Tag: category-/Science/Engineering & Technology

Nvidia develops lightweight VR gaze tracking system using LED sensors

All of the world’s top virtual reality headset makers agree that gaze tracking is going to be fundamental to the next generation of VR hardware, as the ability to sense an eye’s position in real time enables a computer to optimize detail rendering, and even offer cursor controls without the need for hand or head […]

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Facebook: 90% of those who got a Quest for Christmas were new to Oculus

During the introduction video for the Facebook: Game Developers Showcase, Oculus’s Chris Pruett revealed an interesting stat regarding just how popular the Oculus Quest has been since its release in May. “We look at the folks that turned on their devices around Christmas [in 2019] and 90% of those people are brand new to Oculus,” said […]

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HTC holds virtual media event, sends coronavirus balloons into crowd for selfies

HTC’s just-concluded Virtual Vive Ecosystem Conference represented a step forward for the virtual events industry, serving as the first fully VR replacement for a major industry event previously held in the physical world. But instead of escaping from the global coronavirus pandemic, attendees found themselves getting even closer to the disease than expected, thanks to […]

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Tech Nation: U.S. companies raised 56% of global AI investment since 2015, followed by China and U.K.

A new report shines some light on the investments made into artificial intelligence (AI) between 2015 and 2019, revealing that the U.S. attracted more than half of all global AI investments during the five year period, followed by China and the U.K. The UK Tech For a Changing World report was produced by government-funded Tech […]

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Oculus Quest will test multiple windows and redesigned universal menu

Facebook’s standalone VR headset Oculus Quest has enjoyed strong sales since its debut last year, and continued to add both new features and refinements at a surprisingly steady pace. That’s continuing this month with a new Quest “system experience” that consists of several quality of life user interface tweaks, one of which is decidedly bigger […]

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Orders of Magnitude VR reveals humanity’s tiny scale in the universe

There are times when everything happening in the world seems like too much — and there’s no question that recent events have contributed a lot to that feeling. But after three years of work, independent developer Ouroboro Soft is releasing a VR app that puts everything in perspective, enabling viewers to view the universe at […]

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UploadVR’s E3 Showcase returns in June … without E3

Hey, UploadVR readers/watchers: We wanted to shoot out a quick update in light of the recent news about Electronic Entertainment Expo. As you’ll likely know by now, this year’s E3 has been canceled due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis. Like many of you, we’re disappointed to learn the show won’t be happening, but we completely […]

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Oculus Quest wishlist: 4 upgrades we want

The Oculus Quest standalone VR headset is an incredible device that’s redefining what virtual reality means. The $400 all-in-one released in May with some great games like Superhot VR and Beat Saber working with complete wireless freedom. Just set up your guardian boundaries wherever you are and start playing. By the end of the year, […]

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Facebook will show VR games in online developers showcase March 16 to March 19

After pulling out of the 2020 Game Developers Conference (GDC) a few weeks back — and the show’s subsequent cancellation — Facebook will be hosting an online showcase for upcoming VR titles next week. The Facebook: Game Developers Showcase is being held from March 16 to March 16. It begins at 10 a.m. Pacific on […]

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Apple shifts WWDC 2020 to online, will livestream keynote and sessions

After 33 consecutive years as a physical gathering in Northern California, Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) will for the first time go entirely online, the company announced today, a change that will likely have greater impact on the event’s 6,000 attendees than the general public. While the event has occupied convention center spaces in San Francisco, […]

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Apple could help ease coronavirus panic, but it probably won’t

Even by the poor standards of the past two months, the last week of coronavirus news has been especially terrible: multiple cities and countries commenced health-related lockdowns, more events were canceled, sports leagues postponed their seasons, and businesses closed their doors. That’s above and beyond the increase in total COVID-19 cases — now exceeding 136,000 — […]

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Oxford VR uses virtual reality to treat social anxiety

Oxford VR (OVR), a U.K.-based virtual reality (VR) startup that emerged from Oxford University’s Department of Psychiatry back in 2017, has officially launched a VR-based therapy to help people overcome social anxiety. While VR is still largely a nascent technology outside of gaming in terms of mainstream adoption, health care is one area where it […]

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Here’s why coronavirus fears may delay Apple’s 5G iPhones — again

Two weeks after I wrote that coronavirus fears — not the virus itself — could seriously damage the tech industry this year, the world is officially in the midst of a full-blown panic over COVID-19. Back then, 82,000 people had been infected and 2,800 had died; today, nearly 112,000 people have been infected and 3,900 […]

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Engineers design 3D-printed table tennis paddles for Oculus Touch controllers

A project developed by mechanical engineers Florian Auté and Alexis Roseillier resulted in a 3D-printed paddle, grip, and holder for an Oculus Touch controller. The grip replicates the feel of a real racket for use in the VR table tennis game Eleven. Eleven was already available on PC VR but just launched on the Oculus Quest last […]

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Facebook ‘thinking about’ opening Quest to apps outside the Oculus Store

Facebook’s Chris Pruett gave details on the Oculus Store curation policy for Oculus Quest in a Twitter thread, along with teasing a potential official way for distributing Oculus Quest apps outside of the Oculus Store. The entire thread from the director of content ecosystem at Facebook’s Oculus is as follows: Focus on polish & quality […]

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Valve’s Index VR headset goes back on sale March 9

Valve Index VR kits will be available to purchase again on at 10 a.m. Pacific time on Monday, March 9. The restock timing was reported previously as a “leak” by some, but UploadVR confirmed the plans directly with Valve. It sounds, however, like it will be very hard to order one and have it arrive […]

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E3 2020 moves ahead as Los Angeles declares coronavirus emergency

The City of Los Angeles has announced a state of emergency due to the spread of the coronavirus. For the video game industry, this puts a spotlight on the Entertainment Software Association, which is the organization that oversees E3 (the Electronic Entertainment Expo) in L.A. every June. In response to this latest news, the ESA […]

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Talespin raises $15 million for AR/VR enterprise training

Talespin made itself famous for a virtual reality demo where managers learn how to fire a hapless worker named Barry. Now the company has raised $15 million to further develop extended reality (XR) — using technologies such as virtual reality and augmented reality — for enterprise training. Cornerstone OnDemand, a provider of cloud-based learning software, […]

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Virtual Desktop dev rewrites Oculus Quest’s wireless PC VR feature

Guy Godin rebuilt the wireless streaming feature Oculus Quest owners use to PC VR play games from their computer using Virtual Desktop. The new update adds the “[cap]ability to stream native Oculus Rift games without needing Revive or SteamVR.” Godin notes you should have the Oculus PC software installed on your PC for the new […]

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Google researchers use multiple cameras to reduce error rates for robot insertion and stacking tasks

Object-manipulating robots rely on cameras to make sense of the world around them, but these cameras often require careful installation and ongoing calibration and maintenance. A new study published by researchers at Google’s Robotics division and Columbia University proposes a solution, which involves a technique that learns to accomplish tasks using multiple color cameras without […]

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MIT CSAIL’s radars map hidden features to help driverless cars navigate snowy terrain

Inclement weather — particularly rain and snow — threaten to stop autonomous vehicles in their tracks. That’s because precipitation covers cameras critical to the cars’ self-awareness and tricks sensors into perceiving obstacles that aren’t there. Plus, bad weather has a tendency to obscure road signage and structures that normally serve as navigational landmarks. Fortunately, researchers […]

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Sony patents a VR controller that feels a lot like Valve’s Index

A recently published patent from Sony Interactive Entertainment suggests that the company is working on a new VR motion controller, similar to those for the Valve Index. Could this be a new PSVR 2 controller? The patent for a “Controller Device” outlines an input mechanism for a “home-use game machine” that “detects movement of a […]

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