‘Sansar’ Will Open to All in First Half of 2017 with a New Approach to Virtual Worlds

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Sansar , a virtual world platform from the creators of Second Life, will open its doors to everyone in the first half of 2017. And now the company is building a new virtual world platform, Sansar , to serve the next generation. Platform vs. World.

Educators sour on virtual worlds

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Educators are souring on virtual worlds, as evidenced by declining participation in online forums, in virtual conference attendances and education-related destinations on the Second Life grid. As a result, the use of virtual environments like Second Life seems to be in decline.

How Sound Design Can Add Texture To A Virtual World


In this Exploration, we’ll explore the fundamentals of VR sound design, plus take a deep dive into the auditory world of Blocks. Virtual reality is an exciting medium, but for first time users it can take a few minutes to master its limitations.

SIGGRAPH 2017: Neurable Lets You Control A Virtual World With Your Mind


I’ve used my eyes to interact with a virtual world before, but startup Neurable just enhanced that experience by reading my thoughts too.

5G and Improbable Could Power Massive Multiplayer Virtual Worlds


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Worldpay Demos System for Making Payments Inside Virtual Worlds


With virtual reality (VR) seemingly infiltrating every facet of our lives, from movie theaters and theme parks to TV broadcasting and internet searches , it’s only a matter of time before companies figure out how to make it easy for people to pay for things while immersed in their virtual worlds.

Educators make lemonade with Virtual Worlds

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Educators are using virtual worlds, but not in the way they had used them in the past, and not in the same numbers. The Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education conference is a good example that showcases this work.

New ‘High Fidelity’ Partnership Makes it Easier to Host Your Own Virtual World

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“Early on, High Fidelity made a strategic choice to pursue a development model based on distributed ownership of the virtual spaces running our software,” writes High Fidelity COO Thomas Schofield.

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.

Investors Spent Nearly $1 Billion On Virtual World Creation Tools In Q2


Virtual world creation tools Improbable and Unity Technologies anchored investment in the AR/VR industry in Q2. Both companies remain at the forefront of VR’s push toward mainstream adoption, with Improbable heading in the direction of allowing millions of people to experience a virtual world at the same time while Unity works at the forefront of development that could allow anyone to build and shape virtual worlds using intuitive tools.

Book: Virtual worlds can help learning

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Virtual learning environments can enhance retention through the feeling of presence and interactive learning tasks, according to the recently-published book Learning in Virtual Worlds, which is a compilation of studies about the use of virtual worlds in education.

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Sansar Content Creation Experience Unveiled Showing Impressive Results

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Virtual world Second Life creator Linden Lab from has revealed what its like to create worlds within their new multi-user creative VR platform Sansar in this new video which follows Second Life veteran content creator Loz Hyde as he builds an elaborate virtual space using Sansar ‘s toolset.

‘Hotel Blind’ Makes You A Blind Man In A Virtual World


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8 key virtual world features moving to VR

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Eight year ago, when I first launched Hypergrid Business , virtual worlds offered a unique set of compelling features. There was presence, and immersion, and the ability to create your own virtual environments. Virtual worlds aren’t the only visible path to a metaverse.

‘Second Life’ Indefinitely Suspends Official Oculus Rift CV1 Support


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HoloLens Spectator View gives others a look at your virtual world


Virtual and mixed reality are pretty great, but they offer somewhat solitary experiences most of the time. Archive augmented reality hololens Microsoft Microsoft HoloLens mixed reality Unity virtual reality

SIGGRAPH: Neurable Lets You Control A Virtual World With Your Mind via @UploadVR.


SIGGRAPH: Neurable Lets You Control A Virtual World With Your Mind via @UploadVR [link] [link] — allthingsvr (@allthingsvr) August 1, 2017. virtual reality augmented reality vr ar

OpenSim records gains in land area and active users

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OSGrid was the largest gainer in OpenSim land area with an additional 1,421 regions, followed by Virtual Worlds Grid that gained 429 regions and Kitely 339 regions. OpenSim is a free, open source virtual world platform that’s compatible with the Oculus Rift.

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Within Raises $40 Million To Push Shared Virtual Worlds Further via @UploadVR.


Within Raises $40 Million To Push Shared Virtual Worlds Further via @UploadVR [link] [link] — allthingsvr (@allthingsvr) July 27, 2017. virtual reality augmented reality vr ar

Best VR games of the year and the race for the ultimate block chain virtual world with Cymatic Bruce

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Virtual Reality Slots, What More Can We Expect From VR?


While virtual reality won’t take over gaming just yet, it is making a big impact in how we play games. More of a peripheral that allows us to extend how we play games, it offers a more immersive experience that really drags the player into the gaming world. With new online casinos emerging that use all forms of new technology throughout their platforms, we’ll no doubt see them invest heavily in creating online virtual casinos for their players. appeared first on VR World.

VWBPE seeks science fair exhibitors

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On its tenth anniversary, Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education is adding a new element in to its conference program, a science fair.

Users up, land down for holidays

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Virtual Worlds Grid gained the most land area, the equivalent of 964 standard region, followed by ZetaWorlds with 447 regions, 3rd Rock Grid with 231, Kitely with 221, and PMGrid closing the fifth spot with 48 regions. Craft World also gained more than 100 active users.

Monster Moves: Young VR Innovator Reiterates Strategy in Virtual World


which develops, markets and distributes Monster branded products for use in high-performance consumer electronics, mobile products and computing applications, The post Monster Moves: Young VR Innovator Reiterates Strategy in Virtual World appeared first on VRJournal. Monster Digital, Inc.,

OpenSim land area and active users up

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OSgrid gained the largest land area — 4,440 new standard region equivalents, followed by DigiWorldz with 848, Virtual Worlds Grid with 441, Kitely with 411 and Atek Grid with 256 additional standard regions. And find out where to get content for your OpenSim world or region here.

New browser-based world Space offers free regions

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Press release: Space, a new virtual world, launched today with free regions LONDON — Space, a browser-based virtual world platform from Sine Wave Entertainment, opened to the public after two months of private beta and seven years of... News VR & AR Sine Wave Entertainment

Google’s Improbable Deal to Recreate the Real World in VR


Let a thousand virtual worlds rain down from the clouds. The post Google's Improbable Deal to Recreate the Real World in VR appeared first on WIRED. Business Enterprise Artificial Intelligence google virtual reality

‘Second Life’ Successor ‘Sansar’ Launches Open Beta Today, Pricing Revealed

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Linden Lab, the company behind the virtual world Second Life , is today launching successor Sansar into open beta, this time built for the VR era. While Second Life was built as one giant world, Sansar’s architecture is more like a platform.

Disney Files Patent Application For Projector-Based Augmented Reality System


Recently, we reported that Disney’s CEO Bob Iger has stated that he would rather focus on augmented reality over virtual reality for his company’s fleet of worldwide amusement parks. The patent was filed by the Mouse House today and is titled: Augmented Reality Controls for User Interactions with a Virtual World.

Second Life and OpenSim in VR using VorpX

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While CtrlAltStudio viewer has provided 3D/VR access for the Oculus Rift in Second Life and OpenSim, there is another way to explore virtual worlds in VR – throughVorpX.

Intel Reveals Project Alloy, an All-in-one VR Headset With Mobile Positional Tracking

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Today at the Intel Developer Forum event in San Francisco, Intel revealed Project Alloy, an all-in-one mobile virtual reality headset which the company says will launch in 2017 as an “open platform.”

Audi Creates VR Sandbox Track You Can Shape And Drive Yourself


With handfuls of toy cars and a wild imagination, you could create your own mini world of dunes, jumps and turns that required some serious driving skills. The sand is then carefully scanned by a Kinect depth-sensing camera, from which a virtual world is rendered.

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These Gloves Let You Play Piano in VR—and Feel It


Combining three discrete technologies, researchers at UC San Diego have created a glove that simulates real-life force in virtual worlds.

SDCC 2017: Warner Brothers Debuts Ready Player One Movie Trailer


More importantly, though, we finally got a glimpse into the virtual world of Ready Player One called The OASIS. The creation of the virtual world took almost two and a half years of preparation.”. Warner Brothers arrives at San Diego Comic-Con with arguably one of their largest lineups, with eyes on them for news on Blade Runner 2049, Justice League, and news for the individual DC comic book heroes.

Alibaba working on VR payments

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China’s Alibaba online retail giant told China Daily that it is developing virtual-reality-enabled mobile payment technology, which could allow users to pay bills in a 3-D virtual world by nodding their heads or making other gestures to... News VR & AR AliBaba HTC HTC Vive

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Watch: Video Calling, 3D Drawing, and Shared Experiences Inside Facebook’s Social VR App

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The app is designed to connect you with your Facebook friends in virtual reality and let you share memories (and create new ones) together. But connecting the two together means that even without a headset, people can get a glimpse inside the virtual world and connect with their friends.

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Oculus Chief Scientist: How and When Augmented Reality Will Transform Our Lives

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Abrash thinks the “new wave of virtual computing,”—which he defines as encompassing VR and AR—could even surpass the impact of the personal computing revolution of the last 50 years.

Occipital Bridge hands-on: The room-mapping AR rival to Google WorldSense


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MetaWorld to offer VR creation tools, marketplace

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MetaWorld, a multi-user virtual world, will add virtual reality creation tools and allow exporting of objects and launch a marketplace. The MetaWorld Pioneer Edition is currently in pre-alpha and users can pre-order it for $9.99 for early pioneer access....

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The Stunning Allumette Is the First VR Film Masterpiece


Penrose Studios' new VR film uses positional tracking and intricate design to create a virtual world you won't want to leave. Culture HTC Vive Oculus Rift penrose studios PlayStation VR Tribeca Film Festival virtual reality VR

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