Reality Bytes: Samsung, Google & Fortnite

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We continue the narrative this week with Maher’s look at Samsung’s AR glasses, Google Maps’ new parking integration and film festivals in Fortnite. Google Maps integrates with a few tech companies to allow you to pay for parking within its app.

Facebook Ends Samsung Gear VR Software Updates, 360 Video Downloads & Films


Facebook is ending software updates for the Samsung Gear VR. Further, users will no longer be able to access films or download the Oculus Video app. The Samsung Gear VR is a smartphone-based VR headset. Like Google Cardboard and its plastic derivatives, users slot in their smartphone which acts as the display and computer. The first Gear VR was released in late 2014 for Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4. No Updates, No Films, No New 360 Video Users.


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Baobab’s ‘Asteroids!’ VR Short Film Now Available


is now available for free on mobile VR platforms including Daydream , Samsung Gear VR and Cardboard for IOS & Android. “From the second the film starts, you are immediately immersed in a world where virtual animated characters become your friends and together, you experience emotions like humor, excitement and compassion, just as you would in real life.”. From its groundbreaking film techniques and captivating visuals, to its cast of well-known celebrities, ASTEROIDS!

The NFL Is Creating a VR Film Series Exclusively For YouTube and Google


It’s difficult to capture the visceral, intense, brutality of the sport on-screen, but documentaries, replays, and a slew of films and television series have done their part over the years. But bringing things even closer to viewers is always the goal and that’s exactly what the NFL aims to do in its latest partnership with Google. 360 Video Experiences Sports documentary google national football league nfl series video Youtube

‘Jesus VR’ Claims First Ever Feature-length VR Film, to Preview at Venice Film Festival

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Jesus VR: The Story of Christ , an upcoming feature-length 360 film, is getting its first public preview at this year’s Venice Film Festival. Hailed as the world’s first ever feature length VR film production, the 90-minute movie depicts the life, works, and death of Jesus of Nazareth. The preview of the feature-length film will last 40 minutes, and will be open to festival-goers from September 1-4.

Samsung Rolls Out Star Wars AR Experience For Galaxy Phones


The galaxy from far, far away is getting a little bit closer this holiday season by way of Samsung right alongside the release of the latest Star Wars film, Rise of Skywalker. It’s sort of like a more involved version of the Playground stickers introduced on the Google Pixel camera app. The post Samsung Rolls Out Star Wars AR Experience For Galaxy Phones appeared first on UploadVR.

Samsung Unveils VR Motion Controller And New Gear 360 Camera


One of Samsung’s biggest annual events, Samsung Unpacked , took place earlier today in NYC where live attendees and online spectators saw the debut of Samsung’s latest mobile effort, the Galaxy S8 and S8+. From cameras and controllers, to content and creativity, here are all of the virtual reality announcements from Samsung Unpacked 2017 : Gear VR Motion Controller. Samsung Gear 360 Camera 2.0. News Gear 360 Gear VR Samsung

Why 360 Film is in the Midst of a Reboot – Part 3: Demand

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The 360 film industry is still young and it’s maturing rapidly. With his name on more than 20 360 film projects to date, Armando Kirwin has had an inside view as to where things started, where they’re going, and why. Over the past three years, the primary customer of 360 film has been big brands. What’s imperative, especially now that we have a massive workforce ready to deploy, is that we figure out how to properly monetize 360 film content.

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

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Announced at the Samsung Developer conference last week, the 360 Round is the company’s new camera for creating and streaming 4K 3D content. One-step stitching and control software, provided by Samsung, allows for 3D 360 livestreaming up to a claimed 4,096 × 2,048 at 30 FPS per eye. Image courtesy Samsung. Samsung says the compact uni-body design is intended to reduce heat, eliminating the need for a cooling fan, reducing weight, size, and background noise.

Discovery and Google Announce VR Travel Series ‘Discovery TRVLR’, First of 38 Episodes to Arrive in November

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Discovery and Google today announced the launch of a new 38-episode VR video series called Discovery TRVLR, a product of both Discovery and Google’s internal VR teams. This means you can watch on Google Daydream View and Cardboard, and with a little extra creativity, on Oculus Rift and HTC Vive with Opera’s new experimental browser and Gear VR through Samsung Internet.

Google Announces ARCore 1.0 Update and New AR Experiences


Google’s ARCore is getting an update that brings improved environmental understanding and lets developers now publish AR apps to the Play Store. The augmented reality SDK currently works on 13 different devices right now (Google’s Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL; Samsung’s Galaxy S8, S8+, Note8, S7 and S7 edge; LGE’s V30 and V30+ (Android O only); ASUS’s Zenfone AR; and OnePlus’s OnePlus 5). Google also teased us with an exclusive Ghostbusters World ARCore app.

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Oscar-Winning Director Kathryn Bigelow Discusses Her First VR Film ‘The Protectors’


Attendees at next year’s Tribeca Film Festival will be the first to experience the debut 360-degree film from Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow titled, The Protectors: Walk in the Ranger’s Shoes. The 8-minute short film was created through a partnership with Here Be Dragons, National Geographic Channel, and Annapurna Pictures. The film gives viewers a first-hand look into the lives of the park rangers who are the only defense for the African elephants who roam freely.

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Side-Kick VR Launches Now You See Me: Back to Macau on Samsung Gear VR


Side-Kick VR launched the virtual reality game Now You See Me: Back to Macau on the Samsung Gear VR. The title will also be on Google Cardboard later this month and on Daydream soon. It’s based on the Now You See Me film franchise from Lionsgate, which was closely involved with the creation of the game. There are seven scenes inspired by the films. Gaming Samsung Gear VR

Google Promoting Pixel and Daydream VR Through Livestreamed Music Festivals


Google is entering the music festival realm this year with news that it’s sponsoring and livestreaming a series of five shows spread across five cities, in support of five different good causes. While the overarching causes are, of course, noteworthy, the series of events is also notable from a technological standpoint, as Google is using them to promote its duo of new smartphones — the Pixel and Pixel XL. Tagged with: concert , festival , goodfest , google.

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Google Daydream Apps to include J.K. Rowling Experience, Gunjack 2, Netflix, and More

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Today at Google’s press event announcing the Pixel phone and Daydream View headset, the company detailed VR content on the way to the Daydream Android VR platform. Along with Daydream VR apps and experiences we’ve seen previously, Google today announced a group of exciting content on the way to the platform. Google says they’ve been working with Warner Brothers on a Daydream VR experience based on J.K. The post Google Daydream Apps to include J.K.

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Venice Film Fest to Launch Virtual Reality Feature About Jesus Christ


Virtual Reality has taken a step forward in the sector of film making and it is coming up with its first ever VR film in the religious genre. Venice International Film Festival is going to screen a 40-minute promo of Jesus VR- The Story of Christ which will be the first ever feature-length movie that will be made entirely for virtual reality. Virtual Reality Jesus VR Venice International Film Festival virtual reality

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VR Experiences to Introduce Your Family to Virtual Reality Over Thanksgiving

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Assuming you aren’t actually hosting Thanksgiving, undoubtedly the easiest VR systems to lug around would be the selection of mobile VR headsets currently on offer, namely Google Daydream and Gear VR. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2017) : While pretty thin in the gameplay department, the overall “wow” effect is big with this little Harry Potter Universe game that lets you explore the film’s world and even do a little magic too. Google Earth VR.

Philip K. Dick-inspired VR Story ‘The Great C’ Now Available on Mobile VR

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Dick inspired VR experience, The Great C (2018) , to Oculus Go, Samsung Gear VR and Google Daydream. The 37-minute sci-fi adventure experience is now available for $6 across all platforms, including versions available on Steam (Vive, Rift) and the Oculus Store (Rift, Go, Gear VR), and Google Play ( Daydream ). The Great C premiered last year at the Venice Film Festival with additional screenings at the Chicago Film Festival, and FEFFS in France.

10 Best Virtual Reality 360° Short Films!


Virtual Reality (VR) film has seen tremendous growth recently. There is quite a number of critically-acclaimed VR/360° films out there that are already popular among viewers. Here are the 10 best short films we've picked out! The official selection of Cannes Le Marché du Film, Toronto International Film Festival, and Tribeca Film Festival. This allowed for seamless set changes, given that the entire 10-minute film was shot in one take.

NextVR Developing Longer Format Original VR Content, Starting With ‘Paranormal Evidence’

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SEE ALSO At 40 Minutes, 'Miyubi' is Felix & Paul's Longest VR Film Yet – Available Today. Paranormal Evidence can be found on the NextVR app from August 1st, available for Samsung Gear VR and Google Daydream systems. 360 Video Daydream Gear VR Compatible Google Google Daydream News Bits Samsung Gear VR daydream vr gear vr nextvr nextvr app nextvr original content nextvr virtual reality broadcast nextvr vr video paranormal evidence

Top 37 VR Film Festivals to Attend in 2018


As virtual reality continues to rise in popularity, more film festivals, both up-and-coming ones and established ones, are opening up virtual reality competitions. Here we selected 37 film festivals dedicated to virtual reality or with VR programs for your reference. Virtual Reality Festival Held annually in Las Vegas, Virtual Reality Festival is one of the first virtual reality film festivals, which also opened world's first VR Lounge.

John Cusack & Christina Ricci Make Their VR Debut In ?Distorted Reality?


To compliment the theatrical film release of Distorted on June 22nd, Minds Eye Entertainment and SkyVR have partnered to produce Distorted Reality , a scripted, live-action cinematic VR distributed through OneTouchVR on Google Daydream, Oculus Go, Samsung Gear VR, Oculus Rift, and iOS. The content will also be available in stereo 3D through the Littlstar app on Sony’s Playstation VR, Google Daydream, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Samsung Gear VR and more.

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Actress Elizabeth Banks Brings Pedigree To VR Animation ASTEROIDS!


While we may be a ways off from having full length virtual reality or 360-degree feature films and even further than that from having them debut in movie theaters in some way, that isn’t stopping big names from getting behind the formats. will feature the voice of Elizabeth Banks who’s known for her role as Effie Trinket in the Hunger Games series of films and is directed by Baobab’s co-founder and Chief Creative Officer Eric Darnell.

Hulu’s VR Comedy ‘Door No. 1’ Launches Today, Catch the Trailer Here

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Written and directed by Nora Kirkpatrick ( The Office, Greeks ) and produced by AOL’s immersive film studio RYOT , the single-episode VR comedy will be available on Oculus Go, Samsung Gear VR, PSVR, Google Daydream and Oculus Rift. 360 film 360 Video News door no 1 hulu Hulu VR snoop dogHulu’s new VR comedy Door No. 1 launches today on the Hulu VR app.

Justice League VR Coming to HTC Vive & Oculus Rift


Warner Bros and DC Entertainment are stepping up promotion for the upcoming superhero film with a few Justice League VR experiences of their own. Expected to be rolled out in phases prior to the theatrical opening on November 17, 2017, the Justice League VR experience will have a four-stage unveiling that culminates with a full blown room-scale experience for HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear VR, Google DayDream and Sony PSVR.

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If ‘Ready Player One’ Doesn’t Suck, It Stands to Positively Impact the VR Industry

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Steven Spielberg’s film adaptation of Ernest Cline’s best-selling novel Ready Player One is hitting the big screen later this month. As a story based in a world where virtual reality headsets are omnipresent and everyone is connected to the massive multiplayer online universe dubbed ‘The Oasis’, many are wondering what role the film will play in VR’s continued push towards mainstream adoption.

New YouTube VR App is Completely Re-designed for Daydream

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YouTube has launched a new app to coincide with today’s Daydream launch, one that’s built for virtual reality headsets and designed from the ground up to work with Google’s ‘next gen’ mobile VR platform. Immersive video and VR film has played a significant role in mobile virtual reality content, a trend that began with Google’s blindingly successful low-cost VR initiative Cardboard, later being taken up by the Oculus engineered Samsung Gear VR.

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Top social VR app AltspaceVR now available on Google Daydream View.

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AltspaceVR today announced a new version of its software — a mobile app that fully supports Google Daydream View and also provides access into AltspaceVR for compatible Android phones even without a virtual reality (VR) headset. AltspaceVR Mobile is available at no cost on Google Play or through the Google Daydream app. “We AltspaceVR supports Google Daydream View with all compatible smartphones.

NextVR Brings Its Live Streamed Events to Oculus Quest

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NextVR’s supported platforms now include Oculus Quest, Samsung Gear VR, PSVR, Google Daydream, Windows VR headsets, Oculus Go, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and Valve Index. 360 film 360 Video News next vr next vr quest nextvr nextvr oculus quest nextvr questNextVR, the VR livestreaming event app, is now available on Oculus Quest for free, which is said to come alongside a new technology that promises clearer and sharper video rendering.

What F8 2017 Means for Mass Market Adoption of Immersive Technologies


The recently launched new Samsung Gear VR with controller was also briefly mentioned as an affordable alternative to the more cost-intensive Rift set-up. Google I/O : May 17-19, 2017. News 360 Film Augmented Reality f8 Facebook Facebook Spaces Mark Zuckerberg Oculus RiftNow that the dust has settled on F8, Facebook’s annual developer conference, it’s time to look back and ask ourselves: what do those announcements actually mean for the end consumers?

Daydream View Hands On: A New Challenger Appears


Today, Google finally pulled the curtain back on its mysterious virtual reality headset: Daydream View. Since its announcement at Google I/O earlier in the year, Daydream has been positioned as a potential usurper to the mobile VR throne currently occupied by Samsung and Oculus with Gear VR. The only phone currently compatible with View is the upcoming Google Pixel (also announced today) but Bavor did state that more working handsets “are coming soon from our partners.”

Experience The 1943 Berlin Blitz In VR


The BBC’s 1943 Berlin Blitz experience, first previewed for selected audiences at the Venice Film Festival where it was very well received, is now available for the general public to download. “We It will also soon be available to watch in 360 on Oculus Go, Samsung Gear VR and Google Daydream. News 1943: Berlin Blitz BBC Gear VR Google Daydream HTC Vive Oculus Go Oculus RiftBBC’s VR experience takes you back to war-torn Berlin during the height of the WW2 blitz.

VRLA’s John Root on AR, Privacy, & eSports in VR

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I had a chance to walk the showroom floor of VRLA 2017 with Root where he took me on a guided tour through the history of VRLA, his thoughts on AR, using VR for film production, the future of privacy in AR/VR, as well as why he is interested in seeing where eSports in VR is headed. Voices of VR Podcast VR Event VR Podcasts ar esports film John Root vrla

VeeR Spotlight: VeeR CEO Presented at 2018 Busan International Film Festival Forum


The 23rd Busan International Film Festival (BIFF), one of the most significant film festivals in Asia, is taking place in Busan , South Korea from Oct. From 2017, BIFF starts to integrate VR section into the program, and this year, it is hosting 3 VR sections to demonstrate this new media, including VR Theater with over 40 global VR films, VR Conference and International VR Forum. . The audiences are absent from the conventional films.

Over 20 Use Cases of Smart Glasses, VR Headsets, and Smartwatches at Airports


Ideas on the ground and on board: The airport industry first began toying with wearable technology with the release of the original Google Glass in 2013. In fact, airports and airlines gave us some of the earliest – and incredibly imaginative – use cases of Google Glass Explorer Edition, arguably the device that set enterprise wearables in motion. Around the same time, Vueling, Iberia, and Air Berlin launched smartwatch boarding passes for early Pebble and Samsung smartwatches.

Cool AR apps to try with Apple’s new phones

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Their phones can be used for some low-end VR, via the Cardboard platform from Google, but they haven’t had anything of their own to match the higher-end Samsung Gear VR and Google Daydream View headsets. Blocker is an application that lets film creators augment film scenes by recording the world around them and place placing virtual objects to the scene. ” Google’s ARCore to compete with ARKit.

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BBC Teases 12-Minute Doctor Who VR Animated Short


The Doctor returns to virtual reality with an original interactive short film. The films director, Mathias Chelebourg, has considerable experience within the medium and is responsible for VR films such as The Real Thing and Alice, the Virtual Reality Play ; the ladder of which received several nominations at the Venice Film Festival.