Vive Focus Standalone Launches In North America And Europe

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HTC’s Vive Focus standalone is launching in North America and Europe starting today with a pitch toward enterprise. The focus on business uses for the headset outside China is an interesting one as the company is facing stiff competition for consumers in the United States from the Google-powered Lenovo Mirage Solo , as well as the $200 Oculus Go headset from Facebook which features a similar pointer-like hand controller.

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.

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Google Doodle encourages people to get COVID vaccine

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The Google letters are lining up to get vaccinated. Google used Wednesday's Doodle animation to spur people to get the COVID vaccine. Each cheerful letter in the Google logo is depicted wearing a mask. SEE ALSO: Top 10 Animated Google Doodles. Credit: screenshot: google.

‘Google Earth VR’ Lets You Experience the Total Solar Eclipse Right Now

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Whether or not you’re in the narrow band of ‘solar eclipse totality’ that’s making its way across the continental United States on Monday, August 21st, Google Earth VR has seen a recent update that will let you experience the rare event from the comfort of your own HTC Vive or Oculus Rift. From a much greater, space-bound vantage point, you can also get a chance to see the ominous dark spot meander across North America in a way otherwise impractical outside of VR.

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Google Expands Cardboard’s Reach Globally

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Google’s foray into VR is now expanding across North America and even across the pond and deep into Europe. The post Google Expands Cardboard’s Reach Globally appeared first on VRJournal. Featured Sidebar Featured VR Industry and Technology Google Google CardboardThe company’s Cardboard.

Discovery and Google collaborate on immersive VR experiences

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This past Friday, Discovery Communications and Google launched the first chapter of Discovery TRVLR, a collaboration that they herald as a “groundbreaking new immersive series,” which aims to provide a 360-degree cross-cultural experience. The app supports a range of mobile and VR platforms, including the new Google Daydream View headset and Google Cardboard. The post Discovery and Google collaborate on immersive VR experiences appeared first on VR World.

Here’s Every Daydream Ready Smartphone

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Google Daydream, the company’s mobile VR platform, is compatible with a number of flagship smartphones from various manufacturers. You’ll of course need a VR headset and controller to go along with your new phone though, but for now there’s only a few choices on the market despite Google sharing the reference design with other OEMs, leaving you with the Google-produced Daydream View ($79) and the slightly cheaper BoboVR Z5 to choose from.

Top VR 360 Movies on YouTube

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Google started adding 360-degree movies back in early 2015. Then we take you through some of the largest whitewater rapids in North America including Hance, Granite, and Hermit, where 15ft standing waves will definitely rock you! 360 Degree Movies Gear VR Google Cardboard Oculus Oculus Rift Video Virtual Reality VR VR Movies VR NewsTheir collection continues to grow, here are some of my favorites I've found.

Zuckerberg to Shareholders: ‘Quest is selling as fast as we can make them’

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Indeed, Quest has been difficult to find in stock in North America and Europe, from both Oculus and official retailers, for some two months since the headset’s launch. Just within the last week or so Quest stock appears to be returning to healthy levels, with the headset estimated to ship directly from Oculus to North America within three days, and to most European regions within one.

Ford VR App Puts You Racing at Le Mans

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Once you’ve downloaded the app, you can use either your phone or a Google Cardboard headset to immerse yourself at the race through an eight-minute narrated video while sitting in the passenger seat of the GT, in the Ford Performance garage and on pit row. Ford partnered with Tool of North America to create the app with 360-degree content. Get up-close with Ford’s latest innovations in this 360-degree video app.

SAP, JFF Labs, and Talespin Launch Skill Immersion Lab for Immersive Learning Soft Skills

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Other partners of JFF Labs include the Departments of Labor and Education, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Walmart, Salesforce, and Google. Booth is SAP North America’s head of Corporate Social Responsibility and was largely behind the implementation of the Skill Immersion Lab.

HTC’s Black Friday Sale Gets You a Free Audio Strap with Vive Purchase, Free ‘Fallout 4 VR’ Code

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HTC recently announced they’ll be sweetening the pot this Black Friday for potential Vive-owners located in North America by throwing a free Deluxe Audio Strap your way when you purchase an HTC Vive. a Deluxe Audio Strap, Google Tilt Brush , a redemption code for  Fallout 4 VR ($60 value), and a free trial to Viveport Subscription. HTC says the $600 bundle is for North American markets only, but more details on European markets will be announced shortly.

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Your VR Guide To Black Friday Deals

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Bundle for North America markets only). Google Daydream View Sale. Google’s Daydream View VR headset is expected to get a discount on Black Friday as well. Be on the look out at Google or Verizon. It’s that time of the year again. While companies like Walmart are preparing for the busiest shopping day of the year with Black Friday VR training simulators , i’m sure all you really care about is how to save some major dough this holiday weekend.

Kid-Friendly AR Experiences From CES 2019

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Attach your smartphone to the Alphapoint Blaster, launch the Nerf Laser Ops app (from the App Store or Google Play), select single player and jump into a drone-zapping, video game-like AR experience. Download the app from the App Store or Google Play, roll out your Plugo gaming base, insert your tablet, place the device on the gamepad, and connect your kit of choice for the ultimate customized gaming and learning experience. Blasters, bots, brain teasers & board games.

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vTime Opens New US Office Led by Former Gartner Research VP Brian Blau

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vTime , the company behind the titular social VR app, today announced the studio is making a strategic expansion into North America with the opening of its San Francisco office. vTime now supports Oculus Rift, Windows VR headsets, Google Daydream, Oculus Go, Gear VR, Google Cardboard, as well as non-VR modes through Android and iOS.

NOLO VR Completes $10 Million Series A Financing Led by BlueRun Ventures

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The system also allows you to play SteamVR games, provided you download a software called RiftCat for mobile headsets such as Samsung Gear VR or Google Cardboard. Daoning Zhang, founder & CEO of Nolo VR, says that more than 10,000 users worldwide have purchased a Nolo CV1, with the core users located in North America, Europe, Japan, South Korea and China.

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Oculus Deploys New Age Rating System for VR Content

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The Oculus Store adds to the list of participating storefronts, which includes Google Play, the Nintendo eShop and the Windows Store. IARC ratings are already used for all Google Daydream VR and Microsoft Hololens AR apps. Currently, the IARC rating system administers content ratings from ESRB in North America, PEGI in Europe, ClassInd in Brazil, USK in Germany and the Classification Board in Australia with more rating authorities expected to join in the future.

Vancouver Emerging As Top Five VR and AR Hub

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Why Silicon Valley is looking north for new investment opportunities. Known in the business as Hollywood North, the area is home to some of the largest VFX stages in North America. Seattle, or Portland, because you’re going up against giants like Google or Microsoft. DeMiroz isn’t the only high-profile venture capitalist looking north.

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Vancouver’s VR/AR Global Summit Puts Content First

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Every day last year, the average North American consumed over 10 hours of digital media. One of the largest industry events in North America, the Vancouver-based conference will spotlight how tech giants and startups are creating new ways to visualize and interact with virtual worlds. I think this is a good thing, as the gigantic pockets of Apple, Google, Magic Leap, Huawei and such like will help fund the creative endeavours of a whole new content ecosystem.”.

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Facebook Open-sources AI Habitat To Help Robots Navigate Realistic Environments

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Major object detection AI systems from Google, Microsoft, Amazon, and Facebook are less likely to work for people in South America and Africa than North America and Europe, and less likely to work for households that make less than $50 a month. Facebook AI Research is making available AI Habitat , a simulator that can train AI agents that embody things like a home robot to operate in environments meant to mimic typical real-world settings like an apartment or office.

HTC Vive Focus launched worldwide: an enterprise standalone headset, starting from $599

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You will be able to finally buy it in Europe and North America for $599, from the dedicated page on the HTC website. After a long wait, finally, the Vive Focus is ready to exit from its home country. HTC Vive Focus Specs. The Vive Focus is HTC’s standalone headset , the one that the Taiwanese/Chinese company wants to use to start making virtual reality widespread.

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Report: Global VR Hardware Revenue To Hit $3.6 Billion in 2017

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The report suggests that premium headset shipments like Google Daydream will see more growth over light mobile headsets. It is expected that 21 million premium headsets will ship this year, more than tripling since 2016, while 59 million light mobile headsets (Google Cardboard) will ship this year, down from 2016 that saw 84 million headsets ship. Google Daydream will sell the most premium headsets in 2017, getting 6.8M

CES 2019: Hands-On With Pico’s G2 4K Enterprise Standalone VR Headset

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The second demo looked like a port of a budget Google Cardboard game and didn’t have much business as a showcase piece of software. The Pico G2 4K releases in North America in the first half of 2019 — the price is still undetermined. Pico showed off the 4K variation of its G2 standalone all-in-one 3DOF VR headset this year at CES and we got the chance to check it out and go hands-on from the show floor.

Christopher Lafayette: Let’s build together an inclusive XR community

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Wait, here I am, a black man in America. Though the majority of BTMP students are located in North America. We also have great representation from Africa, South America, and Europe.

2021 VR/AR Association Global Summit: Metaverse, Convergence, and Adoption

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The VR/AR Association held their annual Global Summit for North America from June 2 through 4. For the second year in a row, the conference was held online but that didn’t stop it from delivering the kind of insights and announcements that we’ve come to expect from the annual event.

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Think in 360 – VR Filmmaking Masterclasses come to Film Festivals.

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While film festivals in Europe and North America have already been promoting Cinematic VR filmmaking, 2016 saw India, and Asia begin to look at Virtual Reality as a knowledge stream to complement a festival’s ‘curated’ VR films section. Earlier versions of the masterclass were also held at Google MENA at Google’s Dubai headquarters in Dubai. Film Festivals: Platforms for evangelizing VR filmmaking.

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TPCAST Shows Off Oculus Rift Wireless Module, Due Out By Year’s End

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The demo they showed was Google Earth VR, and performance seemed perfectly acceptable. At the event, Udi Yuhjtman, TPCast’s GM of North America, said that the Rift version of the module would be priced at or near the same $300 for the Vive version—a price point which is more appealing to VR arcades than home users, but which could still interest power users, especially with the cost of these headsets plummeting in the last 12 months.

Snap Q2 Earnings: The AR Angle

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We also partnered with Bumble and Viber to bring Lenses to their respective mobile apps, and are working with Google to bring our Lenses directly to the new JioPhone in India with a native camera integration. In North America, DAU grew by 5 million or 6% year-over-year to reach 95 million.

AMC Partners Dreamscape, Investing in VR

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The company recently announced a partnership with the startup Dreamscape Immersive to bring VR experiences to North America and the U.K. It will commit $10 million in equity investment and will finance up to six Dreamscape Immersive VR centers within AMC cinemas and standalone locations in North America and the U.K. The world’s largest movie theater company, AMC, is investing in virtual reality.

Polyarc gifts the Moss Soundtrack to new and existing owners during a limited time promotion and opens pre-order sales for its premium collectable CD and vinyl albums

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For all other music enthusiasts, the Moss Soundtrack is now available for pre-order at digital retailers such as Bandcamp , iTunes , Google Play , and Amazon. The bundle promotion is available to everyone in North America and PlayStation®Plus subscribers in Europe for two weeks only. The world of Moss will soon extend beyond the virtual reality headset with the release of the Moss Soundtrack , dropping across major digital retailers August 3, 2018.

Snap Q2 Earnings: The AR Angle

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We also partnered with Bumble and Viber to bring Lenses to their respective mobile apps, and are working with Google to bring our Lenses directly to the new JioPhone in India with a native camera integration. In North America, DAU grew by 5 million or 6% year-over-year to reach 95 million.

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Our First Look At Microsoft HoloLens 2

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One of the more surprising announcements during the presentation, Spatial Anchors serve as a way to share three-dimensional images compatible with Apple’s ARKit as well as Google’s ARCore. To do that, it had to pass the basic impact tests from several protective eyewear standards used in North America and Europe. Microsoft debuts their latest mixed reality device at Mobile World Conference 2019.

AMC created VR App that helps you turn into zombie

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The app, available now for iOS, Android, Gear VR and Google Daydream, will give users the ability to step into the worlds of The Walking Dead and other AMC shows. Just for a reminder, this company recently announced a partnership with the startup Dreamscape Immersive to bring VR experiences to North America and the U.K. Now you can experience the full terror of turning into a zombie from “The Walking Dead” in AMC’s new virtual-reality app.

Oculus and Kaleidoscope Announce DevLab VR Art Incubator

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Originally started in 2015 as a traveling VR film festival spanning 10 cities in North America, Kaleidoscope has really come into its own this year. With over six years of experiential work under his belt, he has helped create interactive experiences for Google, Delta, Diesel, Merrell and Wired, to name a few. The new initiative will help independent creators incubate original VR projects.

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Leveraging 5G Networks to bring VR to South Korea, with Korea Telecom’s Joonmo Park

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Alan: Wow, that's way far ahead of North America. We started the first service in transportation and we launched a pilot VR service in express bus in November 2019 with a company called Kumho Express Bus, which is similar to Greyhound in America.

Leveraging 5G Networks to bring VR to South Korea, with Korea Telecom?s Joonmo Park

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Alan: Wow, that's way far ahead of North America. We started the first service in transportation and we launched a pilot VR service in express bus in November 2019 with a company called Kumho Express Bus, which is similar to Greyhound in America. And I think this is a use case for the technology that we in North America -- and maybe other parts of the world -- have just neglected. Alan: Wow, that's way far ahead of North America.

Building a Better 360 Camera from Consumer to Pro, with Insta360’s Michael Shabun

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He’s the marketing director of Insta360 and leads North American marketing strategy, partnerships and communication efforts. Michael specializes in helping overseas brands build their presence in North America. You see Google.