Category: Briefs

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Finally, VR love for the iPhone

I’ve been feeling left out because so many cool virtual reality accessories coming out are for Android phones. And I have an iPhone. So I was really excited about the $49 AirVR, which just pulled in $25,000...

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Motion control… thimble?

Okay, so the field for motion control is wide open. Nobody knows what technology and user interface paradigm will actually take us into mainstream virtual reality. But this probably isn’t it. Watch the video...

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Prototype puts Leap Motion on Oculus headset

A prototype virtual reality system from Sightline VR‘s Tomáš “Frooxius” Mariančík combines an Oculus Rift, a Leap Motion controller, and an innovative user interface to allow people to use their actual hands as controllers, no...

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Visus headsets marry PCs and smartphones

One of the downsides of PC peripheral headsets like the Oculus Rift is that they require high resolution screens and motion sensors, which are expensive. Case-based virtual reality displays that are simply holders for...

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Marriott teleports newlyweds to paradise

Marriott Hotels has found a use for Oculus Rift headsets — teleporting newlyweds to paradise destinations. The video below is set outside New York’s City Hall, but the teleporters will also be visiting DC,...

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Samsung conference to feature virtual reality

Press release: Second Annual Samsung Developer Conference to Focus on Global Developer Opportunities in Smart Health, Wearables, Virtual Reality and Smart Home SEOUL, South Korea–Samsung Electronics today announced the global Samsung Developer Conference will...

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Oculus rival Totem hits Kickstarter

The Totem headset from Montreal-based Vrvana, Inc. has launched its Kickstarter this week with a very promising debut — more than $100,000 raised in the first 24 hours. The project is now more than...

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InWorld Review: Big booties and bigger boobs

Avajean Westland — of the Virtually News parody machinima — joins Mal Burns, Tara Yeats and Maria Korolov in a discussion of upcoming events, virtual reality hardware, machinima, and race and gender in virtual worlds.

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OpenSim used to create art for card game

Ener Hax is using the Sim-on-a-Stick distribution of OpenSim to create artwork for a new card game, Mint Tin Villagers. Previously, she used the same approach to create art for a previous game, Mint...

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Homido releases iPhone VR app

Press release: Homido virtual reality smartphone-HMD is bringing VR to the masses Paris, France – Moving in the footsteps of Oculus Rift (Facebook), Morpheus (Sony), Gear VR (Samsung), Cardboard (Google), Homido is proud to bring Virtual...

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OpenSim officially rolls out attachment fix

  Version 0.8.0.1 of OpenSim is out, and this is an official, recommended release and includes the attachment fix donated by Kitely last month. The fix solves the problem that some users experience when...

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High-end VR display developed for commercial use

ImmersiON-VRelia PRO Blue Sky ushers in new world of commercial virtual reality entertainment IRVINE, Calif. — ImmersiON-VRelia announced this week the launch of the immersive industry’s first-ever virtual reality commercial entertainment division. The new division...

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CyberLightning announces $4.2 million funding round

Cyberlightning announces $4.2 million funding round, accelerating global growth of industrial internet of things platform Managing Director of Inventure Joins CyberLightning’s Board OULU, Finland – CyberLightning Ltd. today announced completion of a $4.2 million financing...

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Cyberinth treadmill hits crowdfunding goal

The Cyberinth Virtualizer, which launched its Kickstarter campaign a little more than a week ago, has reached its $250,000 goal with 26 days left in the campaign. The $700 device is designed to be used in combination with a...

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InWorld Review: $3 regions and more

Mal, Maria and Tara are joined by Petlove Petshop and Saffia Widdershins. to talk about August events on the hypergrid, about Second Life and PrimPerfect, and about the new $3 regions from Zetamex.

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Sim-on-a-Stick gets update

The easy-to-use Sim-on-a-Stick distribution of OpenSim has been updated to the latest version, supporting Bullet physics, variable-sized regions, profiles and other improvements. Sim-on-a-Stick is a packaged version of the Diva Distro. If you’re upgrading from...

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3 things about new VR platform CEEK

A new social virtual world is coming, and it’s called CEEK. Not much information is available yet, other than this press release. Here’s what we know so far: EON Reality, best known for the EON...

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Trinity Magnum controller adds 360 degree tracking

Press release: TRINITYVR ADDS 360 DEGREE OPTICAL TRACKING TECHNOLOGY TO TRINITY MAGNUM, ITS VIRTUAL REALITY AND PC SHOOTING MOTION CONTROLLER Company Also Announces Additional Games and Compatible Technology for Trinity Magnum, Including Arcade-Style Racing...

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Report: Microsoft backing VR headset maker FOVE

  According to a report today in TechRadar, Microsoft has just accepted FOVE into its Microsoft Ventures program. FOVE Inc. is a company that makes the world’s first virtual reality headset with eye-tracking. The eye-tracking...

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The red carpet gets the virtual reality treatment

Virtual reality camera maker Jaunt VR has teamed up with entertainment industry Variety for the first-ever virtual reality coverage of a red carpet premiere. David S. Cohen of Variety and Tara McNamara of ThatWasSomething.com co-hosted the...

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Daden releases virtual campus demo

  Daden Ltd,. a UK-based virtual reality consulting firm, has released a virtual campus demo that runs in the browser. The demo showcases some of the company’s virtual tools, including the ability to display slideshows,...

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InWorld Review: Relay for Life and more

Mal, Maria and Tara are joined by Petlove Petshop and Cinders Vale for wide ranging discussion, including reflections on Relay for Life in Second Life, changes in the Terms of Service, the eighth closing of AviWorldz, the...

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5 surprising things about WhiteCore-Sim

Zetamex CEO Timothy Rogers has posted an interesting article about WhiteCore-Sim, a version of OpenSim that is best known for providing the metaverse with variable-sized regions. A few grids have attempted to run based...

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Linden Lab tweaks terms of service

Last summer, Linden Lab got into some deep water with content creators when it updated its Terms of Service to grab too many intellectual property rights. Today, Linden Lab announced that it updated the...

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Google Plus drops real name policy

Finally, some good news for avatars on the social network front – Google Plus, which has become a favorite platform for OpenSim communities — has dropped its real names requirement. “Today, we are taking...

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ImmersiON, VRelia partner on virtual reality system

Press release: ImmersiON announces strategic fusion with VRelia IRVINE, Calif. — Irvine-based ImmersiON has announced a partnership with Spain’s VRelia to combine ImmersiON’s head-mounted display technology with the Professional Head Mounted Display business unit of VRelia to provide the user...

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Control VR Kickstarter ends successfully

The Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign for Control VR, a globe-based virtual reality motion control system ended successfully Saturday with $442,227 raised. The company had asked for $250,000. Delivery of the devices is scheduled to begin...

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Rock simulator hits funding goal in one day

If there’s anyone out there who can’t get crowd funding for their virtual world project, you no longer have any excuses. A rock simulator just got funded. Okay, it wasn’t much — its goal...

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Oculus to acquire Carbon Design Group

OculusVR will acquire the Carbon Design, the company behind the Xbox 360 controller, OculusVR announced this week. “The team will officially become a key component of the product engineering group at Oculus, operating from...

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Metaio releases 6D holodeck source code

Press release: Metaio R&D Lab Releases 6D Augmented Reality Holodeck Technology to Developers MUNICH — Metaio, the world leader in Augmented Reality (AR) software and solutions today revealed its 6D Holodeck technology that places virtual...

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More than 100,000 Oculus Rift headsets sold

Over 40,000 orders for the Oculus Rift’s Development Kit 2 have already come in, bringing the total number of headsets sold to over 100,000. The DK2 became available for pre-order in mid-March, and shipping...

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BBC: Is virtual reality the future of TV?

The BBC is experimenting with immersive virtual reality, according to today’s blog post by Cyrus Saihan, head of business development for BBC Future Media. “When the BBC started making the world’s first regular public...

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New VR platform aims to improve retail

Press release: Red Dot Square announces ground breaking Virtual Reality software to help organisations make better, faster, retail and shopper decisions A new development in Virtual Reality technology is changing the way businesses plan,...

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KZero releases virtual reality hardware report

KZero, a UK-based virtual reality consulting company, released a slide deck today covering different approaches to virtual reality hardware. The full report, Hardware Radar for Virtual Reality: Q2 2014, was released last week.

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Expedia to accept Bitcoin for hotel bookings

Expedia will now accept Bitcoin as payment for hotel reservations, the company announced in a press release Wednesday. The company will be using Coinbase to process the Bitcoin payments, converting them immediately into US...

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Cmoar unveils new VR headset

London-based Cmoar Ltd. unveiled a new smartphone-based virtual reality headset at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles this week. The company is planning a Kickstarter for the project, but no date has yet been set....

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Arch Virtual looks to hire Oculus developers

Madison, Wisconsin-based Arch Virtual, a company that builds 3D environments for visualization, simulation and marketing, is looking to hire Oculus Rift and Unity developers, and as well as 3D modelers. Read the full announcement...

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PrioVR misses June shipping date

Quality reasons have caused Ohio-based YEI Corporation to delay shipping on its Kickstarter-funded PrioVR virtual reality full body controller system. “You deserve a quality product and we don’t believe the product we can ship next month will...

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Loading Human to have natural gesture interface

Loading Human, a first-person adventure from Untold Games that ended a successful Kickstarter this past Tuesday, will have a natural, “invisible interface” approach to interactivity. Hand-held controllers allow the player to interact with any...

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Engadget: Oculus, Samsung teaming on headset

Oculus VR is teaming up with Samsung on a new virtual reality headset, Engadget reported today. Oculus will provide the software, Samsung will handle the hardware. Samsung will also give Oculus early access to...

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EON launches virtual reality library

Press release: EON Reality Launches the World’s Largest Virtual Reality Library, EON Experience The EON Experience Portal enables global EON developers to bring their innovative applications to market. IRVINE, Calif. – EON Reality Inc., the world’s...

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WorldViz 3D platform adds VR glasses

Press release: SMI and WorldViz Bring Eye Tracking to Virtual Reality BERLIN and TELTOW, Germany — VSS 2014 inFlorida: SensoMotoric Instruments and WorldViz show responsive 3D scenarios incorporating gaze and motion tracking  for realistic...

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Lumiya viewer now supports fitted mesh

A new update for the Lumiya Android app is now out, with support for fitted mesh and other improvements. Lumiya is a 3D viewer for Second Life and OpenSim that allows users to send and receive...

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Next3D streams 3D video to Oculus Rift

Press release: Next3D Streams Live 360-Degree Stereoscopic Video to Virtual Reality Displays Such as the Oculus Rift ATLANTA — Next3D, a pioneer and leader in stereoscopic video compression and transmission solutions, announced today deployment...

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Norwegians drive tank with Oculus Rift

If you’re driving a tank through hostile territory, you don’t want to stick your head up out of the hatch to see where you’re going. A head-mounted display that allowed drivers to look in...

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Documentary: Dawn of Virtual Reality

UK-based Reign Development and students from Southampton Solent University have produced a ten-minute preview of their documentary, “Dawn of Virtual reality.” The documentary features the Oculus Rift, as well as Digital Out-of-Home Entertainment specialist Kevin Williams. ...

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MYMIC offers 3D marina safety training

MYMIC LLC revolutionizes maritime training with their Virtual Marina Safety Awareness Game-Based simulation Portsmouth, VA — Today MYMIC, a high-technology company specializing in game-based learning, simulations, modeling and computer visualization solutions, launched Marina Safety...

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EON Reality demos VR aircraft maintenance

Press release: Over a Hundred Global Visitors Experienced the Latest in Virtual Reality Technology at the EON Experience Workshop in Manchester Two days of speakers and technology demonstration celebrated the first anniversary of the...

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FTC approves Facebook’s Oculus purchase

In a brief announcement yesterday, the Federal Trade Commission approved Facebook’s proposed $2 billion buyout of virtual reality headset maker Oculus VR, Inc. The Facebook purchases promises to accelerate Oculus Rift development and move...

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Virtuix Omni VR treadmill available for preorder

The Virtuix Omni, an omni-directional treadmill designed to be used with the Oculus Rift and similar virtual reality systems is now available for preorder at $499, with shipping scheduled for July. The company raised...

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Second Life machinima used in driving training

Designing Digitally, Inc. Develops HTML5 Version of Drive Vermont – DMV Drivers Training Online Learning System for the State of Vermont. Drive Vermont has helped over 10,000 permit drivers learn the rules and regulations...

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Frozen designer to keynote immersive education conference

Press release: Disney’s Katie Fico to keynote Immersion 2014 BOSTON, MA –  The Immersive Education Initiative today announced that Disney’s Katie Fico will keynote IMMERSION 2014 in Los Angeles, California, this June. The award-winning...

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Unity to support WebGL

Press release: Unity 5 Announced at GDC 2014, Pre-Order Begins SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Unity Technologies unveils Unity 5, the next generation of the award-winning Unity multiplatform engine and development tools, during its Developer...

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Immersive tech group to launch

Press release: The Immersive Technology Alliance to Launch at Game Developers Conference Non-profit organization represents and grows Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, 3D and Gesture markets. San Francisco – Originally founded in 2009, The Stereoscopic...

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VR and AR markets worth $1.06 billion by 2018

Press release: Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality Market worth $1.06 Billion by 2018 DALLAS — According to a new report, Augmented Reality & Virtual Reality Market  – Global Forecast and Analysis to 2013 – 2018 published by...