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.

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.

Report: Kids and VR

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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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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.

Queen’s University Announces Dedicated VR Medical Training Center

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Using HTC VIVE headsets and software created by SimforHealth, medical students will be able to engage in emergency situations, conduct consultations with virtual patients, as well as familiarize themselves with various medical operations.

Report: Using Extended Reality in Healthcare

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xR technologies come in two major forms: virtual reality (VR) in which the learner is immersed in a completely new virtual environment and augmented reality (AR) in which the learner is in a combined real and virtual environment where digital information is overlaid onto the learner’s field of view.

AltspaceVR zeros in on social virtual reality

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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

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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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.

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 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.

How VR and AI Will Supercharge Learning

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This would give teachers super-powers they could not dream of leveraging in normal classroom environment. In other words, the amount of engagement that a teacher’s avatar had with its virtual students had demonstrable impact on their engagement – and in their learning.

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Virtual Reality music sandbox SoundStage hits Steam Early Access on 7/7

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SoundStage attempts to capture the feel of those epic music machines then take it to the next level with tools only possible in a virtual environment. Available 7/7 on Steam Early Access: [link] SoundStage is a virtual reality music sandbox built specifically for room-scale VR.

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.

Donald Greenberg: virtual reality is still a baby, we’ll need 20 years for photorealism

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They are basically the algorithms that let you render a correct lighting in your virtual scenes and that are implemented in all rendering engines. Right now, what people don’t see is that virtual reality is still a baby. There are days when I’m really happy to be a blogger.

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

Target Eating Disorders with NeuroVR

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This treatment enhances traditional cognitive behavioral therapy with the use of a virtual environment using the cost-free NeuroVR platform. Hardware Virtual Reality Virtual Reality News VR News

Emirates Embracing Emerging Tech

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The sheer drop is horrendously realistic, specially given the fact you’ve been looking at the real thing out the windows before entering that virtual environment. Exploring Virtual Reality in Dubai [link] w/ @alicebonasio pic.twitter.com/aMILMsUFtL.

Immersive Tech Transforming Learning

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For starters, it’s not all about just Virtual Reality, or Augmented Reality for that matter. Immersive technologies can help close the talent gap, as almost any skill can be improved by virtual instruction. Will Virtual Environments Replace the Classroom?

Sony Working on Minority Report Style VR Glove

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In the film Tom Cruise’s character John Anderton wears a glove to interact with a massive augmented reality environment. Playstation VR Virtual Reality Virtual Reality NewsMany people would love to be Tom Cruise.

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WarDucks announces Christmas launch of RollerCoaster Legends for PSVR, Oculus Rift, and HTC Vive

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WarDucks, the Irish based Virtual Reality studio have announced the launch of their next title, RollerCoaster Legends. Many of the rollercoasters available are not focused on your virtual environment and are simply a badly built replica of what is available in real life.

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‘Ralph Breaks VR’ Hyper-Reality Experience Is An All-Out Assault On Your Senses

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The developers claim this first objective exists to assist users in acclimating to their new virtual environment by allowing them to perform a series of simple interactions using their own two hands.

This Prototype World-scale VR Game is the Size of a Football Field

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The ability to see a far off thing and simply go toward it makes the virtual feel all the more real; a castle a half-mile away is actually a half mile away,” they wrote. “When you take off the headset, you almost feel that the virtual environment is still there, albeit invisible.

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Sony Patents New System For Local Multiplayer VR

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The system uses a data processing device and a means of wirelessly interconnecting headsets to allow VR users in the same room to see each other in the same virtual environment and explore it together. Sony might be looking to make VR less isolating by allowing multiple people to join in on the fun.

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Google’s VR Labs Provide STEM Students With Hands-On Experience

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STEM students engaged in scientific disciplines, such as biochemistry and neuroscience, are often required by their respective degrees to spend a certain amount of time engaged in an official laboratory environment.

An amazing day at HTC Vive, trying SteamVR multiroom, Vive Wireless Adapter and Vive Focus gesture tracking

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Roy put me in a SteamVR Home environment with stunning graphics and I was just amazed. Here’s a video of the test environment that people asked for. BS each, all in a shared virtual space. There was an exact match between the real and the virtual world.

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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.

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.”

How Does VR Create the Illusion of Reality?

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actually come together to create realistic-looking virtual environments? Specifically, why do virtual environment in VR look more “real” compared to when viewed via other media, for example panoramic video?

Owlchemy Labs Reveals Experimental AR ‘Mobile Spectator’ App for VR Games

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In effect, this lets you walk around the VR user’s virtual environment and freely take in the scene at any practical perspective while the VR user goes about playing the game.

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.

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Sony to Show Procedural Animation System at GDC, Making NPCs More Believable in VR

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Magic Lab, a division within Sony dedicated to researching future advancements in the field of entertainment, has understandably been somewhat pre-occupied with the conundrums surrounding virtual reality.

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LightVR uses headset camera to see real keyboard

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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.

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.

‘Bigscreen’ Teams with Paramount Pictures on VR Cinema, Free Screenings of ‘Top Gun’ in 3D

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Social VR app Bigscreen is teaming up with Paramount Pictures to debut a new virtual cinema inside of Bigscreen. Bigscreen is a social VR app which lets users connect with friends in a virtual environment where everyone can use and share what’s on their own computer screen.

This VR Exhibit Lets the Visually Impaired Touch Art

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Experience art by touch them in virtual reality. Gloveone is a haptic feedback glove that uses 10 strategically placed sensors within the wearable that vibrates at different frequencies to create the sensation of touch in a virtual environment.

XR in Industry: Design, Collaboration, Training, Instructions

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From automotive to the finance industry, augmented and virtual reality tools can be found in innovation labs and pilot programs in most business sectors. DESIGN – COLLABORATION – TRAINING – INSTRUCTIONS. By Emily Friedman.

Lowe’s ‘Holoroom’ Lets Customers Test Drive Power Tools in VR Before Buying

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Using an HTC Vive and a specially made controller, the ‘Holoroom Test Drive’ allows anyone timid around power tools to put on a VR headset to learn how to use the tools in a safe virtual space.

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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.

‘Bigscreen’ Now Supports Windows VR, PSVR and Mobile Headsets Coming in 2018

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Bigscreen , the social VR app which lets users connect in a virtual environment while retaining the ability to use (and share) their own PC desktop content, now supports Microsoft’s ‘Windows Mixed Reality’ VR headsets.

Arcade Slot Car Racer ‘Tiny Trax’ Launches on PlayStation VR

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Scaled to mimic a child’s giant toy racing track, you can play 12 track across three environments; Tropical, Fire and Ice and Outer Space. Tiny Trax (2017) , the tiny slot car racing game, is now out for PlayStation VR.