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.

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

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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

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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

Cyberith announces 2nd gen Virtualizer, still thinks about its backers

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The Cyberith Virtualizer. This until one/two months ago, when Cyberith has announced a very cool update to the Virtualizer , that now reaches its second generation. The new device, called Virtualizer Elite 2 , adds a motion platform that makes walking in VR more natural and effortless.

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.

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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Studying Social Presence in VR

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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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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.

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.

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.

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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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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LightVR uses headset camera to see real keyboard

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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.

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.

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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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.

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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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.

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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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.

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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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

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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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.

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

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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.

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 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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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.

Mind Labyrinth VR Dreams review: explore your emotions in VR

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The game is described by the developer this way: Mind Labyrinth VR Dreams lets you explore different kinds of imaginary environments and discover amazing new emotions in wonderful virtual dreams. Of course, this will correspond to different feelings you will have in that environment.

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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VR to Blow Your Mind

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The best virtual reality experiences can come from every day human connections. At last year’s AVN’s (the adult industry’s Oscar equivalent) they were named “Best Virtual Reality Site.”.

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.

Making Noise in VR

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New BBC Virtual Reality experience invites you to find your voice and make a difference by walking a mile in the shoes of the suffragettes. This day and age, one could be forgiven for being somewhat disillusioned with democracy, but still, come election time, I always vote Click To Tweet.