Sat.Jan 13, 2018 - Fri.Jan 19, 2018

‘VRChat’ Blasts Past 1 Million Installs Amidst a Skyrocketing Meme Economy

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VRChat , the social chatroom for VR and non-VR users, is doing booming business. According to SteamSpy , the app has seen a mind-boggling 1.2 million fresh installs since Christmas – putting it currently at 1.5 million users globally.

This HoloLens Childbirth Simulator Helps Train Medical Students

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The first childbirth AR simulator. Whether learning how to play the piano or training crews to fly an Airbus , industries are quickly figuring out different ways augmented reality can be used for training and education. One such field we’ve seen the most experimentation within is medical.

Vuzix Blade AR Glasses with Alexa Integration Announced at CES 2018

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From the same city where Kodak grew to a massive worldwide company and ultimately died. Vuzix, a Rochester, New York-based display provider, is doing the same for AR glasses where Google's Glass failed. The Vuzix Blade AR glasses unveiled at CES in Las Vegas.

The Exorcist: Legion VR Episode 3 Gets Release Date, PSVR Launch Soon

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Just about recovered from the first two episodes of Wolf & Wood’s Exorcist VR series? Good, because the third installment is nearly here. The Exorcist: Legion VR Chapter 3 – Skin Deep will be launching on both Steam and the Oculus Store on January 25th.

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4 Most Important Stories From CES and What They Mean for VR in 2018

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CES 2018 has come and gone, and with it, a pace has been set for what we can expect to see in VR in the next six months or so. If you weren’t following the day-to-day news, here’s a look at the top stories and what they mean going forward. HTC Vive Pro. Photo by Road to VR.

Microsoft Garage Launches Reality Room For Employees

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The Garage Reality Room is a place where Microsoft employees and volunteers can learn, experiment, and hack on XR (Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality). Its goal is to be a platform to explore XR technology and encourage employees to develop and launch new and innovative ideas.

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Sketchfab Launches Store For 3D Objects

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Startup Sketchfab is taking one of its biggest steps yet today and launching features so that users can buy and sell 3D objects.

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‘Beat Saber’ is a Fusion of DDR and Lightsaber Combat That We Never Knew We Wanted

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If you’ve used virtual reality, you’ve probably deampt up a million cool game ideas that the platform’s infinite possibilities could be used for. But did you dream up a rhythm game where you use dual lightsabers to slice blocks to the beat? Didn’t think so.

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AR App Brings Amazon Fashion & Fitness To Life

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Browse Mission fitness apparel while learning the hottest workout routines from a personal trainer that fits in your pocket.

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Overwatch League has no women competitors, can we not make this mistake with VR eSports.

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This morning I was shocked to find out that Blizzard's ambitious new esports league Overwatch League had absolutely no women competing. This news came a little late to me and I had to do some research.

Yaw VR Is A Portable Motion Simulator Seat For Your Headset

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VR still hasn’t managed to solve the difficult subject that is locomotion, but Yaw VR thinks it has the answer for at least some experiences.

WePlayVR is a Modular VR Attraction in-a-box Made for Family Venues

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AI Solve is creating a modular VR attraction that’s designed as a low-cost pathway for family entertainment centers to bring VR experiences to their customers.

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Sketchfab Launches 3D Model Store for AR & VR Content Creators

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The creative platform now has a store. The platform that has allowed users to publish, share, and discover 3D content on the web for almost 6 years is now helping their community of over 1.3 million members monetize their work.

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Oculus announces the Oculus Start program to help aspiring developers during their VR creation journey.

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Oculus announced its new developer-focused program today to help grow the ecosystem. Oculus Start is a program created for VR application developers who are just getting started.

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Microsoft Launches Sci-Fi ‘Reality Rooms’ For Employee VR/AR Development

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VR and AR can both still be considered experimental technologies, so Microsoft is letting its employees experiment with them. This month the company’s Garage division revealed what it calls Reality Rooms.

Oculus Story Studio Alumni Form New Studio to Push Boundaries of VR Storytelling & Affordability

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Oculus Story Studio, the company’s internal production studio tasked with creating ridiculously polished cinematic experiences, first announced they’d be winding down production last summer.

Nic Cage’s Latest Film Gets Stand-Alone VR Series

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The Humanity Bureau VRevolution episodic VR series dives deeper into the story of Cage’s upcoming sci-fi disaster flick. When it comes to Nicolas Cage films, there’s no shortage of conflicting emotions. Sometimes you get Leaving Las Vegas Nicolas Cage. Other times you get The Wicker Man Nicolas Cage.

WEARVR LAUNCHES $10,000 VIRTUAL REALITY REMASTERED COMPETITION

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HTC: Vive Pro ‘Will Require A Better Machine’ To See Improved Visuals

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This month at CES 2018 in Las Vegas we got the chance to see the near-future of VR hardware when HTC unveiled the Vive Pro at their press conference.

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Investors Poured a Record $2 Billion into VR/AR in 2017, But Early Stage Funding Slowed

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In 2017, venture funding of VR/AR companies reached at least $1.9B, ending slightly above 2016.

This ARKit Game Transforms Your Office Into a Zen Garden

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There’s nothing sinister about “feeding the fish” in Orbu , except that you might find it quite addictive. There seems to be a trend in VR gaming towards using the immersive properties of the medium to induce relaxation and facilitate something of a meditative, Zen-like state.

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Nintendo is betting that humans like cardboard just as much as cats with their next big move.

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Nintendo Labo is a new line of interactive build-and-play experiences that combine DIY creations with the magic of Nintendo Switch. Nintendo is looking to broaden the Switch’s appeal to new audiences, particularly diy and maker communities.

Introducing Scraper, A Futuristic VR Shooter Reaching For New Heights

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Labrodex Studios likely isn’t a name you’re familiar with, but if President and CEO Jim Ivon has his way, that will change very shortly with the release of Scraper, the first project from the developer out of Long Island.

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Official ‘Jumaniji’ VR Experience Appears on Steam, Pulled After a Few Short Hours

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Jumanji: The VR Adventure is an official VR experience created by Sony Pictures Virtual Reality and Madison Wells Media Immersive (formerly Reality One).

Wes Anderson Unveils ‘Isle of Dogs’ Stop Motion VR Experience at Sundance

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If you’ve ever dreamt of dropping in on a Wes Anderson film set, you’re finally going to get your chance. Acclaimed American director and producer, Wes Anderson, has teamed up with VR Studio Felix & Paul to give fans at Sundance a behind the scenes look at his much anticipated stop motion film Isle of Dogs —in VR. Although this is not the first stop motion VR project we’ve seen, this is a first for Anderson and probably one of the most unique we’ve seen.

Can VR training help a QB take his team to the Super Bowl?

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Casey Keenum seems like an unlikely hope for the Minnesota Vikings. The previously undrafted, unwanted QB has led them to a 13-3 record as the second-most-accurate passer in the league (67.6 percent).

Eye-Tracking Is Both Incredibly Important And Very Risky

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At CES last week one of my first demos was with Tobii and its eye-tracking technology. I left the demo convinced that once you’ve tried a VR headset with eye-tracking included you’ll never want to wear one without it again.

Inside ‘Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire’, the Latest VR Attraction from The VOID

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I have always been a huge star wars fan. Watching Luke skywalker and Han Solo fight off the Empire in the original trilogy would work me into a frenzy.

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OpenSim stats drop with holidays, reporting issues

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OpenSim land area fell by the equivalent of 8,667 standard regions, and active users dropped by 3,473 due to combination of school holidays and fewer grids reporting stats than in the last couple of months.

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Reality Reflection Announces Pre-ICO of New Location-based AR Mobile Game

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Reality Reflection , a VC-backed virtual reality(VR) and augmented reality(AR) startup announced on Monday the launch of Pre-ICO on ‘ Mossland ’, a location-based AR mobile game with decentralized ad platform. Mossland is involved with virtual real estate.