Oculus to Donate Rift & Go to Learning Institutions Across Seattle, Taiwan, & Japan

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Oculus recently announced the’ll be expanding their educational pilot program by donating Oculus Rift and Oculus Go headsets to a number of educational institutions across Taiwan, Japan, and Seattle.

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Valve Plans First Wave Of Index Hardware To ‘Arrive To Homes On June 29’

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For people who already have the “lighthouse” base stations which came with the HTC Vive or Vive Pro, the HMD and controllers can be purchased for around $750. For those unfamiliar, Valve’s tracking technology powered the HTC Vive in 2016 and Vive Pro in 2018. Tagged with: Bellevue , seattle , shipping , valve index Facebook Twitter Reddit More The post Valve Plans First Wave Of Index Hardware To ‘Arrive To Homes On June 29’ appeared first on UploadVR.

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Top Investors Discuss VR and AR Strategies and Opportunites at IMMERSE 2016

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Business leaders gathered at this year’s Seattle based IMMERSE Summit ( previously Sea VR ) to explore how VR/ AR and Mixed Reality is transforming manufacturing, design, education, health and medicine and much more. SEE ALSO Madrona Venture Group on Why Seattle is a Hotbed for VR and AR. It’s similar to the strategy that Madrona has in Seattle because they are the beacon for anything in the Pacific Northwest.

HTC Pushes Back On Reports of Declining Headset Sales

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Digital Trends recently published a report entitled ‘VR is in a tailspin, and the sales numbers prove it’ It seems HTC has taken umbrage with the article’s thesis in its newest blog post however, which pushes back against some of the article’s claims, saying it’s “not the whole story.” Amazon does provide a good watermark for how any given product is faring, but it’s not everything, HTC says. Image courtesy HTC.

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VR at PAX West 2016: What’s There and How to Find It

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Seattle’s annual PAX West 2016 gaming convention starts tomorrow with VR once again expected to have a significant presence. PAX West returns to Seattle this September 2-5 at the Washington State Convention Center, and this year, virtual reality will be more prominent than ever. HTC Vive). HTC Vive, Oculus Rift). HTC Vive, Oculus Rift). Intel (HTC Vive, Oculus Rift). HTC Vive, Oculus Rift). HTC Vive). HTC Vive, Oculus Rift).

The VR Job Hub: HTC, Camouflaj, Holovis & Holosphere VR

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Seattle, US. Seattle, US. Seattle, US. Features Pinned Article The VR Job Hub Camouflaj Holosphere VR Holovis HTCLast week proved to be very busy for VRFocus thanks to Europe’s largest videogame event, Gamescom 2019. Held in Cologne, Germany, the week-long show attracts developers, press, influencers and consumers alike, with the latest software and hardware on show.

Valve, SMI and Tobii Preview VR’s Eye Tracking Future In HTC Vive

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Still another example is eye tracking, and we’ve seen demonstrations from both Tobii and SMI in the HTC Vive offering a glimpse of how much better future VR systems will be at understanding our behavior. Tobii showed its technology integrated with the popular multiplayer world Rec Room while SMI allowed me to chat with someone in Seattle as if he was standing right next to me. ” Tagged with: htc , SMI , tobii , valve. Eye Tracking htc SMI tobii valve

‘Dome Of The Dead’ Launches On The Vulcan Holodome Platform

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If you’ve ever had the pleasure of visiting the famous Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle, Washington, chances are you’ve come across Vulcan’s Holodome , an ‘immersive reality experience’ that uses interactive visuals projected onto a dome shell to transport users to new locations and immerse them in otherworldly scenarios. Dome of the Dead is available now until the end of April at the Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle Washington.

HaptX Gloves Will Help Transform VR Training and Design

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The HaptX Gloves Development Kit makes its worldwide debut October 3, 2018 at the Future of Storytelling Summit in New York City and the GeekWire Summit in Seattle. News Automotive Education Haptic HaptX HTC Vive Mixed Reality TrainingReach out and touch a rain cloud.

Valve Is Working on VR Content, Will Reveal It Next Year

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There’s already a lot of great content on the HTC Vive, and big developers are also working with the headset. Valve Product Designer Greg Coomer teased as much at the start of the Steam Dev Days event in Seattle, Washington today. Earlier this year it launched The Lab, a set of smaller experiences that highlight the HTC Vive’s unique capabilities. Experiences Valve htc htc vive valve

VR Action Game ‘Sword Reverie’ Feels Like a Love Letter to ‘Sword Art Online’, Trailer Here

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Isekai Entertainment, a Seattle-based indie studio, released the first trailer for its upcoming action game Sword Reverie, a JRPG-inspired title that feels like a heartfelt love letter to the popular anime/manga Sword Art Online (SAO). HTC Vive Game News Oculus Rift Game SteamVR Game Valve Index Game VR Game Windows Mixed Reality Games isekai entertainment sword reverie

VR: The Revival of the Arcade

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Viveport President, Rikard Steiber, recently announced at Virtual Reality Developer Convention (VRDC) in San Francisco that HTC will be unveiling the Viveport Arcade , a new content delivery platform for arcade operators. HTC’s Viveport Arcade is attempting to provide a turnkey solution by offering a clear cut revenue split between operators and developers, while handling all the billing and content acquisition. News Gaming HTC Vive Steam VR ViveLand VR Arcades

New HTC Vive Releases For The Week Of 04/16/17

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It’s a new week of HTC Vive releases and now one of the biggest VR games of the year is now available! We also have a top list of the absolute best HTC Vive games — which is updated every few months with the latest and greatest options. New HTC Vive Releases on Steam. This is a must have for HTC Vive owners. Space Needle VR, from Expedia Labs, Expedia , Space Needle + Chihuly Garden and Glass, WSP – Parsons Brinckerhoff of Seattle, Jaclyn Lake.

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Gaming-Themed Atari Hotels Will Include VR And AR Entertainment

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If I were a betting man, I’d put money on each location offering access to popular VR experiences available on existing headsets like the HTC Vive Pro and Oculus Rift S rather than developing their own original content.

Valve Launches 360 Video Player For High-End PC’s

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If you’re fortunate enough to own an HTC Vive or Oculus Rift VR headset, odds are you’ve checked out Steam. Utilizing SPIN Play technology from Seattle-based VR studio Pixvana , Valve has enabled adaptive video streaming in Steam VR and is offering an eclectic selection of 360-degree content to celebrate the launch. News Alien: Covenant | In Utero HTC Vive Jaunt VR Oculus Rift Pixvana Steam Steam 360 Video Player Steam VR The Batmersive Experience The Hunger Games Under The Canopy

Stories you might’ve missed: $150 HTC Vive alternative, VR Twitch and Hero Vision

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Zeiss provides a $150 HTC Vive alternative. Zeiss’s entry-level VR One headset changes this, though, and provides a viable HTC Vive alternative for the budget VR gamer. Vreal is a Seattle-based startup with one goal: to create Twitch for VR. The post Stories you might’ve missed: $150 HTC Vive alternative, VR Twitch and Hero Vision appeared first on VR World. There are fast news days, and sometimes there are fast news weeks.

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Windows Reveals New Mixed Reality Controllers

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Microsoft brought their latest mixed reality efforts front and center Thursday at its Build conference in Seattle. On top of partner device and price announcements that challenge the likes of Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, Microsoft also unveiled new controllers as part of mixed reality headset bundles. Microsoft is clearly working to gain early ground in the headset battle against HTC and Oculus with lower pricing. These controllers look familiar.

Gorgeous VR Fairy Tale Luna Hits PSVR This Fall

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If you want to try it out early then good news; Funomena will be showing it off at PAX West in Seattle this weekend, running on the Sony booth. One of VR’s best-looking games is coming to PlayStation VR (PSVR) very soon.

‘Rec Room’ Studio Raises $5M “to continue to build the future of Social VR”

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Seattle-based VR studio Against Gravity has today announced they have received $5M in seed funding to continue to build Rec Room, the studio’s social VR platform. HTC Vive Games Investment Oculus Rift Games Social Virtual Reality Social VR VR Games against grav against gravity rec room social vr vr investment

Prototype VR Hardware Photos From Valve’s Index Briefing In Bellevue

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Valve, meanwhile, partnered with HTC to turn their work into a product — Vive. Five years later, HTC’s PC VR products haven’t changed much since the original headset they partnered with Valve to ship in direct competition with Facebook’s Oculus Rift. One photo below with my hand in it came from an earlier trip to Seattle where I visited the offices of a company Valve partnered with on design work for its products.

The Invisible Hours, Farpoint Writer Moves To Valve

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Perhaps another positive sign is that Yescombe also retweeted a message from another Valve staffer that’s on the hunt for VR developers in the Seattle area. HTC Vive Valve VR Industry News The Invisible Hours valveLast year’s The Invisible Hours was one of the rare examples of a story-driven experience that really thrived inside VR. It made smart use of a time travelling mechanic and character interactions to weave a captivating narrative we won’t soon forget.

Squanchtendo’s First VR Game ‘Accounting’ is Hilarious and Completely Free

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Road to VR got a brief sneak peak at Accounting while at this year’s PAX West in Seattle, and it is as hilarious as you would expect. HTC Vive Games Road to VR Videos SteamVR Games Video Interview Videos VR Games crows crows crows htc vive game justin roiland justin roiland interview pax west 2016 squanchtendo squanchtendo interview tanya watson vr accounting vr accounting interview william pughWhat’s better than Justin Roiland making a VR game?

Valve Announces Dates for Steam Dev Days 2016

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Steam Dev Days 2016 will be held from October 12-13 in Seattle, WA. The announcement lists four main areas of focus, including virtual reality such as SteamVR and the HTC Vive After skipping Steam Dev Days last year in 2015, Valve is back in full-force with what is planned to be the biggest and best event yet.

Coming Soon: Impact Reality Summit, a New XR Event Hosted by Kaleidoscope and Vulcan Productions

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Organized by Vulcan Productions and Kaleidoscope, Impact Reality Summit will have its first edition on January 9 and 10, 2020, at Vulcan Technologies headquarters in Seattle, WA. If curators select your project, you will attend the XR event in Seattle to present it before the review committee.

Disneyland Is Developing Star Wars VR Rides

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He said as much during his keynote talk at the 2016 Steam Dev Days conference in Seattle. We’ve already seen the launch of Star Wars: Trials on Tatooine for the HTC Vive, but there’s also a new experience based on the upcoming Rogue One movie heading to PlayStation VR for Star Wars: Battlefront owners. The Force is coming to Disneyland and Walt Disney Resorts in the near future with new Star Wars-themed lands, and VR will be joining it.

Gable Newell Teases ‘House-Scale’ VR, Three ‘Full’ Valve Games

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At a press briefing in Seattle this week, as reported by Gamasutra , company founder Gabe Newell teased what it was working on in VR right now, and shared thoughts about where he thought the tech would go in the near future. He said that he believed room-scale VR, a concept the company introduced with the help of the HTC Vive, would eventually grow into “house-scale” VR that transform a series of rooms into a VR experience. Tagged with: Gabe Newell , htc vive , valve.

Viacom Next Debuts Mixed Reality Music Video

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The intuitive project was announced at this year’s Microsoft Build Developer Conference which officially kicked-off Wednesday in Seattle. The New York City-based studio was also involved in the production of the trippy VR music video for the song “Chocolate” by Giraffage as well as the hit HTC Vive game, Smash Party VR. . VR and holograms come together in this unique music experience.

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‘Pluto’ Brings Cross-App VR Chat to Every SteamVR App, Now Available in Early Access

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Pluto , a Seattle based VR startup which reeled in a $14 million Series A investment last year, today launched their unique Pluto application in Early Access via Steam. HTC Vive Games News Oculus Rift Games SteamVR Games VR Games john vechey pluto pluto vr serah delaini social vr vr chat

Haptx Unveils Haptic Gloves So You Can Feel Things In VR

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I used the gloves in a demo with the HTC Vive last week. In the demo, I wore an HTC Vive headset and put on two gloves that were connected by thick wires to a big computer. The HaptX Gloves Development Kit makes its worldwide debut October 3, 2018 at the Future of Storytelling Summit in New York City and the GeekWire Summit in Seattle. Haptx has 35 employees, with offices in Seattle and San Luis Obispo, California.

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Amazon Is Working On ‘A Completely New VR Shopping Experience’

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Software Development Manager in Virtual Reality to work in its Seattle offices, according to a new job listing. The listing notes that experience with “Oculus Rift, Gear VR, HTC Vive, PlayStation VR, or Google Daydream” is a bonus, so we’d expect this service to come to multiple platforms too. Tracking Amazon’s work in VR can be tricky, as the company is famously quiet in response to media inquiries while seemingly being involved in multiple areas.

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Doghead Simulations CEO Turns VR Social Platform Into His Own Personal Gym

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I’m in Seattle. Depending on the workout, Chacon would use either an Oculus Go, Oculus Quest, or an HTC Vive to pump up his cardio. Doghead Simulations CEO uses social VR to get back in shape. Mat Chacon , co-founder and CEO of Doghead Simulations , the company behind the VR tool Rumii, spent most of his life in remarkable shape. On his 30th birthday, he climbed Mt. Baker in Washington State and basked in the glory of his success at the summit.

Lifeliqe Is Bringing HoloLens To The Classroom

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You may have already heard of Lifeliqe; last year the company partnered with HTC to make educational VR experiences for the Vive headset. In fact the company has already run pilot lessons using the headset in classes at Renton Prep in Seattle, Washington, and Castro Valley Unified College in California. Microsoft’s HoloLens and other mixed reality devices have enormous potential to inform and educate, arguably even more so than VR.

Weekly Funding & People Roundup: TheWaveVR Raises $4M, Pluto.

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The Austin, Texas-based startup has created a social VR music platform where performers can create music while wearing a HTC Vive or Oculus Rift headset and spectators can watch the whole experience. 2) Pluto VR , the Seattle-based virtual reality startup co-founded by PopCap Games co-founder John Vechey , has raised $13.9 Weekly Funding & People Roundup: TheWaveVR Raises $4M, Pluto VR raises $13.9M, Avegant Raises $13.7,

Valve to Sell Base Stations Directly, Lower Barrier to SteamVR Tracking Development

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There was just one catch though: people hoping to use SteamVR Tracking in their devices would need to attend a $3,000 introductory course in Seattle. The SteamVR Tracking base stations that ship with the HTC Vive. That’s a shift from the status quo, where the base stations come packaged with HTC’s Vive headset, or are bought as a standalone accessory from HTC. Currently the standalone base stations sold by HTC cost $130.

Hands-On with VREAL’s VR Live Streaming System & Q&A With CEO Todd Hooper

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I took a short break during my time at PAX West this year to checkout VREAL’s new streaming platform at their office in downtown Seattle. HTC Vive Games Oculus Rift Games Social VR SteamVR Games VR Games VR Streaming social vr social vr game streaming virtual reality streaming vr streaming vreal vreal hands onMichael Glombicki goes hands-on with VREAL’s VR live streaming platform that puts viewers inside the game, right next to their favorite streamers.

Pixvana Raises $14M Series A Investment for Cloud-based VR Video Platform

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Pixvana, a Seattle-based startup creating a cloud-based processing and delivery platform for VR video, today announced a $14 million Series A funding round led by Vulcan Capital with participation from Raine Ventures, Microsoft Ventures, Cisco Investments and Hearst Ventures, and existing investor Madrona Venture Group. FOVAS is supported on Gear VR, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Windows VR headsets and Daydream currently.

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RGB Haptics Helps Unity Developers Add Great Haptics To Their VR Games

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RGB Haptics was developed by a Seattle based startup called RGB Schemes, which develops VR games and developer tools. Upon investigation, they realized that the Switch Joy-Cons contain the same haptic hardware, Linear Resonant Actuators (LRAs) as the original Oculus Touch and HTC Vive controllers, as well as the new Valve Index controllers. RGB Haptics is a new Unity package which enables developers to easily add high quality haptics to their VR apps and games.

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