Tag: AR/VR

Sony VR patent points to a pricier but wireless PSVR2

Patent filings alone don’t guarantee new products, but there are times when a patent is so specific that something tangible is likely to follow. A newly discovered Sony wireless VR patent strongly suggests that big changes are coming to the next-generation PlayStation VR headset — the latest indication that the company is preparing to push […]

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Khronos Group releases early OpenXR spec for AR and VR hardware standards

The Khronos Group has announced the ratification and public release of the OpenXR 0.90 provisional specification for royalty-free standards related to augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality VR devices, collectively known as XR. This means that software makers will know how to make software that runs quickly and efficiently on various kinds of VR and AR […]

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Epic Games awards $500,000 in final Unreal Dev Grants

Epic Games has awarded $500,000 in awards to the final recipients of Unreal Dev Grants, a $5 million fund supporting developers working with Unreal Engine 4 (UE4). This is the last round of grants, and they give no-strings-attached financial assistance to more than a dozen projects. Recipients come from a variety of industries, including games, […]

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Remembering Rembrandt re-creates one of the master’s classic in AR

A free new app available on Android and iOS creates an AR portal through which you can view a re-creation of one of Rembrandt’s most famous paintings. The app is made by Amsterdam-based design studio CapitolaVR for Dutch insurance and investment company Nationale Nederlanden as well as the Mauritshuis museum, where the painting is on display. Remembering […]

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Oculus Rift: The inside story

Among journalists, no one has gotten inside the story of the Oculus Rift as much as Blake Harris, who has just published The History of The Future: Oculus, Facebook, and the Revolution, a book about Oculus founder Palmer Luckey and the creation of the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. In part one of our coverage, […]

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How OrbusVR Reborn is leveling up the VR MMO

Ever since the days of .hack//sign on Toonami, I’ve been dreaming about playing a real VR MMO. Anime like Sword Art Online only furthered that fantasy and my mind often races just thinking about the potential. OrbusVR isn’t that dream game and that’s perfectly OK. Even the folks over at Orbus Online, the small indie […]

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TrueVR’s Tikal: Night of the Blood Moon is a full VR arcade experience

Location-based VR allows multiple people to jump into the same virtual space. That’s not something that’s really possible at home. Everyone would need a PC and you’d probably just spent an hour bumping into each other. But, so far, we’ve usually seen groups of around four people in VR at the same time — though […]

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Blake Harris talk — How ‘The History of the Future’ almost didn’t happen

Blake Harris is a historian of the video game wars. His first book — Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo and the Battle that defined a generation — came out in 2014 and it chronicled the fight between Sega and Nintendo in the 1990s as Sega stole a march on Nintendo with the launch of the Sega Genesis. […]

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GamesBeat Decides 113: Mythic Mike loves to raid

On this week’s GamesBeat Decides podcast, you will get to learn all about Mythic Mike. Co-host and GamesBeat reviews editor Mike Minotti loves to raid, and you can learn all about that on this episode. Mike has also spent the last week playing Yoshi’s Crafted World and The Division 2. He’s finding Nintendo’s platformer too […]

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Nissan Design works with Haptx to bring realistic touch to VR vehicle design

Nissan Design is collaborating with Haptx to bring a realistic touch to designing cars in virtual reality, the companies announced last week. HHaptxmakes VR gloves that have haptic technology, or the sensation of touch, thanks to 130 tiny actuators in the gloves. You can use these gloves to virtually touch things in a VR environment. […]

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Apple confirms June 3 to June 7 dates for WWDC 2019 in San Jose

Apple has confirmed that its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) will be held from June 3 to June 7, 2019, at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California. While both the dates and location were previously sleuthed out by MacRumors, the company had not officially confirmed the details. Traditionally, Apple offers a keynote speech on […]

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HTC’s Viveport Infinity unlimited VR service will cost $99 per year

Back in January, HTC announced an all-you-can-consume VR subscription service called Viveport Infinity, but a key detail — pricing — was left ambiguous. Today, the company announced that the service will launch on April 2 with $99 annual or $13 monthly price tags, but deals will be offered to entice early subscribers to the platform. […]

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Whispr wants to transform frontline services with AI-powered voice-guided instructions

Voice, it is often said, is the next big platform. Some reports indicate that roughly half of all U.S. households owned a voice-activated smart speaker by the end of 2018, with global shipments rising as much as 140 percent in at least one quarter year-on-year. With voice-control smarts penetrating cars and other connected devices, it’s […]

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Ryff raises $3 million to place virtual objects in movie, commercial, and TV scenes

Ryff has raised $3 million for an advertising business where it places virtual objects in a scene of a movie, TV commercial, or TV show so that they seem like a natural part of the environment. Hollywood-based Ryff hopes to use this technology that mixes the virtual and the real to turn the $23 billion […]

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HaptX teams up with FundamentalVR to create VR surgery gloves

FundamentalVR is teaming up with Haptx to create haptic-based surgical gloves that allow surgeons to use their hands and fingers as part of a virtual reality simulation for educational purposes. Virtual reality is making some serious intrusions into real life, possibly making a difference in terms of training quality, healthcare costs, and the skill of […]

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LaunchDarkly raises $44 million to help software developers test new features

Sussing out software bugs is often a time-consuming chore, as any developer will tell you. Unit tests — a technique by which segments of source code are tested individually, one by one — can suck up an entire day for every feature that requires three to four days of coding. Moreover, according to a recent […]

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Morpholio lets you walk into an AR sketch

Have you ever wanted to just jump into a sketch? Morpholio has enabled that with AR SketchWalk, an augmented reality application that lets you walk around inside the images that you create, like cruising through real-world blueprints. With the release of iOS 12 and Shared AR, the creators at New York-based Morpholio have taken design, […]

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HTC Vive marketing exec leaves VR for Micron

Rahul Sandil, a former marketing executive at HTC’s Vive virtual reality division, is jumping ship to Micron Technology, where he will serve as head of global marketing at the consumer products group (CPG) division. Sandil previously served as corporate vice president of marketing at HTC Vive for Viveport, Vive Studios, and new platforms, according to […]

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Doctor Who headlines VR movies debuting at Tribeca

Tribeca Film Festival 2019 is coming up and the show is packing a host of VR premieres. The Immersive lineup for this year’s show was revealed this week. It contains more than 30 experiences, many of which will be shown for the first time at the festival. Highlights include the recently-announced Doctor Who: The Runaway. It’s a short […]

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