2017

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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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).

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?

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.

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

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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.

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Exclusive: Inside Europe’s Amazing New Volumetric Capture Studio, Dimension

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It was with some confusion that I walked into a bustling lumberyard on the London outskirts of Wimbledon yesterday afternoon.

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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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TheWaveVR Releasing Mind-Bending VR Album With TOKiMONSTA

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With the release of its latest collaboration, TheWaveVR continues to push the boundaries of VR and make a name for itself building mind-bending virtual worlds centered on music. Based in Austin and Los Angeles, TheWaveVR raised a $4 million seed round earlier this year.

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.

VRTK’s Open Source Tools Help New Developers Get Started In VR

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What’s becoming clear in VR development is that with the market split across Rift, Vive and PlayStation VR, the developers of some of the most successful apps like Job Simulator , Fantastic Contraption and Raw Data work hard to make their software work well across all three headsets.

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Google’s Clay Bavor: Our Goal ‘Is To Make AR Mainstream’

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Today, Google is announcing ARCore , a software-based solution for making more Android devices AR-capable without the need for depth sensors and extra cameras. It will even work on the Google Pixel, Galaxy S8, and several other devices very soon and supports Java, Unity, and Unreal from day one.

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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.

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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Impressions: What We Think Of The HP Windows VR Headset Dev Kit

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This week we got our hands-on the first development kit edition of the HP “Windows Mixed Reality” VR headset. Right off the bat let’s clarify that verbiage. Microsoft is using the term “Mixed Reality” as an umbrella to encapsulate VR, AR, and all other related devices.

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.

SIGGRAPH 2017: Feel A Hot Desert Or Freezing Mountain In This Doctor Strange-Inspired VR Project

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Researchers from National Taiwan University and Tamkang University are presenting a project at SIGGRAPH this week that shows potential for VR arcades as it recreates realistic weather effects that could enhance immersion.

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Hands-On: Tales of Glory Wants To Be The Ultimate Medieval Battle Simulator

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Two of my favorite PC games are Chivalry: Medieval Warfare and Mount & Blade (both Warband and the original ) so consider me excited when I saw Tales of Glory for the first time.

Video: Insta360 Teases New Type Of 360-Degree Camera

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Insta360 is one of the companies in the 360 camera space that has been on an absolute tear. Last year it announced the Insta360 Nano which is a popular iPhone-attached 360 camera capable of doing Periscope and Facebook live streaming.

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How VR, AR, & AI Can Change Education Forever – Part 1, Today’s Problems

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Education is an odd bird: we all know it could be better, while at the same time it is the best it has ever been in human history.

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?

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ZED Mini Turns Rift and Vive into an AR Headset From the Future

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Stereo camera company Stereolabs has launched pre-orders for the ZED Mini , a smaller version of their stereo depth-mapping camera which fits on a mount made to attach to VR headsets like the Rift and Vive.

Apple Embraces VR: Every Virtual Reality Announcement From Today’s WWDC Keynote

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At Apple’s World Wide Developer Conference today, the company made a major shift in their embrace of virtual reality with several new VR announcements during the event’s opening keynote.

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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.

Google’s Massive Street View Library Now Available in ‘Google Earth VR’

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Today Google has launched an update to Google Earth VR which brings the company’s huge library of street-level imagery into the application which lets users immersively explore the entire globe.

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More Than 5 Percent Of Facebook’s Employees Are Working On VR

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Two pieces of information from Facebook sources have given us new insight into the division of labor inside the social media giant.

The 9 Best Star Wars VR Experiences We’ve Seen So Far

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Science fiction and virtual reality go together like medieval fantasy and LARPing. Two intergalactic peas in a space pod, if you will.

Studio Share Brings Cooperative Sculpting To Oculus Medium

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Oculus Medium is a creative platform that enables users to create amazingly detailed digital sculptures using the power of VR with their Oculus Rift and Touch controllers.

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VR’s Excellent Animation Tool Tvori Gets Better With Major Update

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We were particularly taken with Tvori when we first saw it last year. This Vive app offers a comprehensive suite of animation features, essentially allowing you to record your own stories in VR. As promising as its beginnings were, though, Tvori was in need of a brush up.

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Racket: NX Is Trying To Turn VR Into A Sport With Gorgeous Mixed Reality

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There is a lot of discussion surrounding VR as a spectator sport. Some folks are even trying to brand the term ‘vSports” as an update to “eSports” for professional VR competition that can attract spectators. But there are serious roadblocks to this evolution.

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