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Developer Makes VR Accessible to Physically Disabled with Custom Locomotion Driver

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WalkinVR is an upcoming driver for SteamVR designed to assist physical movement in a VR by moving or even resizing the virtual space relative to the user. It is currently in beta testing, with an initial release due at the end of May.

Listen To Your Body Art With Augmented Reality Soundwave Tattoos

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Turn your favorite audio clip into a tattoo you can listen to with this AR app. Since the neolithic times body art has been used to immortalize people, places, events and anything of great significance.

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Kortex Pairs Sleep And Stress Neurostimulation With VR Headsets

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There are a handful of apps in the VR software ecosystem that serve as escapist experiences by whisking the user away into calm environments like serene forests or a private island.

Genesis Metaverse takes currency battle public

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Podex terminal on the Virtual Highway grid. Image courtesy Podex.). Genesis Metaverse , a commercial grid that emerged last fall from the collapse of Avi-Labs, has been having problems with its currency vendor, Podex , and took the dispute public today.

Microsoft is Building VR MMO for Xbox and PC, Job Listing Indicates

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A job listing for a Senior Design Manager position on Microsoft’s “Xbox Mixed Reality team” says that the company is “looking to build a massively social gaming and entertainment experience for both the PC and the console.”

What F8 2017 Means for Mass Market Adoption of Immersive Technologies

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Now that the dust has settled on F8, Facebook’s annual developer conference, it’s time to look back and ask ourselves: what do those announcements actually mean for the end consumers? F8 2017 was held on April 18th and 19th 2017.

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The Rokoko Smartsuit Brings Motion Capture to the Masses

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The $2,500 device makes motion capture as easy as suiting up. The post The Rokoko Smartsuit Brings Motion Capture to the Masses appeared first on WIRED. Gear motion capture virtual reality

An Estimated 25 Million Steam Users Now Have VR Ready GPUs

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High PC hardware requirements are one reason why VR’s initial buy-in cost is often cited around $1,500, but as GPUs get more powerful and cheaper over time, more people are ending up with ‘VR Ready’ hardware, perhaps without even meaning to.

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LA Hospital Using VR Simulation For Trauma Training

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The next generation of professional healthcare training has arrived. The healthcare sector has seen better days. Whether it be budget cuts or red-tape regarding health insurance, it’s a tumultuous time for the complex medical industry.

Microsoft Reveals Motion Controllers For Windows VR Headsets

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In a keynote today Microsoft is revealing a long-awaited missing piece of its Windows mixed reality platform – motion controllers.

Microsoft Shows Off Its Own Super-Sensing VR Controller

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You'll be able to buy Microsoft's new controller this holiday season. The post Microsoft Shows Off Its Own Super-Sensing VR Controller appeared first on WIRED. Gadget Lab Gear augmented reality build microsoft virtual reality

Remastered ‘Half-Life 2’ Coming to Vive & Rift with VR Controller Support via Revamped Mod

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Praised as one of the greatest games ever made, the 13 year old Half-Life 2 is a lauded piece of gaming history. But soon you’ll be able to revisit the perils of City 17 using the latest and greatest VR hardware around.

Viacom Next Debuts Mixed Reality Music Video

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VR and holograms come together in this unique music experience.

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Disney Backed Jaunt And OmniVirt Are Partnering To Put More Ads Into VR

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Virtual reality is here to stay but, at this point, it’s still trying to figure out exactly how to generate revenue. One tried and true method in Silicon Valley for turning an idea into cash is to start tying advertisements to it.

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Owlchemy Labs the award winning creators of Job SImulator, Jack Lumber, and Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality get acquired by Google.

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Google has made an interesting play to solidify it's VR lineup for the future. Welcome Owlchemy Labs to Google. They've created award-winning games like Job Simulator and Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality.

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Acer & HP Windows Mixed Reality Headset Dev Kits Now Available for Pre-order Starting at $300

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Today Microsoft announced that developers in the US and Canada can now pre-order the Acer ($299) and HP ($329) Mixed Reality headsets from the Microsoft Store. Delivery of the headsets is scheduled for August 2017.

Windows Reveals New Mixed Reality Controllers

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These controllers look familiar. Microsoft brought their latest mixed reality efforts front and center Thursday at its Build conference in Seattle.

Arizona Sunshine Is Coming To PSVR In June With Aim Support

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Update: Well that was quick. Minutes after posting this story, a PlayStation Blog post confirmed Arizona Sunshine hits PSVR in June with PlayStation Aim support. Enjoy! PlayStation VR (PSVR) owners are constantly asking for bigger and better games to show off their headset with, and it looks like they might soon get a big one: Vertigo Games’ Arizona Sunshine.

Ubisoft launches Hungry Shark ® VR for Google Daydream.

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Today, Ubisoft ® announced that Hungry Shark ® VR, the seventh installment in the successful mobile franchise developed by Future Games of London, is available on Google Daydream.

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Oculus Getting Serious About Room-scale VR, Dropping ‘Experimental’ Tag

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As of the upcoming version 1.15, Oculus software will “fully support” the three-sensor room-scale configuration, giving VR players a large 360 degree playspace to roam, similar to the experience the Vive offered out of the gate.

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Helping Paleontologists Learn More About Dinosaurs With VR

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How dinosaurs evolved into modern-day birds could soon be studied around the world, thanks to virtual reality. The University of South Florida’s Center for Visualization & Applied Spatial Technologies and Integrative Biology departments are bringing dinosaurs to life in VR.

Steam Launches VR Video Section With Alien, Lego Batman And More

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Valve Software’s Steam store is the undisputed leader of PC game distribution, though the marketplace is also a portal for buying VR games, software and even traditional movies. Through a partnership with Seattle-based startup Pixvana, Valve is also launching a VR video section aimed at bringing many of the benefits of distributing a 360-degree video on Facebook or Google’s YouTube to PC users consuming content through Steam.

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NVIDIA VRWorks SDKs make stitching 360-degree audio, video easier

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Virtual reality has never before been as accessible as it is today but it still hasn’t hit mainstream the way smartphones have. Part of that is due to the exorbitant price tags for equipment and part is due to the lack of noteworthy VR content.

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Live Mixed Reality Demo Shows Seamless Cross-AR/VR Collaboration

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At today’s Microsoft Build 2017 presentation, creators at Cirque du Soleil demonstrated a custom creative toolset on stage using HoloLens technology.

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Octane Raceway To Open $800k VR Arena

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Free-roam multiplayer VR is coming to Arizona this Memorial Day.

Counter-Strike VR Is (Basically) Here And Its Name Is Pavlov

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A new update to the indie-created multiplayer team shooter, Pavlov VR by davevillz, is making the game like new. And by like new I mean like another game. And by another game I mean Valve’s Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Pavlov is now basically CS:GO in virtual reality and it rocks.

This is NVIDIA’s Project Holodeck [Release and Demo]

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This week at GTC 2017, NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang revealed Project Holodeck to the masses. This system “brings visually stunning, collaborative, and shareable VR to everyone.”

NVIDIA Shows How Physically-based Audio Can Greatly Enhance VR Immersion

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Positional audio for VR experiences—where noises sound as if they are coming from the correct direction—has long been understood as an important part of making VR immersive. But knowing which direction sounds are coming from is only one part of the immersive audio equation.

This VR Experience Will Save Your Life

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Hanging on and hoisted out of treacherous waters. What started as a clear afternoon boat ride with friends, immediately took a turn for the worse. Within a matter of minutes, your vessel smashes itself on some out of place rocks and a hurricane rolls in with gusts of wind and rain.

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Haptic Skin Created By Cornell Research Lab Makes VR Feel More Human

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Virtual reality is great at bringing two of our senses into the digital world: sight and sound. That VR tech is already well-established and improving rapidly. However, we still aren’t at a point where we can touch, smell, or taste things inside of a VR headset. Obviously taste is the most important of these to solve (can you imagine VR Pac Man?) but for now let’s settle on haptic feedback for touch.

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Windows 10 Fall Creators Update: 8 things to know

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Microsoft has revealed the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, its latest big upgrade with better desktop and mobile integration, VR, and more.