2017

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.

Using iPhone X With Maya For Quick And Cheap Facial Capture

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Can the iPhone X become a fast, cheap and simple facial capture system? About a month ago Cory Strassburger at Kite & Lightning received an iPhone X from Apple. Within a day, he was testing out software working with its TrueDepth camera and ARKit. He wanted to see if it could be used for their game and for cinematic content.

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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.

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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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.

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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.

Russian Artist Arrested for Refusing to Take off Her VR Headset

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Moscow artist Ekaterina Nenasheva claims she was arrested and taken to a psychiatric clinic. The crime? Refusing to take off her VR headset according to reports. Over the past four years, VR has caused us to re-evaluate many of our social norms and collective ideas— particularly as it relates to how we engage with each other —but Ekaterina Nenasheva might have just cracked open the biggest issue yet: can wearing VR in a public space constitute cause for arrest?

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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.

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.

Logitech Is Working On A VR Keyboard That Works With Vive Tracker

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Logitech is working with developers on a solution that brings keyboards into VR using HTC’s Vive Tracker. The VR keyboard developer’s kit is being distributed to a small set of creators to make software and apps that use the capability. This BRIDGE kit, as it is called, could be a boon to apps like VR Desktop and Bigscreen, each of which already appear to be working with the system.

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.

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.

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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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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Magic Leaps Seems To Finally Be Gearing Up For A Big Reveal

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It’s increasingly looking like mysterious augmented reality technology Magic Leap could finally be unveiled in the coming months. A recent Bloomberg report stated that the company was looking to raise an extra $500 million in investment as well as ship out early units within the next few months, potentially costing between $1,500 and $2,000. Last week the first half of that report was confirmed and now Gizmodo is reporting on plans for a possible unveiling soon.

Latest Figures Suggest ‘Resident Evil 7’ Could Have Some 280,000 PSVR Players

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Capcom has announced that the recently released Resident Evil 7: Biohazard has shipped 3 million units.

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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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The VR/AR Association Launches theDirectory, a Database with 1,000+ VR/AR Companies

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In time for CES 2017, the VR/AR Association (VRARA) has launched theDirectory , a first-of-its-kind searchable global database of technology solution providers in the VR, AR, and MR ecosystem. With ever-growing interest in VR/AR—and companies offering services for nearly every industry vertical—it has become a major challenge for brands and organizations to know who is in the ecosystem, where they are located, and what they do. This VRARA initiative seeks to fill that need.

Watch Obama’s Farewell Speech Live in 360°

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We’re Livestreaming President Obama’s Farewell Address in 360°. We are very excited to announce that VRScout is teaming up with The White House to bring you an exclusive live 360° broadcast of President Obama’s farewell address on Tuesday. As you may have heard, President Obama will take his place behind the podium one last time on the evening of January 10, 2017 to deliver his Farewell Address to the American people.

VR Storytelling Lessons with Adam Cosco, One of VR’s Early Auteurs

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This post is part of an ongoing series about writing, storytelling, and critique in VR, in partnership with Galatea , a writing and narrative design management tool for immersive stories. The trailer for Rose-Colored , Adam Cosco’s upcoming 360° film, just dropped—and one glimpse offers an immediate understanding of why Adam Cosco has become one of the most distinct and compelling voices in virtual reality today: I first encountered Cosco at VRTO last summer, where Knives was on debut.

Big Ideas in VR: The Space is the Story

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This post is part of an ongoing series about writing, storytelling, and critique in VR, in partnership with Galatea , a writing and narrative design management tool for immersive stories. Storytelling in VR: the elusive holy grail. Everyone is trying to discover the “way to go”— that project or handbook that comes along and instantly enlightens us all on how to tell stories in this wonderful medium they way they’re meant to be told. What if I told you we already know how to do it?