Sat.Oct 28, 2017 - Fri.Nov 03, 2017

How AR is Making its Way into Crime Scene Investigations


CSIs just jumped into the future with tuServ , a new generation of policing software developed by Black Marble that uses the power of Augmented Reality via Microsoft HoloLens.

Designers Prototype New Approaches to VR Headset Ergonomics and Input

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Two common types of head-mounts for VR headsets dominate the market today: the side & top strap approach, and the halo approach (which rests mostly on the forehead).

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Editorial: Sony And Facebook Don’t Need To Finance Shooting Virtual Humans


A trailer for Blood & Truth from Sony’s London Studio, like a preview Oculus showed earlier this month for an upcoming war title from Titanfall creator Respawn Entertainment, makes it clear that Sony and Facebook are financially supporting what its executives think gamers want to play in VR.

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Can VR stop sexual harrassment?

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With all the latest news headlines about sexual harassment, Los Angeles based startup Vantage Point thinks it can make a difference with virtual reality.

AR Gets Spooky With Snapchat’s ‘Stranger Things 2’ World Lens


Visit the ‘Upside Down’ in Snapchat’s most impressive World Lens to date. Stranger Things Season 2 is now officially out on Netflix, but you probably already knew that seeing as you can’t not run into some kind of advertisement for the massively-popular show.

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Pressure Mounts for Xbox’s Missing VR Strategy as PSVR Rakes in an Estimated Half Billion From Hardware Alone

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VR may still be young, and adoption still low compared to the world of traditional gaming, but it can’t be ignored that mounting sales of the Playstation VR headset—effectively a very expensive accessory for the PS4—is adding up to considerable revenue.

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HTC and Logitech bring keyboards into virtual reality


HTC and Logitech have announced the new Logitech BRIDGE SDK, a way for developers to add keyboard support to their virtual reality apps.

Become a Resistance Mechanic in this New Star Wars VR Experience


ILMxLAB, Lucasfilm, and Nissan team up to launch Star Wars: Droid Repair Bay in select dealerships. Leia Organa needs your help. The Resistance is deep in conflict with the evil New Order and sustaining heavy damage.

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Report: HTC to Unveil Standalone VR Headset at Vive Developer Conference in November

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HTC could be showing off its standalone VR headset at the company’s November 14th Vive Developer Conference (VDC) in Beijing. As reported by YiVian , the conference has recently published promotional material featuring a veiled image of the company’s upcoming headset.

Logitech Is Working On A VR Keyboard That Works With Vive Tracker


Logitech is working with developers on a solution that brings keyboards into VR using HTC’s Vive Tracker. The VR keyboard developer’s kit is being distributed to a small set of creators to make software and apps that use the capability. This BRIDGE kit, as it is called, could be a boon to apps like VR Desktop and Bigscreen, each of which already appear to be working with the system.

Stranger Things: The VR Experience announced for PSVR

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Netflix’s Stranger Things: The VR Experience is coming soon to PlayStation VR. The short trailer does not show any gameplay but just takes us back to the iconic Christmas lights used to talk to Will.

Amazon Launches AR Shopping Feature Within App


Amazon’s AR View lets you see items inside your home. Following in the footsteps of Ikea , Houzz , and Target, Amazon is now the latest retailer to make it easier to buy items from home thanks to AR.

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Microsoft Joins OpenXR, Becoming a Decisive Backer in the Open, Royalty-free VR/AR Standard

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Khronos Group , the consortium behind the OpenXR project which aims to standardize the way applications communicate with AR and VR headsets, just added Microsoft to its ranks.

Hands-On: Skyrim VR Without Teleportation Is Much More Immersive


The first time I tried The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR at E3 2017 earlier this year I was optimistic. For me, it was enough just to visit the world of Tamriel from inside the immersive confines of a VR headset. However, it had some major flaws.

CCP makers of EVE Valkyrie, Sparc, and Gunjack to move away from VR and close down several studios.

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Today there was a significant restructuring to CCP games, known in the VR world for the excellent EVE Valkyrie and Gunjack games. Recently we reported on how EVE Valkyrie was transitioning away from just the VR elements and into cross platform gaming. link].

Google Launches Poly, a Home and Discovery Platform for VR and AR Content


An all-new home for your Tilt Brush and Blocks masterpieces. If you’ve been one of the creators working with Tilt Brush and Blocks, you’re probably aware of the two different galleries Google created for you to showcase your work: Sketches and Objects.

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Samsung Introduces Pro-focused ‘360 Round’ Camera for 4K 3D Livestreaming

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Announced at the Samsung Developer conference last week, the 360 Round is the company’s new camera for creating and streaming 4K 3D content. The camera appears to be a reboot of the ‘Project Beyond’ camera that the company introduced back in 2014 but never brought to market.

Unboxing The Star Wars: Jedi Challenges AR Headset Kit


Today is the day I become one with the force. Thanks to our friends at Lenovo, we just got the Star Wars: Jedi Challenges AR kit that comes with a lightsaber, phone-powered AR headset, and small tracking beacon to bring the world of Star Wars into a user’s living room.

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Vantage Point looks to eradicate sexual assault and sexual harassment, with the help of virtual reality.

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Morgan Mercer and the team at Vantage Point are looking to eradicate sexual assault and sexual harassment, with the help of virtual reality. The team says that existing educational programs fail in several way to truly help victims of sexual assault and sexual harassment.

Iñárritu’s ‘Carne y Arena’ Just Won an Oscar


A major first for the VR industry.

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Logitech Using Vive Tracker to Bring Your Keyboard and Hands Into VR for Efficient Typing

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Logitech is creating a new system called BRIDGE which aims to make it possible to bring a properly tracked keyboard into VR while showing the user’s hands for accurate typing. Though retail plans haven’t yet been announced, the company is offering a development kit to select developers.

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Hands-On: Blood And Truth Is Like The London Heist On Steroids


It’s no secret that The London Heist is the highlight from PlayStation VR Worlds , a collection of small VR game concepts that released alongside the PSVR last year.

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ILMxLAB and Lucasfilm partner with Nissan for Star Wars VR tie-in/car promotion.

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ILMxLAB and Lucasfilm announced a new VR experience in partnership with Nissan, Star Wars: Droid Repair Bay — Astro-Mechanic for the Resistance. Participants must play the role of an technician aboard General Leia’s ship and repair BB-8 and other astromechs.

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Jaunt Launches New App and Content for Windows ‘Mixed Reality’ Platform


The studio gets behind Microsoft’s new VR headsets with some exclusive content just as it wins an Emmy award for its Collisions experience.

Vive is Hanging onto Steam Majority Market Share By a Thread

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According to the just-released October figures from Steam’s Hardware & Software Survey, the Oculus Rift has picked up an additional 0.71%, totalling 47.61% of the market share of VR headsets on Steam.

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Stifled Review: A Horror Game That Uses Your Fear Against You


When I first saw the premise of Stifled, from Gattai Games, over a year ago it seemed like a good idea that probably wouldn’t live up to its potential. A horror game that uses your own voice and mic to project audio in the environment, while you’re in VR?

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First Oscar awarded to VR experience focusing on immigrants and refugees


The medium of virtual reality has just taken a big step forward towards being recognized as a legitimate form of storytelling.

Black Eyed Peas Bring Post-Apocalyptic Marvel Comic To VR


Masters of the Sun – The Zombie Chronicles comes to VR with one hell of an impressive voice cast.

Wind Simulation Accessory for VR Headsets Hits $30k Crowdfunding Goal on Day One

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Launched on November 2nd, the crowdfunding campaign for ZephVR , a VR fan accessory that “adds realistic wind at the right moments” achieved its $30,000 goal on Kickstarter in just a few hours, with 30 days remaining in the campaign.

Five Terrifying VR Experiences We Dare You To Try This Halloween


It’s the spookiest time of the year and that means we, of course, have a list of VR experiences you have to jump into this October. As anyone with an Oculus Rift, HTC Vive or PlayStation VR headset will now, the horror genre takes on a new life in VR.

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Turtle Rock Studios, the developer of Left 4 Dead just released a FREE Stranger Things edition of Face Your Fears for Gear VR

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Here is a surprise Halloween treat Turtle Rock Studios, the developer of Left 4 Dead and Face Your Fears for Gear VR have just launched a Stranger Things door of Face Your Fears for free on Gear VR.