2018

‘VRChat’ Blasts Past 1 Million Installs Amidst a Skyrocketing Meme Economy

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VRChat , the social chatroom for VR and non-VR users, is doing booming business. According to SteamSpy , the app has seen a mind-boggling 1.2 million fresh installs since Christmas – putting it currently at 1.5 million users globally.

Mayweather Boxing & Fitness VR Program Debuts At First Gym This Month

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Take a closer look into what the world-class boxer promises to be the “future of fitness.”. No matter what your opinion of Floyd “Money” Mayweather may be, there’s no denying the man knows exactly what he’s doing.

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Oculus announces the Oculus Start program to help aspiring developers during their VR creation journey.

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Oculus announced its new developer-focused program today to help grow the ecosystem. Oculus Start is a program created for VR application developers who are just getting started.

CES 2018 Hands-On: Black Box VR Gave Me A Real Workout

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I’m a chubby guy. I’ve been chubby ever since middle school and I don’t really have much of an excuse other than typical laziness, poor eating habits, and a lack of exercise.

This groundbreaking metalens could make AR and VR bulk-free

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A groundbreaking new lens could make future augmented reality glasses lighter and less obtrusive, replacing complex displays with a revolutionary alternative.

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Drop Coming Soon To Rift And Mixed Reality

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Drop is a 360-degree VR environment that allows people to browse the web in VR. The main appeal of the program is the ability to organize different browser windows and tabs in a 3D environment. This stands in contrast to vanilla web browsing on a PC or tablet, offering only a 2D plane for a few tabs. Depending on resolution and screen real estate, this usually means that only 2-4 tabs can comfortably be used at once.

360° Infographic Is The Most Valuable VR Tech

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image credit to valuebound.com. Projected to reach 37.7 billion USD revenue by 2020( SuperDataResearch ), almost a 3 fold increase to now, Virtual Reality is one of the fastest developing industries of our generation.

HTC Vive Pro

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Today HTC announced the HTC Vive pro VR headset. A minor upgrade compared to the existing HTC Vive. Is it worth buying or should you stick with your original Vive? The HTC Vive Pro has a few advantages above the normal Vive. The most important thing is the higher resolution of the Pro.

4 Most Important Stories From CES and What They Mean for VR in 2018

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CES 2018 has come and gone, and with it, a pace has been set for what we can expect to see in VR in the next six months or so. If you weren’t following the day-to-day news, here’s a look at the top stories and what they mean going forward. HTC Vive Pro. Photo by Road to VR.

This HoloLens App Brings Doctors To Life-Threatening Situations

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HoloLens takes doctors to you. What if a doctor miles away could save your life? That’s the idea behind Nomadeec — a HoloLens telemedicine app French medtech company Exelus has been developing for three years.

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Will 2018 Be Ether’s Year?

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EXCLUSIVE – If 2017 was the year that brought bitcoin into mainstream finance, will 2018 be the year for ether? Powered by the Ethereum blockchain, ether started the new year on a positive note, hitting an all-time high of $914 today, according to CoinDesk’s Ethereum Price Index.

CES 2018: The 5 Biggest VR Tech Updates

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We’re recovering today from the mad dash that was CES 2018 in Las Vegas.

Amazon smart mirror patent details virtual clothing and scenes

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Amazon has patented a smart mirror that uses virtual clothing and mirrors to help consumers decide what to buy. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen the idea of a smart mirror for modern shopping; it is, however, a bit unique from the others.

Google Announces ‘VR180’ 3D Consumer Cameras Coming from Lenovo and Yi Technology

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Google today unveiled at CES a pair of point-and-shoot stereoscopic 180 cameras from Lenovo and Chinese camera manufacturer YI Technology. The cameras, respectively called the Lenovo Mirage and the Yi Horizon, are the first consumer cameras in Google’s growing VR180 camera platform.

When Is It Okay To Be Critical Of Startup Founders? The Walkie-Talkie Magic Matrix Can Help

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Written by Anand Sanwal ( @asanwal ), co-founder and CEO of CB Insights. When a startup fails or hits a rough patch and there are publicly critical comments of the startup (or in some cases the founder), a debate on whether this type of critical commentary is warranted or acceptable often emerges.

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Here’s What Could Be in HTC’s ‘Vive 1.5’

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HTC made a not so subtle tease today that a new version of the HTC Vive is on the way with improved resolution. While it doesn’t look like this will be positioned as a ‘Vive 2’, here’s what we could see from a ‘Vive 1.5’

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NGCodec Closes $8M Series A Investment, Aiming to Make Low Latency Cloud-based VR a Reality

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NGCodec , a cloud video processing company creating low latency codecs for video and interactive VR, announced the closure of an $8 million Series A funding round, bringing their total funds to $15.9 million.

Oculus Story Studio Alumni Form New Studio to Push Boundaries of VR Storytelling & Affordability

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Oculus Story Studio, the company’s internal production studio tasked with creating ridiculously polished cinematic experiences, first announced they’d be winding down production last summer.

Viveport Goes “VR First” in Largest Update Yet Including New ‘Home’ & Content Previews

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Viveport, HTC’s VR content store for Vive, just received a significant overhaul aimed at improving content discovery and consumption. The new ‘home’ area, which is based on spaceship platform, acts as a launchpad for the store’s games and experiences.

CES: Lenovo Unveils Standalone Daydream VR Headset

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The Mirage Solo is a standalone device that gets rid of the cord. Back in May, we got our first demo of Google’s WorldSense technology. It was a glimpse into the future of what VR headsets will look like as standalone devices.

AR App Brings Amazon Fashion & Fitness To Life

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Browse Mission fitness apparel while learning the hottest workout routines from a personal trainer that fits in your pocket.

Inmates Use VR To Prepare For Life On The Outside

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A new early-release program in Colorado helps prisoners convicted as teenagers adjust to the world they missed 20-plus years ago.

3dRudder Announces Improved ‘Blackhawk’ VR Foot Controller, Shipping in Spring for $140

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3dRudder , the company behind the eponymous foot controller for VR, announced its next product; 3dRudder Blackhawk, a newly redesigned device that aims to make input more responsive and intuitive.

WePlayVR is a Modular VR Attraction in-a-box Made for Family Venues

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AI Solve is creating a modular VR attraction that’s designed as a low-cost pathway for family entertainment centers to bring VR experiences to their customers.

Here’s How VR Is Changing The Way We Eat Out

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VR has manipulated sight, sound, smell, touch — and now taste? Virtual reality is being used all over by trendsetting restaurants to offer unique dining experiences with the hopes of luring younger crowds.

HTC Unveils New Vive Pro Headset & Wireless Adapter

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Increased resolution without a cord. It’s been nearly two years since HTC first introduced the Vive VR headset, opening up an entirely new world of room-scale VR that’s had us dodging arrows and bumping into furniture ever since. Now the Vive is getting an upgrade.

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SyncThink Closes $3.5 Million Series A Funding to Further Develop VR-based Concussion Detection

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SyncThink, a Berkeley-based eye-tracking and brain firm, announced the closing of a $3.5 million Series A-1 funding round led by Quadrant Management.

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20 VR Games Releasing in 2018 We’re Excited About

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Without any major VR hardware releases on the radar for this year, 2018 is shaping up to be a time for content to shine. We’ve rounded up a list of 20-something VR games launching in 2018 that we’re excited about, covering all three major VR systems: PSVR, Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.

This HoloLens Childbirth Simulator Helps Train Medical Students

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The first childbirth AR simulator. Whether learning how to play the piano or training crews to fly an Airbus , industries are quickly figuring out different ways augmented reality can be used for training and education. One such field we’ve seen the most experimentation within is medical.

The Future of Product Management

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In a recent live stream from one of our mentors of The Product Mentor , Ladislav Bartos, lead a conversation around “The Future of Product Management”. We are always looking for more product mentors from all around the world. Signup to be a Mentor Today! Check it out… About The Product Mentor.

CES 2018: HTC Pulled Out All The Stops For This Amazing VR Tech Demo

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In the middle of HTC’s CES space this year there’s a giant green screen booth. You literally couldn’t miss the thing it was so big. In the center of the booth there are four HTC Vives and four sets of two Hyperkin blasters.

Five Big Questions Facing The VR Industry In 2018

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2017 was a busy year for VR but not entirely in the ways you might have envisioned. While supposed headset sales failed to set the world on fire, Oculus made headlines for lawsuits and disputes while developers like CCP threw in the towel on the industry.

Hands-on: Vive Wireless Adapter Debuts With Robust Connection but Latency Too

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Revealed this week at CES 2018, HTC has announced their own Vive Wireless Adapter which promises to break the tether on the Vive and Vive Pro. We went hands-on to see how it handles.

Japanese University Uses ‘Building Scale VR’ For Disaster Training

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Forget Room Scale VR; the Nagoya University in Japan is using ‘Building Scale VR’ for disaster training. In a recent talk hosted by Microsoft Research (available at the bottom of this page), the University’s Katashi Nagao outlined its work with this ambitious form of VR.