HTC Vive Pro Secure Offers Security-Focused VR For Government Agencies

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HTC this week announced yet another iteration of its HTC Vive Pro, the HTC Vive Pro Secure, a professional-grade VR headset designed for use in classified environments that require “ authority to operate.” HTC has also removed eye-tracking capabilities.

Interactive VR Comedy Has You Staging A Fake Moon Landing For The Taiwanese Government

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This includes Serendipity’s Great Hoax: The Moon Landing , a satirical VR comedy that has players faking a moon landing for the Taiwanese government in the hopes of “making the country rich again.”

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HTC & Shenzhen Government Team Up for $160 Million Investment Fund

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Between HTC’s Vive X accelerator and the VRVCA investor consortium that it heads, the company is already very active in the VR investment space. But today the company announced a brand new investment fund of some $160 million in a joint venture between HTC and the Shenzhen Municipal People’s Government. HTC today announced that the jointly formed Premier Ventures is now in operation and working with an initial fund of 1 billion RMB (~$158 million).

HTC Partners on $1.5 Billion VR Investment Fund with Shenzhen Municipal Government

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HTC and the Shenzhen Municipal Government announced plans to set up a joint China VR Research Institute, creating a 10 billion RMB (~$1.45 HTC, another Taiwanese company specialising in consumer electronics, now at the forefront of VR development, naturally has strong links with Shenzhen. This groundwork lead to the recent announcement, that HTC has signed a strategic partnership agreement with the Shenzhen Municipal Government. The post HTC Partners on $1.5

Governments Allege Facebook Practices ‘Illegal Monopolization’, Take Legal Action

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Facebook is facing legal action from the governments of the United States and Germany, with allegations of “unlawful conduct” and an inquiry into the practice of linking Facebook accounts to the use of an Oculus headset.

The XR Week Peek (2020.10.26): DecaGear is an intriguing VR headset, HTC is working on a new device, and more!

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A new FCC listing appears for an HTC Vive headset. And in fact, a new request to FCC for a new device has arrived from HTC. Since HTC has always made announcements during the CES, I think it will be announced in January. HTC launches Vive XR Suite.

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Exclusive: HTC Makes Big Play For VR Content Distribution In China

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HTC held joint developer forum at Alibaba’s Cloud computing conference this weekend in China and had a number of big things to say about what their plans are to help grow the VR ecosystem, including becoming a “publisher” for VR content to experience centers as well as launching a beta of their Viveport platform for mobile called, Viveport M. As Steiber tells us, “VR is very big there… it is [HTC’s] priority to help developers tap into that market.”.

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HTC Reveals Vive Ads, Research Institute, Vivpaper Updates And More

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HTC has had a busy day. If there’s one thing HTC loves, it’s a partnership. Today, it announced a new alliance with the Shenzhen Government. Cher Wang, CEO and Chariwoman of the wider HTC, will also serve as president. It’s easy to forget that HTC has its own mobile VR app store in Viveport M. HTC is constantly trying to find new means of monetizing VR, and Vive’s VR Ad Service is another way of doing this.

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HTC’s Alvin Graylin on What’s Happening in China & VR

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Alvin Wang Graylin is the China President of Vive at HTC, and I had a chance to talk with him at CES this year about what’s happening in China. He provided me with a lot of cultural context, which includes support from the highest levels of Chinese Government to invest in companies working on emerging technologies like virtual reality and artificial intelligence. The post HTC’s Alvin Graylin on What’s Happening in China & VR appeared first on Road to VR.

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HTC Vive GM on the New Vive Tracker & Privacy in VR

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I had a chance to catch up with HTC’s Dan O’Brien , who is the Vive General Manager of America, Europe, Middle East, and Africa. We talked about HTC’s emphasis of growing the ecosystem in 2017 with this new Vive Tracker, and what type of applications he expects that it will enable. We also talk about some of the privacy implications of virtual reality, and more about HTC’s approach of minimizing, anonymizing, and protecting any private data that is collected.

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The VRScout Report – HTC Vive Drops $200, Clash of Clans in AR, & VR Mind Control

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Time to applaud for a sweet deal on the HTC Vive, Clash of Clans partners w/ Facebook to bring AR to fans, control VR with your mind, new predictions for spending & investment are out, the investment & funding wrapup, and more… 1. After much recent speculation of a possible price drop, the HTC Vive has joined the Oculus Rift in the discount club—cutting $200 off the previously $799 tag. News Clash of Clans Fayteq HTC Vive Immersv International Data Corp Neurable

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Vive X: Here Are The 33 VR Startups HTC Vive Just Funded

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HTC’s Vive X accelerator program is welcoming more than 30 new VR and AR startups to the fold with investments in North America and Asia. This second batch represents the latest group backed by HTC’s growing VR arm, which is investing in a broad range of teams working on hardware, content and services that could be important to the future of mixed reality. Shengda also helps local governments build up VR education centers in Shenzhen, Sichuan, Chongqing, and Jilin.

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HTC’s New ‘VR Ad Service’ Can Tell If You’ve Looked at an Ad or Not

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Now that virtual reality is coming to a wider audience, it seems the medium is mature enough to open the conversation about funding games with ads, something HTC is letting developers enable in a big way with their newly announced VR Ad Service—and VR ads are different. The new program offers a number of ad styles that can play on both PC and a still unnamed HTC mobile VR headset.

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Learn How A Virus Spreads With VR Algebra Game ‘Pandemic’ On Quest

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As vaccines continue to roll out across the United States as well as the rest of the globe, we’re beginning to see a slow return to normalcy after what feels like an eternity of government-mandated lockdowns and social distancing restrictions.

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HTC Helps Establish Industry of Virtual Reality Alliance in.

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HTC Helps Establish Industry of Virtual Reality Alliance in China “We want to work closely with all segments of the ecosystem to solve the issues within the industry or barriers to growth,” Graylin told Upload over email when asked what the group hopes to establish. With the help of MIIT, the group also wants to create VR programs that are supported by the Chinese government itself. “As htc vr virtual reality china

HTC Invests in 33 More AR/VR Startups Through Vive X Accelerator

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HTC’s Vive X accelerator is a $100 million fund for AR/VR companies that the company announced last year. Today HTC is revealing the second batch of companies that will receive investments and mentorship from the program. After investing in 33 startups in the first batch of Vive X investments , HTC has selected 33 more companies to join the program, after some 700 applications. Each accepted company gets an undisclosed investment and hands-on mentorship from HTC.

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Microsoft Joins Google, HTC Vive, Facebook, Samsung, and Sony as an XR Association Member

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Formerly called the Global Virtual Reality Association (GVRA), today the XR Association (XRA) has announced that Microsoft has joined as a member company alongside founding members HTC Vive, Sony, Google, Facebook, and Samsung. These haven’t enjoyed the same popularity as Oculus Rift or HTC Vive, which could be why HP and others have gone down the enterprise route as well with the HP Reverb.

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HaptX Launches True-Contact Haptic Gloves For VR And Robotics

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HaptX has already found great partnerships with Fortune 500 companies as well as government agencies around the world that have adopted HaptX gloves to help train their workforce.

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VR Headset Makers Buddy Up to form VR Association

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Samsung ( M obile Gear VR), HTC (HTC Vive), Oculus (Oculus Rift), Sony (PSVR), Google ( D aydream), and Acer Starbreeze ( S tarVR). While seeking to educate consumers, governments, and industry about VR’s potential, the association wants to get ahead of challenges with developing and deploying the technology responsibly. HTC HTC Vive Oculus Oculus Rift PSVR Sony PlayStation VR Virtual Reality Virtual Reality News Vive VR VR News

VR Association Formed To Get ‘Ahead of Challenges With Developing and Deploying The Technology Responsibly’

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The collective includes Google, HTC Vive, Acer Starbreeze, Oculus, Samsung, and Sony Interactive Entertainment. While seeking to educate consumers, governments, and industry about VR’s potential, the association wants to get ahead of challenges with developing and deploying the technology responsibly. Strangely, though, there’s a glaring omission from the team: Valve Corporation, which partnered with HTC to power the Vive headset.

VAR Live Launches Largest VR Theme Park In Malaysia

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The current layout features HTC Vive and Window Mixed Reality headsets tethered to ceiling-mounted PC’s; although VAR Live has already indicated plans to upgrade to 5GHz WiFi in the near future, along with support for multiplayer experiences and VR backpacks. Along with support for potential VR-based esports, the company is also looking to open its services to local companies and government sectors for training purposes. “If

VR Simulation Puts You On The Frontline Of The Hong Kong Protests

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For the past five months, hundreds of thousands of Hong Kong demonstrators have taken to the streets in protest of the Fugitive Offenders amendment bill introduced by the Hong Kong government which would allow local law enforcement to extradite criminals wanted in territories outside Hong Kong, including mainland China as well as Taiwan. Along with participating in anti-government demonstrations, players also have the opportunity to learn about the actual protests.

HaptX Gloves Will Help Transform VR Training and Design

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Industrial and government organizations can deploy virtual training solutions that build real muscle memory, providing a safe, cost-effective, and flexible alternative to live training.”. News Automotive Education Haptic HaptX HTC Vive Mixed Reality TrainingReach out and touch a rain cloud. Standing in front of a tiny farm house diorama, I reached out my hand and brushed it through a bundle of golden brown wheat sprouting from the ground.

2018 In Review: The Year Standalones Took VR And AR Everywhere

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HTC’s Alvin Wang Graylin on the runway with a VR headset. HTC Vive Focus. HTC launched its Vive Focus VR standalone first in China in 2018. The leak came as both HTC and Google started showing the Vive Focus and Mirage Solo standalone VR headsets featuring a pair of “6DoF” point-and-reach hand controllers. Facebook Google HTC Vive HTC Vive Focus VR Industry News 2018 analysis year in review

On the Hunt for VR’s Killer App with Vive’s China President, Alvin Wang Graylin

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Today we hear from Alvin Wang Graylin, HTC’s China President of Vive. Graylin is the China President of Vive at HTC leading all aspects of the Vive/VR business in the region. Prior to HTC, Graylin was a serial entrepreneur, having founded four venture-backed startups in the mobile and internet spaces, covering mobile social, adtech, search, big data and digital media. Feature HTC HTC Vive Interview VR Design alvin wang graylin htc vive vr killer app

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Mind-Controlled VR Game Coming to Arcades 2018

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Developed by VR & AR neurotech company Neurable in partnership with eStudioFeature , Awakening is a VR game that has users step into the shoes of a young child being held prisoner and experimented on in a mysterious government laboratory. According to Neurable, their upgraded headband for the HTC Vive combined with their advanced machine learning platform now means that players need only think to interact with their virtual environment.

Interactive VR Memorial Honors Victims of Atomic Bombs

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Hence the vital need for organizations such as the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), a non government coalition dedicated to creating a worldwide ban on all atomic bombs and nuclear arms. News HTC Vive ICAN International Campaign To Abolish Nuclear Weapongs Nobel Media Social Awareness The Day The World Changed YesPleaseThankYou

Catching Up with nDreams’ ‘The Assembly’, Coming to Rift and Vive July 19th

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The Assembly is one of the earlier titles to announce for VR platforms and we’ve followed its progress over the last couple of years as it works its way to releas on Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and PlayStation VR platforms. nDreams have now announced that The Assembly will be released on July 19th for PC and Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. We’ll find out for sure on July 19th when the game is released for both Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.

Oculus Quest vs Vive Focus: let the battle begin

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And so here we are again: Oculus vs HTC, America vs China, Hugo Barra vs Alvin Wang Graylin. HTC has also been smart because every time someone says “Focus” during some VR event, he’s doing some hidden advertisement for its product. If HTC will manage to create the 6DOF emulation, it will have our esteem and would reduce the gap with Oculus, but Oculus solution seems able to guarantee less computational burden, more accuracy, and more comfort.

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VR Adventure Game - The Assembly - Launches July 19 for Oculus Rift and Vive

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The Assembly will launch on the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive on July 19, 2016, with PlayStationVR arriving later in the year. The Assembly, a mysterious organisation hidden from the world, has been experimenting outside the constraints of government scrutiny and society’s morals. HTC Vive Oculus Rift Playstation VR SteamVR Video Virtual Reality Virtual Reality News VR VR GamesWith most people who want a VR headset, now in possession of one.

‘Archangel’ is a High-Intensity Mech Shooter Coming First to PSVR, Here’s the Trailer

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Selected by the United States Free Forces to pilot a one-of-a-kind mech, you lead your squadron into battle against HUMNX, a private conglomerate that’s taken the reigns of power in absence of the now disbanded US government. Archangel launches in July for an exclusive two-week window on PlayStation VR before releasing on HTC Vive and Oculus Rift via Steam and Viveport.

CEO Shows Life In China Under Coronavirus Quarantine With 360 VR Video

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The founder and CEO of FXG takes you on a tour of his community while under government-issued quarantine. Near the end of the 360VR experience, Mitchell is near a government checkpoint where a health official checks his temperature to make sure he doesn’t have a fever.

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Sony’s ‘Jumanji: The VR Adventure’ is Unacceptably Terrible

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” There are rough, mismatched polygons everywhere draped in textures that look less like “grass” “stone” and “skin” and more like “green” “grey” and “government-created living mannequin.” News Games HTC Vive Jumanji VR Movies MPC Playstation SonyJumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is a massive, and desperately needed, hit for Sony Pictures. Its tie-in virtual reality experience is…not.

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IMR are Building a Wireless Video System to Power 4k Per-Eye VR Headsets

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Most recently we’ve seen HTC partner with TPCast to deliver a wireless add-on solution for their SteamVR powered Vive VR system. In truth, IMR’s project is far from new as the founders have been developing their technology since 2015, with working proof of concept running first on an early OSVR headset before securing a government gran t to fund further development.

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China’s Jiangxi Province Promises to Invest $460 Million in AR/VR

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Aiming to become a hub for AR and VR development, the government of China’s Jiangxi province says it plans to raise funds totalling $460 million to be invested into AR and VR companies. The event was sponsored by the province government’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. Earlier this year HTC and Shenzhen (in China’s Guangdong province) announced a $160 million joint fund focusing on VR investments.

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China shows its masterplan to lead Virtual Reality in 2025

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Some days ago, the Chinese government has released a document that states how China really wants to commit to VR , how wants the ecosystem to grow well and fast and how also wants to lead the world for what concerns virtual reality. I think that it is interesting to give a read to it, to understand better the long-term plan of the Red Dragon , where the government really wants to push the technology from the top, since it considers VR a key technology for the development of the country.

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The XR Week Peek (2020.08.24): Facebook login gets imposed on Quest and the community riots, and much more!

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A comment from HTC , just saying that it was up to compete with Oculus has had on Twitter something like 12K likes , and I think that HTC’s social media manager had never seen that number in his whole life.

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