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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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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 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.

Oculus Patents Use Of Light Field Cameras for Eye Tracking

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Facebook’s Oculus patented an eye tracking technique which uses light field cameras inside the headset. Most previous eye tracking systems used a regular or infrared camera combined with an IR illuminator to keep the eyes lit.

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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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.

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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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.

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.

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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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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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.

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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Walmart Deal Brings Lenovo Explorer Headset + Controller Bundle to $180

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Some of the big box retailers have already published their Black Friday deals, but there are still a few to go leading up to the November 23rd sale. But before Black Friday and Cyber Monday even begin, you can get an awesome deal on a new Windows VR headset, including controllers.

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.

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?

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.

‘Ready Player One: OASIS Beta’ Gets New Levels in ‘Elite Gunter Edition’ Paid DLC

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Ready Player One: OASIS beta launched for free this summer on HTC Vive in tandem with Steven Spielberg’s film Ready Player One (2018).

Walmart Adds AR Price Check Tool To iOS App

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Walmart looks to simplify the price checking process with augmented reality. It’s no secret that Walmart, the biggest retailer in the world, is actively embracing the full potential of AR and VR to keep them ahead of their competition.

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Tech Trends @ VR Sports & Entertainment Summit 2018

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The 2nd Annual Immersive Technology in Sports & Entertainment Summit will be held in San Francisco on November 13-14, 2018. Tech Trends is excited to be a media partner for the event so watch this space for key highlights.

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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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Facebook Artist Unveils Impressive Oculus Quest Experience ‘The Last Oasis’, Built in ‘Quill’

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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.

Ground Runner: Trials speeds and shoots its way out of Early Access to deliver immersive vehicular VR combat

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FPS vehicle-based VR shooter Ground Runner: Trials has left Early Access. Available for Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Windows Mixed Reality, the game fuses FPS action, intense vehicle combat and hands-only controls to create a truly immersive and intense gaming experience.

Exploring a Wounded Mind in VR

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A BBC Virtual Reality experience takes you on an emotional journey through the perspective of two young women dealing with a life-altering brain injury. Is Anna OK is a poignant VR experience based on a true story. Anna and Lauren are identical twins.

‘Beat Saber’ is Heading to PSVR November 20th with New Songs & Features, Trailer Here

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Beat Saber (2018) , the hit VR rhythm game that launched this summer on PC VR headsets, is officially landing on PSVR November 20th, including more songs and features to keep you slicing and dicing those flying blocks to the beat.

Non-Profit ‘Athar’ Is Developing VR Employment Education For Jordan Youth

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Nada Ibrahim Hassan Hussen and her team are creating VR simulators to help young people visualize a better future.

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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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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.

HTC Launches Vive Focus in North America & Europe with Enterprise Emphasis

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At a special event today in San Francisco, HTC announced that Vive Focus , the company’s standalone 6DOF headset, is launching for enterprise customers starting today in 37 markets, including North America and Europe.

ARHT Introduces Real-Time Holographic Lecturers At London Business School

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‘Hologram’ lecturers will soon beam to universities for the first time, starting with Imperial College London.