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.

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.

Canetrollers Could Change VR for Visually Impaired


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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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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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

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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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.”

‘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.

‘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.

LightVR uses headset camera to see real keyboard

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HTC VIVE VR Headset Now Available on Amazon


The HTC VIVE (yes, they now capitalize all the letters in VIVE) is getting itself in front of millions of new online shoppers perusing the virtual aisles of Amazon. Exposing this $800 VR platform to millions of new buyers in North America.

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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.

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


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.

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.

Bring AR Twitter into Your Reality with TweetReality


He explained that he just wants to inspire and spark innovation of virtual environments. “I I want everything to become transparent, be more virtual,” Falmer said.

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‘Sprint Vector’ Closed Beta Launching in January, Intel to Sponsor eSports Tournament

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Its key innovation is the ‘Fluid Locomotion’ system, which allows players to ‘run’ and ‘leap’ through virtual environments at high-speed while minimising the risk of nausea.

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.

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.

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


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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Google Begins Experimenting with VR Ads

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According to a recent entry on the Google Developers Blog , the company has begun experimenting with advertising formats suitable for placement inside of virtual reality experiences.

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LA Hospital Using VR Simulation For Trauma Training


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.

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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You Can Now Demo Oculus Touch At Best Buy


The hand-held devices help bring your real hands into virtual environments by allowing you to make gestures and finger movements, providing you with an even greater sense of immersion. Best Buy is rolling out Touch controller demos in-store.

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New Gear VR With Controller Hits Shelves Today


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.

Watch: Crytek’s ‘Codename: Sky Harbor’ VR Experience is a Bombastic, Visual Treat

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From the company’s early VR experiments with tech demo Back to Dinosaur Island through to Robinson: The Journey they certainly have a way of building virtual environments with scale and presence.

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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Billy Corgan Teases VR Experience With ‘Aeronaut’ Music Video


As the song progresses, it’s this black background that we see shift to a variety of animated environments, all created entirely using VR tools Tilt Brush and Blocks. Bittman created all the environments for the VR experience except for Corgan and his piano with the Google VR tools.

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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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Netflix VR Launches on Google Daydream


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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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.

How to Avoid the Effect of Motion Sickness in VR


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).

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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.

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Vive Studios Launches Jungle Adventure, Amazon Odyssey


The app takes you to four fully virtual environments based on real locations within the Amazon, where you’ll find everything to dolphins to big cats patrolling the dense vegetation and winding rivers.

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


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.

HTC Vive Partners With World Economic Forum To Push VR/AR For Impact


OrthoVR, for example, uses VR and 3D rapid prototyping tools to increase the capacity of clinical staff and even get prosthetists and orthosists to developer skills inside virtual environments. HTC Vive is looking to push the positive uses of VR further with a new partnership with the World Economic Forum (WEF).

Microsoft develops ‘canetroller’ device for the visually impaired


Researchers at Microsoft have developed a device they call the “canetroller”, a haptic VR controller that works with the HTC Vive headset and tracker to help people with visual impairments navigate virtual environments.

‘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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