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One of the world's first computers gets VR reboot "LEO basically changed business forever, it was revolutionary and has had an effect on everybody's lives. "It was a new way of thinking about computers and what they could do." The company began to close tea shops in the 1960s and the business was eventually broken up, with its computing subsidiary ultimately forming part of Fujitsu.
HTC Vive Pro Is Getting Finger Tracking This camera setup has, until now, not seen any widespread use beyond AR experiments and niche enterprise applications, but now HTC have announced that they will be leveraging it to add native finger tracking to the Vive Pro. Finger tracking for Vive Pro will be available to all registered VivePort developers via the Viveport SDK.
The Future Of Virtual Reality Is Wireless The first option means betting Facebook or Google will get a sufficient install base willing to pay $20+ for content, while the second option means developing games in hope that future PC-powered hardware will open the market up to more people.
Launch Academy unveils new virtual reality hub in Vancouver Startup incubator Launch Academy is opening a new virtual reality and augmented reality hub at its Vancouver headquarters. The 12,000-square-foot facility features a device lab to test out new technologies and is aimed at assisting a wide spectrum of early-stage companies, according to CEO Ray Walia.
Why aren't we watching AR and VR esports? It's important to consider these UX implications for mobile AR, and design experiences that conform to how users will realistically use a smartphone." If mixed reality headsets become as ubiquitous as smartphones, it'll be possible for real world places to become immersive gaming environments and playspaces.
15 Best Oculus Go VR Horror Games And Experiences We've rounded up a list of the 15 very best and most terrifying Oculus Go VR horror games and experiences for you try this Halloween.
Real Estate Video Tour Specialist OpenFrame Acquires 360-Camera Company Giroptic To aid in this process OpenFrame purchased Giroptic because of its technology and R&D pipeline of features thus allowing OpenFrame to offer a simple solution to OpenFrame's subscribers.
Almost Like I Was There Using virtual reality for public history projects invites the audience to step into the past, into the shoes of real people who lived before us. It creates an immersive experience, by definition. The Chicago00 Project used innovative technology to bring virtual reality to mobile phones via a series of applications centered around Chicago history.
Turner Broadcasting Partners With OmniVirt for VR Ad Campaign Dream Corp LLC is a US comedy show that is described as an 'absurd workplace comedy'. The TV show is set in a dream therapy facility, with the premise that dreams can be recorded and analysed, with a series of eccentric characters turning up to have their dreams analysed by Dr Roberts.
Perot Museum leaders, paleoanthropologist Lee Berger unveil Dinaledi virtual reality app The free app, which is optimized for Google cardboard but compatible with any headset, allows people all over the globe to virtually tour the cave that very few people - including "underground astronaut" Doctor Peixotto - have visited in person.
3DNesVR Lets You Play NES Games Like Super Mario Bros. In VR Earlier this year we published a story about the 3DNesVR emulator that lets you run NES games inside VR by converting them to 3D versions of themselves. It's pretty impressive from a technology perspective and experiencing these games again in VR really changes things.
'Oculus Launch Pad' Is Silently Populating The VR Content Pool As a little-known initiative, Oculus is actively funneling in talent with the promise of training, tools and other resources that developers - new and old - can use to build projects for the Oculus platform as well as for the greater VR ecosystem.
Experience virtual reality at New Media Gallery Virtual reality headsets will be a part of the experience at the new exhibition at New Media Gallery. Reclaim opens Friday, Nov. 2, with a reception from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., and continues at the gallery until Dec. It's then on again from Jan. 4 to 27.
Home Sweet Home Review: A Chilling VR Horror Story After spending some time creeping through the long, dark hallways in Home Sweet Home, we lived to tell the tale. Here's our full review!
VR puzzler Transpose Receives Multiplatform Launch Date Just over a month ago virtual reality developer Secret Location announced its latest project, a puzzle experience for Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and PlayStation VR called Transpose. Today, the studio has confirmed the launch date for next month, putting it a couple of weeks away.
ESPN's Long-Running Game Show 'Around The Horn' Gets An AR Makeover ESPN's sports talk/game show, Around the Horn will be celebrating its 16th year with a major facelift that will debut on November 5th. The new format will include fresh graphics, new animations, a redesigned logo, and updated music. More importantly, Around the Horn is the first domestic U.S.
Spooktacular Halloween Event Comes To Hypatia The pumpkin decorating contest is also going on throughout the Halloween event period, where players can grab a pumpkin and aim to create the spookiest jack-o'-lantern for a chance to win coins, with the winner being announced on 31st October.
The Starlight Children's Foundation Partners with Disney and Google to bring VR to Children in Hospitals The Starlight Xperience, built for the Lenovo Mirage Solo with Daydream, features a hospital-ready headset "pre-loaded with age-appropriate and dynamic content geared toward entertainment and distraction for hospitalized kids", an organization statement reads.
Hands-On: Tetris Effect Is As Good As Everyone Says It Is I've read countless previews of Enhance's Tetris Effect that are glowing with positivity and all I can think is 'how can this possibly be as good as everyone is saying it is?' Well, now I've played it and, believe me, it's as good as everyone is saying it is.
Oculus is ending movie rentals and purchases for the Rift Rift-based Oculus Video users will be refunded for purchased films and have until November 20th to watch their movies.
Vive Focus Launch Planned 'In Plenty Of Time For The Holidays' And then content is the fourth leg of the stool. So the Focus is moving in the right direction on all of those." As with other headsets, Focus combats price and convenience by removing the need for expensive and complicated PCs and smartphones, whilst Breton believes the Snapdragon 835 powering the Focus is a good starting point for standalone VR.
CCP CEO Says Current VR Falls Short Of Expectations CCP Chief Executive Officer Hilmar Veigar Pétursson has now revealed some of the reasoning behind the decision. CCP had some of the earliest successes in VR, with EVE: Valkyrie spinning off from the hugely popular MMO EVE: Online and receiving critical praise as well as a loyal fanbase in its own right.
VR New York gives future social workers a new way to train Check out this video to see how social work students are practicing the skills they learn in the classroom out in a virtual version of New York City.
'3DNesVR' Brings Nintendo Classics to VR, Demo Now Available on Steam 3DNesVR is an emulator tool that runs Nintendo Entertainment System games in VR, letting you play the '80s and '90s classic titles that made the console a world-wide phenomenon. Created by Geod Studios and first launched on itch.io in May 2017, 3DNesVR is finally heading to Steam, with support for Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and Windows VR headsets.
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