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PlayStation VR Processing Box

VRCircle

In all the demos of the PlayStation VR all most people see is the cool looking PlayStation VR device. However, what is it hooked up to? What is lurking behind the curtain? We always have known that PlayStation VR would not hook up directly to the PlayStation. VRCircle has learned the PlayStation VR will in fact plug into a box about 10 inches square and about 1.5 inches high. The box is then connected to the PlayStation console and the console remains plugged into the TV.

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Interactive 360-Degree Videos Are Now Live on YouTube

Next Reality VR

There's a reason that YouTube continues to be the most popular video sharing site on the planet—ever since its purchase by Google, they've always made sure to load YouTube up with extra features to keep it ahead of the pack. Starting today, users can now upload full 360-degree interactive videos to YouTube. If you've ever used the Photo Sphere feature on Nexus devices, or the virtual reality mode on Google's Street View app, you're already familiar with the interface.

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EON Reality is Taking Virtual Reality Jewelry Shopping to the Next Level

EON Reality

EON Reality, Inc. Next Galaxy Corp. and Richline, a Subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, are Taking Virtual Reality in a Unique Direction. EON Reality is developing the next social networking platform, CEEK, in partnership with Next Galaxy Corporation. While the industry is flooded with VR Gaming, EON Reality is creating VR/AR content for education, industry, and edutainment. CEO and Founder of Next Galaxy Corp.,

When Virtual Reality Collides with Reality, It’s Surreal In.

AllThingsVR

When Virtual Reality Collides with Reality, It’s Surreal In 1962, cinematographer Morton Heilig patented his Sensorama Stimulator —a bulky virtual-reality machine that showed 3-D films on a personal display while pumping in smells, sounds, and the sensation of wind. Heilig was never able to popularize the sensory-immersive Sensorama; it remains a curious footnote in the history of virtual reality. But a small startup based in a Portland, Oregon, garage could have better luck.

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Google’s Cardboard Camera App Makes Anyone a VR Photographer

Mashable

Google's new app for Android lets anyone shoot immersive photos that have depth when viewed in Google Cardboard. The post Google's Cardboard Camera App Makes Anyone a VR Photographer appeared first on WIRED. Business Apps cameras google virtual reality VR

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VR Interface Design and the Future of Hybrid Reality

Leapmotion

Sci-fi movie interfaces are often breathtaking ways to tell a story, but the next generation of AR/VR interfaces will be clearer and easier to use – with a lot less visual clutter. This week, motion designer Mike Alger released an 18-minute video that digs into the cutting edge of VR interface design using the Leap Motion Controller and Oculus Rift. As humans, we can use our existing instincts and ways of seeing the world to our advantage.

Top 360 Degree Cameras available for Virtual Reality

Immersive Authority

Virtual Reality is the latest technology which is betting to change our lives as the quality improves and prices become more affordable. Here’s some of the top Virtual Reality cameras you should consider. Kodak PixPro SP360 4K. Announced at IFA Berlin in September 2015, this 360-degree action camera with 4K resolution is a successor to Kodak’s existing SP360 HD spherical action camera.

How Not To Suck At VR

VR Playhouse

(and other fun facts) by Derin Turner. Over the past year, we have been hard at work here at VR Playhouse, experimenting with virtual reality, augmented reality, mixed reality, astral-projecto-realities. Some things have worked, others not so much. We’ve laughed, we’ve cried, we’ve gone on spiritual journeys to rediscover ourselves and the meaning of life. We’ve broken a lot of things. All thanks to the wondrous world of VR. And through all of this, we have learned a lot.

Is Cinematic VR really Virtual Reality?

RealVision VR

Above, is the by-the-book definition of Virtual Reality. Thus, by default, VR is associated with a polygon rendered world, that inserts the audience or participant in and gives them tools to interact with this world. One camp of VR professionals believe this leaves no scope for mere ‘spherical video’ whether 4k or 8k or however ‘realistic’ to be called VR, even if said video is a faithful recording and visual representation of the real world or an imaginary one.

Zero-latency Rendering

Doc-Ok

I finally managed to get the Oculus Rift DK2 fully supported in my Vrui VR toolkit , and while there are still some serious issues, such as getting the lens distortion formulas and internal HMD geometry exactly right, I’ve already noticed something really neat. I have a bunch of graphically simple applications that run at ridiculous frame rates (some get several thousand fps on an Nvidia GeForce 770 GTX), and with some new rendering configuration options in Vrui 4.0

ALICE VR Sci-Fi Adventure

VRCircle

Landing on an Alien planet to restock supplies after a technical ship malfunction you discover that all inhabitants of the planet have disappeared. You must then deal with a series of puzzles designed specifically for the Oculus Rift, and make some decisions that may help you discover what happened to the dwellers of the planet. Those decisions can also have an impact on their future and directly influence their lives. Interested?

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LG Giving Away Free Virtual Reality Headset with Purchase of a New G3

Next Reality VR

With 2015's generation of flagship smartphones fast approaching, LG is turning to virtual reality to clear its G3 inventory. VR for G3 is a Google Cardboard-inspired virtual reality headset that was custom fit to encase the phone and uses a pair of lenses to create stereoscopic imagery. The headset will utilize existing Google Cardboard software, which is navigated by using a neodymium magnet switch that works with the device's gyroscope.

Jason Giambi may be retired from the MLB but EON Sports VR changed the game

EON Reality

“The Strike Zone awareness simulation is unparalleled in baseball today,” said Giambi. “I I can’t imagine what the game would have looked like if we had this technology when I broke into the league in the mid-90’s. Many kids live in cold weather climates where they can’t get out on the diamond every day. This solution allows hitters around the world to practice real-life applications and situations wherever they are.”.

WebVR Programming, Live!

eleVR

I’ve been doing some live webVR programming on Twitch this past month, and am planning to do more in the future. All past broadcasts are still archived on my channel here: [link]. I started with a line-by-line walkthrough of “Float,” the webVR game I talked about in my last post.

Google’s 360-Degree Views Drop You in the Middle of Symphonies and Plays

Mashable

A new Google initiative puts you on-stage at the most famous theaters in the world. The post Google's 360-Degree Views Drop You in the Middle of Symphonies and Plays appeared first on WIRED. Business google Video virtual reality VR

The Birth of a Virtual Reality Camera Rig

Headjack

When we first got seriously interested in virtual reality several months ago, we noticed that there was hardly any video content available. Now we know why; because filming in VR is very, very complicated! The main problem is that there are no off-the-shelve camera rigs available that film on all sides at the same time in stereoscopic 3D.

Leap Motion 3D Jam 2.0 Launches on Sept. 28th!

Leapmotion

We’ve come a long way since we first launched the Leap Motion Controller two years ago. Today, we’re marking the occasion by announcing our second annual 3D Jam! For six weeks, starting on Sept. 28th, developers around the world will build innovative experiences for virtual reality, desktop, mobile, and beyond. Since we released our technology to the world, we’ve been constantly working to bring new tools and assets to developers building with the Leap Motion platform.

DIY Holograms

Immersive Authority

Interested in making your own Star Wars style holograms similar to the hologram R2D2 projects in Episode 4: A New Hope? There’s 2 methods. Smartphone Hack. This is the easiest. You just need to create a plastic pyramid that is hollow at the top. Place it upside down on your phone screen and playback a special version of the video that reflects of each side of the pyramid. Instructions to create this hologram: Video you can test with this solution: Video projection onto a veil of mist/fog.

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The Value of Virtual Tragedy

VR Playhouse

The concept of presence, of being virtually and magically transported to a place, real or imagined, and having the feeling of truly being there, has always been and will continue to be, one of the chief selling points of virtual reality. But that concept of presence, and the value that VR gives to it, becomes much more complex when we're talking about a place and an experience that no one would want to be present for.

Depth Ramping in Cinematic VR production

RealVision VR

Bring out a pair of those old red-cyan anaglyph glasses and take a look at the image above. Next, follow it up by looking at the image below: Depth Ramps in Stereoscopic VR production: The images are the start and end frames of a “Depth Ramp” In conventional stereoscopic 3D film production, a Stereographer works first with the Director and Cinematographer to plot out the depth-script of how events (shots/scenes) will flow as the narrative progresses along.

HoloLens and Holograms

Doc-Ok

Today Microsoft announced a release window (first quarter 2016) and price (USD 3,000) for HoloLens developer kits , so suddenly HoloLens, and discussion thereof, is all over the Internet again. Figure 1: Microsoft’s HoloLens. I’ve already talked about HoloLens ad nauseam , but I found myself several times today trying to explain where (I think) the “Holo” in HoloLens comes from, and what HoloLens has to do with actual, real, honest-to-goodness holograms.

Crytek Announces Oculus Exclusive - The Climb

VRCircle

Back in October potential PlayStation VR owners were ecstatic when Crytek announced the exclusive PlayStation VR title Robinson the Journey. PC gamers who are somewhat accustomed to special treatment from Crytek were feeling left out in the dark. This week however Crytek announced a new Oculus exclusive title The Climb. The Climb is not too different from Crytek's VR Tech demos which feature rock climbing such as Back to Dinosaur Island.

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Beyond gaming: virtual reality helps people with vision disabilities

VRGuy

Over the past two years, Sensics has been working with our customer Visionize and a group of researchers from the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins University on applying the group's combined expertise towards creating a solution to help people with vision disabilities. The Los Angeles Times published a story today about one of the models in this line. It's a good opportunity to describe this Low Vision project in greater detail and shine the light on non-gaming application of consumer VR.

Experience and Configure Your Dream Car? – Now You Can, with Augmented Reality!

EON Reality

Use EON Reality’s Augmented Reality technology to display and experience a car in full-scale. With our innovative AR applications , you can now experience high-end cars , such as Formula 1 cars, right in your driveway, garage, living room, or in a dealership showroom by using only a smartphone or a tablet. Through the app, users can select the model of the car they are viewing and select different options such as paint color, interior, and other accessories.

Oculus DK2 Lens – Characteristics

V-Rtifacts

The Oculus DK2 is a remarkable VR headset, producing a remarkably wide field of view with very inexpensive single element optics. VRtifacts was curious about the characteristics of the Oculus DK2 lens: what size, what material, and what focal length? The lenses themselves have quite a bit of chromatic aberration, giving the impression that they are very low cost simple lenses. The diameter is 41mm and focal length (of the “B” lens) is approximately 45mm.

Stop Calling Google Cardboard’s 360-Degree Videos ‘VR’

Mashable

Describing Google Cardboard and the Oculus Rift in the same terms isn't just wrong, it's dangerous. The post Stop Calling Google Cardboard's 360-Degree Videos 'VR' appeared first on WIRED. Culture virtual reality VR

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Get Access to the Closed Beta of Our VR AppFactory

Headjack

You have shot some amazing 360º video content, but how will you distribute it to your audience and the different VR headsets? Of course you can upload it to YouTube , VRideo , or even Facebook , which all support 360º video, but traditional video platforms are not always the best option. Sometimes you want a branded application that supports all of the pro features that make VR even more compelling than just plain 360º video, like support for stereoscopic 3D and spatial audio.

Bring Your Own Hands Into Virtual Reality

Leapmotion

New Unity Asset Lets You See Your Actual Hands — Not Just a Rigged Replica. Using our existing hand assets, you can already reach into a demo and see robot hands, minimal hands, even realistic hands for different genders and skin colors. But these aren’t your hands – it’s like choosing from a catalog of hand models. That’s why we’ve just released a new Unity asset feature that brings your real hands into any VR experience.

Top Virtual Reality Games to look out for

Immersive Authority

Virtual Reality is the next big thing in gaming. As soon as Oculus Rift launched its Kickstarter campaign, every gamer was anxious to get his/her hands on one. It became one of the most exciting campaigns on Kickstarter ever. Virtual Reality will bring gaming to a whole new level and developers are already on deck to make some exciting new games. Gamers want to experience their favorite games in the virtual world and interaction with other gamers will become more personal with the help of VR.

Cereal in The Age of Virtual Reality

VR Playhouse

So Kellog's announced that they're going to be rolling out limited-edition cereal boxes that will include build-your-own VR viewers, akin to Google's DIY device, Cardboard. They'll have their own app too, with 360° videos that will reportedly include first-person rides on a mountain bike and a wingsuit. All of which is pretty cool.