2017

Lytro is Positioning Its Light Field Tech as VR’s Master Capture Format

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Lytro , a leading light-field company, is positioning its light-field capture and playback technology as the ideal format for immersive content.

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.

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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.

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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Apple Positions New iMac Pro for VR Development, Available Starting Thursday

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Back at WWDC 2017 Apple finally embraced VR, announcing that it had been working with Valve to bring SteamVR and the HTC Vive to MacOS , along with a number of other announcements about how the company would support VR as part of its ecosystem.

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Magic Leap Reveals Music App Collaboration with Sigur Rós, New Images

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Magic Leap today revealed a collaborative AR project with Icelandic band Sigur Rós, a musical experience which fills the player’s surroundings with ethereal visuals and an interactive soundscape.

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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.

HTC Announces Pricing, Pre-order Date & Specs for Vive Focus Standalone Headset

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HTC today announced more specifics around Vive Focus, the company’s standalone mobile VR headset for China-based customers.

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‘Bigscreen’s’ New Big Rooms Support Dozens of User Simultaneously

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Bigscreen, the social VR app that lets you mirror your monitor in virtual reality, is about to release one of its biggest updates yet.

Exclusive: How NVIDIA Research is Reinventing the Display Pipeline for the Future of VR, Part 2

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In Part 1 of this article we explored the current state of CGI, game, and contemporary VR systems. Here in Part 2 we look at the limits of human visual perception and show several of the methods we’re exploring to drive performance closer to them in VR systems of the future.

HTC Invests in 26 More AR/VR Startups in Vive X Accelerator

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HTC today announced its third batch of AR/VR startups backed by the company’s Vive X accelerator program. A total of 26 new companies from across the world have been selected to participate in the program with the goal of “building and advancing the global VR/AR ecosystem.”

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Exclusive: How NVIDIA Research is Reinventing the Display Pipeline for the Future of VR, Part 1

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Virtual experiences through virtual, augmented, and mixed reality are a new frontier for computer graphics. This frontier state is radically different from modern game and film graphics.

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.

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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.

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Exclusive: Lytro Reveals Immerge 2.0 Light-field Camera with Improved Quality, Faster Captures

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Lytro’s Immerge light-field camera is meant for professional high-end VR productions. It may be a beast of a rig, but it’s capable of capturing some of the best looking volumetric video that I’ve had my eyes on yet.

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Amazon’s New ‘Sumerian’ Tool Aims to Make Developing Web-based VR Apps Easier

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Amazon today announced a new developer tool at its annual AWS re:Invent that aims to make creating web-based applications for VR/AR and traditional monitors even easier.

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Rift Core 2.0 Will Bring Updated Oculus Desktop App, Dash Virtual Desktop Feature Requires Windows 10

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Oculus today affirmed plans to launch the ‘Rift Core 2.0’ ’ update in public beta in December.

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Editorial: Sony And Facebook Don’t Need To Finance Shooting Virtual Humans

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‘Vinyl Reality’ Lets You DJ in VR with Realistic Equipment, Now in Early Access

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Created by Berlin-based indie studio Entropi Games , Vinyl Reality recreates a traditional DJ setup in virtual reality that gives you everything you need to start learning how to spin.

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HTC: Valve is Still “very committed” to Making its Three Full VR Games

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Back in February this year, Valve confirmed that they were internally developing three “full” VR titles.

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Report: Apple Acquired VR Headset Startup Vrvana for $30 Million

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Citing sources close to the deal, TechCrunch reports that VR headset maker Vrvana has been acquired by Apple for $30 million. Vrvana is a little known VR headset maker that’s been on the scene since 2014.

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VR Experiences to Introduce Your Family to Virtual Reality Over Thanksgiving

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The turkey is in the oven, the cranberry sauce is in the can, and your VR setup is in the box ready to be shown off to the family at Thanksgiving.

Toyota’s New Experimental Humanoid Robot Uses HTC Vive for Remote Operation

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Toyota recently revealed T-HR3, the company’s third-generation humanoid robot.

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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.

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Magic Leap Could Call its First AR Headset ‘Magic Leap One’

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Magic Leap, the secretive augmented reality startup, might be calling its first device ‘Magic Leap One’, as suggested by a recent trademark filing.

Hands-on: HaptX Glove Delivers Impressively Detailed Micro-pneumatic Haptics, Force Feedback

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The company formerly known as AxonVR , which has raised more than $5 million in venture capital, is rebranding to HaptX, and revealing a feature prototype of a VR glove which uses micro-pneumatics for detailed haptics and force feedback to the fingers.

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HTC Announces ‘Vive Focus’ Standalone VR Headset

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Today during the Vive Developers Conference in Beijing, HTC revealed the Vive Focus, a standalone VR headset with inside-out positional tracking. The headset is positioned for the Chinese market.

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Samsung Teases 6-DoF Standalone VR Headset as Company’s ‘Next Mobile VR System’

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Taeyong Kim, VP of Samsung Electronics and Head of Graphics R&D, took the stage last month at the company’s annual developer conference to talk a little bit about the future of VR for the company.

Skyrim VR Will Not Feature Mod Support At Launch

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Earlier this week at a private PlayStation press event in San Francisco, CA we got the chance to go hands-on with a full, updated build of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR for PlayStation VR (PSVR) and came away impressed.

‘Haptic Shape Illusion’ Allows VR Controllers to Simulate Feel of Physically Larger Objects

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In a study lead by Eisuke Fujinawa at the University of Tokyo, a team of students created a procedure for designing compact VR controllers that feel physically larger.

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HTC Announces Multi-million Dollar Vive Art Initiative, Bringing VR to Museums Worldwide

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HTC announced a new multi-million dollar VR initiative aiming to support content, creators and institutions that embrace VR not only as an artistic medium itself, but as a way to better immerse users in all forms of art. The company aptly calls the program VIVE Arts.

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