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? Job Simulator, image courtesy Owlchemy Labs.

Vacation Simulator Release Date Finally Announced (For PC)


The Vacation Simulator release date has just been revealed and you won’t have to wait long to play it. Owlchemy Labs’ follow-up to Job Simulator hits PC VR on April 9th. As with Job Simulator, though, don’t expect everything about the world to be entirely accurate.

Owlchemy’s ‘Vacation Simulator’ Launch Pushed Back to Early 2019

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Owlchemy Labs , the studio behind breakout VR parody game Job Simulator (2016) , announced that their upcoming sequel Vacation Simulator is coming to VR headsets in 2019, and not 2018 as previously planned.

‘Vacation Simulator’ is Owlchemy Labs’ New VR Game Slated for 2018

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Owlchemy Labs, creators of Job Simulator (2016) and Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality (2017) tonight announced their latest VR title, Vacation Simulator. The post ‘Vacation Simulator’ is Owlchemy Labs’ New VR Game Slated for 2018 appeared first on Road to VR.

Vacation Simulator Coming To PSVR After PC Headsets This June


Vacation Simulator, the long-awaited direct follow-up to Job Simulator from Google-owned Owlchemy Labs, finally has a PSVR release date set for June 18th, 2019. What do you think of Vacation Simulator from what you’ve seen so far?

Vacation Simulator Release Date Pushed Into 2019 By Owlchemy Labs


The release date for the follow-up to Job Simulator shifted out of 2018 and into 2019, an update today from development studio Owlchemy Labs confirms. Vacation Simulator is a larger follow on to Owlchemy’s groundbreaking game Job Simulator created for the 2016 launch of the HTC Vive. Job Simulator has since launched on pretty much all VR headsets that offer robust 6DoF hand controllers. VR Industry News owlchemy labs Vacation Simulator

VR Simulation Teaches Canadian Children The Importance Of Road Safety


Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s UAB’s Youth Safety Lab previously developed a 360-degree VR experience for Google Cardboard headsets in which children could practice road safety in the classroom.

Rick and Morty VR and Job Simulator Dev Owlchemy Labs Acquired By Google


Today Google announced via their blog that they’ve acquired Owlchemy Labs, the creators of Job Simulator and Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality. The partnership will be similar to Google’s role with Tilt Brush studio, Skillman & Hackett.

VR & Memory, and Fate vs Free Will in Simulation Theory

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In my Voices of VR episode about Google Earth VR , I talked about how the principle of embodied cognition explains how our memories are tied to geographic locations. But right now Google Earth’s resolution at the human scale is really uncanny, and you can’t go inside.

Google Opens ‘Maps’ API So Devs Can Create ‘Pokémon Go’-style Games

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During the Google Developer Day presentation at GDC 2018, Product Manager Clementine Jacoby and Engineering Lead Patrick Donelan at Google Maps presented the team’s progress in bringing their technology and data to game developers. Image courtesy Google.

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London’s Otherworld Might Just Be The Coolest-Looking VR Arcade In Existence


When visitors enter the sterile white environment, they are immediately greeted to two identical rows of cylindrical pods, each of which housing an HTC Vive Pro set-up as well as extra-sensory and haptic feedback technology that can simulate heat, wind, various scents, even physical rumbling.

Google Acquires Eye-tracking Company Eyefluence, Reportedly Building VR Headset With Tech

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A report from Engadget published yesterday maintains that Google’s secret standalone VR headset “will integrate eye-tracking and use sensors and algorithms to map out the real-world space in front of a user.” SEE ALSO Google Goes on VR Hiring Spree Amid Daydream Launch.

Google Not Releasing Oculus Quest Competitor, Pixel 3a Doesn’t Support Daydream


In an interview with CNET , Google’s Head of VR & AR revealed that the company will not be releasing an Oculus Quest competitor this year. Google’s Clay Bavor told CNET that the company’s focus in VR “is much more on services and the bright spots where we see VR being really useful”. Back in December Google released a 6DoF controllers dev kit for the headset, but the company hasn’t shared any plans about bringing these to consumers.

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Alzheimer’s Charity Releases VR App that Simulates Dementia


The post Alzheimer’s Charity Releases VR App that Simulates Dementia appeared first on UploadVR. Uncategorized A Walk Through Dementia Alzheimer’s Research UK google cardboard

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

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Because not everyone is getting an eye-full of the total eclipse, this is a great opportunity to see it in an impressively accurate simulation of the world, albeit without the risk of burning out your retinas. ‘Google Earth VR’ on Oculus Store.

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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’s Owlchemy Labs Reveal ARCore Spectator Experiment


Google’s Owlchemy Labs just revealed one of its experiments using ARCore on a phone to offer a spectator view into the upcoming game Vacation Simulator. AR Google VR Industry News owlchemy labs

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Google Buying HTC’s Pixel Team for $1.1 Billion


Google has announced a $1.1 billion cooperation agreement under which certain HTC employees – many of whom are already working with Google to develop Pixel smartphones – will join Google. Separately, Google will receive a non-exclusive license for HTC intellectual property (IP).

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Rolling Line Review: A Delightful Model Railway Simulator


Apps like Google Earth, Wayward Sky and Giant Cop all carry an undying sense of fascination as you lean down into their model worlds. Trainset VR is a term I’ve used to describe some of my favorite VR titles.

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


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

Google’s VR Labs Provide STEM Students With Hands-On Experience


Google teams up with Labster to develop 30 immersive lab experiences for the Daydream platform. Cue Google VR Labs, a series of comprehensive virtual lab experiences available on the Google Daydream platform. Image Credit: Google AR & VR.

Google’s Daydream View VR Headset Has Arrived


Unveiled at a press event last month, Google’s Daydream View headset is now on sale from retailers like Best Buy, Verizon, and Google’s own store. Like the Google Cardboard and Gear VR, Daydream View is powered by your phone (in this case a Google Pixel or Pixel XL device).

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


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

Jurassic VR – Google Cardboard

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Jurassic VR – Google Cardboard. Unique virtual reality (VR) theme park simulator for your phone. Compatible with virtual reality glasses such as Google Cardboard VR. WP-Appbox: Jurassic VR - Google Cardboard (Free, Google Play) →. Amusement Android Casual games Games SimulationFreely roam the open environment en poke round the beautiful cedar evergreen trees to see huge dinos come to life. You can go to any point and see the sites and dinos in VR.

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‘Audio Factory’ is a Compelling Showcase of Google’s Spatial Audio Engine for VR

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Google has released a Daydream VR app called Audio Factory , a polished and even entertaining demonstrating their Spatial Audio Engine for VR. Photo courtesy Google. Photo courtesy Google. The free app is available on the Google Play store.

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Job Simulator Co-Creator Alex Schwartz On Making Hit VR Games Look Easy


His company’s debut game, Job Simulator , is one of the big hits among VR games. Owlchemy followed that with Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality, and now it is working on Vacation Simulator. Google purchased the company — the only game studio that the big search company has acquired — and Owlchemy is still doing what it does. Above: Alex Schwartz is CEO of Owlchemy, creator of the Job Simulator VR game. Above: Job Simulator is a launch title on the HTC Vive.

Google Launches Social Awareness VR Initiative ‘Daydream Impact’


Google Daydream will provide organizations with VR training and equipment rentals. That’s why Google is launching a new program dubbed Daydream Impact , with the hope of helping organizations and creators utilize virtual reality to take their programs to the next level.

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Google’s AR/VR Chief on Ambient Computing, Conversational Interfaces, & AR/VR Strategy

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At Google’s big October 4th press conference, the company announced a new Pixel 2 phone and a range of new ambient computing devices powered by AI-enabled conversational interfaces including new Google Mini and Max speakers, Google Clips camera, and wireless Pixel Buds.

Editorial: Google’s Long-Term Strategy Could Dominate VR/AR


This article is focused on showing why Google might be best positioned to be that company. For some context, Google had acquired the creator of Word Lens more than a year before that comment was made. ” Room Simulator. Last year, Google acquired Owlchemy Labs.

Hands-On With Google’s Inside-Out WorldSense Tracking


Before my demo at Google I/O, Google’s head of VR Clay Bavor outlined a series of caveats and expectations for what I was about to experience. It is unclear what market Google hopes to serve with these initial standalones. Daydream Google VR Worldsense

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Owlchemy Labs the award winning creators of Job SImulator, Jack Lumber, and Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality get acquired by Google.

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Google has made an interesting play to solidify it's VR lineup for the future. Welcome Owlchemy Labs to Google. They've created award-winning games like Job Simulator and Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality.

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Lenovo Starts Shipping Augmented Reality Enabled Google Tango Phone


So far in 2016 we’ve seen Samsung’s Note 7 go from everyone’s favorite cell phone to everyone’s favorite explosive device , the release of Google’s brand new Pixel line with DayDream support and Apple start riots over the removal of the headphone jack from the iPhone 7.

Google Adds Support For Two Controllers To Daydream SDK


Google is showing indications that its operating system for VR could be evolving toward support of two-handed games. While it remains unlikely you’ll ever be playing Job Simulator or Tilt Brush on a Lenovo Mirage Solo or a Daydream View , the new addition to Google’s Daydream SDK could lay the groundwork for those titles and other great games like Beat Saber and Superhot to eventually run on future headsets powered by Google.

New Google Daydream Revs Up Phone Performance for VR, & Brings Improved Comfort, Field of View

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Today at an event in San Francisco, Google revealed the second version of their Daydream View VR headset which makes comfort improvements across the board, including new, custom lenses with a wider field of view. image courtesy Google.

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Manimal Sanctuary Is A Creepy VR Lurking Simulator, Try The Demo Now


VR is a natural fit for simulation games, but we haven’t seen anything like Manimal Sanctuary before. Developed by Postopian Games, Manimal Sanctuary is described as a VR lurking simulator.