Oculus Quest Gets Its Best Virtual Environment Yet – Cyber City

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A new virtual environment is available for Oculus Quest users, and it might just be the best one yet. As you can see in the footage, this new environment has a number of small animations that work to great effect. Are you using the cyber city environment?

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%. This could have huge implications for architectural visualizations, but also for anyone making aesthetic judgments based upon the proportion and scale represented within a virtual environment. 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. Mimesys has employed Apple’s ARKit to turn an iPhone or iPad into a mobile viewer that acts as a window into the company’s virtual collaborative environments.

New Space Station Home Environment Now Available For Oculus Quest

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Facebook introduced a new virtual home environment for the Oculus Quest this week called ‘Space Station’ As you might have guessed from the title, the new environment transforms your Oculus Quest home into a futuristic space station looking down on a huge planet.

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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. The latest immersive production from Magic Leap Studios finally got its debut on Monday at Siggraph, during which the company also released the app to the general public, so we took it for a spin.

Ride Your Real Bike In The Virtual World With The Blync VR Controller

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Pedal your way through a variety of virtual terrain or create your own. According to the official Kickstarter page, the platform will feature numerous virtual environments, games and stunts, multiplayer functionality, and the ability to design custom terrain.

Hands-On: Hands-On with Magic Leap's Undersea, an AR Experience That Transports 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. The latest immersive production from Magic Leap Studios finally got its debut on Monday at Siggraph, during which the company also released the app to the general public, so we took it for a spin.

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.

This is the Ray Tracing We've Been Waiting For

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Today, Nvidia showed us the true promise and vision of ray tracing —making virtual environments look as real as possible based on how light is cast and reflected off surfaces and objects.

What is VR Fitness? Most of VR’s Best Games Are VR Fitness Games

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VR’s best quality is that it immerses you directly into a virtual environment, allowing your own body to become the controller that makes gameplay happen.

How To Attend Zoom, Skype, Hangouts Meetings In VR With SPACES

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Whereas some apps, such as Immersed , Glue , and Spatial , offer those with VR headsets the chance to coordinate within virtual co-working environments, SPACES allows VR users to connect with those out-of-headset using a handful of popular video messaging apps. SPACES works by creating a virtual camera showing the user in their virtual environment which can then be connected to existing platforms like Zoom, Google Hangouts, Skype, and Facebook Messenger.

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Feel the Heat! Construct A Water Heater in AR/VR

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Created by the University for Business and Technology in Kosovo, the lesson provides an overview of the key components of a virtual heater. In this hands on lesson, students can also learn how to put together a water heater in a virtual environment. This lesson on the water heater created wholly on EON XR, now lets you get up close and rebuild your own machine in AR/VR!

WalkinVR Looks To Make PC VR More Accessible To Disabled Users

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He studied how each player interacted with their virtual environment in order to identify where their respective conditions came into play the most. In a 2017 interview with VRFocus, Bendarski said “WalkinVR aims at giving users with physical disabilities the freedom of unlimited movement in virtual reality. The Driver enables them to rotate and move around a virtual environment without the need of lower body motion using any VR Config in SteamVR environment.”.

Kinbona Launches Blync Kickstarter Campaign – Bring Your Road Bike Into Virtual Reality

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Indoor cycling has really become something of a fitness phenomenon in recent years.

Social VR: Virtual Reality Headsets Eliminating the Distance Between Us

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More Personal Interaction With Virtual Reality Headsets. Aside from enabling real-time feedback and collaboration, virtual reality also creates a more realistic form of interaction. But virtual reality headsets make this possible. Among those technologies is virtual reality.

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

Fundamental Surgery ‘Teaching Space’ Lets Medical Students Collaborate In VR

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Education experts also recognize the importance of being in a classroom environment with other students. But with the COVID-19 pandemic making that difficult for all learning environments, FundamentalVR needed to come up with a way to bridge that training gap.

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. However, whereas his The Jungle Book remake featured a live human throughout most of the film, the upcoming Lion King remake is 100% CGI, a move that has allowed the ambitious filmmaker to abandon the complex and uncontrollable difficulties presented by physical sets in favor of 360-degree virtual environments he and his team can immerse themselves in via VR headsets.

Electronic Music Pioneer Jean-Michel Jarre to Host Concert in ‘VRChat’ This Weekend

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Pioneering French musician Jean-Michel Jarre is performing live on a virtual stage in social VR platform VRChat this weekend. The live performance is slated to last 40 minutes and take place in a virtual environment built by VRrOOm , hosted in VRChat. Additionally, the night will also see what organizers are calling a “silent broadcast” of the virtual concert in the courtyard of the Palais Royal in Paris, France.

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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. The new MMI... News VR & AR Dacuda MindMaze

Virtual Concert Platform ‘Wave’ Secures $30M in Series B Funding

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Wave , the social VR platform and virtual music venue, today announced a $30 million Series B funding round, putting its total funding to $40 million to date. Wave puts a heavy emphasis on virtual dance parties and concerts, which comes part and parcel with immersive visualizations and mind-bending locales that simply wouldn’t be possible outside of VR. The post Virtual Concert Platform ‘Wave’ Secures $30M in Series B Funding appeared first on Road to VR.

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Crowd-Sourced Data Reveals The Field Of View Of VR Headsets — And You Can Contribute

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A wide field of view immerses you in a virtual environment, whereas narrow field of view can feel more like using binoculars. A VR development studio created a tool to measure the field of view of PC-capable VR headsets and a database to show the results.

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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. We created Canetroller, a haptic cane controller that simulates [assistive] cane interactions, enabling people with visual impairments to navigate a virtual environment by transferring their cane skills into the virtual world.”. The Canetroller will then vibrate when it hits a virtual object and can also detect changes in environment texture.

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

Hand Physics Lab Takes Oculus Quest Hand Tracking To New Heights

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Personally, my favorite tool is the “slicer” This laser-like device dismembers your hands while keeping you in control of your fingers, allowing you to crawl your lost appendages around the virtual environment like a pair of creepy five-legged spiders. Over 11 mind-blowing experiments and tools now available free via SideQuest.

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.

Olfactory Engineering: The Future Of Multisensory VR Could Be Scent-Based

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Sensory input— sight, sound, smell, taste and touch— power our most instinctive reactions to the context of our environment. Even without bullets flying, loud explosions, or chaotic commotion, these scents can effectively immerse soldiers in a wide variety of virtual environments. Gaming & Virtual Worlds. A mixed aroma of coal, soft burning flames, pine needles, and dry wood is strongly linked to warm memories for many virtual adventurers.

Researchers Say Head-mounted Haptics Can Combat Smooth Locomotion Discomfort in VR

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Moving players artificially through large virtual environments isn’t a trivial task. Unfortunately this method of virtual locomotion isn’t comfortable for everyone. In a paper published as part of CHI 2020—a conference focused on human-computer interaction— researchers describe their WalkingVibe system which uses simple head-mounted haptics to provide sensations that synchronize with the movement of the user in virtual reality.

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How to activate AR in your Oculus Quest Home Menu

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Today I was reading Upload VR, and I’ve found a very interesting article by David Heaney stating that now it is possible to use your real environment as your Oculus Quest Home environment. augmented reality tutorials virtual reality AR oculus quest vr

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Oculus Quest Mixed Reality Capture Tools Now Available

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Record yourself in the virtual world with Oculus’ official MRC kit. Once the system is properly calibrated and the images are composited correctly on OBS, you should be able to step directly into the virtual scene and take the place of your avatar; the virtual renditions of your Touch controllers will layer directly over their real-world counterparts, creating seamless interactions between the user and the virtual environment while on-camera.

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EON Reality Announces New AR and VR Pilot Program with Educating Young Minds

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EON Reality, the global leader in Augmented and Virtual Reality-based knowledge and skills transfer for industry and education, announces a new AR and VR pilot program with the Los Angeles-based Educating Young Minds. EON Reality realizes the need to introduce their Augmented and Virtual Reality-based knowledge platforms to organizations that serve marginalized, low-income, at-risk youth. The collaboration will bring VR technology to California’s at-risk and special needs children.

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. Then all you’ve got to do is pair a bluetooth keyboard and mouse to your Quest and you’ve got a remote PC workstation in a virtual environment. Experiences Oculus Quest virtual desktop

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How Social VR Helped This Esports Player Overcome Social Anxiety

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Once news about the original Oculus Kickstarter came along years ago, he kept up with the progress and dreamed of a day when he’d be able to immerse himself in the gaming environment rather than simply watching the action unfold on a 2D screen.

Take Your Brain To The Gym With Enhance VR

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Jumping into Enhance VR , you’ll be greeted by a virtual being named PICO, an AI powered personal brain trainer who will help you with each memory session. Each 10 minute gaming session is designed to assist you in improving your attention levels and promote mental fitness by engaging you in a multi-sensory virtual environment. The aim is to make you more proficient in the execution of your abilities to localize the source of a sound in your immediate environment.

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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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. One embodiment of the method was shown with a smartphone head-mounted display which can track hand movements. The post Oculus Patents VR Movement System with Phone-Based HMD appeared first on UploadVR.

How To Install Custom Home Environments On Oculus Quest Using SideQuest

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Oculus Quest users are now able to select their own home environments from a small selection of options provided by Facebook. Some users, however, also found a way to install custom environments in place of the officially available ones. Switching Environments.

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