Tag: category-/Science/Engineering & Technology

Dreamscape Immersive launches Dragons: Flight Academy VR arcade experience

Location-based VR company Dreamscape Immersive is now offering a new experience that ties into DreamWorks’ How To Train Your Dragon film series. The project, titled Dragons: Flight Academy, will see you flying on the back of a dragon in VR with up to eight others. The experience is available to book now up until the beginning of […]

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Half-Life: Alyx results in high demand for Valve Index VR headset

The Valve Index virtual reality system for PCs is now back-ordered until after Christmas in the U.S., according to its Steam store page. This comes just over a week after the announcement of Half-Life: Alyx, Valve’s first “flagship” VR game. The store page simply lists “due to recent high demand”, but Alyx is the obvious […]

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Adobe acquires Oculus Medium VR sculpting app

Adobe is the new home for the Oculus Medium sculpting app, which Facebook originally launched three years ago. The surprising move raises intriguing questions about the ongoing strategies in VR and AR by some of the world’s largest creative and technology companies. Medium was seen as a groundbreaking sculpting app on the PC-based Rift headset when it […]

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Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Summit underlined the risks of relying on partners

From my perspective, attending this year’s Snapdragon Tech Summit was all but mandatory for a journalist covering 5G: It offered the very first opportunity to go hands-on with low-band (600MHz) 5G, and the first looks at the chips that will power many of 2020’s most powerful 5G devices. Qualcomm revealed the Snapdragon XR2 5G, a chipset […]

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Niantic and Qualcomm will build AR glasses for world-scale games

Fresh off today’s announcement of the Snapdragon XR2 mobile platform, Qualcomm has revealed an impressively ambitious early partner for its latest mixed reality effort: AR software giant Niantic. The developer of multi-billion-dollar hit Pokémon Go and the popular Warner Bros. collaboration Harry Potter: Wizards Unite said today that it will collaborate with the chipmaker on AR glasses, software, […]

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Nintendo Switch launches in China on December 10 for $300

(Reuters) — Japan’s Nintendo said on Wednesday it will officially launch its Switch gaming console in mainland China on December 10 priced 2,099 yuan ($298) with local partner Tencent. Pre-orders for the console began at noon (0400 GMT) in China on Wednesday, opening a major front in Nintendo’s drive to expand the reach of the […]

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Solaris: Offworld Combat VR shooter shows off weapons, in-game AR interface

Ever since UploadVR first teased the game at our E3 VR Showcase, folks have been keen to find out more about Solaris: Offworld Combat. Today, you can glean a few more details from a new behind-the-scenes look. Developer First Contact Entertainment, best known for Firewall: Zero Hour, provided a sneak peek of its new shooter […]

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Facebook’s Beat Games acquisition is a stepping-stone toward Horizon

I believe Facebook director of AR/VR content Mike Verdu when he writes that Facebook’s acquisition of Beat Saber studio Beat Games is “just the beginning.” It is likely the company can acquire some of the best VR developers in the world, and their products, just by offering a ridiculous amount of Facebook stock, which they […]

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No Man’s Sky Synthesis update has a bushel of VR improvements

When No Man’s Sky Beyond launched in August of this year, it took the VR world by storm, and Hello Games has been toiling away at updates ever since. Now, the Synthesis Update is essentially a relaunch of the game as a whole. According to an email from Hello Games head of publishing Tim Woodley, […]

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Beat Saber is now an Oculus studio after Facebook acquisition

Facebook is acquiring Beat Games, the studio responsible for virtual reality megahit Beat Saber. That is a VR music game where players must hit flying boxes with glowing laser swords. Beat Saber had a blockbuster debut on Oculus, SteamVR, and PlayStation VR headsets. Now, Beat Games will bring its expertise to making VR experiences as […]

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Sony and fans fire back as Microsoft claims ‘nobody’s asking for VR’

Virtual reality is either an important, transformative technology or a niche innovation that’s destined to be subsumed into “mixed reality” — no one’s quite sure yet. But two of the industry’s biggest players are now taking opposing positions on the subject, as executives from Microsoft and Sony have shared thoughts on whether users are actually […]

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Samsung XR teams up with LiveXLive Media for live AR/VR music experiences

Samsung XR has teamed up with concert livestreaming company LiveXLive Media to provide live augmented reality and virtual reality music experiences on Samsung smartphones. The two companies say they want to bring immersive technology experiences to music fans worldwide, taking live performances and enabling people to view them in different ways, such as augmented reality […]

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Facebook starts selling replacement Oculus Rift S cables

Is your Oculus Rift S cable twisted beyond recognition? Facebook is now selling a replacement cable — but it’s pricey. The Oculus Rift S Optical Cable is $79 in the U.S., 89€ in Europe, and £79 in the UK. That seems steep, especially compared to the original Rift cable, which was $49. However, that was […]

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Verizon and Snap team up for Snapchat 5G augmented reality features

Over the past few years, Snapchat has become one of the world’s most popular soft augmented reality tools, adding photo and video filters that apply special effects to faces or buildings in real time. Today, parent company Snap and Verizon announced a partnership that will leverage the latter’s 5G cellular network for new augmented reality […]

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Interstellar Lab biomes tap Mars research to help us survive climate change

Interstellar Lab announced today that it will build a network of biomes in the Mojave Desert designed to further research about how humans could live on Mars while also applying those lessons to creating more sustainable communities on Earth. The terrestrial village will be called Experimental BIOregenerative Station, or EBios. Paris-based Interstellar Labs describes this […]

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Vive Cosmos VR headset has an inexcusable flaw — horrid tracking

Virtual reality isn’t the massive business that many of us thought it would turn into back in 2015 and 2016. But it’s still chugging along with new software and hardware like HTC’s Vive Cosmos. The $699 headset is available now and represents a series of upgrades over first-generation Vive systems. But in my testing, a […]

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Oculus Link beta hands-on: How Quest might kill Rift S for wired PC VR

It’s easy to see the almost limitless sales potential of a VR headset that can operate fully on its own or switch to become a viewer for a nearby computer. Assuming that it offers very good performance in both modes, such a device would be a much easier — and likely smarter — pick for users […]

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Microsoft for Startups and Nvidia’s Inception team up to accelerate AI startups

Microsoft for Startups and Nvidia’s Inception program for AI startups are coming together to better serve scaling businesses that use AI or machine learning. Starting today, eligible Nvidia Inception startups can get up to $120,000 in Azure cloud credits and sell their products alongside Microsoft’s sales team and its partners. Concurrently, any Microsoft for Startups […]

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Facebook’s DeepFovea AI promises power-efficient VR foveated rendering

Foveated rendering addresses a growing challenge for VR headsets, rendering sharp details for your eye’s visual sweet spot — the fovea — and a simpler, blurrier version for your peripheral vision. Now engineers at Facebook Reality Labs have come up with DeepFovea, an AI-assisted alternative that creates “plausible peripheral video” rather than actually rendering accurate peripheral […]

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Valve will reveal Half-Life: Alyx on November 21

Valve has announced that it will reveal Half-Life: Alyx this Thursday on November 19 at 10 a.m. Pacific. We’re excited to unveil Half-Life: Alyx, our flagship VR game, this Thursday at 10am Pacific Time. Can’t wait to share it with all of you! pic.twitter.com/BupFCxSrTw — Valve (@valvesoftware) November 18, 2019 This is Valve’s flagship VR […]

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Oculus releases Link USB cable specs and PC VR beta software for Quest

Absent official sales numbers, there are still plenty of reasons to believe that the standalone Oculus Quest VR headset has been a qualified hit for Facebook — likely more so than the Rift S headset that was launched for PCs. Today, Facebook is giving Quest a major boost with the release of Oculus Link beta […]

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Wayve raises $20 million to give autonomous cars better AI brains

Wayve, a U.K.-based startup that’s developing artificial intelligence (AI) that teaches cars to drive autonomously using reinforcement learning, simulation, and computer vision, has raised $20 million in a series A round of funding led by Palo Alto venture capital (VC) firm Eclipse Ventures, with participation from Balderton Capital, Compound Ventures, Fly Ventures, and First Minute […]

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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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