2017

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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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.

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SIGGRAPH 2017: Neurable Lets You Control A Virtual World With Your Mind

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I’ve used my eyes to interact with a virtual world before, but startup Neurable just enhanced that experience by reading my thoughts too. At SIGGRAPH this week the Boston-based startup is showing its modified HTC Vive which include EEG ( Electroencephalography ) sensors along the interior of the headstrap. This is combined with eye-tracking technology from German firm SMI, which may have just been acquired by Apple.

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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The Future of eLearning in 2022: A Sensitive Eye for Authentic Translation and Localization

Speaker: Chris Paxton McMillin, President of D3 Training Solutions

To avoid awkward and sometimes disastrous learning content, instructional designers must use authentic translation in the right context to get optimal results. Join Chris Paxton, President of D3 Training Solutions, to walk through simple strategies step by step.

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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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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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.

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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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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Are You Still Watching? How to Create Engaging Presentations for Virtual Learning

Speaker: Richard Goring, Director at BrightCarbon

Remote meetings are here to stay - and so is the Zoom fatigue that many experience. The importance of compelling content is more apparent than ever. In this webinar, learn how PowerPoint provides terrific tools to create the kind of dynamic visual content you need to capture your remote audience’s attention. Come along to this masterclass packed with live demonstrations of how to create compelling presentations for successful meetings in a virtual and hybrid environment. In this webinar, you will learn how to: Create dynamic visuals that support persuasive stories to engage your audience Develop professional-looking designs for presentations and other content Become a PowerPoint legend with techniques to make effective presentations quickly and easily June 30th, 2022 at 9:30 am PDT, 12:30 pm EDT, 5:30 pm GMT

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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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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Google is Developing a VR Display With 10x More Pixels Than Today’s Headsets

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Earlier this year, Clay Bavor, VP of VR/AR at Google, revealed a “secret project” to develop a VR-optimised OLED panel capable of 20 megapixels per eye. The project was mentioned during SID Display Week 2017 but has gone largely under the radar as little information has surfaced since.

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Editorial: HTC Vive Needs A Major Price Cut To Stay Competitive

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Since the bombshell price drop earlier this week by Facebook’s Oculus, a number of theories have emerged regarding the Rift’s temporary $400 price tag. Is Oculus preparing a second generation and hoping to clear stock? Is Oculus struggling so much that Facebook is dropping the price of the Rift in a last ditch effort to save it?

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Who C.A.R.E.S.!? How Learning Got Its Bad Rap & What We Can Do About It

Speaker: Treion Muller, Chief Strategy Officer at ELB Learning

Since when has learning and development become such a negative experience with learners? Treion Muller, Chief Strategy Officer for ELB Learning, will introduce a new learning framework called the C.A.R.E.S Learning Effectiveness Model.

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.

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.

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.

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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The Key to Getting the Best Out of Video-Based Practice & Coaching

Speaker: Micah Eppler, Account Executive for Rehearsal of eLearning Brothers

Join Micah Eppler from eLearning Brothers to see hands-on examples of how organizations are transforming outcomes with video-based training strategies.

What it’s like to View XR Through Varjo, the World’s First Human-Eye Resolution Headset

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Last Monday, I walked three blocks uphill on Mason St in San Francisco to the Fairmont Hotel to demo a stealth product that had been touted to me as one of the biggest advancements in XR tech this side of Magic Leap. As it turns out, the trek was worth the hike—Varjo’s Human-Eye Resolution technology made me realize something I’d only known in a general sense prior: current visual fidelity in VR/AR has a long way to go.

Surgeon Chooses VR Over Sedatives For Patients

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A surgeon in Mexico City is ditching painkillers by bringing virtual reality into the operating room. Is virtual reality a powerful enough experience to distract humans from pain? Dr. Jose Luis Mosso Vazquez seems to think so. The accomplished surgeon has actually been using the immersive technology on his patients as a replacement for complicated sedatives for years.

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SeaWorld Unleashes New ‘Kraken’ VR Roller Coaster

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Dive deep into mysterious waters and encounter the legendary Kraken in this high speed virtual reality coaster. Jumping on the virtual reality theme park bandwagon, SeaWorld Orlando has debuted a brand new version of its popular Kraken rollercoaster, this time utilizing VR to transport passengers to an intense undersea adventure. Officially open to the public this past Friday, Kraken Unleashed features VR audio and video headgear tethered to each seat individual seat on the ride.

Watch This Choir Go Viral with the Help of VR

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Multidimensional concert uses VR to challenge the traditional role of audience participation. Earlier this month, an old church in Downtown LA filled for a full chorale production, with renditions of Bach, Motown and Cyndi Lauper…along with a live Tilt Brush performance—highlighting the beauty of blending the traditional and the modern.

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Immersing the Curious Mind in VR: Why You’re Missing Out on Proven ROI!

Speaker: John Blackmon, eLearning Brothers CTO, CenarioVR® Creator

Join John Blackmon, eLearning Brothers CTO and creator of the award-winning VR course builder CenarioVR®, to find out why organizations choose immersive learning and how they've used innovative approaches.

Now You Can Have ‘Dolphin-Assisted Therapy’ in VR

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Dolphins meet virtual reality. A Dutch non-profit is strapping waterproof VR headsets on people in pools so they can “swim with dolphins.” ” Dolphin Swim Club has been offering the experience, named Dolphin VR , as “dolphin-assisted therapy” since last month. While submerged, you can watch video reels of bottlenose dolphins swimming in their natural habitat.

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Giant $1.5 Billion VR Theme Park to Open in China, Promising 35 VR Attractions

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A giant robot looms over the outskirts of Guiyang, the capital of Guizhou province in China. The new VR park, named simply ‘ Oriental Science Fiction Valley ‘, is nearly complete, featuring a bevy of VR attractions and rides that hopes to capitalize on China’s steadily growing VR industry.

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Varjo Promises Human-Eye Resolutions For VR This Year

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I am standing in a virtual living room rendered via Unity. Except I am seeing things I never have before in VR. There is a virtual television on the wall to my left displaying a 4K video of a city. The floor, the couch pillows, the clothes hanging on a rack to my left, are shown in such extreme detail that I am actually seeing a life-like world. It’s a glimpse of VR’s future. “We

Street View Comes To Google Earth VR

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The new update brings Street View imagery from 85 countries. Last year Google launched a VR version of Google Earth , letting you visit locations around the world in 3D. A favorite app for many, Earth VR lets you fly over a city, stand on top of the highest peaks, or just casually walk down the street of your childhood home. It’s a beautiful app with so much possibility.

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Everyone Wins! How Games Can Improve Learning Outcomes Across Multiple Generations

Speaker: Stephen Baer, Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer of The Game Agency

Nearly 70% of American adults play video games. Stephen Baer, Chief Creative Officer at The Game Agency, will discuss each generation’s unique learning styles and identify game types that appeal to each one and improve your learning outcomes.