Finland celebrated May Day by throwing a massive VR concert

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May Day is a real cause for celebration in Finland, but since the country is practicing social distancing in hopes of slowing the spread of coronavirus, many in-person celebrations had to be put on hold. More about Music , Youtube , Virtual Reality , Finland , and May Day.

Futuristic cabin floats inside a Finnish forest

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More about Design , Architecture , Sustainability , Finland , and Tech. Design Architecture Sustainability Finland TechDesigned by Studio Puisto , Niliaitta is a futuristic take on the elevated wooden huts utilized by the indigenous Samí people to store food. Read more.

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Hands-On: Angry Birds AR: Isle of Pigs Reinvents the Franchise for Mobile, but Smartglasses Are Its Destiny

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Finland-based Rovio, one of the pioneers of mobile gaming, is now ready to break new ground in augmented reality with its Angry Birds franchise. Along with its AR development partner, Sweden-based Resolution Games, the publisher is following up Angry Birds FPS: First Person Slingshot for the Magic Leap One with a return to its mobile roots in Angry Birds AR: Isle of Pigs, which arrives on the App Store for ARKit-compatible iPhones and iPads on April 29.

Taser manufacturer Axon bolsters VR efforts

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Public safety technology company Axon announced last week that it has hired an imaging engineering team that will work from a new R&D office in Tampere, Finland. The engineers will focus on improving Axon’s wearable and in-car products, in addition to building solutions that utilize AR, VR and AI.

Microsoft to Expand Azure Kinect’s Computer Vision Tech to Commercial Market

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” Microsoft has also recently expanded HoloLens 2’s availability to Italy, Netherlands, Switzerland, Spain, Austria, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Belgium, Portugal, Poland, Singapore, South Korea, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.

Nuclear Power Plant Uses VR For Control Room Training

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This is why Fortum, one of the largest nuclear power plants in Finland, has started using VR as a way to train employees for a variety of potentially deadly situations that could happen in a power plant control room. Fortum’s VR training room is located at its site in Loviisa, Finland, where 90 percent of the employees have already completed the training. Fortum looks to VR to provide cost-effective training for its operators.

Varjo Raises $54M Financing to Support Its Retina-Quality VR/AR Headsets for Enterprise

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Varjo, the Helsinki, Finland-based creators of high pixel density VR/AR headsets for enterprise, today announced it’s closed a $54 million Series C funding round.

The VR Job Hub: Rewind, Holoride, Varjo & More

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Helsinki, Finland. Helsinki, Finland. Helsinki, Finland. Helsinki, Finland. Helsinki, Finland. Every weekend VRFocus gathers together a number vacancies from across the virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR) industry, in locations around the globe, to help make finding the ideal job easier.

3rd Eye Studios Raises $1 Million For Its VR, PC, And Mobile Gaming Dev Tool

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3rd Eye Core is testing in China and Finland. 3rd Eye Studios — which is based in Helsinki, Finland — is also working on its VR game, the sci-fi thriller Downward Spiral: Horus Station. 3rd Eye Studios announced today that it has closed a $1 million round of funding. The company will use the investment on its toolset, 3rd Eye Core, which is a cross-platform suite for PC, mobile, and virtual reality game development. It will have an official launch some time in 2018.

Here’s Every Country & Store Where Quest 2 is Officially Being Sold

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Jump to: Australia | Austria | Belgium | Canada | Denmark | Finland | France | Iceland | Ireland | Italy | Japan | Netherlands | New Zealand | Norway | Poland | South Korea | Spain | Sweden | Switzerland | Taiwan | United Kingdom | United States. Where to Buy Oculus Quest 2 in Finland.

Made in Europe: 5 European XR startups at the service of art that you should know about.

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Zoan (Finland) Launched in 2010, Zoan is the largest VR studio in Finland that specialises in 3D and VR storytelling. As a complement to this project, Zoan produced a VR event in Helsinki city centre for Finland’s National Party (May Day) that took place during the COVID-19 lockdown.

These Are the Countries Where You Can Still Buy Quest & Rift S Direct From Oculus

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Finland. ×. With a successful holiday season under its belt, Facebook was no doubt looking forward to resupplying its retail partners with more Oculus Quest & Rift S stock.

VIVE Hardware Energizes “Best-in-Class” Military Training From Street Smarts VR

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Private contractor Lockheed Martin employs virtual training with Varjo , an Enterprise XR headset manufacturer based in Finland. Training has been a major use case for VR since its earliest days and the military has been there since day one.

HoloLens 2 Sales Expanding to 15 More Countries, ‘Development Edition’ Launches in the US

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Now Microsoft is expanding the regions where it will sell HoloLens 2 to 15 new countries: Italy, Netherlands, Switzerland, Spain, Austria, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Belgium, Portugal, Poland, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.

Your Android device becomes a mini-Xbox on Sept. 15

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Project xCloud is almost here. Microsoft's long-hyped entry into the realm of cloud gaming is coming on Sept. 15, starting with Android devices. In practical terms, that means Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers will be able to play more than 100 games on their Android smartphones or tablets.

Visually-Stunning Planetrism Gets A Demo On Rift And Vive

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Built in Unreal Engine 4, Planetrism is developed by Mika Laaksonen and Kimmo Kaunela, from Turku, Finland. Planetrism looks like it could be a new visual showcase for your VR headset, and you can get a taste of it right now. It looks to be a sci-fi role-playing game (RPG) with survival elements. In it, you explore a new planet located light years away from our solar system.

How MeKiwi ported Cave Digger to 7 different VR platforms

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MeKiwi is a very interesting indie studio in Finland : they have published a very popular VR game like Cave Digger, and they have also experimented with something artistic with ArtPulse.

Quest 2 Stock Starting to Slip Ahead of Black Friday

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Finland. Though it has held fairly steady since its launch in October, the stock of Oculus Quest 2 is starting to dwindle heading into the Black Friday holiday shopping season.

The Best VR Events and Concerts Planned for 2021

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In March 12 & 13 , the symphonic metal band Nightwish from Finland will offer its fans a unique two-nights VR performance within a tavern built in virtual reality world, as part of their upcoming world tour.

Google Play Store will soon let Android users download gambling apps

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and 14 other countries — Australia, Belgium, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Romania, Spain, and Sweden — will join Brazil, France, Ireland, and the United Kingdom as places where Google-sanctioned in-app gambling is allowed. "We

Mining Sim Cave Digger Coming To Quest, New Expansion Announced

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Our sincere thanks go also to Business Finland and Oculus for making this possible. “Immersive Mining Simulator” can safely be filed under game genres I’d probably never play if they weren’t in VR, so thankfully Cave Digger by VRkiwi is on basically every major 6DOF VR headset available.

Serve Drinks To Ripped And Beardy Dwarves In Taphouse VR

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Taphouse VR, from Catland Studios in Finland, follows in that tradition. Bar simulators have a long and storied history in video games, going back to 1983’s Tapper. The elevator pitch from the developers describes their HTC Vive title like this: “It’s kind of like My Summer Car had a baby with Job Simulator- My Summer Bar, if you will.”

Glue Collaboration Raises $3.85M Financing to Further Develop Business-focused Social VR Platform

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Business Finland, the Finnish funding agency for technology and innovation, and OP Bank also provided funding for the development of Glue. Glue Collaboration , a Helsinki-based company developing remote collaboration tools for AR/VR, today announced that it has completed a new seed round of financing, raising a total of €3.5 million (~$3.85 million) to support continued growth of its business-focused social VR platform.

Facebook Expects Coronavirus Will Have “additional impact” on Oculus Quest Availability

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Finland. After being backordered by weeks in many regions, Oculus Quest is now “unavailable” from Oculus in 17 out of 23 regions where the unit is sold, including the United States, Canada, and much of Europe. Facebook says the Coronavirus outbreak is to blame.

VR Mining Game ‘Cave Digger’ Coming to Steam for Free This Week, Launch Trailer Here

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Created by Finland-based indie studio VRKiwi , the game takes place in the confines of the mining elevator, letting you gain greater resources so you can mine deeper into the unknown. Cave Digger is an upcoming room-scale mining game for SteamVR-compatible headsets that places you deep into the Earth using your handy mining elevator and a number of mining tools and devices to extract valuable resources.

Oculus Introduces $299 Go for Business Bundle

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Currently, the bundle is scheduled to release in the US, Canada, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK. Facebook’s affordable standalone VR headset, Oculus Go, is looking to finally make the platform a mainstream hit with consumers. But it appears Go forms a big part of the Oculus for Business strategy, too.

Oculus Announces $300 Commercial ‘Go for Business’ Bundle, Pre-orders Now Available

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The company is currently only shipping to the US, Canada, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK. Oculus Go, the company’s recently launched standalone VR headset, is already on store shelves starting at $200 for the 32 GB version. And just like the company’s previous Rift for Business announced last year, now it’s Go’s turn for the commercial treatment.

VIVE Hardware Energizes “Best-in-Class” Military Training From Street Smarts VR

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Private contractor Lockheed Martin employs virtual training with Varjo , an Enterprise XR headset manufacturer based in Finland. Training has been a major use case for VR since its earliest days and the military has been there since day one.

Oculus Go to Hit UK & European Retailers This Month, Pre-orders Now Available

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UK and European residents have (mostly) been able to order Oculus Go directly through the Oculus website since it launched early last month, with the company delivering to many countries in the EU and Schengen Zone including Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK.

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Downward Spiral Hits PC VR This Month, PSVR Soon

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The zero-gravity adventure, developed by Finland-based 3rd Eye Studios, will be releasing on PC on March 31st with optional support for the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Windows VR headsets for $19.99/£14.99. We’ve been keeping an eager eye on Downward Spiral: Horus Station since the launch of its prologue chapter last year, but now the full thing is nearly here.

Horror Roguelike ‘The Persistence’ to Arrive on PSVR July 24th

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Pre-orders are already available (strangely enough) in both the Finland and Romania PSN stores, which list the game for around $30. The Persistence is an upcoming rougelike shooter from Firesprite Games , the studio behind The Playroom VR.

Varjo Announces AR Pass-through Capability for Its ‘Bionic Display’ Headset

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Varjo, the Finland-based headset manufacturer, today announced the company’s upcoming high resolution VR headset will have AR pass-through capabilities powered by Socionext image signal processors. Varjo’s headset is basically taking what some consider a shortcut to retina resolution with its ‘bionic display’ – a technique that combines a high resolution microdisplay with a standard VR display to achieve higher detail.

Pre-orders for TPCast Wireless VR Add-on Now Available in Europe

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TPCast pre-orders are available in the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and UK. TPCast, the wireless streaming device that lets HTC Vive owners play VR games cable-free, is now available for pre-order in most of continental Europe starting at €349 (or the regional equivalent).

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Downward Spiral’s PSVR Version Is Releasing Very Soon

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Finland-based 3rd Eye Studios this weekend confirmed that its VR space odyssey, Downward Spiral: Horus Station, will arrive on Sony’s headset sometime in August. The PSVR version of one of our favorite VR games of the year so far is nearly here. Writing in a blog post, the studio noted the console version was “in the final stages of certifications” with a few last bugs to fix.

Nokia and Xiaomi Announce a Long-term Partnership to “Explore” AR and VR

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The deal represents a positive strategic move for both companies, with Finland’s Nokia gaining a significant Chinese partner, and China’s Xiaomi bolstering their patent portfolio as they look to expand their products and services business globally. The Finnish and Chinese companies today signed a cross-licensing patent deal ‘focused around the data center’, according to a CNBC report.

Trek Is A VR Travel App From The Makers Of Time Machine VR

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You can check out Finland’s capital and admire the Northern Lights in the Archipelago. A new app from one of our favorite VR developers slipped out below our radar a few weeks back, so we thought we better tell you about it. Trek: Travel Around The World is a brand new travel app from Minority Media, the studio that brought us entertaining VR time travel game, Time Machine VR, as well as great non-VR titles like Papo & Yo.

Oculus & ESL Return For VR League: Season Two

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Canada, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and United Kingdom. Five new titles, generous prizes, and a more flexible tournament system could take VR eSports to new heights. Whether it’s the conventional headset technology used in Ready Player One, or the futuristic, cerebral connection featured in Sword Art Online, it seems as though the end goal for competitive esports has always been VR.

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