Poly Is Google’s Foundation For Building Virtual Worlds

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Google is launching Poly, a service with a growing library of free objects for creators to incorporate into their virtual worlds. Poly further positions Google to deliver foundational software and services that could one day open up 3D modeling and virtual world creation to millions of people through VR and AR. Earlier this year, the company added Blocks to its creative suite of immersive computing apps — enabling the creation of simple 3D virtual objects.

How Sound Design Can Add Texture To A Virtual World

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In this Exploration, we’ll explore the fundamentals of VR sound design, plus take a deep dive into the auditory world of Blocks. Engines like Unity and Unreal are constantly getting better at representing sound effects in 3D space – with binaural audio , better reverb modeling, better occlusion and obstruction modeling, and more. Virtual reality is an exciting medium, but for first time users it can take a few minutes to master its limitations.

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Improbable Promises Long-term Support For Unity

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Unity has backed down in its battle with Improbable over the cloud platfrom SpatialOS. And now Improbable is promising to move forward with Unity Technologies and developers that use the Unity game-dev tools. On Wednesday, Unity changed its terms of service. Improbable helped forced this change by revealing that Unity had revoked its Unity license. It works with game engines including Unity, Unreal, CryEngine, and more.

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Unity Hires VRML Co-Creator Tony Parisi In Bid For VR Dominance

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Unity closed out its Unite 2016 Keynote in Los Angeles today with a huge focus on VR. Parisi is considered by many to be one of the early pioneers of VR thanks to his work on Virtual Reality Modeling Language (VRML), a tool for creating 3D environments on the internet, with Mark Pesce back in 1994. “We’re not just going to be using VR and AR to make games, we’re going to tell stories and create worlds. Unity Engine VR Industry News tony parisi unity

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NVIDIA Has Built VRWorks Into Unity, Builds Available Now

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NVIDIA is offering early access to a version of Unity with the company’s VRWorks features integrated into the engine for enhanced VR performance. Unity , one of the most popular game engines for VR development, has been a long-term supporter of the medium, introducing many VR-specific features as the hardware evolved at a frantic pace over the last few years. SEE ALSO NVIDIA Says New Foveated Rendering Technique is More Efficient, Virtually Unnoticeable.

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Varjo Promises “Human-Eye” Resolution With VR-1 Headset

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Combined with the headsets integrated eye-tracking functionality, users can supposedly expect lifelike virtual content featuring levels of detail not currently offered by other major providers. To design in virtual reality, we need the high resolution of the Varjo device. With this high resolution there is a seamless transfer between the real world and the virtual world,” said Jan Pflueger, Coordination Augmented & Virtual Reality at Audi, in an official release.

Tim Sweeney: Games Released On Epic Games Store Can Support VR

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The team behind Fortnite and the Unreal Engine which created it is going one level deeper and making a push for its own game storefront to challenge Valve’s Steam on PC and potentially Google Play on Android. Here’s the chart used to explain revenue split options to developers releasing virtual worlds made with Epic’s Unreal Engine 4 toolset or the leading competitor, Unity. Epic Games VR Industry News Epic Games Store Fortnite Unreal engine

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5 Unreal Assets for Your Next Orion VR Project

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With our 2016 developer survey in full swing, we thought we’d share some great assets that you could buy with one of five $100 Unity/Unreal asset credit prizes! Whimsical fall leaves, melancholy rain, spooky fog – weather can be a powerful way to set the tone for your virtual world (or give your users Storm-like superpowers). Completely free for Unreal development, the 7,600 art and sound assets on the Marketplace represent $3 million in content development.

Featured Platform: Getnamo’s Community Plugin for Unreal Engine 4

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With the rising popularity of PC gaming and VR, there’s never been a better time to start building with one of the world’s most powerful game engines. Today on the blog, we’re spotlighting getnamo’s community Leap Motion plugin for Unreal Engine 4, which offers some unique capabilities alongside the official plugin. Using the LeapCollisionCharacter, you can fully modify exactly how the character mesh collides with the world around it.

2018 Highlights: Award-winning VR gloves, global customers, and a growing team

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Dozens of leading companies around the world in the automotive, aerospace, industrial, and government sectors are already seeing incredible results with the HaptX Gloves Development Kit for design and training applications.”. We’re always striving to maximize our users’ immersion in virtual worlds by creating experiences that behave like users expect—experiences where you don’t have to think about what you’re doing; you just do it,” says Software Engineering Manager Ed Foley.

Creating Physical Experiences Online.

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Source Designing Memorable Virtual Experiences. As companies and brands are seeking to translate physical experiences such as town halls, conferences and art shows into the virtual world, what opportunities does the digital space offer to touch, move and inspire? The virtual space offers many opportunities to bring communities of like-minded people from around the world together at the same time for a shared experience.

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From Orion to Mobile VR: Leap Motion in 2016

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2016 was a landmark year for virtual reality, but 2017 will be nothing short of surreal. Redesigning our Unity Core Assets. MARCH 2: To match the new capabilities of Leap Motion Orion with the performance demands of VR, we gave our Unity toolset an overhaul from the ground up. How an indie #LeapMotion project became part of #UE4: [link] Click To Tweet Leap Motion VR support directly integrated in Unreal Engine. Unity Module for user interface input.

NVIDIA Announces Bigger, Better Toolkit for VR Developers

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So lets recap all that came to our knowledge today: VRWorks is a comprehensive suite of APIs, libraries, and engines that enable application and headset developers to create amazing virtual reality experiences. It enables a new level of presence by bringing physically realistic visuals, sound, touch interactions, and simulated environments to virtual reality. Traditional VR audio provides an accurate 3D position of the sound source within a virtual environment.

Reaching into 3D Data, Exploring CAD Designs, Virtual Meetings, and More

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As part of our 3D Jam spotlight series, here are 17 utility demos that let you reach into a sea of data and extract its insights, explore a CAD prototype before committing it to a 3D printer, meet with people from around the world, and more. Much like our UI Widgets , it’s a set of interface elements – switch, lever and potentiometer – that can be embedded in any virtual environment. Lucidigital Virtual Workspace. What is virtual reality’s version of “Hello World”?

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The XR Week Peek (2021.03.01): Sony confirms PSVR 2, Facebook teases Quest 2 Pro, and more!

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Unity support for OpenXR is still in early beta , and so it’s not reliable yet to develop an OpenXR-compliant application in Unity. Unreal is already compatible with the framework, so in 2021 we’ll soon have also the tools ready to create OpenXR cross-compatible platforms.

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12 Games to Unleash Your Magic Powers

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Check out these 12 demos from the 3D Jam that take you into new worlds of godlike power, magical curses, swords and sorcery. Inspired by the Doctor Who episodes Blink and Last Christmas , this adventure game lets you switch between the real world and a dreamworld at will, using Leap Motion’s Quick Switch function. How will it change the way you feel about yourself and the world you live in?”.

Editorial: Why Catching Pokemon In Skyrim Could Be The Future Of VR And AR

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Where the barriers between VR and AR dissolve and our virtual worlds and augmentations can seamlessly intermingle. To get there, all we need to do is remove the barriers that exist between Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality and let them become one thing. Augmented Virtual Reality. This works for any ARKit and ARCore app today in any virtual reality. They don’t care whether they’re augmenting real or virtual reality. Another is the Skyrim world.

GDC 2018: Sketchfab Launches Download API, Bringing Fast 3D Model Searching To Developers

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Sketchfab’s Download API allows you to do all of that within game engines such as Unity and Unreal and even when working inside VR. That means you can quickly search for any kind of object you might be looking for to build a virtual world and then just pull it straight into your existing work under Creative Commons licensing. 3D asset company Sketchfab is looking to stay a step ahead of Google Poly with its latest release.

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WebXR Device API Working Draft Published

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The WebXR Device API “describes support for accessing virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) devices, including sensors and head-mounted displays, on the Web.” ” When paired with 3D content made in WebGL, the API can turn a standard URL or web address into a portal to another world. Most VR developers build interactive virtual worlds in engines like Unreal and Unity.

SideQuest Joins The Khronos Group To Push OpenXR

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While we are still in the early days of adoption for OpenXR among developers, the standard is already initially supported by runtimes from Facebook , Valve and Microsoft with game engines Unity and Unreal on board as well.

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Tim Sweeney On Apple AR: ‘There is Going to be an Incredible Rush of Developers’

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Sweeney, whose company makes the Unreal Engine toolset used in creating some of the biggest budget 3D projects, outlined in a blog post this week why he saw this as a huge moment for immersive computing: Apple’s debut of VR support for Mac and AR support for iOS are true game-changers. It’s the most definitive event marking the move to high-end technology that will power a new generation of world-class experiences transcending games and storytelling.

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Amazon Shows What Lumberyard Can Do For VR With Free Showcase

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It’s a pretty basic addition, allowing developers to bring video content into virtual worlds, though it does sport some interesting extras, like support for 360 degree video playback, and applying video as textures that wrap around surfaces like spheres as well as flat walls. Whether or not it will ever have the chance to truly compete with the likes of Unity and Unreal Engine remains to be seen, but giving developers more options is never a bad thing.

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Oculus Adds Support For Native Mixed Reality Capture

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When trying to sell someone on the wonder that is virtual reality, it’s better to show than to tell. Explaining the incredible immersion that a solid virtual reality experience provides is difficult to put into words, but showing someone playing or allowing a person to play themselves is the quickest path to amazement. Mixed reality is a way to give spectators a window into virtual experiences, showing how the player inhabits a virtual world.

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Apple Embraces VR: Every Virtual Reality Announcement From Today’s WWDC Keynote

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At Apple’s World Wide Developer Conference today, the company made a major shift in their embrace of virtual reality with several new VR announcements during the event’s opening keynote. Today marks a major shift in Apple’s public support for virtual reality. Using Epic’s Unreal Engine VR Editor, they showed how developers could build VR content inside of VR itself, using Star Wars assets. Unity and Unreal VR SDK Support.

Editorial: Beat Saber Acquisition Begins Facebook’s Push Toward Horizon

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It is very likely the company can acquire some of the best VR developers in the world, and their products, just by offering a ridiculous amount of Facebook stock which can be sold after a few years of service to Mark Zuckerberg’s machine. Facebook owning something like Unity or Unreal Engine, for instance, would give the ad-serving giant world-building tools that the creators who develop virtual worlds couldn’t ignore.

VRTK’s Open Source Tools Help New Developers Get Started In VR

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Even if it is hard to stand out from dozens of apps launching each week, making a virtual world available across Steam, the PlayStation Store and Oculus increases the chances of a developer finding success. Though large teams working with big budgets often turn to the Unreal world engine from Epic Games for building VR products, the very well-funded Unity Technologies is the engine most indie developers use in bringing their products to fruition across multiple systems.

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VR Hits Major Milestone As Computing Platform With New Google Team-Up

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The company’s latest move allows people using development software like Unity and Unreal to easily bring 3D objects into their projects from a growing crowdsourced library. With its newly launched interface, Poly also becomes a library that’s easy to pull from for a variety of innovative VR creativity apps like Mindshow, Normal, TheWaveVR, AnimVR, Unity EditorXR, High Fidelity and Modbox.

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Boneworks Feels Like The First Next Generation VR Game

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You can feel the effort every second inside their virtual world. My virtual hand loosened its grip, letting me find a better spot to grip for maximum hacking power. Larger guns store on my back for later so my hands are free to grab more things in the world. What that leaves a player with in their virtual world is a sense of empowerment. “It Likewise, players don’t have the time either to learn new interactions in each virtual world.

Leap Motion’s North Star is the DK1 of AR: hands-on preview and how to buy it!

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There are some typical questions that arise in the mind of the AR enthusiasts of the world: how is it? Yeeeah… I just had a brief conversation with the most powerful man in the world. Or because he’s been the first person attaching a Leap Motion to an Oculus DK1 with some duct tape, envisioning how hand tracking could be vital for virtual reality. With this easy trick, on the lenses you are able to see both the real and the virtual world.

How Sinespace May Have Already Beaten Linden Lab To The Second Life Of VR

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It was ahead of its time in many ways, establishing one of the first widely accessed and engaging social virtual worlds that millions of people from all across the planet would visit and enjoy. They’d go to work in Second Life, hang out with friends in Second Life, and other than the need to eat and sleep in the real world, they’d more or less live inside Second Life. Frisby and his team are no stranger to creating social, virtual worlds.

12 Can’t Miss VR Talks You Have To See At GDC 2017

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Lessons Learned From A Thousand Virtual Worlds. Refocusing On VR Innovation: Can Standards Simplify Cross-Platform Virtual Reality Development? These representatives of the best of both PC and mobile VR are bound to have a few answers, as will the makers on Unreal Engine 4. State Of Unreal: Epic Games’ Opening Session. Virtual Insanity: Lessons Learned from Creating a Virtual Reality Engine. Liz Mercuri (Unity).

Assembling a Billion Polygons in Real-Time, with Epic Game’s Marc Petit

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With the next generation of Playstation set to hit shelves this holiday season, the big news in the gaming circuit is the revelation of Unreal Engine 5. Unreal Engine manager Marc Petit explains the many other use cases this technology promises. Today, we're speaking with Marc Petit, general manager of Unreal Engine at Epic Games. And of course, what's coming up with Unreal Engine 5? I mean, a game is everything about a simulated world and a story mixed together.

The XR Week Peek (2020.06.13): Magic Leap exploring a sale, events are going virtual and more!

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Another week closed at home, sending big hugs to all of you VR enthusiasts of the world. I hope to see your there, physically or virtually . More info (Laval Virtual canceled) More info (XR Europe canceled) More info (E3 canceled) More info (Tribeca canceled). and there is always more interest in virtual gatherings. The tracked markers can be useful to add virtual elements in specific positions of your visuals , like for instance a set of instructions.

Oculus Go: What We Know So Far

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As such, you can rotate and tilt your head to look in different directions, but you won’t be able to physically move it through the virtual world, which is what you’ll be able to do with Santa Cruz. The same goes for the controller; you can point at the world around you but not reach into it, much like on Daydream or with Gear VR’s new motion controller. Unreal and Unity engines both already support the kit, so you can get building.

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Magic Leap’s John Gaeta talks about the future of cinema, storytelling and mixed reality

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He was obsessed with Virtual Reality. For the Matrix trilogy it was important the use of computer vision, immersive photography, volumetric capture , the first markerless motion capture, to create frame by frame models of the performances… and today all these techniques are prolific in virtual reality and mixed reality. People knew it was not possible to do that: the film resonated because only in a simulation, only in virtual reality you can cheat time and space.

A Florida university is making Quidditch a (virtual) realityI.

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A Florida university is making Quidditch a (virtual) reality I hold in my hands what looks and feels like a wand from a Harry Potter film. The Dementor game was built to explore switching between augmented (AR) and virtual reality (VR) within the same experience: Players can either blast Dementors rushing at them from all sides of their living room, or be transported to what looks like a room at Hogwarts. The difference is that the screens actually put you into that world.

Jules Urbach’s Quest To Realize Star Trek’s Holodeck

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The gamble was that people who love video games and spend much of their free time using flat screens to immerse themselves in virtual worlds would be the first to seek out this technology. Parallel to this evolution, sandbox video games started to emerge offering large 3D worlds for players to shape and explore. For professionals, in recent years world engines gained popularity. In its place, intuitive human behavior becomes the way people shape these virtual worlds.