Google Appears to Be Ramping Up R&D Efforts for “New and novel” AR/VR Lenses

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Though there wasn’t much groundbreaking in the Daydream news shared at Google I/O this year, the company is growing its AR/VR team at an accelerated rate, suggesting Google has a number of things up its sleeve yet.

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Google Earth VR Adds Search and Oculus Rift Support

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It was six months ago when Google launched a VR version of Google Earth for the HTC Vive. And still to this day, Google Earth VR remains one of the best, if not the best, app experiences available in VR. Now Google Earth VR is getting a major update.

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Google’s Massive Street View Library Now Available in ‘Google Earth VR’

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Today Google has launched an update to Google Earth VR which brings the company’s huge library of street-level imagery into the application which lets users immersively explore the entire globe.

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Google Reveals Experimental 6DOF Controllers for Lenovo Mirage Solo

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It appears Google has made some serious headway on its low-cost, mobile inside out VR controller tracking standard first seen back in April. The post Google Reveals Experimental 6DOF Controllers for Lenovo Mirage Solo appeared first on Road to VR.

Google: Don’t Expect 6DOF Controllers for Lenovo Mirage Solo

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If you’re waiting on positionally-tracked controllers for Google’s latest entry into the Daydream platform, the standalone 6DOF VR headset Lenovo Mirage Solo, you probably won’t ever see it, at least not from Google.

Google Demonstrates Promising Low-cost, Mobile Inside-out Controller Tracking

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But we could see that change in the near future, thanks to research from Google which details a system for low-cost, mobile inside out VR controller tracking. Image courtesy Google. Image courtesy Google. Image courtesy Google.

How Google’s Latest VR Moves Are a Major Blow to Oculus’ Mobile Strategy

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Last week at Google’s I/O 2017 developer conference the company made a number of new announcements which are very exciting for VR consumers. Oculus was first to market in the ‘high-end’ mobile VR space when they launched Gear VR in conjunction with Samsung in 2014.

Google Files Patent Application For Hand-Controlled Mobile VR Headset

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VR Quiz Game ‘Go Guess’ Uses Google 360 Captures to Make You Guess Where You Are

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Go Guess (2018) is a new interactive VR quiz game from developers Oblix that tosses you into Google 360 captures and makes you to guess where you are. The post VR Quiz Game ‘Go Guess’ Uses Google 360 Captures to Make You Guess Where You Are appeared first on Road to VR.

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Google, Sony And Oculus Unite To Establish VR Industry Standards

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Google, Sony, Oculus, Samsung, Acer and HTC have combined their efforts in order to create a healthy and equal industry for virtual reality hardware and software to develop and expand. The post Google, Sony And Oculus Unite To Establish VR Industry Standards appeared first on VRScout.

Report: Google Ditched Plans for High Spec Oculus Rift Rival

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Google had a high-end, standalone virtual reality headset in the works that was recently ditched in favour of the Android-centric ‘Daydream’ VR platform, a new report suggests. See Also: Google Announce ‘Daydream’ a VR Platform for Android N.

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Google Announces ‘Blocks’, a VR App Like ‘Tilt Brush’ for Modeling 3D Objects

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Google wants to make it easier for VR/AR app developers to create 3D objects with its new app revealed today called Blocks, a program designed to let you build assets for the immersive mediums from within the VR headset itself. image courtesy Google. image courtesy Google.

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Google Pays Homage to Film Pioneer Georges Méliès in VR Short ‘Back to the Moon’

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Google is celebrating the life and artistry of French film pioneer Georges Méliès today with a charming VR short that commemorates his iconic silent films including the groundbreaking A Trip to the Moon (1902).

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Google’s 6DOF Controllers Shown With Trigger And Grip Buttons

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New photos of Google’s developer kit for 6DOF controllers show the complete button design, including trigger and a “grip” button right next to it. Google is currently accepting applications for the kit which comes with a faceplate for the headset that plugs into the side. Mirage Solo , which runs apps from the Google Play store, started shipping earlier this year with only a single pointer-only controller. VR Industry News google

Now on Rift, ‘Tilt Brush’ is the First Google App on Facebook’s VR Platform

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After a long and somewhat awkward period of Google keeping all of their VR apps from Facebook’s VR platforms on desktop (with Rift) and mobile (with Gear VR), Tilt Brush is the first VR olive branch extended across the platform gap between these two major tech competitors.

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The Top 5 Games for Oculus Rift

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So, you just bought an Oculus Rift and you want to know what to download first (besides the free stuff). In our breakdown of the top 5 games for Oculus Touch and top 5 for the Xbox One gamepad, we take a look at some of the best games currently on the Oculus Store.

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Google Partners With CyArk to 3D Scan the World’s Historical Sites, Provide Open Access to Data

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Google has partnered with CyArk , the non-profit studio behind VR app MasterWorks: Journey Through History (2018), to expand CyArk’s mission to 3D laser-scan the world’s historical sites and provide open access to the data.

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Google ‘Blocks’ Update Matures Tools for Even Easier 3D Modeling in VR

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Google Blocks, the 3D object creation tool for VR/AR app developers, just got a big update that includes new environments, improved object snapping, and a number of experimental features that the company says makes Blocks “more powerful and even easier to use.”

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Street View Comes To Google Earth VR

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Last year Google launched a VR version of Google Earth , letting you visit locations around the world in 3D. I’d love to skip down the street with the tap of the controller, just like we’ve grown familiar with from Google Maps. Image Credit: Google Street View.

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Google Has Shipped Over 10 Million Cardboard Viewers

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The Google VR team shared some impressive figures at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week – more than 10 million Cardboard viewers have been shipped worldwide. Google’s low-cost smartphone enclosure for viewing VR content has been available since 2014.

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Google Responds to ‘Earth VR’s’ Absence on Oculus Rift

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Yesterday, Google shook up the virtual reality scene by both announcing and releasing a brand new immersive experience: Google Earth VR. ” This message appears even for the very developers that have managed to obtain a pair of Oculus Touch controllers, which don’t release to consumers until next month. For some VR fans, this was a shock since a number of VR games support Oculus Touch and the Rift through Steam.

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Google Daydream Review: Casual VR Closes the Gap

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Today marks the launch of Google’s high-end Android VR platform, Daydream , a major step beyond Cardboard and a serious competitor to Gear VR. At launch, Google is releasing five first-party Daydream apps, with another five coming from third-parties.

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Google & Song Exploder Create ‘Inside Music’ VR App to Help You Better Appreciate Songs

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Song Exploder, the popular music podcast that lets musicians explain every part of their songs, has gotten some help from Google to create a new app that throws you in the middle of song so you can experience it like never before.

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Latest Chrome Update Lets Google Daydream Users Easily Browse the Web in VR

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We knew that Google was working on adding VR capabilities to its mobile version of Chrome since last year. ” Daydream’s VR Playstore, image courtesy Google. The post Latest Chrome Update Lets Google Daydream Users Easily Browse the Web in VR appeared first on Road to VR.

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Google’s ‘YouTube VR’ App is Coming to Gear VR Alongside Social Viewing Update

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Google is finally bringing the official YouTube VR app to the Oculus Store for Samsung Gear VR soon. Google also announced a new social feature coming alongside the Gear VR app which will allow you to chat with friends while watching videos.

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Google’s Experiment With Light Fields Show Potential of VR

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Google is working on ways to create the most realistic sense of presence while in VR. To help with that, Google has been experimenting with light fields to show how VR can come as close as possible to what you’d actually see if you were there. Image Credit: Google VR.

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First Look: Oculus Venues and Oculus TV

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These apps hope to make the Oculus Go your next entertainment device. The $200 standalone VR headset from Oculus has finally arrived. the Oculus Go is part of Oculus’ larger goal to getting one billion consumers into VR. Oculus Venues. Oculus TV.

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Google Earth VR Now Officially Supports Oculus Rift With Touch, Adds Quick Search

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The Future Begins: October Will See Big VR Moments From Google, Facebook, and Sony

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Google Brings WebVR to Chrome, All Major PC VR Headsets Supported

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Google recently pushed out Chrome 66, the latest update to the company’s web browser. Unbeknownst to the VR community, Google also quietly included WebVR integration for OpenVR-compatible headsets including Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and Windows “Mixed Reality” VR headsets.

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Google Expects “Tens of Millions” of Daydream-Ready Devices on the Market By Year’s End

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During Day 2 of Google I/O 2017, following major announcements of support for standalone VR headsets and a ‘2.0’ image courtesy Google. The post Google Expects “Tens of Millions” of Daydream-Ready Devices on the Market By Year’s End appeared first on Road to VR.

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YouTube VR Now Available On Oculus Go

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Owners of the Oculus Go can now breathe a collective sigh of relief as the official YouTube VR app has finally landed on the standalone 3DoF mobile VR headset roughly 6 months after its original release. YouTube VR is available for download now on the Oculus Go via the Oculus Store.

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Google’s ‘Tilt Brush’ Gets New Beginner Mode to Make VR Art Creation Easier

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Now, Google is making Tilt Brush easier with its new ‘Beginner Mode’ so newcomers aren’t so overwhelmed by the app’s growing tools and features. Tilt Brush, once a freebie with purchase of HTC Vive, now sells for $20 on both Steam and the Oculus Store.

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Oculus Exec Doesn’t Think Google Daydream Can Match Gear VR

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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.

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

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Google Earth VR’ on Oculus Store. ‘Google Earth VR’ on Steam. The post ‘Google Earth VR’ Lets You Experience the Total Solar Eclipse Right Now appeared first on Road to VR.

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Google I/O - VR Headset Imminent?

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Google's I/O event starts tomorrow, Wednesday @ 10 am PST. Google's I/O event is similar to Apple's WWDC and Facebook's F8 conferences, except perhaps bigger! Google is making no secret of the fact that it is pushing Virtual Reality.

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Oculus Go, Mirage Solo, and Vive Focus Standalone Headsets Compared

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In this article we compare three standalone VR devices which will be available worldwide this year: the Oculus Go, Lenovo Mirage Solo, and HTC Vive Focus. Oculus Go – Value Oriented. Image courtesy Oculus. Check out Everything We Know About Oculus Go (so far).

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Google Reveals Experimental 6DOF Controllers For Daydream, Dev Kits Incoming

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Google revealed an experimental accessory for the Lenovo Mirage Solo which adds a pair of six degrees of freedom controllers to the standalone Daydream headset. A Google blog post describes the way the faceplate communicates with the controllers as a “unique optical tracking system” which “uses machine learning and off-the-shelf parts to accurately estimate the 3D position and orientation of the controllers.” AR Google VR Industry News Lenovo Mirage Solo

This Restaurant is Using Google Daydream to Train Employees

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Developed for Google Daydream, honeygrow’s vr training app uses the platform’s remote control to drive interactions, something the developers say made it especially easy for VR newcomers. 360 film 360 Video Google Daydream Games News VR Training

Google’s ‘Son Of Jaguar’ 360° Short Film Now Available On YouTube

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When we first heard about Jorge Gutierrez’s Google Spotlight Stories project, Son of Jaguar , I don’t think any of us were expecting the colorful journey we were about to experience. The post Google’s ‘Son Of Jaguar’ 360° Short Film Now Available On YouTube appeared first on VRScout.

Oculus Exec Doesn’t Think Google Daydream Can Match Gear.

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Oculus Exec Doesn’t Think Google Daydream Can Match Gear VR “I think that Gear VR is also going to be far and away the best mobile VR experience out there,” he said, adding that he thought it would remain that way for a long time. “I oculus daydream google vr virtual reality

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Google Acquires Owlchemy Labs, VR Game Studio Behind ‘Rick and Morty VR’, ‘Job Simulator’

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In an interesting move, Google has acquired Owlchemy Labs , makers of the multi-platform hits Job Simulator (2016) and Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality (2017). But what does Google have in store?