Tag: AR/VR

Player finds Hero Arm prosthetic works well with Beat Saber

People play Beat Saber a lot of different ways, but I don’t think we’ve seen someone using a “bionic” arm before. Beat Saber player Joey Durbin posted a video to Twitter showing him wearing the “Hero Arm” prosthetic to play the game. I contacted Durbin via direct message seeking to understand how he plays VR while using […]

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Oculus and Unity offer new intermediate-level guide to making VR games

Facebook’s Oculus and Unity Technologies are offering a 20-hour intermediate guide to building a VR game. The new guide is designed to introduce people to VR development by teaching them how to use tools like Unity, VRTK and the Oculus software development kit together to build a simple puzzle in a simulated escape room. The project features […]

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Terminator: Guardian of Fate arrives at Dave & Buster’s

Restaurant and arcade chain Dave & Buster’s launched another new VR experience after the success of their previous VR attractions. The new VR title is called Terminator: Guardian of Fate – a tie-in with the new Terminator: Dark Fate movie. The Terminator VR experience is the fifth VR game available at Dave & Buster’s locations. […]

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Don’t expect a Red Dead Redemption 2 VR mod anytime soon

For those of you hoping that the creator of the recent Grand Theft Auto V VR mod might be able to work some magic on the recently-released Red Dead Redemption 2 PC port, don’t hold your breath. For a multitude of technical reasons, the game won’t be modded for VR in the same fashion anytime […]

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Lenovo plans sleek AR glasses that let PC users see multiple workspaces

Nreal captured plenty of attention with the January reveal of its smartphone-tethered Light AR glasses for consumers, and now Lenovo has revealed a similarly small alternative targeted at PC business users. While these glasses won’t be confused with sunglasses, the Lenovo AR Concept Glasses are small enough to carry anywhere and wear — a bit […]

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John Carmack moves to ‘consulting CTO’ role at Oculus

John Carmack is stepping down from his full-time position as chief technology officer at Facebook Oculus virtual reality division. Carmack said in a Facebook post that he will be a “consulting CTO” going forward. Carmack started at Oculus in 2013 as CTO and helped popularize the movement to bring consumer VR back to the masses […]

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ThreeKit raises $20 million to generate 3D product renderings on the fly

Predictably, the vast majority of ecommerce customers prefer to visually preview products before deciding whether to pull the trigger. More than 90% tell Yellow Duck Marketing that they consider visuals the most important factor when buying a product, with 62% reporting that they judge products based solely on their colors. So if a picture of […]

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Researchers show off TouchVR palm and finger haptic feedback device

Current-generation VR controllers are fairly limited in enabling users to “feel” virtual objects; bow strings vibrate with haptic shivers, while guns kick back as they fire bullets. Now researchers at Russia’s Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology are proposing a big step forward called TouchVR — a wearable accessory that applies direct force on the […]

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Apple delaying AR glasses until 2022 would be bad for XR, but no shock

Years ago, an Apple loyalist claimed the company was being unfairly criticized for delaying products that had been widely reported to be on the cusp of release, arguing that Apple couldn’t have pushed back products it hadn’t formally announced. The faulty premise was that an Apple product only exists after it debuts in a keynote or […]

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Echo Arena’s Oculus Quest post is now coming in 2020

You’ll have to wait just a little longer to jump into zero gravity on Oculus Quest. Ready at Dawn this week announced that its upcoming port of Echo Arena to the standalone VR headset has been delayed. It’s now coming some time in 2020, though there’s no specific timing beyond that. We weren’t entirely sure […]

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How Trick3D and Holiday Inn owner used virtual reality to design a new hotel brand

IHG has been around since the 1700s, but most people might know the company as the owner of the Holiday Inn and InterContinental Hotel brands. It is a huge conglomerate with more than 16 hotel brands, including a couple that were architected and market tested using virtual reality headsets. Trick3D, a 3D visualization studio, worked […]

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AR and VR will make spatial journalism the future of reporting

Immersive media has the potential to disrupt the journalism landscape in profound new ways. While technical issues still limit, ambitious journalists are using all available platforms to get a glimpse of the storytelling media of the future. As immersive media increases in reach and functionality, 3D, AR, and VR platforms continue to further define how […]

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Machu Picchu is coming to Oculus Quest’s National Geographic Explore app

An all-new adventure is making its way to the National Geographic Explore VR app: Machu Picchu. This Oculus Studios-published app was released at the launch of Quest back in May. Developed by Force Field VR, the interactive experience takes you to extreme places on the planet. Its first experience, for example, takes you on an expedition to […]

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Boneworks’ anticipated interactive sandbox gets December 10 release date

The highly anticipated VR action-adventure game Boneworks from Stress Level Zero is scheduled for release on December 10. Boneworks has been in ongoing development this year with Q4 being the target until now. Back in October, the game reached a state that made it playable from start to finish. Boneworks will release on PC VR and […]

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Lenovo pilots VR as an alternative to general anesthesia for kids

Whether you’re an adult or a child, medical procedures can be intimidating or uncomfortable enough to cause panic — one reason patients might need to be knocked out with general anesthesia. But Lenovo and the Starlight Children’s Foundation have been pilot testing virtual reality headsets as an alternative to general anesthetics for kids, alleviating panic […]

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Beat Saber leads October’s PlayStation Store VR charts

To the surprise of no one, Beat Saber is once again the top-selling PlayStation VR game in the October PlayStation Store charts, in both the United States and Europe. Will Beat Saber ever be knocked out of the monthly top 10 best-selling PSVR games on the PlayStation Store charts? It seems incredibly unlikely. This is now the fourth consecutive month […]

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Disney brings Frozen 2 into VR with Myth: A Frozen Tale short film

Disney’s varied steps into the sprawling world of mixed reality have included everything from complete Star Wars and Wreck It Ralph VR experiences at The Void to animated VR short films such as A Kite’s Tale. Now the company is taking its next step forward in the latter category with Myth: A Frozen Tale, an immersive VR […]

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Emmy-winning Fable debuts final chapter of Wolves in the Walls VR story

Fable Studio is releasing the final chapter of its Emmy-Award-winning Wolves in the Walls virtual reality series. The San Francisco studio’s Wolves in the Walls Chapter 3: They’re Everywhere! is available today in the Oculus Store. During the course of the development of the three-part series, Fable Studio took a new approach to Lucy, the […]

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Microsoft starts shipping Hololens 2 for $3,500

Microsoft unveiled Hololens 2, its second-generation augmented reality headset, earlier this year at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The Seattle company’s been taking preorders for months and making units available to select developers, and some reports suggested Hololens 2 would begin shipping broadly as soon as early fall. That didn’t come to pass, but this […]

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Google open-sources Cardboard to keep ‘no-frills’ VR widely available

Google may have canned Daydream VR and poured cold water on both its Cardboard viewers and VR SDK, but it doesn’t want to see the “no-frills, accessible-to-everyone” VR project go to waste. So the company today announced that it’s open-sourcing Cardboard’s software in hopes that third-party developers will continue to support the platform and its […]

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