2016

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.

‘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.

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.

Deepak Chopra Hopes You’ll Find Your True Self in VR

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I’m in a vast open space under a beautiful Bodhi tree, the green-leafed branches stretching towards the heavens. I am calmed immediately, welcomed by chirping birds and nature sounds. The living color of the environment swirls around me, and I’m greeted by a soothing voice that is my guide throughout a deeply serene yet invigorating acid trip through the cosmos.

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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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.

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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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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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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Palmer Luckey’s New Role At Oculus Will Be Revealed Soon

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As we digest the news today that Oculus co-founder Brendan Iribe is stepping down from his role as CEO of the company and moving to head up the PC VR team, we asked Oculus whether Palmer Luckey would be staying with Facebook and Oculus through the transition. “Palmer is still at Oculus and we’ll have more to share on his new role soon,” is our answer from an Oculus spokesperson.

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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.

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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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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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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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.

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.

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.

Oculus Nearly Matched The Original ‘Gears of War’ Budget To Fund Epic’s ‘Robo Recall’

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Oculus is one of the most prolific stimulators of virtual reality content in the industry today. The Facebook-owned company has been funding VR games and projects for years now through Oculus Studios. In October, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg finally put some numbers onto these ongoing efforts when he revealed that his company had spent $250 million on VR content with a plan to spend at least that much over again in the coming years.

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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How VR Can Help Solve This Eye Disorder

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I started wearing glasses when I was 5 years old. Sticking my fingers into my eyeballs and putting in my contacts is the first thing I do every morning. Although poor vision is a daily hassle in my life, at least it’s something that is just irritating to me – people can’t tell I am legally blind just by looking at my eyes. However, people who suffer from amblyopia, also known as lazy eye, do not have the luxury of keeping their ocular conditions private.

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.

Qualcomm Is Launching a Chinese VR ‘Innovation Center’

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The Chinese branch of smartphone chipmaker Qualcomm has joined forces with internet services company Tencent to build an “innovation center” in China focused on accelerating R&D for next-gen virtual and augmented reality systems in mobile devices. China is quickly growing into one of the most promising VR markets.

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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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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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ELLE Brings Augmented Reality To Magazine Cover

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HuffPost RYOT introduces the technology for ELLE’s November “Women in Hollywood” issue. Elle Magazine is looking to bring some of Hollywood’s favorite women to life on the cover — and all you need is your iPhone. In partnership with Huffington Posts’s VR division HuffPost RYOT, you will be able to use the ElleNow app and hover your phone over any of the eight covers to watch as the cover face comes to life with a video interview.

‘Ghostbusters: Dimension’ Trailer Shows The Power of The Void

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The Void’s Ghostbuster experience is no joke, and this trailer is evidence. Back in July I had the pleasure of testing out the brand new Ghostbusters: Dimension experience at the famous Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum in NYC. Ever since i’ve had an incredibly hard time describing just how amazing it was to friends and family. Only a handful of them have ever worn a VR headset. Honestly most of them haven’t even tried Google Cardboard.