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.

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.

Report: Google May Introduce a New All-in-one VR Headset at I/O Developer Conference

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According to a Variety exclusive, Google may be gearing up to show off a brand new mobile VR headset at Google I/O developer conference this week, one that not only delivers VR in an all-in-one device, but could likely offer inside-out positional tracking as well.

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

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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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 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’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.

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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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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 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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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 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

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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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 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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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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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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‘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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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.

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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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.

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 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.

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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Job Simulator Is Getting An Endless Mode And A Price Drop


A year and a half on from launch and five months after Google purchased Owlchemy Labs, the developer has updated its influential VR game, Job Simulator. On top of all that, Job Simulator’s getting a permanent price drop. What the studio is working on now its under Google’s wing remains unclear. Owlchemy today launched a free surprise update for the game that adds an endless play mode named Infinite Overtime.

Google, Facebook and Microsoft Line Up For VR Standalone Push


Over the next two weeks we are expecting major announcements related to VR from Microsoft, Google and Facebook. Google. 4 (Wednesday morning) Google will reveal its product lineup for the holiday season. Google’s Daydream View.

Google: Daydream Has ‘More Than 150 Apps’


At Google I/O 2017 developer conference this week, the company announced a standalone Daydream VR headset in partnership with Qualcomm , with Lenovo and HTC slated to release commercial versions later this year. Google also shared a small tidbit: Developers have built “more than 150 apps” for Daydream so far. Google unveiled the Daydream platform a year ago at I/O 2016, but the View headset only arrived in November. Like Microsoft , Google is facing an uphill battle in VR.

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Meet Google Tango’s First Compatible AppsYesterday we reported.


Meet Google Tango’s First Compatible Apps Yesterday we reported on the reveal of the long-anticipated Google Tango enabled smartphone from Lenovo. Google has launched a brand new web page for Tango, which lists the first seven apps that will be enhanced with the 3D scanning tech.

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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.

Google reveals five awesome Daydream VR demos, watch them.


Google reveals five awesome Daydream VR demos, watch them here Google Daydream won’t launch until later this year, but you can see the new virtual reality software in action right now. google daydream vr virtual reality

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Poly Is Google’s Foundation For Building Virtual Worlds


Google is launching Poly, a service with a growing library of free objects for creators to incorporate into their virtual worlds. The service, however, is another piece of the puzzle as Google seems focused on a much grander ambition. Poly further positions Google to deliver foundational software and services that could one day open up 3D modeling and virtual world creation to millions of people through VR and AR. Art & Science Experiences Google VR Poly

Google Releases Google Earth VR Experience


Google Earth is a virtual globe, map and geographical information program. Originally created by Keyhole under the name EarthViewer 3D, Google played with developing 3D models and similar improvements, ultimately leading to the release of Google Earth VR.

Google’s Omnitone surround sound project brings us closer to.


Google’s Omnitone surround sound project brings us closer to web-based VR As has been the case with so many industries, the pendulum of VR will eventually swing back from dedicated apps toward web-based systems — and when that happens, Google will be ready.

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Tokyo’s Adult VR Show Features Simulated Women Walking On Your Chest (NSFW)


With The Hara Ue Project , a person physically lays down on the ground and the tech simulates a female with a short skirt walking on the wearer’s chest. All sorts of headsets were on display such as Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Google Cardboard and Samsung Gear VR. NSFW Warning. On a sunny and warm Wednesday morning in Tokyo I was invited to attend the Adult Virtual Reality Show. The last time the show was held too many people wanted to attend.

‘Google Earth VR’ Launches For Free To Let You Fly Around The World


This is Google Earth VR. Google Earth VR is a surprise project from Google’s Geo team that is being both announced and released today. This is the team behind Google Maps and the original Google Earth. According to Mike Podwal, project manager for Google Earth VR , “ 94 percent of the world’s population is covered in this experience. Google Earth VR’s primary locomotion system is flight.

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Review: Daydream View Puts The Best Of Google In a Finicky Fit


The white light of the real world was visible out the bottom of Daydream View both for myself and a couple family members who tried the new $80 mobile VR headset from Google. Google says the fit was designed to “work for a majority of faces.” Google Photos VR.

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