Distance Underestimation in Virtual Environments

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Academic VR researchers have shown that “people typically underestimate egocentric distances in immersive virtual environments,” sometimes up to 20%. The post Distance Underestimation in Virtual Environments appeared first on Road to VR.

Mimesys Leverages ARKit as a Mobile Viewer into Collaborative Virtual Environments

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VR remote collaboration company Mimesys has dreamt up an experiment which envisions mobile AR as a portal into remote virtual environments, allowing for quick spatial collaboration on-the-go, without putting on a VR headset.

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Hands-On with Magic Leap's Undersea, an AR Experience That Delivers on the Promise to Transport You to Another World

Next Reality AR

It's called Undersea, and its goal is to submerge you in a virtual environment that makes it seem as though your surroundings have been suddenly sunken to the bottom of the ocean.

Hands-On: Hands-On with Magic Leap's Undersea, an AR Experience That Transports You to Another World

Next Reality AR

It's called Undersea, and its goal is to submerge you in a virtual environment that makes it seem as though your surroundings have been suddenly sunken to the bottom of the ocean.

AltspaceVR zeros in on social virtual reality

Hypergrid Business

The social virtual reality platform AltspaceVR is doubling down on the social aspect, with interface changes designed to make it easier for people to get together. Previously, AltspaceVR — like many virtual environments —... News VR & AR AltspaceVR

New mobile VR headset to have built-in positional tracking

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Dacuda, a 3D scanning and room-scale virtual reality company is partnering with brain technology company MindMaze on a new headset that will offer positional tracing and improve social interactions in virtual environments.

Engage VR targets educators, businesses with free platform and content creation

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Engage, a free multi-user virtual reality social platform that allows educators to create and share virtual environments and take students on virtual field trips is now available in preview edition and will launch early next... News VR & AR Engage VR HTC Vive

Training AI & Robots in VR with NVIDIA’s Project Holodeck

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At SIGGRAPH 2017, NVIDIA was showing off their Isaac Robot that had been trained to play dominos within a virtual world environment of NVIDIA’s Project Holodeck.

Master of Shapes Combines VR Racing With Real Go Karts

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Virtual environments. 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. Real-world racing.

Virtual Desktop On Quest Pushes Twice As Many Pixels As Oculus Go

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Virtual Desktop is slated to be an Oculus Quest launch title later this month when the headset releases on May 21. For those unaware, Virtual Desktop is a VR application that allows you to stream your desktop to a virtual environment in VR.

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Disney’s Upcoming Lion King Remake Pushes The Boundaries Of VR Filmmaking

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Director Jon Favreau ditches physical sets in favor of 360-degree virtual environments. Director Jon Favreau and his team immersed within their virtual set. // Image Credit: Wired.

Canetrollers Could Change VR for Visually Impaired

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Whole experiences are built around immersing the eyes in headsets to explore virtual environments. The Canetroller will then vibrate when it hits a virtual object and can also detect changes in environment texture.

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How To Install Custom Home Environments On Oculus Quest Using SideQuest

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Oculus Quest users are now able to select their own home environments from a small selection of options provided by Facebook. Some users, however, also found a way to install custom environments in place of the officially available ones. Switching Environments.

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Oculus Patents VR Movement System with Phone-Based HMD

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Today, Oculus was granted a patent for a new method of moving around in a virtual environment that is more “natural and intuitive” to the user than teleporting – which has been an industry standard until now.

LightVR uses headset camera to see real keyboard

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Glue Collaboration Raises $3.85M Financing to Further Develop Business-focused Social VR Platform

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Investment News Social AR Social Virtual Reality Social VR glue glue collaboration maki.vcGlue Collaboration , a Helsinki-based company developing remote collaboration tools for AR/VR, today announced that it has completed a new seed round of financing, raising a total of €3.5 million (~$3.85

Go Behind-The-Scenes With Solaris, The New Shooter From Firewall Devs

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The game’s environment itself is a virtual environment in which athletes take up arms. Interestingly, Shabestari also teases the game’s AR interface, which uses your suit’s visor to project virtual images and information to help you in combat.

Jump Into Tilt Brush With Vreal And Revisit Creations Together

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Vreal’s recorder maps player movements onto an animal avatar while also capturing the entire changing virtual environment. Vreal records the entire virtual environment in a linear way with voices and body movements mapped onto avatars.

Win free VR viewer: Submit a historical destination

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Virtual environments can let people step back in time, by visiting the recreation of a place or event. Tell people about your favorite historical destinations in the survey below.

Studying Social Presence in VR

Tech Trends VR

New research by the University of British Columbia highlights both similarities and differences in the way people interact in virtual environments and the real world. Subjects yawned at the same rate, even while being watched by a virtual human avatar or a virtual webcam.

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Nvidia recreates the Apollo 11 landing with real-time ray tracing

TechCrunch VR

When the team began constructing the virtual environment, they studied the lander, the actual reflectivity of astronaut’s space suits and the properties of the Moon’s surface dust and terrain.

Curing Insomnia With VR Light Shows, Ambient Music, And Interactive Beds

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Developed by art duo Dr. Betty Sargeant and Justin Dwyer, Inter-Dream combines VR technology, kaleidoscopic visuals, manually-controlled ambient music, and an interactive bed to deliver a calming, stress-free virtual environment which can assist users in falling asleep.

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Google Is Exploring VR Shoes With Tiny Motorized Wheels

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The approach is an extension of earlier ideas of “infinite redirected walking”, which used purely visual distortions in scale of the virtual environment to try and achieve the same effect through tricking the user’s eyes. The issue with those approaches however is that they still required a very large playspace of around 20×20 feet to be effective, and may only be effective in indoor virtual environments.

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AvayaLive Engage to close by end of year

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AvayaLive Engage, one of the three major enterprise-focused virtual environment platforms, is shutting down the company announced.

Virtually Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Every Timezone with the ‘VRChat’ Community

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VRChat , a social VR experience supporting major PC VR headsets via Steam , is celebrating New Year’s Eve virtually in every timezone, every hour, on the hour. You can use this link to join the virtual location , with the app installed.

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Oculus Quest Mixed Reality Capture Tools Now Available

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Record yourself in the virtual world with Oculus’ official MRC kit. Yesterday, Oculus launched its official set of Mixed Reality Capture Tools for the Oculus Quest, allowing users to record high-quality gameplay footage where real-world objects and people appear in VR.

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VRSkater Is A VR Skateboarding Game That Looks Like It Might Work

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“The ‘pushing’ with the controller helps to connect yourself with the virtual environment,” Deficit Games’ Andreas Deininger tells me over email.

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Surgery Training Platform ‘Osso VR’ Now Used by 1,000 Surgeons Monthly

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The platform, which was created to provide surgeons with an immersive, repeatable environment to safely practice their craft, is now used by more than 20 teaching hospitals and eight top medical device companies across 11 countries.

VoluMetrics Is An Evolved Heat Mapping Tool For VR/AR User Tracking

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Heat mapping lets you see areas of virtual environments are too hidden and being missed etc. Back in February, we reported on Ikabod , a means of delivering accurately tracked virtual avatars.

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Boneworks Resurrects Classic Oculus Tuscany Demo As Sandbox Environment

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Stress Level Zero resurrected the classic Oculus Tuscany demo from the days of Oculus Rift development kits and launched it as a sandbox environment for Boneworks. The Steam store version of the game should add the environment in the next major patch which may come in March.

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New Arizona Sunshine: Rampage Experience Coming To Nomadic VR Arcades

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As with all the best location based experiences, it will use physical props aligned with the virtual environment for added immersion. A new title based on the Arizona Sunshine VR franchise is coming to Nomadic VR arcades. Nomadic is a new location-based VR company founded last year.

Auto VR Sound Generation via Physics Simulations and Machine Learning

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Rather than recording or generating sounds that are then simulated within a virtual environment, Dr. Ming and her students are pioneering methods for “coupling sound synthesis with sound propagation to automatically generate realistic aural content for virtual environments.”

Report: Kids and VR

Tech Trends VR

As more children start using virtual reality, it will be critical for parents and teachers to understand the effect it can have. This is what a new report Virtual Reality 101: What You Need to Know About Kids and VR is hoping to contribute towards.

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HTC Reveals Passthrough AR Faceplate For Vive Cosmos

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Whereas headsets like HoloLens and Magic Leap provide a dedicated AR solution made possible with transparent optics to see the real world, a traditional VR display is opaque and powers a view of a fully virtual environment.

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Hands-On: Oculus Quest Hand Tracking Feels Great, But It’s Not Perfect

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Basically, the Quest is using its built-in depth sensors and cameras to track each knuckle and the surface of your hands and then uses that data to mirror those movements in your VR environment. Quest hand tracking is perfect for slower experiences with light interaction.

Manus VR Launches VR Training Development Studio

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With our experience in virtual reality we feel like we can make a difference. By combining our own hardware with high detail virtual environments and top notch interactions, we can bring VR training to the next level.”. Virtual reality is here to stay.

Bigscreen Beta Will Officially Host The International 2019 DOTA 2 Tournament Next Week

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This isn’t the first time Valve has streamed this competition in virtual reality (VR), originally experimenting with the feature in 2016 for HTC Vive owners. At the end of the week Bigscreen Beta will be launching a new environment to enjoy, a new modern-themed cinema.

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