2017

Everything You Need to Know About Starting a Podcast in 2018

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I’ve become a morning walking companion to people I may never meet. How is this possible? They take me along in their earbuds as they stream my podcast, Build a Better Agency. It’s a wonderful sign of things to come for marketers willing to venture into the podcasting universe.

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

Road to VR

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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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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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.

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

Road to VR

A giant robot looms over the outskirts of Guiyang, the capital of Guizhou province in China.

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Designers Prototype New Approaches to VR Headset Ergonomics and Input

Road to VR

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).

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Pressure Mounts for Xbox’s Missing VR Strategy as PSVR Rakes in an Estimated Half Billion From Hardware Alone

Road to VR

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.

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

Road to VR

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.

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.

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

Road to VR

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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Poly is Google’s New Platform for Sharing 3D Objects for Use in AR and VR Apps

Road to VR

Google has just launched Poly , a new platform for browsing and downloading 3D objects and scenes.

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

Road to VR

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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MythBuster’s Jamie Hyneman Launches IndieGogo to Build VR Shoes that Act Like Mini Treadmills

Road to VR

Jamie Hyneman of MythBuster’s fame may be retired from the show, but he’s still tinkering in the lab, this time with a new project in mind that aims to address one of the most pernicious problems to date, VR locomotion.

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

Road to VR

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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SteamVR Tracking 2.0 Will Support ~33×33 Foot Playspaces With 4 Base Stations

Road to VR

Valve plans to manufacture and sell new SteamVR Tracking 2.0 base stations in 2018. The new base stations will bring a number of improvements over the current tracking beacons, including the ability to support more than two base stations for a huge tracking volume.

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

Road to VR

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.

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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Oculus Rift + Touch Bundle Gets Permanent Price Cut to $400

Road to VR

Following their highly successful Summer of Rift Sale, Oculus have announced a permanent price cut of the Rift headset and Touch controller package to $399. The new price was revealed by Hugo Barra, Oculus’ Vice President of Virtual Reality at the opening keynote to Oculus Connect 4.

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New Guinness World Record Set With 36 Continuous Hours in Virtual Reality

Road to VR

A 36 hour VR session by Australian Jack McNee, of the YouTube Channel LPVR , has been confirmed by the Guinness World Records organization as the new record to beat for the “longest videogame marathon on a virtual reality game system.”

Google Earth VR Adds Search and Oculus Rift Support

VRScout

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.

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TPCAST Announces Wireless Adapter for Oculus Rift, Arriving Q4 2017

Road to VR

TPCAST , the company known for creating a wireless adapter for HTC Vive, announced that they’ll be delivering a device that supports the Oculus Rift by the end of the year.

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Lytro Announces VR Light Field Rendering Software ‘Volume Tracer’

Road to VR

Lytro , the once consumer-facing light field camera company which has recently pivoted to create high-end production tools , has announced a light field rendering software for VR that essentially aims to free developers from the current limitations of real-time rendering.

Microsoft Joins OpenXR, Becoming a Decisive Backer in the Open, Royalty-free VR/AR Standard

Road to VR

Khronos Group , the consortium behind the OpenXR project which aims to standardize the way applications communicate with AR and VR headsets, just added Microsoft to its ranks.

The 3 Biggest Challenges Facing Augmented Reality Today

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

Road to VR

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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Samsung Introduces Pro-focused ‘360 Round’ Camera for 4K 3D Livestreaming

Road to VR

Announced at the Samsung Developer conference last week, the 360 Round is the company’s new camera for creating and streaming 4K 3D content. The camera appears to be a reboot of the ‘Project Beyond’ camera that the company introduced back in 2014 but never brought to market.

HTC Announces ‘Vive Focus’ Standalone VR Headset

Road to VR

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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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.

Magic Leap Updates Site in Preparation for the “journey to launch”

Road to VR

Magic Leap today launched a refresh of their official website which includes a new teaser stating that the company wants to “[take] you with us on this journey to launch.

AiSolve Acquires Clay Park VR, Installs Founder as Head of North American Operations

Road to VR

AI and VR development firm AiSolve has acquired Clay Park VR , an LA-based strategy and advisory consultancy headed by Oculus-alum Shauna Heller. Heller takes up the position of president of AiSolve’s newly formed North American operations.

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.

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