3D Design Tool ‘Gravity Sketch’ Now Free On All VR Platforms

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The free version will feature all the tools included as part of the paid experience. 3D design tool Gravity Sketch is now available for free on all major VR platforms, including the Oculus Quest/Quest 2, Oculus Rift/Rift S, and SteamVR headsets.

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HTC Announces Vive Business Platform

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HTC reveals a new platform designed specifically for major corporations and family-owned businesses. HTC is also launching the VIVE Business AppStore, a store catering specifically to VR business tools. Image Credit: HTC. Feature Image Credit: HTC.

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HTC Vive Focus 3 Review

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HTC’s latest all-in-one VR headset features a number of big improvements for an equally big price tag. Image Credit: HTC. That’s due to the new magnesium alloy chassis; the Focus 3 is 20% lighter than HTC’s previous Focus headset. Image Credit: HTC.

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Oculus Quest Mixed Reality Capture Tools Now Available

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Yesterday, Oculus launched its official set of Mixed Reality Capture Tools for the Oculus Quest, allowing users to record high-quality gameplay footage where real-world objects and people appear in VR. For developers operating on Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and other PC VR headsets, mixed reality capture has served as an invaluable marketing tool for their projects, allowing them to showcase a clearer interpretation of their in-game experience.

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Half-Life: Alyx Level Editing Tool Now Available

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Create your own levels, textures, models, and animations using the Alyx Workshop tools suite. Crack open the tools yourself and make it happen! Material Editor : the tool for creating and tuning materials in Source 2.

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HTC Unveils VIVE Facial Tracking And Next Generation VIVE Trackers

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The next generation of nonverbal communication arrives in VR courtesy of HTC VIVE. Cue the VIVE Facial Tracker, a unique peripheral for the HTC VIVE Pro lineup capable of tracking 38 points of movement across your lips, teeth, tongue, chin, and cheeks in real-time. Image Credit: HTC.

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3D Modeling Tool Blender Is Receiving VR Support

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The ladder even has a VR mode that lets you build in-headset using the Unreal Editor tool set. will allow users to inspect their 3D scenes at scale using a PC VR headset such as an Oculus Rift/Rift S, HTC Vive, or Windows Mixed Reality.

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Vive Pro Gets AR Capabilities Thanks to HTC’s New Tools for Front-facing Cameras

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HTC has announced a new set of tools allowing developers to build applications which take advantage of the Vive Pro’s stereo front-facing cameras, effectively turning the device into an AR headset dev kit. The new tools allow the cameras to capture depth, spatial mapping data, hand input, and seamlessly shift between VR and AR worlds. SEE ALSO HTC Vive Pro Headset Review: Welcomed Improvements Overshadowed By a Steep Price.

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HTC Reveals Vive Pro 2 & Vive Focus 3 At Vivecon 2021

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During today’s inaugural Vivecon 2021 event, HTC announced not one, but two new VR headsets alongside a new suite of professional tools that promise to change the way we work, create, and play in VR. Image Credit: HTC. HTC VIVE Pro 2. Image Credit: HTC.

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The XR Week Peek (2021.10.19): HTC launches Vive Flow, Magic Leap 2 announced, and more!

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Image by HTC). HTC launches Vive Flow headset for relaxation, priced at $499. After endless teasings and leaks, in the end, HTC has finally unveiled its headset: called Vive Flow, it is a lightweight device for media consumption. Header image by HTC Vive).

VR Design Tool ‘Gravity Sketch’ Launches in Early Access

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VR-optimised 3D creation tool Gravity Sketch is now available on Steam Early Access. Developed by a group of design engineers at the Royal College of Art, the software is ‘for everyone’, but its feature set has particular relevance to creative professionals, and could become an invaluable tool for industrial design visualisation. The HTC Vive hardware arrived soon after, prompting renewed interest in motion-tracked sketching and modelling.

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A Mystery HTC VR Headset Appears In FCC Filings

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A newly public FCC Test Report uncovered by Road to VR shows that HTC, the company behind Viveport and the Cosmos Elite VR headset, has recently submitted a new filing for what looks to be a new VR headset that would expand HTC’s lineup of immersive tech hardware.

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VR STEM Tools Heading To California & Nevada Libraries

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Nanome partners with HTC to extend their virtual science, mathematics, engineering and tech tools to new locations. As part of HTC’s new Vive Libraries program, the Taiwanese-based electronics company recently donated a whopping 110,000 HTC Vive kits to libraries across California and Nevada. Now it appears as though these California and Nevada VR systems will be receiving an upgrade in the form of a series of advanced STEM tools. Image Credit: HTC / Nanomi.

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HTC Drops Price Of Vive Pro Eye, Announces New Vive Pro Eye Bundles

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New HTC Pro Eye solutions make VR more accessible to businesses of all sizes. HTC has had a busy first quarter. To do this, HTC is rolling out new additions to the Vive Pro Eye family. Image Credit: HTC.

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Mirra 3D Design Tool Makes Creating For VR & AR A Breeze

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From there you can view the experience via your platform of choice, whether that be a HTC Vive, Oculus Rift or a multitude of other options. “We What’s most exciting about a development tool this easy to use is its potential to attract a whole new market previously intimidated by the complexity of the still-emerging technology. The post Mirra 3D Design Tool Makes Creating For VR & AR A Breeze appeared first on VRScout.

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The XR Week Peek (2021.03.08): Microsoft launches Mesh, HTC and Pico tease new hardware, and more!

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It is not an app, but a tool to build apps. Microsoft Mesh is a full suite of tools to let you build your multi presence collaborative XR application. If Microsoft commits to building this platform and doesn’t abandon it (a la Google), it can become an incredible tool for us developers.

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.” An improved snapping function has also been included, which the company says address the “often unpredictable or difficult to control” snapping tool from the previous build.

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HTC Unveils New Vive Cosmos Headsets And Faceplate Upgrades

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A handful of new headsets and swappable faceplates breathes new life into HTC’s lineup of modular VR hardware. ” When the HTC Vive Cosmos was first released, some owners complained of poor tracking due to lighting issues. Image Credit: HTC.

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‘CalcFlow’ Studio Partners with HTC to Bring VR STEM Tools to Libraries Across California & Nevada

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Nanome , the studio behind CalcFlow, the 3D visualization tool for math concepts, has partnered with HTC to bring their STEM-focused VR tools to libraries across California and Nevada. Nanome is bringing a number of their VR tools to libraries as a part of the Vive Libraries program , which recently saw over 100 HTC Vive’s donated to public libraries in California and Nevada.

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Hand & Finger Tracking Coming Soon To The HTC Vive Pro

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HTC reveals native hand/finger tracking for Vive Pro alongside 6DoF functionality for Vive Focus. It looks as though the front-facing cameras on your Vive Pro will finally begin seeing some use as HTC reveals plans to launch native support for hand and finger tracking on their high-end PC VR headset. HTC revealed the devices exciting tracking capabilities during their time at last weeks 2018 World Conference on VR Industry in Nanchang, China. Image Credit: HTC / GIPHY.

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Hands-On: HTC Cosmos Elite Offers Big Improvements With Its Elite Faceplate

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HTC’s modular headset delivers a great VR experience. Just a few weeks ago, HTC announced a new suite of Cosmos headsets and faceplates aimed at delivering VR solutions to both average consumers as well as businesses. Feature Image Credit: HTC.

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Toyota Brings VR Creative Tools Into Virtual Drive Experience

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The automaker decided to mix in a world recognized visual architect with an Emmy-award winning director and then added their own 3D VR painting tool to create what is being called “The Impossible Quest” VR experience. After a quick e-mail signup, the experience begins with you donning a HTC VIVE headset and painting in a 3D space. After you complete your master piece with this simple 3D painting tool, you’re then shown into a driver’s seat where you again strap on a VIVE headset.

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HTC Reveals Vive Focus Plus, Coming Q2 2019

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Continuing their push towards enterprise VR technology, HTC has unveiled a new version of their HTC Vive Focus headset designed specifically for use by businesses and corporations. Image Credit: HTC. “At Vive, the announcement of Vive Focus Plus furthers our commitment to rapidly iterate and refine the VR market for both businesses and consumers,” said Daniel O’Brien, General Manager Americas, HTC Vive. Image Credit: HTC. Image Credit: HTC.

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HTC Announces ‘Vive XR Suite’ a Bundle of VR Apps for Remote Productivity

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HTC today announced the Vive XR Suite, a bundle of five enterprise-focused VR applications which are unified under a single login. HTC is trying to seize the moment (as much of the world remains on lockdown) to make VR-based remote education, meetings, and socializing the new norm.

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‘Half-Life: Alyx’ Modding Tools Still in the Works But No Release Date Yet

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At the announcement of Half-Life: Alyx last year, Valve promised it would release Source 2 tools which would allow the community to extend the game’s content and functionality.

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Microsoft Reveals ‘Maquette’, a VR Tool for Spatial Ideation and Design

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Microsoft Maquette is a brand new VR tool from Microsoft which is all about prototyping spatial designs. Despite popping up out of nowhere, the tool looks like a quite polished first attempt even though it’s initially launching as a closed beta. Promotional footage shows an emphasis on prototyping layouts for spatial interfaces, including text layout, which is not seen in similar tools.

This VR Game Doubles As A Clean Water Educational Tool

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Pollutants become monsters in this HTC Vive clean water educational game. The post This VR Game Doubles As A Clean Water Educational Tool appeared first on VRScout. News Causes Charity Education HTC ViveIt seems like there’s been a surge in environmental awareness VR Content recently, but it’s never been done quite like this.

AR Functionality Comes To Vive Pro With New Front-Facing Camera Tools

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The Vive Pro gets new SDK tools unlocking advanced AR capabilities. According to HTC, the SDK breaks down into three primary modules that allow developers to focus solely on their content: a depth module, see-through module, and a 3D reconstruction module. The post AR Functionality Comes To Vive Pro With New Front-Facing Camera Tools appeared first on VRScout. News AR Augmented Reality HTC Vive Mixed Reality Unity Unreal Engine 4 Vive Pro

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Former HTC CEO Unveils 5G-enabled VR Headset & Social VR Platform

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At a special event in Taipei, Taiwan, HTC cofounder and former CEO Peter Chou today revealed the first products from the new startup XRSPACE. SEE ALSO Two Tools to Make Your Own Avatar for Social VR Apps like 'VRChat' & 'Mozilla Hubs'.

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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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HTC Brings VR Storefront to Mobile

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Less than a month after launching the Viveport VR app store , HTC is introducing even more ways to discover and experience VR content. At the Alibaba Cloud developer forum conference Monday, HTC announced the release of a closed beta for Viveport M. Up until know, VR at HTC has been lacking any sort of mobile features. Also announced at the conference, HTC revealed Viveport Arcade, a new VR content management and sales platform customized for offline experience centers.

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HTC announces XR Suite and teases the future of collaboration and workplace

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This night I woke up at 3am to participate in HTC Vive’s event on ENGAGE because I read that it was an “HTC VIVE LAUNCH EVENT” and I was super-confident in the launch of the Cosmos XR or at least of the Cosmos Play.

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HTC Launches Vive Studios; Debuts First Title ‘Arcade Saga’

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HTC is getting into the VR content development game with the launch of Vive Studios. Announced Thursday, Vive Studios is HTC’s internal VR development team that’s been stealthily creating content to be released to consumers. Earlier this year, HTC hired game veterans with pedigree hailing from titles such as Fable 2 , Lord of the Rings , Gears of War and other massive AAA hits to create the internal studio. News Arcade Saga Games HTC HTC Vive Vive Studios

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HTC Launches Dedicated VR App Store Viveport

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HTC’s VR app store is now live, giving you more options to discover and experience non-gaming content. Back in August at VRLA , HTC announced they would be opening a dedicated virtual reality app store called Viveport, which would be home to a host of largely non-gaming immersive content. HTC’s hope is that when you first purchase your Vive (yep, no Rift for now), Viveport will be the beginning of your journey when exploring virtual reality experiences.

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Valve Releases ‘Destinations’, a Free VR Creation Tool

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Valve has today released a new VR content creation tool suite called Destinations, a free program that lets you create, share and view community-created photogrammetry scenes, game worlds, and other 3D models. Both HTC Vive and Oculus Rift users can take advantage of the free software, as it contains support for both Vive controllers and XBox gamepads. Download ‘Destinations Workshop Tools’ on Steam.

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Amazon to Begin Selling VR Apps Through New HTC Partnership

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Amazon will soon begin selling VR apps on its massive digital marketplace through a new partnership with HTC. While Steam generally functions as the Vive’s defacto app store, HTC runs its own VR app store called Viveport. SEE ALSO Amazon's VR/AR Creation Tool 'Sumerian' Now Available to General Public. But the partnership with HTC affirms the company’s growing interest in VR. HTC Steam Amazon amazon vr htc htc viveport

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LensPen Cleaning Tool Helps Make Sure Your VR Lenses Stay Clear

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Something they capture in the moment can be ruined without a clean lens and take extra post-production work when all that was needed was a tool like the LensPen. PSVR, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and Valve Index users can keep one around their gaming rooms while Oculus Quest and owners of other untethered VR solutions can have something on the go. It’s an incredibly frustrating feeling when an immersive VR experience is ruined by a smudge or spec of dust on your optical lens.

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