Air New Zealand Actually Considers Putting HoloLens on Flight Attendants

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Air New Zealand is exploring how the Microsoft HoloLens can enhance its in-flight service, becoming the first airline to openly consider equipping its cabin crew with the augmented reality headset. Air New Zealand hired UK-based software firm Dimension Data to create the concept app.

New Zealand Incinerates House to Make Fire Safety VR Experience

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The New Zealand Fire Service has burned down an abandoned home to create a virtual reality experience called Escape My House , hoping VR immersion will help prepare homeowners for the worst. Image Credit: Murray Wilson / New Zealand Fire Service.

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HTC Applies for ‘Vive Eclipse’ Trademark in New Zealand

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HTC may have more than one new headset in sight than we initially thought when it registered the name ‘Vive Focus’ in the EU and US. The post HTC Applies for ‘Vive Eclipse’ Trademark in New Zealand appeared first on Road to VR.

PSVR Gaming Bundle ‘HeroCade’ Available This Month in Europe, Australia & New Zealand

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Launching in France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Portugal, UK, Australia, and New Zealand on September 26th , HeroCade offers and interesting mix of genres, recalling memories of the old PlayStation demo discs from the PS1 era.

This Fireproof VR Camera Rig Could One Day Save Lives

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The New Zealand Fire Service is testing fireproof 360 camera rigs that could one day save lives. The test footage was captured at a fire service training building and according to the New Zealand Fire Service, never melted in their initial test shoot.

Microsoft Hololens Available in More Countries

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Starting on October 12, Microsoft added availability to the following countries: Australia, Ireland, France, Germany, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. Microsoft Hololens (Developer version) has been available in the US and Canada since March for $3,000.

eBay and Myer Launch World’s First Virtual Reality Store

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Myer chief executive Richard Umbers said the collaboration with eBay will open a new and exciting chapter for retail. Managing director of eBay Australia and New Zealand, Jooman Park, said the new experience expands on traditional retail and improves its efficiency and personalisation.

Samsung Gear 360 Now On Sale In UK For £349.00

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Last month we reported that the Samsung’s Gear 360 camera became available in New Zealand, adding to the short list of countries, Korea and Singapore, where the Gear 360 was sold.

Microsoft Opens Up HoloLens Pre-orders In 6 Countries

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Developers are charging forward with various entertainment and productivity applications (over 80 in the Microsoft store to date) and businesses are finding new ways to utilize the head mounted display as well.

Sketchfab Hosts 1 Million Online Scenes While Matterport Posts 250K Virtual Spaces

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We mentioned the company as one of the premier AR and VR companies leading the charge and now Matterport is making 250,000 3D spaces you can check out in VR through a new CoreVR program. After 2016, the CoreVR option will be available for $19 per new 3D space.

Microsoft to Expand HoloLens Availability to 29 More European Markets in December

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HoloLens is currently only officially available in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

New App Lets You Control Ableton Live Music Software In VR

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Enter AliveInVR, a new virtual reality music production tool available on SteamVR. New Zealand developer Byron Mallett’s released a similar application in 2014 called Pensato. The post New App Lets You Control Ableton Live Music Software In VR appeared first on VRScout.

Microsoft Expands HoloLens To 29 New European Markets

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Microsoft announced its HoloLens mixed reality headset is coming to 29 new markets across Europe. France, Canada, Japan, China, Germany, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand. Last year, the company launched HoloLens, serving up a spellbinding digital experience via a headset that combines virtual and physical worlds through a rich set of sensors. The headset first started shipping to developers in the U.S.

Epic Games Distributes Grants To VR Devs Including Robo Recall Mod Team

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Tree by New Reality Co – From New Reality Co, the creators of the social awareness VR experience Giant, comes Tree, an emotionally touching VR experience that uses sight, sound, touch and even smell to explore the lifecycle of a rainforest tree from a seedling to full-grown state to unfortunate human consumption. realityvirtual.co – Based in New Zealand, realityvirtual.co

FOVE Launches Pre-Orders For Eye-Tracking VR Headset FOVE 0, Starting at $549

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It’s been a long road for FOVE , the creators of the eye-tracking VR headset that hit Kickstarter last summer, but today the company launches pre-orders for their first commercially available product, the FOVE 0.

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Why Soul Machines Made an AI Baby

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Sagar is an associate professor based at the University of Auckland in New Zealand. The New Dimensions in Testimony initiative from the University of Southern California interviews Holocaust survivors and makes a hologram of them.

Crytek-Incubated ‘VR First’ Program to Double Number of Academic VR/AR Labs in 2017

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Through its Lab Renovation Program, VR First is promoting the adoption of these new standards by lab partners, governments and science parks. VR First Institutions (including new openings). Canterbury University, New Zealand. State University of New York at Oswego, USA.

The VRScout Report – The Week in VR Review

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or later you can use the Gear 360 app (unfortunately, this is not a retrograde compatibility– it only affects the new 2017 version). Air New Zealand is one airlines provider that is testing how the Microsoft Hololens can help improve in-flight customer service.

Climax Reveals ‘Towers for Tango’ For Project Tango, ‘Hunters Gate’ For Daydream

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Fresh off the release of its VR tribute to Contra , Gun Sight , Climax Studios is back this week with the announcement of two new games for two new platforms. Climax plans to add new ‘Raid’ levels to the experience each week.

Making VR Accessible to Kids One Maze at a Time

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That originally was the wheelhouse for Seedling, which started in New Zealand in 2007. Kids are there, they love absorbing anything that’s new.

Here Come The Holograms

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The epic success of “Sleep No More” in New York represents a tipping point for Immersive Entertainment. A multi-character drama in VR or AR would be like “Sleep No More”, the smash hit environmental theater production in New York now going into the sixth year.

The Future of Mixed Reality Is Much Bigger Than Magic Leap

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The Weta Workshop logo was always prominent throughout, but it could have been assumed that this was because the New Zealand visual effects company – best known for their work in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies – had made the graphics for the game itself.

ARKit Holo App Puts Your Favorite Personalities in the Palm of Your Hand

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Now the New Zealand-based company has officially employed the use of Apple’s powerful ARKit platform to bring a whole new level of realistic digital figures to augmented reality. Volumetric video can fulfill your dream of having your own personal Jon Hamm.

When Can I Buy Samsung’s Gear 360 Camera?

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Samsung begins selling the Gear 360 in New Zealand – who’s going to be next? Even for most consumers who will never get the privilege of stitching GoPro footage, this camera will seem simple to them and make shooting immersive video accessible to a whole new world of creators.

‘Pokémon Go’ Now Available on Android and iOS

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Japan, Australia and New Zealand. Pokémon fans, rejoice! The wait is almost over, as the highly anticipated Pokémon Go augmented reality mobile game is now being rolled out for both iOS and Android.

Weekend Downloads: New on Gear VR and Oculus Rift

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This Week’s New Gear VR and Oculus Rift Content (8/13/16). Experience flying on Pete’s dragon in this new VR/360 video experience! The post Weekend Downloads: New on Gear VR and Oculus Rift appeared first on VRScout.

‘L.A. 2097? is Your Own Little Slice of ‘Blade Runner’

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E’van Johnston (aka ‘ Deepfield ‘) is a New Zealand-based developer at mobile games studio PikPok.

8th Annual Lumiere Awards For Creative Filmmaking Expands VR Categories

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Virtual reality receives new categories as it takes center stage at this years awards for creative work in film, TV & VR. The organization is also introducing a new VIP media preview of all nominated VR content 10AM-12PM on February 13 at the Steven J.

Dean Hall’s Out of Ammo Is Getting A Sequel This Month

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It was a VR game released seemingly out of nowhere by RocketWerkz, the New Zealand-based developer founded by Day-Z creator Dean Hall. Remember Out of Ammo?

Q&A: Mad Max stuntman on VR and movies

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Ahead of the Magnify Conference on VR/AR The New Zealand Herald speaks to leading stunt director Guy Norris on new filming technologies in VR and the experiences consumers will be offered

Learning To Design Virtual Reality For Accessibility

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Emma Johansson is the VR Product Owner and head of the design team at Runaway Play, a games development company based in Dunedin, New Zealand. Virtual reality is pushing further into the mainstream, and we’re really excited about that at Runaway. It brings with it a lot of challenges but also, a host of possibilities for us as developers and designers.

Tickets Still Available For Next Week’s ‘VR On The Lot’ Conference

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This gathering of VR professionals is unique in the short history of this new medium,” said Jim Chabin, President & CEO Advanced Imaging Society, in a prepared statement. “We A two-day summit on Oct.

Frontier VR Is A Wonderful Adventure Into The Wilderness Available Now

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After a few minutes, I heard the grunt and thuds of an approaching grizzly bear, and I began to curl up in concern, worried that my new found peace was about to be ripped to shreds. Frontier VR is a collection of three spaces designed by New Zealand-based Gaugepunk Games.

‘Out of Ammo’ Review

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Out of Ammo was developed by RocketWerkz, a New Zealand based studio founded by Dean Hall, the creator of DayZ. This means you are constantly switching between building new fortifications and inhabiting troops in order to help sway the battle in a certain area.

How Pokémon Go brings the pocket monsters to your neighborhood

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The Pokémon Go beta is live in Japan, New Zealand, Australia, and the United States ahead of its full launch, and it’s set to launch this year.

How I use CoSpaces to help students create their dreams

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As I venture into classrooms to work with teachers and students, I like to keep the new ISTE student standards a focus. It didn’t take long for me to learn new things from the students. I also Tweeted about her new tree farm tradition here and some general student work here.

‘Morgan Lives in a Rocket House in VR’ Gives Us a Peek into a Kid-friendly VR Future

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Created by Peter Monga, a New Zealand-based indie dev, Morgan Lives in a Rocket House in VR is the first VR episode in the series. You have a minor infestation of tiny people in your house.

How the Resident Evil 7: Biohazard Theme Song Blends The Series’ Past and Future

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I think it’s interesting that two of the vocalists I have had the most success with – Lorde and Jordan Reyne – are both from New Zealand. A theme song, just like a title, is an important introduction to any piece of art.

The VRScout Report – The Week in VR Review

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A hot spot for development, London has birthed a new VR-focused game studio – but not just any game studio. Birthed in New Zealand and raised in Los Angeles, CA, volumetric capture company 8i has announced a Series B round of $27M.

Virtual Winery: Meet the VR Tours Cuvee

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The likes of Audi, Coca-Cola and even The New York Times are all using VR for visual marketing, but what about matching Virtual Reality and the reality itself? This experience brings people, via an Oculus Rift headset, to the birthplace of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc in New Zealand.