2018

A Candid Assessment of the Industry From a Leading Indie VR Developer

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What is happening with the VR industry? Is adoption and growth still on target to support a vibrant and diverse ecosystem of independent VR developers?

Leap Motion Announces Open-Source AR Dev Kit ‘Project North Star’

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The company reveals plans to release their prototype design for a $100 hand-tracking AR headset. If you’re looking to add accurate hand-tracking technology to your VR or AR experience, there are few options outside Leap Motion technology.

Indie publisher Mastiff has a VR roadmap that includes military action and thai horror!

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A few of you out there may be familiar with the Heavy Fire series, a military on rails shooter that made appearances on the Wii, PS3, and XBox 360. Well during the Mastiff GDC press event it was revealed that Heavy Fire is returning and this time with a VR spin.

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Neurogaming’s Take On VR Arcades Focuses On Social Appeal With World of Tanks VR

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2018 is shaping up to be a big year for VR arcades and attractions, and a new player in the space is looking to find success with an approach that focuses on fun gameplay and multiplayer.

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AWE USA 2018

AWE USA, the world’s #1 AR+VR conference and expo, is back for it’s 9th year on May 30-June 1, 2018 in Santa Clara, CA. Use code VRPUL200 for $200 off all three All Access Passes (1-day, 2-day and 3-day) as well as the 2-day Expo Only Pass.

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Kat Walk Mini Pre-orders Start Tomorrow at $1500, Full Price Set at $3000

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KatVR, the China-based company behind the 2015 Kickstarter-funded KAT Walk VR treadmill, announced last month that a new mini-version of the low-friction VR treadmill would be hitting Kickstarter soon, and that above all it would be “affordable.”

Group Behind JPEG Unveils New ‘visually lossless’ Compression Standard for VR/AR and More

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Inside VR Park, Dubai Mall’s Massive New VR Theme Park

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The Dubai Mall, one of the world’s largest shopping complexes, is now home to VR Park , an indoor theme park spanning two floors and over 75,000 square feet of space, offering a wide variety of VR experiences, including several physical rides.

Hands-on: Infinadeck’s Latest Prototype is the Most Natural Feeling VR Treadmill Yet

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Infinadeck is an active omni-directional VR treadmill that lets you walk in any direction. Compared to others, which generally rely on low friction surfaces to emulate the act of walking, Infinadeck’s design actually has a tread that moves beneath you, leading to a much more natural gait.

Mozilla Announces Open Source AR/VR Web Browser ‘Firefox Reality’

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Mozilla, the non-profit company behind Firefox web browser, today announced a new cross-platform, open sourced web browser called Firefox Reality, something Mozilla says was built from the ground-up for standalone VR and AR headsets.

‘Skyrim VR’ for PC Review – a Dragon-sized Feast for the Eyes

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Skyrim VR (2017), Bethesda’s premier virtual reality port of the hit open-world RPG Skyrim (2011) , has finally made its way to PC VR headsets after its November 2017 launch on PlayStation VR.

Kim Jong Un Visits China: Tries Virtual Reality

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Kim Jong Un experiences new realities outside North Korea. Overnight, North Korean and Chinese media confirmed a meeting took place between the countries’ leaders, Kim Jong Un and Xi Jinping at the Chinese Beijing capital.

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Oculus Launchpad winning VR experience "I Am A Man" is a historical walk in the shoes of those who struggled for our civil rights.

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I Am A Man VR Experience Trailer from Derek Ham on Vimeo. I Am a Man! is a declaration of civil rights used as a personal statement and as a declaration of independence against oppression. During the Civil Rights Movement at the Memphis sanitation strike in 1968, "I AM A MAN!"

Pluto Wants To Become Like The Discord Of VR, Now Available

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If I’m not playing a game that I’m supposed to write about then chances are I’m either playing something for fun, talking about games with friends, or thinking about games while I do other things. This goes for both VR and non-VR. Point being: gaming is a huge part of my life.

Researchers Exploit Natural Quirk of Human Vision for Hidden Redirected Walking in VR

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Researches from Stony Brook University, NVIDIA, and Adobe have devised a system which hides so-called ‘redirected walking’ techniques using saccades, natural eye movements which act like a momentary blindspot.

New Jersey Utility Uses Augmented Reality to Visualise Underground Infrastructure

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vGIS, a new geographic information system (GIS) visualisation platform from the Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri) partner Meemim , is being used to view underground infrastructure while wearing Microsoft Hololens.

Infinadeck VR Treadmill Shows Improvements With Vive Trackers, Launches This Week

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Infinadeck is an active omnidirectional VR treadmill which has been in development since at least 2014. A new video shows the treadmill now using Vive Trackers for enhanced tracking, which appears to have increased the responsiveness of the device. The Infinadeck is set to launch this week.

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HTC Releases 3 ‘Ready Player One’ VR Experiences in ‘OASIS Beta’, Now Free on Viveport

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HTC showed off eight Ready Player One-inspired experiences at the film’s debut event at SXSW. Now, the company has released three of these experiences on Viveport in a single download called Ready Player One: OASIS Beta.

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Leap Motion ‘Virtual Wearable’ AR Prototype is a Potent Glimpse at the Future of Your Smartphone

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Because VR can take over our entire reality, it can be great for entertainment. But when it comes to AR, the hope is that the tech will be a transient and beneficial addition to reality, rather than taking over your world completely.

Researchers Electrically Stimulate Muscles in Haptic Designed for Hands-free AR Input

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Researchers at The Human Computer Interaction Lab at Hasso-Plattner-Institut in Potsdam, Germany, published a video recently showing a novel solution to the problem of wearable haptics for augmented reality.

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Report: Magic Leap Ships First Wave of Headsets to Small Group of Partners

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Magic Leap, the mysterious augmented reality headset company, has apparently begun shipping its first wave of Magic Leap One AR systems to partners in limited numbers.

Magic Leap Shows Prototype Headset Progress Since 2014

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At a sponsored GDC 2018 session, the still mysterious augmented reality company Magic Leap has revealed how their prototype hardware has evolved from 2014 to present day.

Adobe Launches Immersive 360° Editing, Improves Plane To Sphere

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The update is a window into the future of immersive content creation. Adobe unveiled a slew of new features in its Creative Cloud update released today, including an immersive 360-degree environment for its widely used video software Premiere Pro and animation suite After Effects.

ARK Park brought me closer to how I felt watching the original Jurassic Park than buying a $15 ticket to see Jurassic World. 

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ARK Park is now available on HTC Vive PSVR, Oculus Rift, and Windows Mixed Reality headsets and I think it is an incredible experience for anyone who loves Dinosaurs.

Quill’s New Animation Feature Could Be Revolutionary For VR Creation

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Facebook’s VR app Quill is getting a major update with animation tools that can bring hand-made creations to life. Quill was born during the development of De ar Angelica, an immersive story which puts you in a series of 3D scenes sketched in VR by hand.

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HTC Vive Focus to Release Internationally in 2018, Dev Kit Pre-Orders Live Now

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HTC’s standalone, untethered VR headset the Vive Focus, will come to western markets later this year, HTC announced today. The company also announced that developers can register for Dev-Kit units from today.

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Vive Pro Headset Pre-orders Open at $800 for April 5th Launch, Original Vive Drops to $500

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HTC today announced that the Vive Pro headset only (without controllers or base stations) will cost $800 and launch on April 5th; the headset is now available for pre-order. Meanwhile, the original Vive is getting a price cut of $100, down to $500.

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Magic Leap Launches Developer SDK, Confirms Eye-tracking, Room-scanning, and More

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Today Magic Leap has launched the Lumin SDK, the toolkit which allows developers to build AR experiences for Lumin OS, the operating system that powers the Magic Leap One headset.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 VRDK to Offer Ultrasonic 6DOF Controller Tracking

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Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 845 VRDK , a VR headset reference design for hardware and software developers, is now offering 6DOF controller input with ultrasonic tracking.