New Zealand Incinerates House to Make Fire Safety VR Experience


The New Zealand Fire Service has burned down an abandoned home to create a virtual reality experience called Escape My House , hoping VR immersion will help prepare homeowners for the worst. Escape My House runs on smartphones, computers, VR goggles and Google Cardboard.

Niantic Launches Harry Potter Wizards Unite as Beta in Australia & New Zealand

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and Portkey Games, launched published to Google Play and the App Store in Australia. The land down under joins New Zealand (who gained access to the beta on April 16), as the lucky guinea pigs for the location-based game.

HTC Applies for ‘Vive Eclipse’ Trademark in New Zealand

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HTC may have more than one new headset in sight than we initially thought when it registered the name ‘Vive Focus’ in the EU and US. The post HTC Applies for ‘Vive Eclipse’ Trademark in New Zealand appeared first on Road to VR.

The AR App That Brings Graphic Novels to Life in New Zealand Schools


The New Zealand Ministry of Education has recently taken this philosophy one step further to reach tech-savvy youths. Fans of comic books and graphic novels believe that this medium is a way to get children interested in reading. The medium relies on text but also uses lots of images.

WellTown Turns Wellington New Zeland Into A VR City With Games


You no longer need to spend roughly one billion hours on a plane to get to New Zeland. Launching today on the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, WellTown turns the New Zealand city of Wellington into a VR landscape.

This Fireproof VR Camera Rig Could One Day Save Lives


The New Zealand Fire Service is testing fireproof 360 camera rigs that could one day save lives. The test footage was captured at a fire service training building and according to the New Zealand Fire Service, never melted in their initial test shoot.

Climax Reveals ‘Towers for Tango’ For Project Tango, ‘Hunters Gate’ For Daydream


Fresh off the release of its VR tribute to Contra , Gun Sight , Climax Studios is back this week with the announcement of two new games for two new platforms. Climax plans to add new ‘Raid’ levels to the experience each week.

Tickets Still Available For Next Week’s ‘VR On The Lot’ Conference


This gathering of VR professionals is unique in the short history of this new medium,” said Jim Chabin, President & CEO Advanced Imaging Society, in a prepared statement. “We A two-day summit on Oct.

Sketchfab Hosts 1 Million Online Scenes While Matterport Posts 250K Virtual Spaces


We mentioned the company as one of the premier AR and VR companies leading the charge and now Matterport is making 250,000 3D spaces you can check out in VR through a new CoreVR program. After 2016, the CoreVR option will be available for $19 per new 3D space.

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

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SEE ALSO New 'Ready Player One' Trailer Debuts as Release Buzz Builds. Cheery old Hobbiton, although maintained as a tourist destination today at a family run farm five miles west of Hinuera, New Zealand, isn’t a ‘real’ place either.

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or later you can use the Gear 360 app (unfortunately, this is not a retrograde compatibility– it only affects the new 2017 version). Air New Zealand is one airlines provider that is testing how the Microsoft Hololens can help improve in-flight customer service.

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

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AR headset distribution is much more dramatic, as students are mainly developing on Microsoft HoloLens (43%), with Google Glass, Vuzix AR headsets, Epson Moverio, Meta AR Dev Kits making up the rest of the pie chart. VR First Institutions (including new openings).

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


The pressure is on for airports to invest in new technologies that improve the efficiency of airport processes and reduce service disruptions; thereby allowing passengers to spend less time in queues and more time enjoying airport facilities. 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.

Leaping Into the AR Magicverse?

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It seemed an exciting proposition back then, sold mainly off the back of some very cool concept videos cooked up by New Zealand-based special effects company WETA (you know, the one from all the Lord of the Rings films).

8th Annual Lumiere Awards For Creative Filmmaking Expands VR Categories


Virtual reality receives new categories as it takes center stage at this years awards for creative work in film, TV & VR. In an unexpected turn of events, the society’s incredibly rare Century Award will be given to the massively successful Google Earth VR application.

Making VR Accessible to Kids One Maze at a Time


That originally was the wheelhouse for Seedling, which started in New Zealand in 2007. Kids are there, they love absorbing anything that’s new.

Our First Look At Microsoft HoloLens 2


And when coupled with existing and new Azure services, HoloLens 2 becomes even more capable, right out of the box,” says Julia White, Corporate Vice President at Microsoft. Microsoft debuts their latest mixed reality device at Mobile World Conference 2019.

Magic Leap’s LEAP Con 2018 round-up: all the major announcements in only one place

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A digital assets of an orc, that was destined to become the character of an animation movie and was later on abandoned, can exit the PC and enter the real world thanks to your help; Air New Zealand’s Fact or Fantasy.

Learning To Design Virtual Reality For Accessibility


Our as-yet untitled VR team’s release for Daydream by Google is due for launch in December, and accessibility has been a major part of our development process. Daydream by Google. Emma Johansson is the VR Product Owner and head of the design team at Runaway Play, a games development company based in Dunedin, New Zealand. Virtual reality is pushing further into the mainstream, and we’re really excited about that at Runaway.

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A hot spot for development, London has birthed a new VR-focused game studio – but not just any game studio. Birthed in New Zealand and raised in Los Angeles, CA, volumetric capture company 8i has announced a Series B round of $27M.

Five ways to use AR/VR for language learning


Live translation using AR I remember showing people the old Word Lens app several years ago (before they were bought by Google and it was wrapped into their Google Translate platform) and watching their jaws drop as text on classroom displays switched languages before their eyes.

The Future of Mixed Reality Is Much Bigger Than Magic Leap


billion in funding from investors such as Google, Andreessen Horowitz and Alibaba. Over the past three years Magic Leap have been one of the darlings of Augmented/Mixed reality. The Florida start-up was valued at $4.5 billion and attracted nearly $1.4

OpenSim land area hits new high of 88,000 regions

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OpenSim land area grew by the equivalent of 3,905 standard regions last month, a new record high of 88,225 regions. The biggest gainer was OSgrid which added 1,404 regions, GreekLife with 857, Kitely with 228 and Atek with 164 new regions.