2016

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. During the introduction sequence, you’re walking through Yosemite Valley like a giant looking down on El Capitan, peering over the edge of Half Dome.

‘MasterpieceVR’ Brings Cross-Platform Multiplayer Painting And Sculpting To Rift And Vive

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Creating art with several people at once can be a crowded experience. But not in MasterpieceVR. MasterpieceVR from Brinx Software mends the gap between design applications, like Quill and Oculus Medium , by letting users 3D sculpt and 2D paint in environments like an apartment, or a floating island above the clouds. Friends can even talk on a beach if they’d like, because MasterpieceVR is the first cross-platform, multiplayer enabled, painting and sculpting experience for virtual reality.

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United Nations endorses peace walkway with AR and VR Technology

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The United Nations has endorsed a unique way for people to celebrate art monuments and heroic world peacemakers with the latest AR and VR technology. On September 4, the United Nations invited peace walkway artist Paul-Felix Montez to speak at the U.N. in New York City for World Peace day. What is the Peace Walkway? The Peace Walkway project is a simple vision of locating one, mile-long peace art monument in 100 different locations (cities, towns, and parks, etc.) around the world.

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. It’s astonishing to see the wildly creative applications people have found for VR.

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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. A competitor to the Tesla Model X, the I-PACE is a major foray for Jaguar into electric automotive transportation. So when it came to launching a future facing vehicle like the I-PACE, Jaguar needed a car launch that went above the normal conventions of previous automotive launches.

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10 Recent VR and AR Investments You Should Know About

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Over the last year, almost $2.5B has been invested in the VR/AR industry according to Digi-Capital. Despite the fact that a mere 6% of Americans will own a VR headset in 2016, future-looking venture capital firms have invested $500M in the VR/AR industry in Q3 of 2016 , with an average investment of $9.3M.

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Losing Weight In VR With This VIVE Workout

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This gamer has his own personal workout routine in VR and he’s already lost 12 lbs. For those of you who’ve tried games like Audioshield on the HTC VIVE, you know how physically demanding it can be sometimes. It’s pretty easy to break a sweat within a few minutes of dancing your butt off while your hand-controllers flail in the air. Which raises the question — has anyone ever used VR as their daily workout routine? Well now we have the answer — and his name is Tim Donahey.

You Can Now Meet Terrifying Dinosaurs in VR With Google Cardboard

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Google Cardboard has brought us in VR the closest thing to Jurassic Park yet. The newest feature of Google’s Arts & Culture app has added a giant swimming rhomaleosaurus to a 360º virtual tour of the Natural History Museum of London. And it doesn’t stop with this 23-foot long aquatic predator. Google is already working with 50 natural history museums to bring 150 more enormous dinosaurs to life. So you can expect to see a lot more dinos before the year is up.

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This Hospital is Using VR to Make Shots Easier For Kids

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This VR game is controlled through breathing, eye and head movements. When it comes to kids visiting the doctor, getting poked with a needle tops the list of things they probably hate most. For most children, getting a shot can be painful, but it’s usually over as quickly as it began. Children with the blood disorder hemophilia on the other hand often must endure multiple rounds of needles every week for blood transfusions to prevent serious joint damage.

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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. Powered by the Google Pixel phone (the first Daydream ready phone), Daydream View is the tech giant’s solution to bringing VR to mass consumers with a more comfortable and simple mobile VR system — all for the price of $79.

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Halloween Horror VR Picks for the HTC Vive

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Halloween is a time for VR. Depending on your tolerance for jump scares, haunting isolation, and Zombies, Halloween is either the best of times or the worst of times for virtual reality. We love the creativity Halloween brings out in VR developers and filmmakers, so this Thursday we’re teaming up with VICE and HTC Vive for the VRScout Haunted Mansion in Los Angeles to showcase some of our favorites. HTC Vive Horror Experiences.

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Starting Tomorrow You Can Make Unity Games From Within VR

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Unity was reluctant to put a final date on the launch of Editor VR when it was last shown at Unite 2016 in November, but we now know it will be with us very, very soon. Timoni West, Principal Designer at the company and one of Editor VR’s biggest evangelists, confirmed that an “experimental build” of the tool kit will be launching on December 15th.

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The Simpsons Couch Gag Goes VR For 600th Episode

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The Simpsons teamed up with Google to create an experience sure to make you go, DOH! The Simpsons have done television, film, video games, almost every form of entertainment you can think of. However they’ve yet to make their debut on the hottest new entertainment platform out right now: virtual reality. Well you can officially wipe those tears away because thanks to the guys over at Google , the wait is now over.

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. In fact, this truck isn’t a food truck at all. This is the latest trend in mobile experiences on wheels, pushing only one thing to consumers during a crisp clear night in the city — virtual reality.

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. Facebook unveiled the latest expansion to live broadcasting Monday, dubbed Live 360 , that marries their existing features of livestreaming and pre-recorded 360-degree videos. The social network is partnering up with NatGeo for the first live 360-degree video to promote the cable network’s “Mars” colonization series.

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Facebook Live Streaming Coming To Gear VR End of Year

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Soon you’ll be able to stream all that great VR gameplay straight to the world’s biggest social media site. So far virtual reality is more-or-less a single-player experience. Sure there are several multiplayer experiences that do a decent job of providing a sense of community, but the technology is still relatively isolating. It’s even more frustrating simply trying to spectate someone else playing.

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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. The technology, developed by Ukrainian company Limpid Armor , gives commanders a 360-degree thermal and optical view of a tank or armored vehicle’s surroundings.

Take a Breather With These Meditative VR Experiences

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We all need a break from the crazy reality we live in today. So why not take a step into a virtual world to relax and get away from all your worries? We’ve hand picked some of favorite meditative VR experiences out there available on a variety of headsets. Enjoy and namaste. Lumen – Framestore Inc. “De-stress De-stress in a bioluminescent forest with this interactive virtual reality experience.”.

Adidas Unveils Boots With In-Store PlayStation VR Experience

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Go on an interstellar trip through an asteroid belt as you chase down these Stellar boots. When it comes to fashion brands bringing virtual reality experiences in-store, we’ve seen TOMS take shoppers on virtual giving trips , Tommy Hilfiger give front row seats to a runway show , and 7 For All Mankind take customers on a journey from from Paris to California.

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Shifting the Paradigm: Unplugged with the Best Minds in VR

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Have you ever been to a tech summit where you howled for joy at the sunset? I have. Hosted at Esalen, the event was dubbed the “ Shifting the Paradigm ” Summit, and I’m still trying to figure out the best way to write about it. I spoke a bit about it on the most recent episode of VRScout Report , along with some really exceptional people (hosted by Malia Probst, interviews with Erika Barraza, Evo Heyning, Andy Lurling, Cris Miranda, Barry Pousman, and Kyle Sleeper).

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Expecting Parents Can Meet Their Baby Using VR

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Doctors and parents are getting a new perspective of babies in the womb thanks to VR. For years, expecting parents have been making the most out of blurry ultrasound photos in anticipation of meeting their unborn child. Luckily with new research, that might all change with the ability to meet your baby in virtual reality. 3D virtual model MRI view of fetus at 26 weeks.

Hands On With Google’s Daydream View VR Headset

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We’re live from Google’s Pixel phone media event, where we got hand’s on with the company’s new Daydream View VR headset. Powered by the Google Pixel phone (the first Daydream ready phone), Daydream View is the tech giant’s solution to bringing VR to mass consumers with a more comfortable and simple mobile VR system — all for the price of $79. Here’s what you need to know: Wireless.

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Brendan Iribe Is No Longer CEO of Oculus, Now Leads PC-Focused VR Team Within Facebook (Update)

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Some days when you work on the media side of the tech industry, you get through the day by going through the motions, reporting on stuff you knew about a good bit in advance, and writing about cool upcoming games, events, and gadgets. Other days, you get an email in your inbox at 9:30AM PST with a 10AM embargo that is nothing short of one of the most surprising announcements of the year.

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Nat Geo Built a Mars VR Theme Park in New York

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Visitors got an immersive taste of living on Mars. In advance of their new Mars docu-series that premieres November 14, Nat Geo created a red planet habitat on an empty downtown Manhattan lot last month. The tented activation, called “Experience Mars,” was part of the company’s effort to show us what it might be like to visit Mars, taking full-advantage of some serious VR setups to make this one interstellar trip to remember.

5 Bizarre Virtual Reality Headsets

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Whether it be the 90’s or even the 21st century, these virtual reality monstrosities are the definition of ridiculous. With new technology comes endless manufacturers hoping to discover the winning formula that makes their design the gold standard for the industry. Virtual reality is all too familiar with this phenomenon. Countless attempts at the perfect VR headset has resulted in some truly horrible designs that’ll leave you with serious night-terrors.

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. The VR theme park, being dubbed VIVELAND , spans over 3,500 square feet in a Taipei technology shopping center in the capital city of Taiwan. Built in collaboration with the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Syntrend, AMD, and gaming accessory manufacturer SteelSeries, the VIVELAND theme park is the first of its kind in Taiwan.

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Report: Apple Using VR to Test Self-Driving System

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Virtual reality is being used to test Apple’s self-driving vehicle. According to a Bloomberg report on Tuesday, Apple will be able to continue to keeping their secretive plans to develop self-driving software behind closed doors thanks to virtual reality. Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman and Gerrit De Vynck reported that VR simulators will allow the Apple team to test their self-driving software without taking the system on public roads.

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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. From photo manipulation and video editing, to illustration and animation the company is the number one go-to for anyone looking to create, well, anything. So it came as no surprise to hear that they’re finally taking the leap into virtual reality with Project Dali for the HTC Vive.

Kid Friendly VR Games For HTC VIVE

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Among all the content we regularly demo on Steam VR, there’s a good amount to choose from. Whether its a multiplayer shooter like Onward or social environments like Rec Room , there’s a little something for everyone. We’ve even see you create VR workout routines out of games to help you lose some extra pounds — fantastic. But one question we see more frequently and expect more of as we get closer to the holidays in a couple months is recommendations for kid friendly VIVE games.

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Kygo Unveils ‘Carry Me’ VR Music Experience

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This DJ’s virtual world will take your breath away. During the first day of VR On The Lot , a virtual reality industry conference at Paramount Pictures Studios, Sony Music unveiled a new VR experience from superstar Norwegian DJ Kygo. Set to the hit song “Carry Me,” this new music experience is a stunning look at what the future of music videos may look like.

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