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A selection of the latest VR news and blog posts.
The Current State Of The VR/AR Patent Landscape A comprehensive breakdown of the VR/AR patent process. Virtual and artificial reality technologies are changing the world. In the very near future, virtual reality headsets are expected to significantly shift the way consumers work, experience entertainment, make purchases, and participate in social activities.
Groove Jones Builds Virtual Reality Fighting Game for UFC and Modelo Creative technology company Groove Jones has partnered with the UFC to create a virtual reality game. The Modelo UFC Fighting Spirit VR Challenge has been rolled out at bars and events during UFC Fight Nights this spring. Users face a fictitious 6'2", 172-pound opponent in a virtual Octagon in the Groove Jones campaign.
Physics-Based Puzzle Builder Gadgeteer Scheduled for HTC Vive Launch Next Week A world of crazy chain reaction machines await.
Microsoft's SeeingVR tools help low-vision users view Unity VR apps Microsoft researchers have been working on tools to make Unity VR content accessible to low-vision users, and will publicly demonstrate them in May.
BC Tech to shutter VR hub after 'unacceptable stalemate' with government What happened: VR/AR hub in Vancouver set to close next month over funding issues. Why it matters: Large and small tech firms were using The Cube to boost local VR sector. The BC Tech Association says it will be forced to close its popular hub for the local VR and augmented reality sector over funding issues with government.
How AR Is Reshaping Brand Marketing Providing a better consumer experience using immersive technology. When it comes to any business, marketing is everything. It builds brand awareness, creates an opportunity for you to engage with your customers, and can increase sales.
A Robert Rodriguez virtual-reality film captures the push and pull between VR’s past and future Unless your name is James Cameron, you're probably a little skeptical of the recent surge in virtual reality as a medium for storytelling.
Facebook Reportedly Working on a Voice Assistant Compatible With Oculus Yesterday, CNBC reported that Facebook was developing its own Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant technology and that it would most likely be used on a range of products including the Portal video chat speakers and Oculus virtual reality headsets.
Facebook Is Developing An AI Assistant For Oculus Headsets Theoretically, such an assistant could give VR users hands-free control of the Oculus platform. Every existing and upcoming Oculus headset features a built-in microphone. You could use that to, say, summon Oculus Dash without pressing the menu button, or maybe open virtual windows into your desktop at a moment's notice.
COACHELLA INTRODUCES FIRST AR-EQUIPPED FESTIVAL STAGE - Virtual Reality Reporter Music festival Coachella launches Augmented Reality features and specialized filters at the Sahara Tent during both weekends, April 12-14 and April 19-21, to create the first ever AR-equipped stage at a music fest. The new interactive features will be accessible for fans to experience before, during and after each set at the Sahara.
Facebook is Working on a Voice Assistant for Oculus Devices, Portal & More Facebook is currently developing a voice assistant that could function similar to Amazon Alexa, Siri, or Google Assistant.
Valve's Index Controllers Now Have Better Finger Tracking - UploadVR Those lucky enough to have their hands on Valve's upcoming VR controllers are reporting noticeably better finger tracking thanks to a new firmware update released yesterday. The changelog reads:. Some developers with prototypes of the controllers had previously reported issues with the finger tracking.
This Awesome Labo VR Zelda Mod Comes Complete With Head Strap Ahead of next week's release of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild in VR one fan has created this awesome Labo VR mod.
Resolution Games to Launch Multiplayer VR Party Game 'Acron' This Summer With Angry Birds VR: Isle of Pigs fresh out the door, Resolution Games today announced Acron, a new multiplayer game that pits one VR player against a group of local mobile users. Resolution Games says Acron is expected to launch across several major VR platforms and both iOS and Android devices this summer.
VR Surgical Training Gains Continuing Professional Development Accreditation FundamentalVR, pioneers of immersive training technology for the surgical community, has announced its platform Fundamental Surgery, which combines virtual reality with haptics, has received Continuing Professional Development accreditation by the Royal College of Surgeons of England.
Acron Is A New Multiplayer VR Game From The Makers Of Angry Birds VR Resolution Games is back with its latest project, Acron, a new multiplayer VR game that pits headset users against mobile players.
Bait! Developer Resolution Games Reveals Multiplayer Party Game ACRON Described as both 'competitive and cooperative' by Resolution Games, ACRON will feature cross-platform multiplayer between VR headsets and mobile devices. Currently, the studio hasn't confirmed which VR headsets ACRON will support but on the mobile side both iOS and Android are catered for.
Resolution Games' Acron is a cross-platform party game for VR and mobile The Stockholm-based studio announced that it's working on Acron, a cross-platform party game coming this summer to unspecified VR and mobile platforms. VR players will take the role of a giant tree trying to protect their golden acrons, and mobile players will take control of a band of conniving squirrels trying to steal the Acrons.
CreativeXR Funds 20 UK Studios Working On New VR/AR Projects CreativeXR gave 20 studios a grant of £20,000. They span the breadth of the UK and feature a few names you might have seen before. Familiar faces include No Ghost, the animation studio behind the Madrid Noir series. 59 Productions, the maker of UploadVR award-winner, Nothing To Be Written, is also included.
Critically Acclaimed Rhythm Action Game 'Thumper' is Coming to Quest at Launch Oculus announced that Thumper, the popular rhythm-action game, is officially coming to Quest at launch. The company released the news via a blog post as a part of their on-going 'Quest Countdown'; exactly when the clock is supposed to strike zero, we're not sure.
5 New Games Added to Oculus Quest's Launch Lineup, Including Thumper Anticipation grows even greater.
Can virtual reality be your actual healer? Recent research shows that virtual reality technology can improve the quality of blood vessel surgery. While this technology isn't yet widely used in India, the rest of the world is resorting to it for healing many conditions. Read on to know about them.
VR signs contract for 'top of the line' Stadler locomotives FINLAND: VR Group has formally signed a contract for preferred bidder Stadler to supply 60 diesel-electric locomotives, the manufacturer announced on April 18. The contract is worth approximately €220m. There are options for up to 100 additional locomotives, as well as for Stadler to undertake maintenance.
Marina Abramović's first virtual reality piece to be unveiled for Art Night 2019 Performance artist Marina Abramović will unveil her first virtual reality piece as part of London's annual Art Night scheme in June. Rising, which addresses climate change by immersing viewers in the effects of rising sea levels, will be on display at Everyman King's Cross.
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