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THX Creates Audio Chip Positioned for VR Claimed to “best every other amplifier product in the marketplace”

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Facebook Launching 360-Degree Live Streaming Video

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National Geographic will be the first to test the new feature. Publishers will soon be able to take their live streams to an entirely new level — broadcasting live in 360-degrees.

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Unity Hires Dr. Danny Lange away from Uber to be VP of AI and Machine Learning

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Unity announced that it has hired Dr. Danny Lange as VP of AI and Machine Learning. He joins from Uber, where he was head of machine learning. At Uber, Lange led the efforts to build the world’s most versatile Machine Learning platform to support Uber’s hyper growth.

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HTC Vive Exec Makes Predictions for the Next 2 Years of Virtual Reality

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HTC’s China Regional President of Vive, Alvin Wang Graylin, took to the stage at the Unity Vision Summit in Asia this week and made a series of bold predictions for where we’ll see VR in the next two years.

AWE USA 2018

AWE USA, the world’s #1 AR+VR conference and expo, is back for it’s 9th year on May 30-June 1, 2018 in Santa Clara, CA. Use code VRPUL200 for $200 off all three All Access Passes (1-day, 2-day and 3-day) as well as the 2-day Expo Only Pass.

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This Startup Is Taking VR On The Road

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This mobile VR truck is what everyone needs at their party. The hottest truck to hit the San Francisco food scene isn’t what you’re expecting. With an equally long line of customers, you won’t be waiting for the latest duck confit tacos or crispy miso tofu steamed buns from this truck anytime soon.

Netflix VR Launches on Google Daydream

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You can finally watch your favorite Netflix show lying on your back. Only a day after seven new apps dropped on Google’s Daydream VR platform, we finally got the one app that many of us have all be waiting patiently to arrive this month.

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‘SUPERHOT VR’ Review

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This Company Will Forever Alter the 360° Video-Making Industry

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Creating videos in 360° is not an easy task. The industry currently floats in this nebulous spot - equally positioned between film, theater and virtual reality - with a strong lack of vernacular, rules and strong exemplary models.

VR Headsets from ASUS, Dell, HP, and More Coming in 2017, Will Run on Intel Integrated Graphics

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Today at the Microsoft’s Windows Hardware Engineering Community event in Shenzhen, China, the company announced that VR/AR (mixed reality) headsets from top manufacturers are due to hit the market in 2017.

‘Oculus Medium’ Review

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As the launch of Oculus Touch nears, the company is lifting embargos on a number of Touch titles, including the hotly anticipated Oculus Medium.

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Google Earth Lets You Explore the Planet in Virtual Reality

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Google Earth is now available for the HTC Vive. If you have access to a Vive, try Google Earth VR for yourself before reading any further. It’s free. A team of engineers and filmmakers worked together on a cinematic introduction that I’ll never do justice. Go in blind. Feel all the feelings.

VRLA Preview-WANDS for GearVR

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Set in the late 19th-century London, Wands presents an alternate history and drops gamers into a virtual reality steampunk world where they can join a secret society of spell wielders who seek to prove their power and unlock hidden magical talents.

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Google Launches Earth VR on HTC Vive, A Breathtaking New Way to Know Our Planet

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Today Google launches Earth VR for the HTC Vive for free, giving us a whole new perspective on the world. I remember, back in 2001, how amazed I was to see Google Earth for the first time. I remember huddling around the computer monitor with friends shouting “go to New York City!”

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Jaguar Just Showed Us The Future of Car Launches

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The VR reveal for the company’s first-ever electric car blew our minds. During a press event at Milk Studios in Los Angeles Sunday night, Jaguar revealed the I-PACE, the company’s first-ever electric car.

Adobe Introduces VR Drawing Experience Project Dali

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Look out Tilt Brush. There’s a new VR art tool in town. I think it’s pretty safe to say Adobe is the undisputed king of software for the creative arts.

HTC to Offer Wireless Vive Upgrade Kit, Pre-orders Start Friday

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HTC plans to offer a wireless upgrade accessory for the Vive created by TPCAST. Launching in early 2017 with pre-orders starting Friday, HTC claims the device will eliminate the direct connection to the PC without any noticeable difference in latency or gameplay.

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Zero Latency Raises $7 Million for Expansion of ‘Warehouse Scale’ VR Tech

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Melbourne-based firm Zero Latency has raised $7 million in venture funding. The company specialises in out-of-home ‘warehouse scale’ local multiplayer VR experiences, and is beginning to open attractions around the world.

3 Great VR Party Games to Play With Friends and Family This Holiday

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VR is so new that one of the regular activities of VR headset owners is introducing other people to the technology. Usually that means putting one person in a headset and standing around while they take their turn.

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Snapchat’s Augmented Reality Vending Machines are Marketing Gold

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Editor’s Note: VRScout was able to independently verify valid re-sale permits for Snapchat’s Bot in the states of Nevada, Texas, Washington and Hawaii.

Google Launching WebVR Support for Android Chrome in January, Desktop to Follow

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WebVR is gaining significant momentum; last month the biggest players in the browse space came together to discuss the future of VR on the web at the W3C Workshop on Web & Virtual Reality.

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Google’s Daydream View VR Headset Has Arrived

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The Daydream View is finally here. Unveiled at a press event last month, Google’s Daydream View headset is now on sale from retailers like Best Buy, Verizon, and Google’s own store.

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Oculus Chief Scientist Predicts the Next 5 Years of VR Technology

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The annual presentation at Oculus Connect by Michael Abrash, Chief Scientist at Oculus, is always a highlight of the company’s annual developer event, projecting a forward-thinking and ever inspirational look at the future of virtual reality.

Facebook Details Social VR Avatar Experiments and Lessons Learned

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Facebook says they want to launch an official social VR experience “as soon as possible;” to get there the company has been experimenting with various approaches to find out which avatars work best for social VR interaction.

Lyrobotix Merges Ultrasonic and Lighthouse-like Tech for Portable Positional VR Tracking

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Lyrobotix is developing a portable outside-in positional tracking system for mobile VR headsets that uses a combination of ultrasonic and Lighthouse-like tracking.

HTC Opens VIVELAND VR Theme Park in Taiwan

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One week after opening their first Vive branded VR cafe in Shenzhen China, HTC has now unveiled a VR theme park in Taiwan, touting over 20 different VR experiences.

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Ukrainian Military Testing Microsoft HoloLens for Battle

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The Microsoft HoloLens could be heading to the battlefield soon. Microsoft has already shown their “mixed reality” headset’s applications in medicine, architecture, space , and now, soldiers in the Ukrainian military may begin wearing the device.

VR App Lets You Test Canon Cameras & Lenses Before You Buy

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Picking a camera or lens can be scary. Canon is using VR to make that a little easier. Over the past year VR has proven itself more than just a gaming device. Oculus Rift and HTC Vive headsets are being used in incredible fields for various purposes from medicine and psychology, to art and design.

Everything Wrong with Traditional Data Visualization and How VR is Poised to Fix It

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Data visualization is one of a handful of topics that VR evangelists like to count off on their fingers as spaces that virtual reality could radically change. But how, exactly? And what’s wrong with data visualization today?

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