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.

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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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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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.

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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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.

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.

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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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

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 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?

Girl Guides & Brownies Awarded With VR Technology Badge

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Saltash District Brownies and Guides earn the “first-ever” VR technology badge after helping design virtual environments for hospitalized children. “We’ve been using some of the ideas from the girls to inspire this virtual reality garden.”

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.

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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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.

HTC VIVE VR Headset Now Available on Amazon

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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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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.

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

Bring AR Twitter into Your Reality with TweetReality

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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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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.

You Can Now Demo Oculus Touch At Best Buy

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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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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.

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.

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

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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‘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.

MIT Researchers Build VR Testing Ground to Safely Train Autonomous Drones

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Training autonomous drones to fly around complex indoor environments inevitably means crashes, not to mention a constant cycle of repair and replacement. News VR Research drone virtual reality drones drones in vr flight goggles ieee MIT mit virtual reality mit vr

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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Researchers Electrically Stimulate Muscles in Haptic Designed for Hands-free AR Input

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The paper discusses using EMS sparingly, playing on the user’s keen sense for plausibility while in a physical (and not virtual) environment.

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#30DaysInVR: how a guy is living 30 days in VR to make virtual reality better

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actually, he was in my city (Turin, Italy) because here there is an epic guy that is living 30 days inside virtual reality! Everything started some time ago, when Mister president Alvin Wang Graylin predicted that someone would have stayed 30 days inside virtual reality.

MIT Researchers Test Autonomous Drones Using VR Training Grounds

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Researchers at MIT are using VR to train autonomous drones in safer, less expensive environments. ” “The moment you want to do high-throughput computing and go fast, even the slightest changes you make to its environment will cause the drone to crash,” Karaman continues.

Billy Corgan Teases VR Experience With ‘Aeronaut’ Music Video

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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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Projection and Distortion in Wide-FoV HMDs

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To understand the issue with geometric distortion, we briefly need to recap what VR is supposed to do: create a virtual environment that looks real, in some meaning of that word, to the viewer.

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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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).

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What is the right age to let kids play in VR? The debate continues…

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This research is very interesting since it seems to confirm that for kids of 7+ years old, virtual reality is a safe technology , at least for their eyes (remember to not let them play Gorn!). A mouse after having played a virtual reality game.

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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.

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Shortening the Distance Between Family and Friends With Oculus Go

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We were virtually in the same room, together. I don’t think that’s much to ask for, and if Oculus Go or any type of virtual environment like AltspaceVR or Rec Room can bring us together, I’m all for it. The inexpensive VR headset is the latest way to help connect with loved ones.