2017

Virtually Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Every Timezone with the ‘VRChat’ Community

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Ever wished you could jet set around the world fast enough to ring in the New Year at a party in every timezone? Well that might not be quite possible, but VRChat is offering something close.

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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.

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.

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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‘Facebook Spaces’ Gets HTC Vive Support, Now the Company’s First Cross-platform VR App

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Oculus parent company Facebook today announced it’s bringing Spaces , the company’s own social VR app, to HTC Vive. Like YouTube, which Google recently brought to the Vive , Facebook works only when it’s available to as many people as possible.

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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.

Exclusive: Leap Motion Explores Ways to Make Controller-free Input More Intuitive and Immersive

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There’s an intuitive appeal to using controller-free hand-tracking input like Leap Motion’s ; there’s nothing quite like seeing your virtual hands and fingers move just like your own hands and fingers without the need to pick up and learn how to use a controller.

‘L.A. Noire: The VR Case Files’ Now Available, Rockstar’s Debut VR Game

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Rockstar Games, the mega studio behind Grand Theft Auto , Red Dead Redemption , and plenty more, has launched its debut VR title, L.A. Noire: The VR Case Files. The game is an adaptation of L.A. Noire (2011), which has had a number of its missions reworked specifically for VR.

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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‘Vacation Simulator’ is Owlchemy Labs’ New VR Game Slated for 2018

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Owlchemy Labs, creators of Job Simulator (2016) and Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality (2017) tonight announced their latest VR title, Vacation Simulator.

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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‘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.

Arcade Boxer ‘Knockout League’ Coming to PSVR

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Popular VR boxing title Knockout League is coming to PlayStation VR. The game has remained in Early Access on SteamVR, Viveport, and Oculus stores for almost a year, but no release window for PSVR has been confirmed.

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.

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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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.

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

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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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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.

‘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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TPCAST Shows Off Oculus Rift Wireless Module, Due Out By Year’s End

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TPCAST announced last month plans for an Oculus Rift version of their wireless module. This week at the SVVR offices in Silicon Valley, the company showed off a functional version of the module for the first time.

The Best VR Hardware Has Never Been Cheaper Than Right Now

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If you’re thinking of pulling the trigger on finally getting a VR system, there’s no better time than now to basically get any headset currently on the market at a discounted price.

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.