5K All-In-One VR Headset Comes With Its Own Virtual World

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Arpara reveals two VR headsets and its arparaland virtual social platform powered by blockchain. Arpara is also launching its own dedicated virtual social platform. The post 5K All-In-One VR Headset Comes With Its Own Virtual World appeared first on VRScout.

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.

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Recommended Readings on Virtual Worlds

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Designing Virtual Worlds Amazon Link Richard Bartle is heavily cited in virtual worlds due to his creation of the MUD (multi-user dungeon). This textbook details the history of many different MUDs and all the variants of virtual worlds.

Kim Nevelsteen wants to bridge different virtual worlds to create the Metaverse

The Ghost Howls

We all dream of the Metaverse , a fantastic online virtual world where we can all hang out with other people and do whatever we want. And even worse, these virtual worlds are like silos: they don’t talk to each other, they are separate the one from the others, they are not connected in any way. Or better: in connecting already existing virtual worlds to build a Metaverse. Also, with respect to (not just connecting worlds, but) mixing virtual worlds.

Educators sour on virtual worlds

Hypergrid Business

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. ““We need to create virtual world activities that rely on low-cost phones or computers,” said Kurt Winklemann, an associate professor in the Chemistry Department at Florida Tech.

FragmentVR Opens A Window To Reality Within The Virtual World

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View your surroundings while in VR via a customized virtual window to the real world. While disconnecting from reality has its perks, some things just can’t be accomplished from outside the confines of the real world. Available at the end of the month via SteamVR, FragmentVR is a utility application for the original HTC Vive that allows you to “draw” custom VR windows into the real-world with total control.

Collective Experiences in Virtual Worlds to Acquire and Engage Users

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A collection of images from a virtual world event, were the users contributed to an art piece by taking abstract photos. Enticing People to Try Out Your Universe Intent to enter into a virtual world starts on flat surfaces. Utilize real world time and events.

‘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. Developer Linden Lab explains their new approach to virtual worlds, and the many ways they plan to enable creators to make money with compelling virtual experiences. And now the company is building a new virtual world platform, Sansar , to serve the next generation. Platform vs. World.

Under Armour Builds Virtual World to Celebrate Stephen Curry’s 3rd NBA World Championship

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The pop-up shop will also showcase merchandise, including exclusive Curry 5 colorways, World Championship t-shirts and unique fan experiences. Nothing we could have built physically could compare to the world-building we were able to make through virtual reality, using emerging technology—and incredible artists—to craft a portal into the story in a multi-sensory way.”. Enter Steph VR.

Poly Is Google’s Foundation For Building Virtual Worlds

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Google is launching Poly, a service with a growing library of free objects for creators to incorporate into their virtual worlds. Poly further positions Google to deliver foundational software and services that could one day open up 3D modeling and virtual world creation to millions of people through VR and AR. Earlier this year, the company added Blocks to its creative suite of immersive computing apps — enabling the creation of simple 3D virtual objects.

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. Instructors still using the environment appear to be those who are not only comfortable with it, but also have created simulations that leverage the power of the virtual world in ways that advance the learning of their students far beyond the first attempts years ago. The reinvigoration of virtual experiences requires someone with vision.

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

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I’ve used my eyes to interact with a virtual world before, but startup Neurable just enhanced that experience by reading my thoughts too. According to Neurable, this works using machine learning to interpret “your brain activity in real time to afford virtual powers of telekinesis.” At SIGGRAPH this week the Boston-based startup is showing its modified HTC Vive which include EEG ( Electroencephalography ) sensors along the interior of the headstrap.

How Sound Design Can Add Texture To A Virtual World

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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. In the real world, sound follows the inverse square law – getting quieter as the source gets farther away. The Unity game engine tries to reinforce this real-world falloff.

Within Raises $40 Million To Push Shared Virtual Worlds Further

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Groundbreaking VR content company Within raised $40 million in funding to help it “push the medium of virtual and augmented reality even further,” according to a press release. Within builds its own virtual worlds and also curates some from other creators, with apps available on both .

Multiverse virtual worlds will be healthier for society than our current social networks

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This is part five of a seven-part series about virtual worlds.). The rise of “multiverse” virtual words as the next social frontier offers hope to one of the biggest crises facing democratic societies right now.

Worldpay Demos System for Making Payments Inside Virtual Worlds

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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. This isn’t the first time a payments company has dabbled in the world of virtual payments.

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.

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

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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. And in the image at the top, you can see one of the actors swing a bat and launch an egg far into the world. It then veered off to instead put real people into an animated world.

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Hands-on: HaptX’s VR Glove is the Closest I’ve Come to Touching the Virtual World

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For one, I know when my virtual hand is coming in contact with the virtual object beyond simple visual verification because I can feel it pushing against my finger tips. The post Hands-on: HaptX’s VR Glove is the Closest I’ve Come to Touching the Virtual World appeared first on Road to VR. HaptX, a company building a VR glove offering impressively detailed haptic feedback as well as force feedback, is steadily improving.

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. Plus, they also had other benefits that, combined with the unique features, created a potentially world-changing technology platform. At that time, virtual worlds were the only visible path to an interconnected metaverse of virtual environments.

Virtual World Somnium Space Rolls out v2.0, Adds Full Body Avatars, Builder & More

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There might be a growing collection of virtual reality (VR) videogames that can off big expansive worlds to explore but if you’re looking for something more akin to Ready Player One’s Oasis then your options are fairly limited.

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

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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.

5G and Improbable Could Power Massive Multiplayer Virtual Worlds

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With kids and adults staying at home, are virtual worlds ready for primetime?

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We’ve been diligently following the development of virtual worlds, also known as the “metaverse,” on TechCrunch. Three weeks ago, TechCrunch media columnist Eric Peckham published an in-depth report that positioned virtual worlds as the next era of social media.

What virtual worlds in the coming multiverse era will look like

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Gaming and social media are on a collision course, the result of which will be mainstream popularity of virtual worlds primarily driven by user-generated content (UGC) and anchored in small groups and one-to-one interactions.

New ‘Sansar’ Video Glimpses More Virtual Worlds Made on the Social VR Platform

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Sansar is the next-gen virtual world platform from Linden Lab, the creator of Second Life (2003). Due to launch in Spring 2017, Sansar is a new take for the company on virtual worlds, this time built from the ground up with support for virtual reality. That realization is the basis of Sansar , which represents an entirely new take on virtual worlds for the company. Unlike Second Life , Sansar is built from the ground up for virtual reality.

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. “We believe that our users, nascent virtual reality entrepreneurs and creators, will want to own the environments they create (rather than having those spaces be owned to High Fidelity).

‘Rec Room’ Raises $20 Million Series C Investment, Crosses 2 Million Annual VR Users

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Following its expansion onto new VR and non-VR platforms alike, social virtual world Rec Room is seeing serious growth. News Social VR Virtual World VR Game rec room rec room series c investment social virtual world social vr

GTC 2020 roundup: Nvidia’s virtual world for robots, A.I. video calls

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Nvidia's GPU Technology Conference, also known as GTC, is all about artificial intelligence. We'll give you a rundown of everything that was announced. Computing News ai Artificial intelligence gtc gtc 2020 Nvidia

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

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Swedish Dev Auctioning Off One-Of-A-Kind NFT VR Studio

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Since this kind of thing, combining VR with NFT collectibles is a new world, we don’t quite know yet where this will lead us, but it’s quite exciting to see where it goes, and hopefully this will be popular, in which case we will produce more works like this.

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Play Games & Share Live Experiences in Virtual Worlds with AltspaceVR

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People fear virtual reality will isolate us, but the right experience can prove it does the opposite. AltspaceVR is a virtual world you can utilize to chat with others around the world, but that's not all. You can also play card and board games, a game of laser tag, or a song on the piano. You can even attend a comedy show or a concert. Friends playing Cards Against Humanity in Altspace.

#934: Accessibility in Virtual Worlds: Lessons from Second Life with Donna Davis

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In 2015, Donna Davis and Tom Boellstorff received a three-year National Science Foundation grant on The Role of People with Disability in the Innovation of. Podcast Archive

Capcom Reveals VR Mega Man Game, Available Exclusively In Japan

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Strap into Dr. Light’s VR headset and stop Dr. Wily from hacking the virtual world in this arcade-style experience. Rockman VR: Aimed At The Virtual World will be open to the public beginning July 18th with demos running from 10AM JST to 9:45PM JST.

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

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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

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

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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

Gamescom Interview 2019: Mammossix Discuss a Virtual World for Everyone

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When it comes to big open virtual reality (VR) worlds with social features there does seem to be a growing abundance of them, such as Somnium Space , Sansar, OrbusVR: Reborn and Nostos to name a few. Supporting PC headsets like Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Windows Mixed Reality, Valve Index, Oculus Go and Samsung Gear VR with cross-platform integration, Galaxity is one of these open worlds all about community and social interaction, completely free to download and start exploring.