Sat.Jan 19, 2019 - Fri.Jan 25, 2019

Esports Continues Its Push Towards VR

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Can professional gaming help to propel the consumer adoption of virtual reality? Professional gaming, or esports, has quickly developed from a niche competitive scene into a full-blown industry that has attracted the attention of both spectators and corporations alike.

Training Your Brain Muscles with VR

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Sense Arena’s portable VR Hockey Training kit was a big hit at CES 2019.

Microsoft Partners With VictoryVR To Bring A VR Curriculum To Schools

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Microsoft is continuing to explore what its new mixed reality platform can do for education. The company revealed a partnership with VictoryVR at the Bett 2019 education event in London this week.

USA Today Scores Points with NHL Fans via Augmented Reality Profile of Capitals Star

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If you've blocked out your calendar to watch the NHL All-Star Game this weekend, then you might be excited to know that USA Today has given its readers the opportunity to meet Washington Capital's John Carlson in augmented reality.

Leap Motion Reveals Updated Project North Star AR Prototype Design

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Last year Leap Motion, makers of hand-tracking technology, revealed Project North Star , an open-source AR headset prototype design meant to be a test bed for the kind of specs and features that more compact AR headsets will hopefully one day provide.

Virtual Reality Improving Mental Health

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Limbix is building up immersive content that therapists can use to treat 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.

A Fisherman’s Tale Review: A Perfect Storm Of VR Puzzling

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I would have never pegged Innerspace as the one to crack the code. True, the Firebird series is a compelling exhibition of VR art, but who’d have bet on this small indie studio as the first to unify VR’s core pillars?

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Oculus Just Made It Easier to Screencast Mobile VR Sessions to Your Phone

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Oculus released screencasting in beta late last year, and while it’s been a great way of letting someone outside of VR see what’s happening during a VR session, the company just made this a lot easier in a recent update to the Oculus Mobile app.

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ISS Astronauts Use Magic Leap One to Prepare for Next Mission

Next Reality AR

The tradition of using cutting edge technology to prepare for missions in space, in this case, augmented reality, continues with a new team of international astronauts slated to board the International Space Station (ISS) later this year. On Tuesday, European Space Agency astronaut Luca Parmitano took to Twitter to show himself and fellow crew member Andrew Morgan (representing NASA) using the Magic Leap One to train an upcoming mission.

PSVR Exclusive Shooter Kill X Renamed Immortal Legacy, Coming Soon

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A few years ago now we played a Chinese demo for a PSVR exclusive shooter named Kill X. The game was born out of a Sony-led initiative and developed by Viva Games. It was a little scrappy, but it had potential.

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Photo Wake-Up Converts Still Images Into AR Animations

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A team of researchers bring 2D photos to life with automatic 3D animations. As AR technology continues to develop from past its current state of infancy, one of its most popular use-cases so far has been the digital enhancement of real-world images.

OpenXR Chair Shifts from Epic to Intel, Progress Update Planned for March

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Intel’s Brent Insko has taken over as the Chair of the OpenXR working group after Epic’s Nick Whiting passed the torch. The pair say the OpenXR effort is still going strong, and a progress update is planned for March.

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Riding Through Gotham City in VR

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Warner Bros. and Intel unveil a Batmobile-like autonomous vehicle at CES featuring immersive entertainment and AR safety features.

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I Met Donald Duck And Goofy In Kingdom Hearts VR, It Got Weird

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My biggest takeaway from Kingdom Hearts VR? My god, how do any of these characters manage with such massive feet? I’ve never really noticed it on a flat screen but, as soon as I jumped into the headset I couldn’t help but stare.

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AR Glasses You’d Be Happy To Be Caught Dead In

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Are we finally getting closer to affordable, good-looking AR wearables? Let’s face it, humans can be, at times, vain and fickle creatures, so the fact that most HMDs tend to make their users look dorky as heck doesn’t really help when it comes to mass market adoption.

‘Kingdom Hearts: VR Experience’ Launches on PSVR in Japan, Western Release Pending

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According to Sony, Kingdom Hearts: VR Experience was supposed to launch on PSVR sometime around the holiday season in the West, and while it may have missed its mark, the franchise’s first official VR experience is now available for free on the Japanese PlayStation Store.

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Blippar Reborn as One of Britain's 'Brothers Bling' Buys Up Augmented Reality Assets for Relaunch

Next Reality AR

Augmented reality and computer vision company Blippar has a new lease on life, as previous investor Candy Ventures has completed a successful bid to acquire the assets of the beleaguered company.

Whispers In The Night Is A Groundbreaking AI Experience From Fable

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Fable is a content creation studio founded by Edward Saatchi and other alumni from Oculus Story Studio.

Escape H.H. Holmes’ Murder Castle In VR

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Navigate a booby-trapped hotel while evading the ‘Devil in the White City’ himself in this horrifying VR game. Next year will see the release of Martin Scorsese’s Devil in the White City , a film adaptation of Erik Larson’s 2003 novel detailing the horrendous activities of H.H.

Fable Studio Pivoting to “Virtual Beings,” Building Stories Around Persistent AI-powered Characters

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Fable, founded by former Oculus Story Studio alumni, today announced a distinct pivot in their focus, moving from an immersive storytelling studio to a “virtual beings” company which plans to build persistent, AI-powered, characters which can interact naturally with viewers.

Frooxius talks us about the development of amazing VR metaverse Neos

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I had the great opportunity to interview Tomáš Marian?ík, ík, better known in the VR communities as Frooxius.

Multiplayer Shooter Warzone VR Hits Steam Early Access This Week

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Warzone VR from Sinn Studio (the same developers as VR games Wraith and The Perfect Sniper ) is set to hit Steam Early Access for Rift, Vive, and Windows VR this week on January 25th. Billed as a large-scale VR FPS, similar to War Dust, there is a heavy focus on team-based gameplay and squad tactics.

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Lyft Patents Show How AR & VR Could Change Ridesharing

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Lyft files patents for two ideas that use both AR & VR to create a better overall value of services. Calling a Lyft driver is a pretty simple task. You open up the app, make a couple taps, and a driver is on the way to pick you up.

Live Planet Launches All-in-one System for 360 3D Livestreaming

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Live Planet today announced the launch of the Live Planet VR System , an end-to-end pipeline for 360 stereoscopic livestreaming and distribution, including a custom camera & content management tools. The company claims that creators can go “from box to livestreaming within minutes.”

A Fisherman’s Tale Now Available on multiple VR platforms

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In A Fisherman’s Tale , the mind-bending VR adventure game that launches onto PlayStation VR, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and Windows Mixed Reality headsets today, you will work with infinite, ever smaller and bigger replications of yourself to find your way out of a world where physics are utterly broken.

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Area Of Darkness: Sentinel Looks Like A Haunting VR Thriller

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Upcoming psychological thriller Area of Darkness: Sentinel from Rematch Studios is looking really impressive for a first-time effort from a small indie studio. You take on the role of Dr. Anne Evans in 1978 as you play through three days of exploration and intrigue on the timeless Sentinel Islands.

Sansar Bringing New Comedy Shows To Its VR Platform In 2019

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After the success of its debut last year, the VR social platform looks to tap deeper into the live events market. Linden Lab has just announced a host of new collaborations designed to attract paying punters to its live events platform which launched last year.

VR Train Simulator ‘Derail Valley’ to Launch into Early Access This Week

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Delays are a train driver’s worst nightmare, and while it’s true upcoming VR train simulator Derail Valley has seen a modest setback after its planned January 18th launch, the game is now full steam ahead as it makes its Early Access debut on the Oculus Store and Steam this week.

360 Short Film about Eminem and created by Felix And Paul to premiere at Sundance

Cats and VR

Marshall from Detroit is a 3D, 360-degree virtual reality experience featuring Marshall Mathers (Eminem) and Sway Calloway and directed by Caleb Slain in collaboration with Félix Lajeunesse & Paul Raphaël.

Animated VR Story Gloomy Eyes Adds Colin Farrell As Narrator

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Colin Farrell will narrate the animated VR project Gloomy Eyes.

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EMBODY Brings Cooperative VR Well-Being To Sundance

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Transform a surreal digital environment with your own body while enhancing your well-being in this social VR experience.

‘Beat Saber’ Studio Plans on Bringing More Free Songs, Paid DLC Still TBA

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Fans of the block-slashing rhythm game Beat Saber (2018) want to know: when are more songs coming? Well, the developers Beat Games say that they still need more time to work on it, but that users can at least look forward to more guaranteed free songs at some point too.

Cinemark teams with Spaces for mixed-reality ‘Terminator’ experience

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Virtual reality adventure company Spaces has teamed up with theater chain Cinemark to launch a new, immersive VR experience in San Jose, California.

SPACES Opening San Jose Cinemark Location With Terminator VR

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SPACES is opening its latest location with Terminator Salvation: Fight for the Future in February at Cinemark’s Century 20 Oakridge and XD theatre in San Jose, California.

Watch Darth Maul Try His Hand At Beat Saber

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The galaxies most ferocious Sith Lord takes on VR’s most ferocious rhythm game. Imagine this: It’s 1999 and you’re sitting in your local theater awaiting the release of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace , shaking with anticipation at the thought of the first new Star Wars film in 16 years.

VR Thriller ‘Area of Darkness: Sentinel’ to Land on Rift, Vive & Windows VR Soon, Trailer Here

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Area of Darkness: Sentinel is an upcoming VR psychological thriller adventure that just emerged from the shadows, arriving with a pretty slick trailer that’s promising quite a stack of features.

Project North Star: Mechanical Update 3

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Today we’re excited to share the latest major design update for the Leap Motion North Star headset. North Star Release 3 consolidates several months of research and insight into a new set of 3D files and drawings.