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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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

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.

NVIDIA Shows How Physically-based Audio Can Greatly Enhance VR Immersion

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Getting that directional audio to interact in realistic ways with the virtual environment itself is the next challenge, and getting it right came make VR spaces feel far more real.

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.

‘Envelop’ Launches Open Beta of Immersive Windows Desktop Platform for Vive and Rift

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Envelop , the virtual reality desktop platform for Windows, has launched as a public beta for anyone with a Vive or Rift to enjoy. Users can also change the visuals of the surrounding environment on the fly with the click of a button.

Atom View Brings Real-World Scans Into VR With Realistic Results

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Atmo View is a new piece of software that allows content creators to translate real-world scans into assets for virtual environments. The push towards photorealistic VR takes another step forward today with the reveal of Atom View from Nurulize.

LA Hospital Using VR Simulation For Trauma Training

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That’s exactly why Children’s Hospital Los Angeles teamed up with Oculus and other VR companies to bring low-cost emergency care training via virtual reality technology. The next generation of professional healthcare training has arrived. The healthcare sector has seen better days.

‘Unlimited Corridor’ Video Shows Mind Bending ‘Infinite’ Redirected Walking

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This video showcases a new redirected walking implementation project that creates an “unlimited” virtual corridor in a space just 5 x 7 metres in size.

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Watch How the Vive Tracker Enables Same-Room Multiplayer VR Gameplay

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The idea behind this concept is to give a second player outside of VR a window into the virtual world. By tracking the position and rotation of the tablet it functions as an actual window or portal to the virtual environment.

AMD Launches Open Source Ray Traced VR Audio Tech “TrueAudio Next”

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AMD has announced TrueAudio Next a “scalable” physics-based audio rendering engine for generating environmentally accurate, GPU accelerated audio for virtual reality.

The Future Group Raises $20 Million to Blend Real-world Video With Virtual Worlds

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The Future Group has raised $20 million for its technology that blends real-world video with virtual worlds to immerse people inside what feels like an interactive game show. In the picture above, you can see how real people can be inserted into a virtual world.

WorldViz is Creating a VR Platform for Enterprise Collaboration

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WorldViz, provider of virtual reality solutions for the enterprise and public sectors, is launching a new VR communication platform for businesses. Based on their popular Vizard software, it enables complex visual ideas to be assessed remotely, through VR presentations and virtual meetings.

Embodied Cognition: Using VR Dance to Teach Computational Thinking

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They used a visual scripting program called “Virtual Environment Interactions”, which is abbreviated as VEnvI. This would control a virtual avatar who would be executing the dance.

Social VR Platform ‘VRChat’ Raises $1.2M Seed Funding

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Supporting Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, VRChat currently offers over 200 user-created worlds, everything from simple environments to some of the most complex creations currently in social VR.

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Valve Launches Free Steam Audio SDK Beta to Give VR Apps Immersive 3D Sound

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“Spatial audio significantly improves immersion in VR; adding physics-based sound propagation further improves the experience by consistently recreating how sound interacts with the virtual environment.”

‘Second Life’ Successor ‘Sansar’ Launches Open Beta Today, Pricing Revealed

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Linden Lab, the company behind the virtual world Second Life , is today launching successor Sansar into open beta, this time built for the VR era.

Hulu Beats Netflix to Social Viewing in VR on Gear VR

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This will transport up to three players into the app, sitting them on a virtual couch in front of a giant screen. Users can switch between several surrounding virtual environments.

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ARKit and HTC Vive Bring Mixed Reality to iPad

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In a Twitter video posted by NY-based virtual reality developer Normal VR , the company showcased an augmented reality experience featuring one of their custom avatars drawing a Tilt Brush-esque painting right in the middle of their office.

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Here’s the 10 Companies Competing at GTC’s VR Content Showcase for $30,000 in Prizes

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ESI Group is demonstrating IC.IDO, an immersive virtual environment that allows engineers to visualize complex 3D data to validate design decisions, including assembly and service procedures, without the expense of physical prototypes.

Virtual Girlfriends Are a Thing at Tokyo VR Show

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We’ve seen the ability to connect with Facebook friends from across the globe or let kids slime each other in virtual Nickelodeon worlds. You’ll be able to co-create and work together in groups all within a virtual environment.

VR Headsets Based on Kopin’s 2K Display Expected by End of 2018

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They told me that they expect to be able to double the brightness by the time they begin shipping displays, but it isn’t clear if they’ll have enough brightness to enable low-persistence, a key technique for reducing blur as users turn their heads in the virtual environment.

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How to Avoid the Effect of Motion Sickness in VR

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One of the biggest problems that all virtual reality (VR) developers currently face is movement within virtual reality and the potential of motion sickness. VR players cannot even walk normally through the gaming environment – they start vomiting (in a literal sense).

PTSD Exposure Therapy in VR: Importance of Storytelling & Emotional Presence in Healing Trauma

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Skip Rizzo heads the Medical VR Research Group at USC’s Institute for Creative Technologies , which has been exploring how to use VR for psychological treatments, cognitive assessment, motor rehabilitation therapy, as well as interactions with virtual humans.

Zero Latency Raises $7 Million for Expansion of ‘Warehouse Scale’ VR Tech

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A fully-untethered, custom VR experience, played with friends within a large arena is undoubtedly the future of the laser-tag style attraction, as the possibilities of a virtual environment are limitless. Melbourne-based firm Zero Latency has raised $7 million in venture funding.

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.

New Gear VR With Controller Hits Shelves Today

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Now you have the power to interact with the virtual environment in a more intuitive way, instead of just tapping the side of your headset with your index finger. More than 20 controller titles launching on day one.

VR Headsets from ASUS, Dell, HP, and More Coming in 2017, Will Run on Intel Integrated Graphics

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Chinese VR headset maker 3Glasses has also joined the group, and will support the Windows mixed reality environment on their S1 VR headset in the first half of 2017, according to Microsoft.

Netflix VR Launches on Google Daydream

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You can now watch your favorite Netflix shows in virtual reality. Netflix just launched their brand new ‘Netflix VR’ app in the Play Store, letting you sit in a virtual environment and watch all the content your heart desires on a giant living room screen.

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Mind-Controlled VR Game Coming to Arcades 2018

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In fact, one startup is claiming they’ll have a mind-controlled virtual reality game in VR arcades as soon as 2018. Awakening uses Neurable technology to let you control the experience with just your mind. Mind-control technology is nothing new.

Google VR Teases Future of 3D Animation in VR

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Daydream Labs is a way for the Google VR team to explore different applications and interactions for virtual reality, pairing engineers with designers to rapidly prototype concepts. They took more risks knowing the virtual environment was designed for play.

Five Theories of Motion Sickness Triggers in Virtual Reality

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When people dream about what they want to do in VR, it inevitably involves actually moving around within a virtual environment. But VR locomotion triggers simulator sickness in a lot of people, and solving it is one of the biggest open problems in virtual reality.

Research on VR Presence & Plausibility with VR Technical Achievement Award Winner Anthony Steed

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Anthony Steed is a professor in the Virtual Environments and Computer Graphics group in the Department of Computer Science, University College London. See Also: Oculus Shares 5 Key Ingredients for Presence in Virtual Reality.

Jaguar Just Showed Us The Future of Car Launches

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And what better way to do that than with virtual reality. The amount of technical layers and timing required to achieve a live virtual launch of this kind is something the world has yet to see. The VR reveal for the company’s first-ever electric car blew our minds.

Holovis Uses Giant Robot Arms for Intense VR Motion Simulated Experiences

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First demonstrated to theme park executives at the Asian Attractions Expo in Singapore last month, Holovis ’ R3ex (Rideable Realtime Robot Experiences) project combines virtual reality with four/six-axis robot arm amusement rides.

Striker VR Shows off Working Prototype of ARENA Infinity Haptic VR Gun

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The gun is capable of impressively powerful kick, especially for an electronic system, adding a convincing recoil to firing a virtual weapon. Striker VR’s ARENA Infinity is a haptic VR gun which can simulate various weapon fire modes and other haptic effects.

VRstudios Deploys Its Wireless VR Solution At Muckleshoot Casino In Washington State

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The company, which provides a proprietary VR arcade solution that allows users to walk around virtual environments wirelessly, teamed up with Muckleshoot Casino in Auburn, Washington.

Preview: ILM Uses ‘Star Wars’ Assets to Show Potential of Google’s ‘Seurat’ VR Rendering Technology

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Google’s newly announced Seurat rendering tech purportedly makes use of ‘surface light-fields’ to turn high-quality CGI film assets into detailed virtual environments that can run on mobile VR hardware.

Oculus Teams With Crytek to Share VR Locomotion Experiments

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Carter also describes the importance of using an appropriate test environment for the type of experience you’re creating, and the challenges involved in testing so many types of locomotion.

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