2017

DreamWorks Voltron Chronicles Comes to VR

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The Netflix original series gets an episodic VR experience for PlayStation VR, HTC Vive, and Oculus Rift. Voltron is getting the VR treatment. Fresh on the heels of season 3 of the Netflix original series DreamWorks Voltron: Legendary Defender , you’ll now be able to join forces with beloved characters Lance, Hunk, Pidge, Keith, Shiro, Allura and Coran to fight back against the relentless threat of Zarkon in virtual reality.

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Super Mario Bros Recreated As Life Size HoloLens Experience

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Watch how this mixed reality game for Hololens turns Central Park into a full Mario level. What do you get when you combine everyone’s favorite mustached cartoon plumber with one of the hottest pieces of hardware currently on the market? Arguably the coolest mixed reality experience developed on the Microsoft HoloLens headset so far, that’s what.

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The Heart Pounding Vive VR Shooter: John Wick Chronicles

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Your dream of finally becoming John Wick, a hitman out for murderous vengeance over his beloved puppy Daisy, is about to come true — thanks to virtual reality. Lionsgate and video game publisher Starbreeze have partnered to launch a VR first-person shooter based on the movie John Wick. The VR game that will be released on Steam for the HTC Vive is expected to launch shortly after John Wick: Chapter 2 hits theaters on February 10th.

AR Was Meant For Laser Pointers and Cats

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Laser Cat AR is a simple unfinished experiment. So why can’t I stop thinking about it? Another day, another independent developer blowing minds on the internet with yet another intuitive ARKit application. Apple’s augmented reality developer platform has continued to be the birthplace of some of this years most interesting AR experiences from both amateur developers and professionals alike.

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How Digital Transformation will Bend the Curve of the Linear Economy Toward the Circular

Speaker: Bruce Armstrong Taylor, Co-Founder & Managing Director of SmartNations Foundation, Jimmy Jia, Venture Partner at Pi Labs, Fabienne Durand, Senior Advisor to the SmartNations Foundation, & Roger Strukhoff, Executive Director of the Tau Institute

The Carbon Zero, Circular Economy, is easily the most profoundly important result of digital transformation. Industry 4.0 has a massively cumulative impact on dematerialization (in all forms) and resultant decarbonization (both emissions and embodied) throughout the economy. Join panelists Bruce Armstrong Taylor, Jimmy Jia, Fabienne Durand, and their moderator Roger Strukhoff as they discuss how bending the carbon/GHG heavy linear economy to the circular is one of the hidden benefits of digital disruption.

Peter Jackson’s New Studio is All About AR Storytelling

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The Lord of the Rings auteur is using Apple’s ARkit to unlock new levels of storytelling immersion in augmented reality. In the world of modern cinema, there are few names as recognizable as Peter Jackson. The New Zealand native is responsible for some of the medium’s most technologically groundbreaking work, including the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit franchises.

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Toyota Debuts Humanoid Robot Controlled By HTC Vive

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Wearable controls and a “Master Maneuvering System” lets you pilot the T-HR3 remotely. It seems like you can’t swing a stick nowadays without hitting a VR-controlled robot. Jokes aside, we’ve seen a surprising amount of VR-based robotics over the past couple of months. Whether it be training robots to complete mundane tasks, defuse bombs , or direct production machines , there seems to be no end in what’s possible when you combine VR and robots.

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Google Earth VR Adds Search and Oculus Rift Support

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VR’s killer app just got a major update. It was six months ago when Google launched a VR version of Google Earth for the HTC Vive. And still to this day, Google Earth VR remains one of the best, if not the best, app experiences available in VR. An app with such a mass appeal like Google’s Tilt Brush, Earth VR lets you visit locations around the world in 3D.

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KLM Gives Budget Travelers a First-Class VR Upgrade

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KLM distributed VR headsets to budget airline passengers of other airlines so they could feel like they were flying KLM. Luxury airline Royal Dutch Airlines, or KLM, recently launched a new PR campaign called the KLM Flight Upgrader , which allows budget airline passengers to experience a first-class KLM flight right from their seat in coach.

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Legendary Disney Animator Draws ‘The Little Mermaid’ Live In VR On The Late Late Show

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I’m not crying. There’s just something in my eye. Late night television appears to be developing a fondness for Tilt Brush. The popular VR painting app has already seen multiple appearances on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon in the form of a Pictionary-esque party game with participants including stars such as Scarlett Johansson and SNL’s Michael Che.

AR/VR Simulations for Sustainable, Regenerative, Circular Cities

Speaker: Nik Gowing, Brenda Laurel, Sheridan Tatsuno, Archie Kasnet, and Bruce Armstrong Taylor

Join our amazing panelists, Nik Gowing, Founder at Thinking the Unthinkable and International Broadcaster; Brenda Laurel, PhD, Principal, Neogaian Interactive; Sheridan Tatsuno, Principal, Dreamscape Global; Archie Kasnet, CEO, Regenerative; and Bruce Armstrong Taylor, The Climate 4.0 Project, to discuss how today's AR/VR and related AI-enabled technologies can be effectively applied, using data from such sources as NASA and NOAA, to both improve and accelerate urban sustainability planning and design.

Intel Unveils VR Esports League; ‘Echo Arena’ Team Title

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Intel, Oculus, and ESL have unveiled a collaboration to launch the VR Challenger League. Announced during an E3 press conference on Monday, the competitive VR gaming series begins in July and features both “The Unspoken” from Insomniac Games and “Echo Arena” from Ready At Dawn Studios. The newly unveiled VR multiplayer game “ Echo Arena ” is the latest partnership between Intel and Ready At Dawn Studios and will be a free download for all Oculus Rift owners for three months starting on July 20.

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Man Proposes In Zero Latency’s VR Zombie Arena

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I’m not crying! You’re crying! Everyone loves a good proposal story. The terrifying act of popping the big question is a big moment in any young couple’s life. So any attempt at breaking the norm when taking that life-changing knee is always fun. Unfortunately for any gentlemen or ladies requesting a hand in marriage in a creative way, this Aussi boyfriend may have next leveled the proposal.

AMC Theaters Buys Into VR With Dreamscape Immersive Deal

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Multi-person interactive VR comes to select AMC locations across the United States and U.K. beginning next year. Thanks to a new deal made by AMC theatres and LA-based virtual reality startup Dreamscape Immersive , six lucky AMC theaters spread across North America and Europe will soon be home to cooperative VR experiences that blend the line between games and film.

360° Camera Lets Daughter Ride Cat in VR

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Dad builds insanely cute VR simulation for insanely cute daughter. This isn’t the first time we’ve talked about super parent Toby Newman. The VR hobbyist, and recipient of VRScout’s 2017 highly-coveted (not really) Dad Of The Year Award , has already made waves on the web for his work creating a virtual reality tour of his daughters favorite dollhouse.

Everything You Need to Know About Starting a Podcast in 2018

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I’ve become a morning walking companion to people I may never meet. How is this possible? They take me along in their earbuds as they stream my podcast, Build a Better Agency. It’s a wonderful sign of things to come for marketers willing to venture into the podcasting universe. Once a fringe platform, podcasts are now surprisingly mainstream.

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Dancing All Night In LCD Soundsystem’s VR Music Experience

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There’s no party like a VR dance party. With Google I/O coming to a close, the three day developer conference saw its fair share of annoucements around VR and AR. Reveals included everything from a new standalone VR headset , updates to Daydream , and a more social YouTube. But among all the night’s pizza parties and live music, tucked away in a tent on the sprawling Mountain View grounds, sat a dance pool party like no other.

Clash of Clans AR Experience Comes To Facebook

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Now you can become the Builder. How do you celebrate turning 5 while being one of the top 10 grossing games available on the iOS and Android app stores? If you’re Clash of Clans , you partner with Facebook to give fans the opportunity to turn themselves into the Builder, thanks to augmented reality.

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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). Despite their abundance, there’s still a long way to go toward improving comfort, ease-of-use, and social acceptability as VR grows. Designers from industrial design firm Nonobject prototyped a range of new designs which could be viable as VR technology becomes smaller and lighter.

This HoloLens App Can Help The Visually Impaired Navigate

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Letting the blind navigate their environment using sound. As VR and mixed reality headsets continue to make their way into the hands of enthusiasts around the world, we are continually impressed with what developers dream up to help improve the lives of others. From exploring the use of VR for medical training to discovering new ways immersive technology can impact prosthetic patients , exciting progress is being made on a daily basis.

This $99 AR Headset Is A Game Changer

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You can pre-order the Prism headset today. Fresh out of stealth-mode, Mira is looking to bring augmented reality (AR) to the masses. Dubbed Prism, this untethered AR headset is powered by an iPhone and comes in at an accessible price of $99. In comparison to other higher-end mixed reality headsets like Meta and Magic Leap that will likely require powerful PCs, Mira’s Prism lets you just snap in your iPhone and begin interacting with holographic content.

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How VR Can Help Solve Dementia

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How VR is helping us spot, research, treat, and raise awareness for dementia. Anyone who has suffered from dementia, or knows someone who has, knows that is a cruel, tough syndrome to battle. million people in the United States alone suffer from dementia, which is marked by chronic degeneration of cognitive functions such as memory, decision-making skills, behavior towards others, and language abilities.

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Drawboard Is A Position-Tracked Pen Designed To Help You Write In VR

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We’ve all tried writing in VR but, with the way we hold our Oculus Touch controllers and HTC Vive wands, it’s an awkward experience at best. Drawboard wants to change that for the better. Drawboard’s creators call this new peripheral a pen, but it also reminds us of the type of stylus you might use on a tablet, only for VR. Essentially, it’s a pen-shaped controller that you hold as you would a real one.

Listen To Your Body Art With Augmented Reality Soundwave Tattoos

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Turn your favorite audio clip into a tattoo you can listen to with this AR app. Since the neolithic times body art has been used to immortalize people, places, events and anything of great significance. And while the timeless tradition has remained effective, the permanent art form has seen very little variation since its initial development all those years ago.

This HoloLens App Wants to Kickstart Collaborative Mixed Reality

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With the launch Prism, Object Theory is betting on 3D collaboration and holographic telepresence becoming big business. Object Theory calls itself “the world’s first HoloLens company,” and although all such claims have to be taken with a pinch of salt, they’re probably not far off.

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Samsung Reveals Four New AR & VR In-House Projects

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Samsung’s C-Lab initiative is churning out some seriously incredible projects. Since launching back in 2012, the C-Lab initiative has been hard at work developing industry-changing technology that pushes the boundaries of what’s possible with virtual and augmented reality. The incubation program gives valuable resources and support to budding developers in the hopes of contributing to the growing community of technology-driven entrepreneurs.

Australian Prehistoric Exhibit Fuses VR and Puppets

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Puppets and virtual reality resurrect the dinosaurs. A new exhibit in Australia transports you to the continent’s prehistoric past through puppets and virtual reality. The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) commissioned the exhibit, Prehistoric VR , from puppeteers Erth Visual & Physical Inc. and filmmaker Samantha Lang to create the first ever experience that combines VR and puppetry.

MasterpieceVR Lets Four People Paint and Sculpt Together in VR

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What’s better than making art with friends? As you might guess from checking out our annual art show or watching Art Attack , our mixed reality series produced with Soul Pancake, we at VRScout are big believers in the possibilities for art and content creation in VR. Over the past year, MasterpieceVR has emerged as one of the most robust art creation toolsets and artist communities in the world, with appearances at the Magik Gallery debut exhibition, Art of VR, and AWE.

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ManoMotion Introduces Apple ARKit Hand Gesture Support

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Developers will soon be able to integrate hand gesture control into their projects on the ARKit platform, no extra hardware needed. 2017 has been an absolutely enormous year for augmented reality. The industry has seen the release of not one, but two powerful AR platforms , support from a wide variety of developers, and some of the coolest immersive experiences of the year. So you think the technology would be slowing down as we start to wrap up this year, right? WRONG!

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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. In an era where Sony appears to have a significant lead in console sales already, and with PSVR sharpening the system’s competitive edge, pressure is mounting for Microsoft to figure out its Xbox VR strategy. Moving the Needle.

New Zealand Incinerates House to Make Fire Safety VR Experience

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The New Zealand Fire Service has burned down an abandoned home to create a virtual reality experience called Escape My House , hoping VR immersion will help prepare homeowners for the worst. Producers remotely filmed the blazing house with fireproof 360-degree camera rigs the country’s fire service started testing last year. In the app, you’re given options on how to escape the home, along with explanations on why some exits — like a painted shut window — aren’t safe.