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.

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

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Oculus today announced that Oculus Go, the company’s standalone 3DOF headset released last month, is finally available for pre-order through Oculus retail partners in the EU and the UK. Shipping and in-store availability is slated for release on June 26th.

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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.

Varjo Raises $31 Million to Further Develop ‘Bionic Display’ Headset

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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.

Mindfield Games Make Their Debut with Ambitious Virtual Reality Adventure P.O.L.L.E.N - OnlySP

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One such company, Finland's Mindfield Games, embarked on their journey to release their first game, Pollen, for VR back in 2013, and their work is now coming to fruition

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.

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.

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.

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Microsoft to Expand HoloLens Availability to 29 More European Markets in December

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Microsoft announced at their at Future Decoded conference in London that HoloLens, the company’s augmented reality headset, will be expanding its international availability to include all of the European Union in December.

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.

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.

Virtuix Omni Starts Shipping to US Customers

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When I first checked out the Virtuix Omni at CES 2015 , I was intrigued, but my wallet stayed firmly in my pocket. The Virtuix Omni is just not practical for the average gamer or even like myself, a self-confessed gadget freak.

AWARD-WINNING MECH COMBAT VIRTUAL REALITY GAME ARCHANGEL AVAILABLE NOW ACROSS ALL PREMIUM VR PLATFORMS FOR NEW PRICE OF $29.99

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Within the week Archangel will also debut in new international territories on PlayStation®VR, including Belgium, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Sweden, and Turkey.

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.

Startup Aims for Retinal Resolution VR Display With 70x “effective resolution” of Today’s Headsets

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Finland-based Varjo has announced a new display technology for AR and VR which the company is calling “the first human eye-resolution VR/AR/XR immersive display.”

‘DiRT Rally’ VR Racer Currently 75% Off, Sale Ends Next Week

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Take on the legendary hillclimb of Pikes Peak, the snowy thrills of Sweden, and the epic scenery of Finland. .

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Downward Spiral: Prologue is a 70's Sci Fi inspired VR game with a soundtrack from HIM frontman Ville Valo.

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About 3rd Eye Studios Located in Helsinki, Finland, 3rd Eye Studios was founded in June 2016 by a group of game industry veterans, who previously worked in senior positions at Remedy Entertainment, Unity Technologies, Bugbear Entertainment, RedLynx and Moon Studios.

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.

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.

Oculus Rift US Pricing vs. Rest Of The World

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Currently the Rift is available in the US and the following European countries: Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. Now that the price has been announced for the Oculus Rift.

Facebook Wins Patent For Human-Eye ‘Retinal’ Resolution VR Headset

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This patent may sound familiar if you’ve heard of the Finland-based company Varjo. Facebook has been awarded a patent for a head mounted display (HMD) which combines a large low resolution display and small high resolution display projected to where the user’s eye is pointed to achieve ‘retinal’ resolution. ‘Retinal’ or “retina” is a term often used to describe angular resolution which at least matches that of the center of the human eye.

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.

FOVE Launches Pre-Orders For Eye-Tracking VR Headset FOVE 0, Starting at $549

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It’s been a long road for FOVE , the creators of the eye-tracking VR headset that hit Kickstarter last summer, but today the company launches pre-orders for their first commercially available product, the FOVE 0.

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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.

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.

Futuremark’s ‘VRMark’ Lets You Check If Your PC Is VR Ready

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The Finland-based studio today launched VRMark on Steam and its own website. Both the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive have a clear set of recommended specs. However, any avid PC gamer knows it doesn’t stop there.

Hands-on: Varjo ‘Bionic Display’ Headset is a Promising Shortcut to Retina Resolution

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Until then, Finland-based VR startup Varjo is using a combination of macrodisplays and microdisplays to put high density resolution to the center of your view without giving up the wide field of view.

Exercising Becomes A Little Easier With This Augmented Climbing Wall

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Developed by Finland-based startup, Augmented Climbing , the futuristic Augmented Climbing Wall uses a smart combination of depth sensors, an advanced projector and proprietary computer vision technology to deliver highly-interactive augmented reality experiences controlled entirely by player motion.

Crytek-Incubated ‘VR First’ Program to Double Number of Academic VR/AR Labs in 2017

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Kajaani University of Applied Sciences, Finland. VR First , the global initiative to seed academic institutions with VR/AR hardware and software, today announced that it’s nearly doubling the number of its VR labs in universities and science parks across the globe by the end of 2017.

Varjo Promises Human-Eye Resolutions For VR This Year

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Varjo is a startup of 19 employees that is only 10 months old based in Helsinki, Finland. A video of a prototype back in Finland showed how this tech can work with AR. I am standing in a virtual living room rendered via Unity. Except I am seeing things I never have before in VR. There is a virtual television on the wall to my left displaying a 4K video of a city.

Downward Spiral: Horus Station Brings Lone Echo-Like Gameplay To PSVR and PC VR This Spring

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It was about a year ago now that myself and UploadVR’s David Jagneaux played through Downward Spiral: Prologue , a surprisingly engrossing teaser for an upcoming game by Finland-based 3rd Eye Studios.

Nokia stops Ozo Development

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Nokia says it will stop development of its Ozo virtual reality camera , leading to 310 job losses in Finland, the US, and the UK. and Finland, the company said, and account for about 35 percent of the 1,090 employees in Nokia Technologies, as the unit overseeing VR efforts (along with Health and licensing of patents) is called.

VRScore Benchmarks Just How ‘VR Ready’ Your PC Really Is With Beautiful Crytek Demo

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We already saw Futuremark’s VRMark launch last November, but today sees the release of VRScore from Finland-based Basemark, developed with the help of AMD, Intel and NVIDIA.

Archangel Gets PSVR Price Drop, Rift And Vive Versions Launch

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Whatsmore, Archangel is also launching on PSVR in Belgium, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Sweden and Turkey today. When Skydance Interactive’s Archangel launched on PlayStation VR (PSVR) two weeks back it costs $39.99. That’s on the upper-end of what we’ve seen for VR games thus far, and it kept some from picking it up. From today, however, Archangel has a new price. Skydance is dropping the game to $29.99

Varjo talks with me about its human eye resolution VR headset and its mixed reality add-on (that will be available at AWE 2019)

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I hope to go to Finland and be able to try his device one day! Varjo. If you follow the evolutions of the virtual reality ecosystem, for sure you know this name: it is a Finnish startup working on developing a headset that features human-eye resolution.

The World’s Largest WebXR Hackathon Returns Next Week

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We received 34 concepts by teams from across 13 countries, including the United States, the Czech Republic, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Japan, Finland, France, Spain, Russia, India, Belgium, and the Netherlands.

New real-time 3D lighting technique heralded as “Holy Grail”

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A pair of computer scientists from Aalto University in Otaniemi, Finland, will soon present a new approach to computing real-time lighting effects that represents a major improvement in both efficiency and accuracy over existing methods.

Nokia Uses Blockchain To Improve Health Data

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Nokia has partnered with OP Financial Group , a Finland-based financial services group, to use blockchain technology to establish more trust in managing health data. According to a Nokia blog, the purpose of the pilot project, which involves 100 people, is to provide individuals more control over their personal health data. Nokia’s experimental blockchain platform used in the pilot puts the focus on privacy and giving users full control over their data ” is said from the company.

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Branson: Basic Income is crucial for the rise of AI

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In Finland you are experimenting with it in at least one city at the moment,” says Branson, who recently announced his support for the idea. Richard Branson has backed the introduction of a universal basic income and said it is crucial to tackling the rise of artificial intelligence (AI). The billionaire said it could help protect people whose jobs will be lost as a result of new technology.

The VRScout Report – The Week in VR Review

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Although the dubious award of #1 goes to Helsinki in Finland, #2-4 are Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane (Singapore is #5). Recapping the top stories covered on the VRScout Report , a weekly live video show and podcast discussing the best in VR, hosted by Malia Probst.

How Brain-Computer Interfaces Can Deliver On VR’s Promises

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Researchers in Finland are experimenting with brainwave analysis as a method for content curation. Serious tech observers generally agree our mixed-reality future will be amazing, and we’re not there yet.