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.

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.

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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 looks to VR to provide cost-effective training for its operators.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

17 Minutes of Sci-fi Adventure ‘Downward Spiral: Horus Station’, Gameplay Video Here

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Created by Finland-based 3rd Eye Studios , the minds behind the game recently put out an extended look at some of the its atmospheric exploration and puzzles in a new gameplay video.

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

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Finland-based headset maker Varjo has announced it has raised a $31 million Series B investment to continue the development of its novel ‘Bionic Display’ headset which incorporates a high-density display with a wide field of view display as a shortcut toward a ‘retina resolution’ VR headset. Varjo’s Series B investment was lead by London-based investment firm Atomico, with participation from Next47, EQT Ventures, and Lifeline Ventures. The company says the money will be used to scale the company’s workforce from 80 to 200 people over the next year, and to fund the launch of the first Varjo headset which is due out in “late Q4.” The company says the Series B round brings their total investment capital to $46 million. With an expected price between $5,000 and $10,000 per device, Varjo is exclusively targeting enterprise customers with its initial headset. The company says they’re working with Airbus, Audi, Lilium, Saab, Sellen, Volkswagen and Volvo Cars to adapt the headset to enterprise needs, with many companies seeking cheaper and more efficient virtual design and production processes aided by VR equipment. “Decisions are the daily challenge in a product development process. Supporting virtual development means to deliver the highest available quality to enable reliable decisions. Varjo’s technology is convincing and will help us to close the existing gaps and speed up our development cycles using the advantages of a continuous virtual process,” said Jan Pflueger from the Coordination Augmented and Virtual Reality Center Of Competence at Audi in the press announcement of Varjo’s Series B investment. SEE ALSO The Key Technology Behind Varjo's High-res 'Bionic Display' Headset. Varjo has impressed us with its ‘Bionic Display’ headset , which aims to deliver a VR headset with retina resolution—resolution high enough that individual pixels aren’t discernable by the human eye. The company’s approach involves using a large low-density display in conjunction with a small high-density display, offering a view with a central region of retina resolution fidelity without sacrificing the immersion that comes from a wide field of view. The post Varjo Raises $31 Million to Further Develop ‘Bionic Display’ Headset appeared first on Road to VR. News VR Hardware VR Headset VR Investment varjo varjo investment varjo series b

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The XR Week Peek (2020.02.17): Half-Life Alyx will launch on March, 23rd, MWC has been canceled and much more!

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The Virtual Reality nordic is an interesting event about Virtual Reality organized by my partners at MeKiwi (who sponsor some posts on my blog), that will take place in Oulu, Finland. On this special day, let’s all talk about AR and VR! Top news of the week. Image by Valve Corporation).

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.

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.

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.

‘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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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.”

Varjo’s ‘Workspace’ Demo is a Glimpse of VR’s Long Term Future in the Workplace

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Finland-based startup Varjo, makers of high-end enterprise VR headsets, has charted a rapid growth, similar to the early years of Oculus.

NTU Future of Education Summit Wraps up in Singapore

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The EON Reality-Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Future of Education Global Summit in Singapore brought out the who’s who of the academic world.

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.

Now 150 People Strong, Varjo Talks Future Focus, More Affordable Headsets

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Finland-based startup Varjo , maker of high-end enterprise VR headsets, has built an impressive product and charted a rapid growth, seemingly similar to the early years of Oculus.

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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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.

What’s New in Virtual Reality (VR) Headsets in Fall 2019?

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For those unfamiliar, the Varjo comes from a team in Finland, and contains amazing clarity — what their marketing team deems “Human-eye Resolution.” The Virtual Reality (VR) landscape is constantly evolving and improving.

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.

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