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MindMaze’s MASK is a Practical and Promising Approach to VR Face-tracking

Road to VR

MindMaze , a neurotechnology startup, is developing a simple, low-cost approach to face-tracking called MASK —claimed to be compatible with any VR headset—that can map significantly more life-like expressions onto your virtual avatar.

Can VR Help Smokers Quit?

VRScout

Virtual therapy for smokers might be an app and headset away. VR is being used to help a variety of conditions from pain management to eye disorders , and now a Kickstarter based in Mexico City is looking to help smokers curb the habit.

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Hapto Is A Bizarre VR Controller With Haptic Feedback

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Perfect VR input needs precise control and realistic feedback, two things that are difficult to balance with modern technology. Hapto thinks it has the answer, though it creates a few questions of its own.

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ARLOOPA's easy to use AR app and their work to help companies like the WWF make them a company to check out at AWE as well as in our Augmented Future

Cats and VR

ARLOOPA is brining great AR experiences to the world. They also provide valuable AR technology jobs to the Armenian people as well as AR content to help them.

Microsoft Reveals Asus Mixed Reality Headset, New Design from Dell

Road to VR

Today at Computex 2017, the annual IT expo held in Taipei, Taiwan, Microsoft revealed more from their line-up of affordable Windows ‘Mixed Reality’ headsets, including Asus’ headset and an updated design from Dell.

How VR Experiences Influence Consumer Buying Decisions

VRScout

There is no doubt in our mind that in the next couple of years we will see the virtual reality industry continue to grow at an unbelievable rate. The value of the industry is set to rise from 1.9 Billion Dollars (2016) to over 20 Billion Dollars!

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String Theory’s Weirdest Ideas Finally Make Sense—Thanks to VR

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This isn't a video game. It's a classroom. The post String Theory's Weirdest Ideas Finally Make Sense—Thanks to VR appeared first on WIRED. Science physics virtual reality

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Samsung’s New VR Display Has Nearly 3.5x More Pixels Than Rift & Vive

Road to VR

At last week’s Display Week 2017 conference, Samsung showed off a new ultra-high resolution display for VR headsets that more than triples the pixel count of the displays in the Oculus Rift and Vive.

AR Menus Are Changing The Way We Order Food

VRScout

KabaQ makes choosing your meal easier than ever with 3D rendered digital previews. Have you ever ordered something off a menu thinking you’d love it, only to receive your meal and discover it’s nothing like you imagined? For me, it’s an Earth-shattering experience I wouldn’t wish upon my worst enemy.

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Check Out The First Trailer For PSVR’s Cavernous Wastes

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PlayStaion VR (PSVR) doesn’t have much in the way of six degree of freedom (6DOF) shooters, which are available in abundance on the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. Cavernous Wastes might be about to change that. You can check out the first trailer for this new game from PouncingKitten Games below.

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The hey I got food poisoning and could not make it to Augmented World Expo today. Here is a list of the fun things going on.

Cats and VR

AWE (Augmented World Expo), the largest and longest running conference and expo dedicated to augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR), officially opened its exhibition doors today to kick off the biggest event in the event’s 8-year history.

‘Star Trek: Bridge Crew’ Review

Road to VR

Ubisoft’s long-awaited Star Trek: Bridge Crew, the co-op space sim that puts you at the bridge of your very own Federation vessel, is nearly here (coming out May 30th), but we’ve had our mitts all over a pre-release copy for a few days now.

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‘Cardboard For Mixed Reality’ Aims To Lower Platform Entry Price

VRScout

Could Aryzon’s headset be the cheap Hololens-alternative we’ve been waiting for? Since the release of the Microsoft HoloLens mixed reality headset we’ve seen an unprecedented rise in the popularity of the unique platform among amateurs and professional developers alike.

Ripple Effect Is Rewriting Expectations For Free VR Mini Game Bundles

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This week we’ve learned a few things about VR games. For starters, Star Trek in VR is a perfect recipe for a good time — especially when joined by friends. Also, not all VR mini-game bundles are created equal, as evidenced by the release of Ripple Effect.

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Weekly Funding Roundup: Unity Raises $400M & Antilatency.

AllThingsVR

Weekly Funding Roundup: Unity Raises $400M & Antilatency Raises $2.1M 1) Unity Technologies , a 13-year-old, San Francisco-based company that makes development tools for video game creators, has raised $400 million in fresh funding from the private equity firm Silver Lake.

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NVIDIA’s New ‘Max-Q’ Laptops Are “as thin as a MacBook Air” and VR Ready

Road to VR

Starting June 27th, leading OEMs such as Clevo, ASUS, and MSI will begin to offer new high-performance Pascal-powered ‘Max-Q’ gaming laptops using GTX 1060, 1070 and 1080 GPUs.

Planned Parenthood’s Eye-Opening VR Video Simulates Clinic Harassment

VRScout

The VR experience simulates clinic harassment. It’s no secret that women seeking abortions often face harsh, verbal opposition from protesters outside of women’s health centers such as Planned Parenthood.

Walmart and STRIVR Partner To Train Employees In VR

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US supermarket chain Walmart is betting big on VR to help improve its employee training techniques, and it’s turned to a new company to help. TechCrunch is reporting that Walmart plans to install VR training platforms at each of its 200 Academy training centers across the US by the end of the year. Each will have an Oculus Rift and a VR ready PC to run it on.

Deep Optics will showcase the latest lens technology for visual focus control at AWE 2017

Cats and VR

Deep Optics, the inventor and pioneer of proprietary and patent-pending liquid crystal (LC) electronic lens technology, will be unveiling its tunable lens technology for the AR and VR markets at AWE 2017 (booth #437).

Watch: ‘Throttle Powah’ is a Crazy VR Racer That Gives You Motorbikes for Arms

Road to VR

Early in development, Throttle Powah is a promising looking multiplayer racer with a VR locomotion mechanic which seems entirely unique and more than a little insane.

Elon Musk-Backed Company Using VR To Train Robots

VRScout

OpenAI is directing robots on how to move using references created in virtual reality. Another day, another exciting use for the versatile technology that is virtual reality.

Impressive Social VR Demo Combines Mouth and Eye Tracking

UploadVR

There are multiple initiatives across the VR industry attempting to provide the most immersive and involving social experience the platform can provide.

Chromecast support arrives on Gear VR

Slashgear

Those of you with a Gear VR will probably like to hear that Samsung and Oculus have brought Chromecast functionality to the VR headset today.

New $2,000 Core i9 CPU Isn’t ‘VR Ready’ on Its Own, But Intel Says Integrated Graphics Will Get There

Road to VR

Samsung Bringing Live UFC and X Games to Gear VR

VRScout

Watch featherweight fighters José Aldo and Max Holloway throw down on June 3rd. Samsung is giving us another reason to slap on a Gear VR headset next month with the introduction of VR Live Pass.

Touching the Future: The Importance of the Physical Realm in Virtual Reality

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One of the more iconic images to come out of Tribeca Immersive was a shot of two women, one wearing a headset, embracing as part of an experience called “Draw Me Close.”

Surprise: the Windows Mixed Reality headsets don’t look totally dorky

Slashgear

Microsoft is betting big on Windows Mixed Reality, and it turns out PC makers are rising to the challenge with a variety of designs shown off this week at Computex 2017.

Oculus Founder Expects No Next-gen VR Headsets From Market Incumbents Before Mid-2018

Road to VR

Oculus’ founder Palmer Luckey, who left the company in March, recently opened up on record for the first time in an interview since September 2016. Among a range of topics discussed, Luckey spoke of the timeline of future VR headsets from major hardware players.

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Telling Stories of Sexual Assault Survivors and Their Journey To Healing in VR

VRScout

Testimony is a documentary that tells the stories of five sexual assault survivors (four women and one male) using virtual reality to bring the viewer into each individual story being told. But it doesn’t use VR to make you a part of the story.

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E3 2017: Six Big Predictions For VR This Year

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For gamers, Christmas isn’t a snowy time of year. The only trees are those that decorate the surroundings of the Los Angeles Convention Center, burning away in the sweltering Californian sun. It’s not in December, but instead slap bang in the middle of the year, and Santa Claus ditches the bushy beard and red outfit for an executive suit and a couple of cheesy jokes for audiences to roll their eyes at.

The Unbearable Automaticity of Ghostbusters VR

The Extended Mind

Hello - quick announcement that I'm giving my first talk in VR on Friday. Event will be in High Fidelity on Friday at 2pm Pacific.