November, 2018

AT&T Reveals Winners of First Magic Leap Hackathon

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Now that its first developer conference is in the rearview mirror, Magic Leap continues to nurture its content development community, this time with an assist from strategic investor and retail partner AT&T. After accepting submissions through Oct.

You Should Definitely Buy A PSVR This Black Friday

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You might have noticed that we’re quite fond of VR here at Upload. In fact, we’re absolutely enthralled about it; we love to play in it, talk about it and write about it. But, when it comes to actually recommending you buy a VR headset?

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Holiday Deal Brings New Samsung Odyssey+ to Just $300

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Samsung Odyssey+ is the company’s latest VR headset, and while it launched just a few weeks ago for $500, the Korean tech giant is throwing it on sale this Black Friday at a 40% discount.

Disney Researchers Introduce ‘MotionStick’ AR Puppeteering

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Disney Researchers build off an idea from 2011 to develop a new way to puppeteer digital characters in augmented reality.

HTC Vive Focus launched worldwide: an enterprise standalone headset, starting from $599

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After a long wait, finally, the Vive Focus is ready to exit from its home country. You will be able to finally buy it in Europe and North America for $599, from the dedicated page on the HTC website. HTC Vive Focus Specs.

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Cutting Edge VR

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Fundamental VR is partnering with the Mayo Clinic to democratize the next generation of haptic surgical training simulation tools. Globally, 5 Billion people don’t have access to safe surgery due to lack of trained professionals. In the U.S.

Toyota Begins Testing HoloLens for Production Process Improvements

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With HoloLens and its enterprise-focused software offerings, Microsoft continues to make an impression on companies looking to adopt augmented reality, with Toyota Motor Corporation among the latest.

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Oculus Launches Referral Program, Free Store Credit When a Friend Buys Rift or Go

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As the adage goes, the more, the merrier. Oculus is taking it to heart this holiday season in the US with its new referral program that could net you, and up to three friends significant savings on hardware and content.

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Master of Shapes Combines VR Racing With Real Go Karts

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Virtual environments. Real-world racing. Last month we had the opportunity to check out Master of Shapes’ VR go-kart experience, a bold new location-based venture that blends virtual reality racetracks with real-world racing.

All you need to know about the leaked Valve VR headset: is Half-Life 3/2 coming?

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The VR ecosystem is in fibrillation because of the leak of a possible upcoming next-gen Valve HMD headset. But what do we know about it? Well, in this article I’ll try to summarize all that we know and all the main speculations regarding it.

Diving Into VR Without a Headset

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Is this the closest we have to the Holodeck? It very well might be. There are many tantalizing possibilities around immersive technologies, but where they usually hit a snag is the fact that most cool experiences require complicated equipment.

Children's Book Classic Peter Rabbit & Other Tales Come to AR via iOS App

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The landscape for mobile augmented reality apps is still mostly filled with utility and gaming apps, but a new entrant into the space is looking to pull children into the mix.

Madrid Noir: Prologue Is Like A Charming Pixar Short In VR

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If there’s one thing that everyone loves about going to the movies to watch the latest Pixar film, it’s got to be the shorts. These mini-movies that appear before the main feature are often filled with as much love, laughs and innovation as the film they’re shown in front of.

Report: New Valve VR Headset Appears in Leaked Images

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When it comes Valve, there’s no telling what’s going on behind their Bellevue, Washington doors. As one of the most reclusive developers of both games and hardware, that goes doubly so for its efforts in VR.

Japanese Man Spends $17,500 In ‘Cross-Dimensional’ Wedding To Hatsune Miku

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Akihiko Kondo’s “marriage” to the 16-year-old holographic pop star is just the latest in an increasingly prominent trend of holographic marriages.

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Magic Leap One first impressions review: it’s not a leap, but a step

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I thought it would have taken me a lot before I would be able to try the Magic Leap One , but luckily this has not been the case. Thanks to a friend and a bit of luck, I’ve been able to test it and so I will be able to give you my impressions on the device … are you interested?

Tech Trends @ VR Sports & Entertainment Summit 2018

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The 2nd Annual Immersive Technology in Sports & Entertainment Summit will be held in San Francisco on November 13-14, 2018. Tech Trends is excited to be a media partner for the event so watch this space for key highlights.

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Walmart Turns Its iPhone App's Barcode Scanner into an Augmented Reality Price Comparison Tool

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While many retailers have introduced try-before-you-buy features in their apps, Walmart has gone in another direction by bringing shoppers an augmented reality tool to help them compare products they want to buy. Available exclusively for iOS (app versions 18.20

Watch David Attenborough Meet David Attenborough In VR

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Hold The World, a brilliant educational VR app from Sky, features some of the best volumetric capture seen in VR today, bringing Sir David Attenborough to digital life. Need proof? Check out just how amazed the real Attenborough was to meet his digital self in the video below.

Magic Leap is Offering Individual Developers up to $500K for Their AR Projects

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At Magic Leap’s developer conference last month, the company announced they were ready to throw down serious cash to developers to build apps for their new AR headset, Magic Leap One.

Niantic’s ‘Ingress Prime’ Brings A Sci-fi Twist To Location-Based AR Gaming

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Join pick a side and join the battle for control of previous Exotic Matter in this modern revival of the 2013 location-based AR game.

Donald Greenberg: virtual reality is still a baby, we’ll need 20 years for photorealism

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There are days when I’m really happy to be a blogger. The day when I interviewed Donald Greenberg is one of these days. Donald Greenberg is one of the fathers of the CGI.

Exploring a Wounded Mind in VR

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A BBC Virtual Reality experience takes you on an emotional journey through the perspective of two young women dealing with a life-altering brain injury. Is Anna OK is a poignant VR experience based on a true story. Anna and Lauren are identical twins.

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Noovie ARCade App Brings Wreck-It Ralph Movie Experience to Augmented Reality for Fans

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One of the funniest scenes from the teaser trailer for the Wreck-It Ralph sequel is the basis for the new pre-show augmented reality experience via the Noovie ARCade app. Arriving in theaters on Nov.

Electrical Nose Stimulation Could Let You Smell Anything In VR Without Chemicals Or Refills

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Researchers at The Imagineering Institute in Malaysia have demonstrated a technique that would allow smells to be transferred and sensed over the internet. The ‘Digital Smell Interface’ works by direct electrical stimulation of the smell receptor nerves deep in the nose.

Bell Says Latest Helicopter was Designed 10 Times Faster With VR

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Bell Helicopter challenged its Innovation Team to accelerate its aircraft design process. Turning to VR as a key improvement to their design pipeline, the team created the FCX-001, the company’s first “concept aircraft,” in just six months.

Researchers Develop VR Haptic Feedback System Using Custom Quadcopters

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Are custom-build drones retrofitted with touchable surfaces the future of VR haptic feedback?

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Niantic and WB Games have unveiled the first teaser trailer for the Harry Potter AR game.

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Niantic and WB Games have unveiled the first teaser trailer for Harry Potter: Wizards Unite™, the upcoming augmented reality (AR) mobile game that will put magic in the hands of players worldwide. The highly anticipated game will launch in 2019.

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PanguVR mixes virtual reality and artificial intelligence to revolutionize interior design

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When I went to China , one of the companies that I wanted to visit was PanguVR , but unluckily its CEO was not available at that time because of some business stuff he had to do.

Lenovo Star Wars Jedi Challenges Update Lets You Turn to the Dark Side via Kylo Ren Lightsaber

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Any real Star Wars fan knows that fear is a path to the dark side, as it leads to anger, and then suffering. For players of Star Wars Jedi Challenges, though, access to the antagonistic side of the Force is now available through their mobile apps.

Tetris Effect VR Review: A Transcendent Take On A Classic

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Go run a bath. Make it warm, get some salts, maybe some candles, put your speakers by the door and dim the lights. Play this , close your eyes, and sink into the water. Oh and, grab your Gameboy (don’t drop it) and boot up Tetris.

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Social VR Platform ‘High Fidelity’ to Host Festival in VR Nov. 17th, Win a Rift & Cash Prizes

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High Fidelity, the social VR platform headed by Second Life creator Philip Rosedale, will host its first festival completely in virtual reality, which will feature contests, giveaways and live music shows in VR.

FundamentalVR Partners With Mayo Clinic To Develop Haptic VR Surgery Simulations

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Mayo Clinic brings their massive body of research to FundamentalVR’s simulation platform. According to a 2015 commission report launched at the Royal Society of Medicine in London, UK, 5 Billion people still don’t have access to safe surgery due to a lack of trained professionals. In the U.S.

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INDIE PRODUCTION COMPANY BAOBAB STUDIOS WORLD PREMIERES ANIMATED SHORT “CROW: THE LEGEND”

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Baobab Studios proudly announced today the official global release of “Crow: The Legend”.

The Ghost’s Spotlight: oVRshot, Microsoft Maquette and The Great C

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Today I inaugurate a new column of this blog called “The Ghost’s Spotlight” in which I try to put the spotlight on some interesting VR projects that I tried or that I got to know.

Niantic's Ingress Roots Get a Reboot with the Real World Platform

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Ingress, the godfather of location based-AR games developed by Pokémon GO creator Niantic Labs, is getting a new lease on life via Ingress Prime, a reboot of the game built on the Niantic Real World Platform.

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Echo Combat Costs $9.99, Launch Trailer Revealed

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The long-anticipated expansion to Echo VR is nearly here, and we now know how much it’ll cost. Oculus and Ready At Dawn today confirmed that Echo Combat will cost $9.99 when it launches on the Oculus Rift on November 15th at 12pm PST.

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