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New Procedural Speech Animation From Disney Research Could Make for More Realistic VR Avatars

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A new paper authored by researchers from Disney Research and several universities describes a new approach to procedural speech animation based on deep learning. The system samples audio recordings of human speech and uses it to automatically generate matching mouth animation.

Mind-Controlled VR Game Coming to Arcades 2018

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Awakening uses Neurable technology to let you control the experience with just your mind. Mind-control technology is nothing new.

Video: Insta360 Teases New Type Of 360-Degree Camera

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Insta360 is one of the companies in the 360 camera space that has been on an absolute tear. Last year it announced the Insta360 Nano which is a popular iPhone-attached 360 camera capable of doing Periscope and Facebook live streaming.

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Educators sour on virtual worlds

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Interior of the Educator Commons store on OSgrid’s Wright Plaza. Image by Maria Korolov.). Educators are souring on virtual worlds, as evidenced by declining participation in online forums, in virtual conference attendances and education-related destinations on the Second Life grid.

A Different Kind of Puzzle: ‘Wrench’ Tasks You With Assembling Cars Right Down to the Nuts & Bolts

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If preparing cars for motorsports in VR sounds like your idea of a good time, indie game Wrench is one to keep an eye on. Showcased in this recent ‘prototype trailer’, Wrench features painstakingly detailed car parts which the developer hopes to use in a rewarding, problem-solving car shop game.

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VR Games Are Now Ranked By the Workout You Get

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Can virtual reality gaming be a way to work out? The VR Institute of Health and Exercise partnered with San Francisco State University in a groundbreaking study to prove it is, claiming VR can be a source of “strenuous exercise.”

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More Star Trek Bridge Crew With SadGamerDad And Neuvron VR

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I had a great time going back on the bridge of the USS Aegis once again with my good friend SadGamerDad and this time with my new friends Benny and Dennis from Neuvron VR.

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‘Star Citizen’ Devs Affirm Eventual VR Support, Say New UI is Designed With VR in Mind

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Star Citizen may be the world’s most ambitious Early Access project (and quite possibly the next textbook example of Development Hell ).

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Social VR Platform AltspaceVR Is Back

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Better late than never. After an amazing run, Social VR pioneer AltspaceVR closed its doors earlier this month due to unforeseen financial difficulty. It was a sad day for many within the community, all hoping it wouldn’t come to an end.

The 9 Best VR Games Of 2017 So Far

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As hard as it is to believe, we’re over halfway through 2017, and what a year it’s been. The Oculus Rift and HTC Vive are now a year into their lifecycles and Sony’s PlayStation VR (PSVR) isn’t far behind.

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CHALLENGE ACCEPTED | Disassembled VR Dev BATTLE!

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Consider Subscribing To RealityCheckVR! . Gameplay Reality Check VR YouTube Players

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Lead FX Artist on ‘ARKTIKA.1’ Shares Strategies for Great Effects in VR

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ARKTIKA.1 , an Oculus exclusive due to launch later this year, is shaping up to be one of VR’s best looking games to date.

How VR is Changing the Way We Think About Therapy

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“It was an idea whose time had come, and the technology finally caught up with the vision.” Albert “Skip” Rizzo, Ph.D. If you’re at all familiar with VR, you’ve probably heard that VR is more than “just games” a time or two.

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Targeted by Trump Travel Ban, Musician Reaches Americans in VR

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London-based musician Ash Koosha is a self-described virtual reality pioneer, a rockstar, and a synesthete who sees colors as sound. But all that matters under President Trump’s travel ban is the color of his passport- brown, like all others from Iran.

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Futuristic Wave Shooter Game Show! | Disassembled VR on Oculus Rift

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This Impressive Short Film Was Drawn and Animated Entirely Inside of VR

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As VR continues to grow, the tools of the medium continue to mature as well. In an impressive demonstration of what you can now create entirely from within VR, artist Nick Ladd has produced an impressive short film using Quill and ANIMVR.

Experience Near Death in VR

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If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to come back from the brink of death, then we have good news for you. It’s said that over 80% of those who go through a legitimate near death experience, or NDE, claim their lives were forever changed as a result of their incident.

Windows VR Headset Comparison: HP vs Acer

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For the past year and a half the world has known two primary PC VR ecosystems: the Oculus Home-powered Oculus Rift (and Touch controllers) and the SteamVR-powered HTC Vive (although the Rift works on SteamVR too, but that’s beside the point sort of).

Different way to scrape stats

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As you folks know, I’ve been struggling with collecting all the stats from all the grids every month, and, earlier this year, have almost fully automated the process, using an extremely jury-rigged Filemaker script.

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Social VR Platform ‘AltspaceVR’ Reopens Virtual Doors, May Live On Yet

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Following the recent announcement that social VR platform AltspaceVR would be permanently closing its doors after running dry of VR funds , the company has revealed that the service will live on, in a heartfelt message of thanks posted on the official blog.

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A Mixed Reality Application to Heal Young Hearts

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A HoloLens visualization tool enables surgeons to treat heart chronic heart conditions more effectively. At this year’s Imagine Cup , Microsoft hosted dozens of student teams from across the world.

ARKit is a Goldmine for VR Developers

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One of the most enjoyable accounts on Twitter in recent days has been @MadewithARKit , which curates some of the best new pieces of content created in Apple’s new ARKit toolbox.

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The Data Digest: Understand Emotion To Drive Technology Engagement

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Thanks to the rise of empowered consumers, products and experiences that once seemed improbable, such as (literally) instant delivery, are now integral to our lives.

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Strider VR is an Intriguing New Omnidirectional Treadmill Solution

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Strider VR uses a novel approach to omnidirectional treadmill design, using a rotatable ball array positioned above a traditional linear treadmill, combined with a Microsoft Kinect 2 sensor. The system is currently available as a development kit from German company Pathbender.

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New App Lets You Control Ableton Live Music Software In VR

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One of music production’s most popular programs comes to VR in the form of a 3D sample and mixing interface. As VR continues its infiltration into mainstream technology, developers are scrambling to discover that “it” factor that will send the humble hardware skyrocketing in popularity.

Killing Floor: Incursion Review – Action-Packed Zombie Horror

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Killing Floor: Incursion is a great example of how to take an existing IP and make it work inside of VR.

Tonight TheWaveVR and Ash Koosha challenge the boundaries of music and take on tyranny with the power of VR.

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London-based electronic musician Ash Koosha will perform in the US for the first time via virtual reality in TheWaveVR. Originally from Iran, Koosha is currently hindered by Trump’s travel ban, which targets people from majority-Muslim countries and bars them from entering the United States.

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Oculus Details ‘Buffered Haptics’ for Advanced Haptics on Touch Controllers

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Oculus has added new documentation to their developer knowledge base detailing the ‘buffered haptics’ feature of the Oculus SDK, a method for programming more advanced haptic feedback from the company’s Touch controllers.

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Viacom Next + NYC Media Lab Present New VR Projects

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Viacom NEXT & NYC Media Lab present the music-driven VR projects of their selected fellowship students at NYC headquarters.

Puppet Fever Is A Promising VR Game Mixing Charades And Theater

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We’re still patiently waiting on the full release of the hugely promising Mindshow, but Puppet Fever looks like it could tide us over quite nicely in the meantime.