Virtual Desktop is a free Windows applicationÂ that instantly makes the entire Windows operating system accessible via the Oculus Rift. Anything that you can use on your monitor, such as a word processor or a browser,Â you can use inÂ virtual reality. Read a very thorough reviewÂ at Road to VR.
Mountain Dew has produced theÂ Dew VR Snow Experience, a live-action snowboarding virtual reality experience that takes fans on a 360 degree adventure through the Utah backcountry. The on-site experience will debut at the Burton US Open of Snowboarding in Vail, Colorado and South by Southwest in Austin, Texas and will
University of Zurich’s Institute of Forensic Medicine hasÂ first system in the world to visualize the 3D data of forensic scans, Reuters reported. The team’s creation, called the Forensic Holodeck, could be used in criminal trials by offering accurate three-dimensional interpretations of CCTV footage. The team has already been called upon
Icelandic articleÂ BjÃ¶rk is making a music video for the Oculus Rift. â€œItâ€™s easy to get really intimate [with virtual reality],” she said in a recent interview. “Itâ€™s almost more intimate than real life. It also has this crazy panoramic quality. I think itâ€™s really exciting.â€ Read the full article at
This past week’s Game Developers Conference in San Francisco featured more female speakers than ever before, according to new analysis from Vocativ. According to the report, the number of women speakers at the conference has doubled, fromÂ 10 percent in 2011, to 20 percent this year. Read full report here.
Sony says its Project Morpheus will be released for the PlayStation 4 in the first half of 2016, bringing virtual reality to its game console. The manufacturer revealed a new design for the headset as well as improved hardware specifications, as it prepares to release the PS4-powered VR headset in
John Vechey, the cofounder of Bejeweled maker PopCap Games, has created a new startup, Pluto VR, to take advantage of the opportunity that the resurgence of virtual reality has created. Seattle-based Pluto VR will focus on the software needed to make virtualÂ and augmented reality environments more social and connected. Read
WizDish‘sÂ ROVR developer kit will cost Â£395, or about US $610, according to a report today inÂ VRFocus. WizDish is an omni-directional treadmill similar to the $700Â Virtuix Omni or the $600Â Cyberith VirtualizerÂ and is designed to allow users to walk or run while wearing virtual reality headsets. The device requires special shoes, and
Its not just cars, movies, and hotels using virtual reality for marketing. Outdoor-apparel brand Merrell showed off anÂ Oculus Rift experience at the Sundance Film Festival last monthÂ and said it will do more virtual reality promotions. Watch the video below. Read the full story at AdAge.
The initial batch of companies in what could be the first virtual reality accelerator have been announced. Among the projects selected byÂ Rothenberg Venturesâ€™ RiverÂ areÂ aÂ system thatÂ creates 360-degree VR imagery, a headset that uses eye-tracking to build immersive experiences, and an embedded-in-VR journalism project. Each company got $100,000,Â office space and regular advice
TheÂ Silicon Valley VR group has just announced dates and venue for their second annual conference and expo,Â May 18 and 19 at the San Jose Convention Center. According to Road to VR, organizers Karl Krantz and Nana Usui are expectingÂ 1,200 attendees and 100 of virtual reality’s top innovators on the expo
Virtuix Omni, the leading omni-directional treadmill for the Oculus Rift and similar virtual reality devices, unveiled its sleek final design this week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The Virtuix Omni raised over $1,000,000 in a Kickstarter campaign last July, and then raised another $2.7 million in funding
Press release: DIRTT Launches the ICE Virtual Reality Experience Using Oculus Rift Now the Construction Industry â€” Contractors, Facility Managers, Architects, Interior Designers, and Clients â€” Can Virtually Walk Through Their Space Before It Is Built CALGARY, AB and CHICAGO, ILâ€“ Today, DIRTT brings virtual reality (VR) to a new
Press Release: 4K resolution display allows fine tuning of vehicle features DETROIT – With a giant screen that has more pixels than an IMAX theater, the temptation is ever present to watch a movie or hook up a video game console. At Chevrolet, however, this high-tech display is instrumental to
Hammond, Ind. — Purdue University Calumet will introduce two graduate engineering degree programs in January. The Indiana Commission for Higher Education recently granted Purdue Calumet approval to offer Master of Science degrees in Mechanical Engineering and in Electrical and Computer Engineering effective with the upcoming spring semester. Classes begin Jan.
Rothenberg Ventures, a venture capital group that invests in early-stage startups, has announced its River program, a three-month virtual reality camp for startups. The entrepreneurs get mentoring, San Francisco office space, other support — and $100,000. The cost? Just a small chunk of your company’s equity. The deadline for applications
Update: VR Focus and TechRadar have both confirmed that Microsoft has actually released its prototype virtual reality headset to a group of early developers. Microsoft is rumored to be planning to mass produce a head-worn virtual gaming device in 2015 and is expected to showcase the product at the E3
More than half a million Google Cardboard kits are in user hands, Google CardboardÂ product managerÂ Andrew NartkerÂ announced in a blog post yesterday. Google Cardboard is a smartphone headset, typically made out of yes, cardboard, that often ships as an assemble-it-yourself kit. It comes with lenses, an NFC chip to tell virtual
VRChat — an application that adds multi-user support, directional audio and gestures to 3D environments — is now available through the Oculus Rift app store. Unlike OpenSim, it doesn’t support in-world content creation. Instead, it requires that the environments and avatars be created inside the Unity 3D engine. And while
Virtual reality artists can now paint in 3D, with a new painting app, Tilt Brush, released for the Oculus Rift. You can paintÂ thick, three-dimensional brush strokes, smoke, stars, and even light, according to development studio Skillman & Hackett. Watch a preview video below. Read more about it on Wired.
Android smartphone users can now watch Paul McCartney’s recent Candlestick Part concert in virtual reality by downloading this app and using it in conjunction with Google Cardboard or similar smartphone-phone based headset. “Â It was a spectacular show, one we think everyone should be able to experience,” said Vaunt VR, the
Gear VR manufacturer Samsung has posted two new virtual reality-related videos from its recentÂ Samsung Developer Conference in San Francisco. The video belowÂ demonstrates the Gear VR headset. In addition, Samsung lead designer Alex Cho talks about review research pertaining to virtual realityÂ experience design. In the second video, below, Oculus Rift scientist
Fidelity Labs, the R&D think-tank inside Fidelity Investments, created StockCity for Oculus Rift and the Web. Stock City is a 3D visualization tool that usesÂ virtual reality to transform an investorâ€™s stock portfolio into a city that conveys information about stocks without a single number or percentage. It is an immersive
World’s largest simulation, modeling and virtual reality event to open in Orlando on December 1 ARLINGTON, VA. — More than 500 corporations, government and military organizations, academic institutions and research institutions from around the world will exhibit and demonstrate revolutionary breakthroughs in one of the world’s fastest growing technologies. The
Immersed Conference and Exhibition Demonstrates How Virtual Reality Is the Real Deal Jaunt, New Deal Studios, iZugar Studio, and More Will Envelop the Senses TORONTO, ON – Organized by The Immersive Technology Alliance, Immersed features two days of sessions led by leaders in virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and
Samsung has just gone public with its Project Beyond 3D camera for virtual reality film-making. It’s not yet available for sale, and there’s no news yet about when it will hit the market. The device is about the size and shape of a frisbee, with 16 high-definition stereoscopic cameras positioned
On Monday, to celebrate the tenth anniversary of Firefox, the Mozilla foundation launched the MozVR project to help fosaster the emerging virtual reality Web. In June, an Oculus-compatible version of Firefox was released. This is not a full virtual worldÂ platform like OpenSim, but more of an open source alternative to
Press release: Avegant Closes Extended Series A Round of Funding Led by Intel Capital and NHN Investment REDWOOD CITY, Calif. — Avegant today announced the close of an extended $9.37 million series A round of venture funding led by Intel Capital and NHN Investment. The company will use the funds
There’s yet another smartphone-based virtual reality headset on the market, this time from Australia-based company Phenomec. The headset, called the VRSmartView Developer Kit, costs AU $49.99 or about US $43.48 and is available for order now from the company’s website. Delivery is currently scheduled for December 12 of this year.
Press Release: ArchosÂ VR Glasses:Â Jumping Into the Mobile Virtual Reality World Available in November, starting at $29.99, ArchosÂ VR Glasses create immersive experiences for smartphone users Denver â€“ Archos, a pioneer in Android devices, announces theÂ Archos VR Glasses. Immersing users in a virtual reality environment, the French company keeps on making cutting-edge
Attendees of the New York Comic Con 2014 got a chance to fly virtual dragons, thanks to the folks from DreamWorks Animation. The movie studio created a virtual experiences using Oculus Rift headsets, fans, and vibrating seats to put users on the back of flying dragons, part of the studio’s
Robert Bosch, the world’s largest supplier of automotive parts and equipment, is training between 8,000 and 10,000 mechanics on direct-injection and breaking technology — using virtual reality. The company has launched a 750-stop tour with Oculus Rift headsets that allow the technicians to get virtual tours of the insides