based AR Gaming

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Join pick a side and join the battle for control of previous Exotic Matter in this modern revival of the 2013 location-based AR game.

David Attenborough’s VR Experience ‘Hold the World’ Lands on Rift

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Hold the World (2018) is an educational VR experience from Sky that lets you come face-to-face with Sir David Attenborough, the English broadcaster and world’s foremost naturalist, as he teaches you about a number of species going as far back at the Trilobyte and as recent as the flea.

Magic Leap Publishes More L.E.A.P. Developer Videos Featuring Insomniac Games, Weta Workshop & More

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After publishing two batches of videos from its L.E.A.P. developer conference, Magic Leap has made the session on Seedling from Insomniac Games available to the public.

Deracine Review: An Essential VR Oddity From The Creator Of Dark Souls

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Long before it became ‘the maker of Dark Souls’, From Software created, among various other RPGs and action games, adventures title like Echo Night.

H&M x Moschino Team Up With Magic Leap For AR Fashion Show Experience

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Augmented teddy bears, melting handbags, and QVC-style infomercials were just a few of the offerings at H&Moschino. . Attendees at H&M’s latest fashion show didn’t just see the brand’s hottest looks on the runway – they experienced them up close and personal in AR.

HTC is Giving Away ‘Fallout 4 VR’ for Free to New Viveport Subscribers

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Starting today, new Viveport Subscription members can count on a free copy of Fallout 4 VR (2017) when you sign up for a three, six, or twelve month prepaid subscription.

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Apple's Updated Clips App Lets You Put Yourself Inside the World of The Incredibles 2

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One of Apple's most touted (but seldom seen on social media) apps, Clips, got an update on Wednesday.

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Tetris Effect VR Review: A Transcendent Take On A Classic

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Go run a bath. Make it warm, get some salts, maybe some candles, put your speakers by the door and dim the lights. Play this , close your eyes, and sink into the water. Oh and, grab your Gameboy (don’t drop it) and boot up Tetris.

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Riot Games Debuts Virtual K-Pop Group With Live MR Performance

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The 2018 League of Legends World Championship had one hell of an opening ceremony thanks to a live performance that blended AR characters with real performers.

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‘ASTRO BOT’ Behind-the-scenes – Insights & Artwork from Sony’s JAPAN Studio

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From the very first time we previewed an early build of ASTRO BOT Rescue Mission , it was clear that there was much care and craft behind the work.

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Nathan Phail-Liff: Ready At Dawn is excited about the Quest, Echo Combat will come with surprises at launch

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Raise your hand if you like Echo Arena and Echo Combat. Imagine me raising mine in this moment). We all love those amazing games, that are developed by a game studio called Ready At Dawn.

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‘Shadow VR’ is a $399 Oculus Quest Competitor Using HTC’s Viveport Store

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At HTC’s Vive event the company announced the ‘Shadow VR’ standalone headset from Chinese company ‘Shadow Creator’ The Shadow VR headset should become the first standalone consumer VR headset with 6DoF controllers, beating Oculus Quest to market by over six months. It runs the mobile version of HTC’s Viveport VR app store, and launches “worldwide” Nov. 11 for $399.

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Precision OS Offers In-Depth Surgical Training In VR

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The immersive education platform offers students in-depth surgical simulations complete with real-time feedback. Failing fast and failing often are the best ways to become proficient at a craft.

‘Budget Cuts’ is Getting More Levels with Launch of New Arcade Version

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Stealth robot-killing game Budget Cuts (2018) launched earlier this year to much fanfare, but also garnered more than a few gripes surrounding bugs at launch.

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The Ghost’s Spotlight: oVRshot, Microsoft Maquette and The Great C

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Today I inaugurate a new column of this blog called “The Ghost’s Spotlight” in which I try to put the spotlight on some interesting VR projects that I tried or that I got to know.

Oculus Quest vs Vive Focus vs Lenovo Mirage Solo – 6DoF Standalone Specs Showdown

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As of the publishing date of this article, there are no standalone headsets on the consumer market with six degrees of freedom (6DoF) controllers. 6DoF is relatively new to standalone VR. HTC was first to deliver it with the China release of its ‘Vive Focus’ in January, and Lenovo were first to bring it to the West, with their ‘Mirage Solo’ headset released in May. While these headsets are 6DoF, their controllers are not.

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