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
I don’t usually go around telling people what the best grids are. I run surveys, or I punt the question and just say, “What ever grid works best for you” or “Your own private grid” or something like that. The thing is, everybody is looking for something different. Some people
This week, OpenSimulator released a security fix to protect content on publicÂ grids. All public grids should either install the fix, or configure an HTTP proxy to protect important ports, said OpenSim core developer Justin Clark-Casey in the announcement. But the danger goes beyond protecting the data on grid servers, if
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
Cirque du Soleil Media has partneredÂ with Samsung to produce a live action virtual reality aerial show to be viewed on its flagship Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge smartphones in combination with the Gear VR headset. Read full article at The Hollywood Reporter.
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.
According to a new study, 66 percent of consumers say they are interested in shopping via virtual reality, and 63 percent said that they expect virtual reality to change the way they shop. This is up dramatically from last year’s survey, when only 37 percent said that they’re open to
The RobStock team have set the date for the 8th annual RobStock Charity Event for the last weekend in March, fromÂ Friday, March 27 to Sunday, MarchÂ 29. “We are asking artists to give an hour of their time free, all tips going to the charity,” the organizers said in a press
Game development studio Epic has just announced that their engine, the infamous Unreal Engine, will be completely free for everyone to use starting immediately. This is a full version of Unreal Engine, and not just a demo or trial version. Those who choose to use Unreal Engine will still be
Press release: HTC unveils strategic partnership with Valve; announces VR developer edition available in Spring and consumer edition available by end of 2015 BARCELONA, SpainÂ –Â HTC, a pioneer in innovative, smart technologies, today announced plans to bring mass-market virtual reality (VR) one step closer. Through a strategic partnership with Valve, HTC
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
MindMaze Announces $8.5 Million in Angel Funding; MindLeap Game System Driven by Players’ Brainwaves SAN FRANCISCO — GAME DEVELOPERS CONFERENCE â€“ Today MindMaze, a neurotechnology company, unveiled the industry’s first thought-powered virtual reality (VR), augmented reality and motion capture game system, MindLeap. The system is based on MindMaze’s proprietary, medically-proven
OpenSim core developer Melanie Thielker isÂ donating a new cluster storage solution to the community. Called FSAssets, it is designed to replace the MySQL databases or the RAID storage arrays used by other grids. FSAssets isÂ also the new asset storage for OSgrid, which had previously relied on RAID storage. Any grid
Monthly pageviews for Hypergrid Business crossed the 100,000 milestone for the first time in its six-year history, according to today’s Google Analytics report. Visitors viewed 101,371 pages in February, up from 97,036 pages in January. Both of these numbers are a significant increase over last year, when monthly pageviews typically
US $10 (8 Euro) for a 15,000-prim region. Includes Bullet physics, hypergrid, Vivox voice, backups, choice of six starting OARs.
$15 per month for a 15,000-prim varregion region on the Tag Grid, no set up fee.Â Can hold up to 100 avatars. Can be sized as a single standard region, a 2×2 varregion or 4×4 varregion. Grid has own online content marketplace. No hypergrid.
An open grid is one that allows outside people to connect their own regions. Those regions could be hosted for free on home computers, or be provided by third-party hosting companies, such as Dreamland Metaverse, Zetamex, CloudServe, Oliveira, or any other grid-agnostic vendor on our hosting list. Here is the
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
Press release: CommonFloor Introduces Virtual Reality for consumers in Real Estate â€“ CommonFloor Retina BangaloreÂ –Â CommonFloor.com, Indiaâ€™s leading online real estate platformÂ introduces CommonFloor Retina, worldâ€™s first virtual reality innovation in real estate that is available to the masses. This technological breakthrough offers â€˜realâ€™ property experience for the seekers allowing them to
Inventory exports, or IARs, became a heated topic of discussion in Google Plus communities yesterday, with one grid even disabling its IAR exports temporarily as a result. Much of the debate is due to a misunderstanding of how IAR backups work — and of how thieves steal content. What is
Press release: 360Heros announces new technology for producing 4K virtual reality 360Â° videos Supports Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear VR, Google Cardboard headsets Offers super high-definition video Olean, NY –Â 360Heros Inc., a company specializing in virtual reality 360 video technology, creates camera systems that can capture 4K (4,000 x 2,000 pixels)
Ready Player One is a best-selling novel by Ernest Cline set in the year 2044, a time when nearly the entire human population is tapped into a metaverse called The Oasis. There’s also a movie currently in development. The book is a love letter to 1980’s culture, but it still
Augmented and Virtual Reality Devices to Explode from 3 Million Units in 2015 to 55 Million in 2020 Scottsdale, Arizona –Â â€‹The augmented (AR) and virtual reality (VR) markets are seeing much action, from new devices and new content, to existing content adapting to make use of the new medium. Head
OpenSim developer Dahlia Trimble has won a bounty for her work on fixing llLookAt, a function useful in making objects move better. “Fred Beckhusen has tested the code and is happy with the result,” said Talla Adams in an announcement today. Adams, who is the moderator of the OpenSim Virtual
OSgrid, the oldest grid running on the OpenSim software, is backup. The news was announced in a tweet a few minutes ago. “OSgrid is opening its gates to direct loginsÂ and regions at this very minute,”Melanie Thielker, founder and ownerÂ of theÂ Avination grid and an OpenSim core developer, told Hypergrid Business. “It’s
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
Valve just announced that it will show off its own virtual reality hardware, SteamVR, at next month’sÂ Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. Valve is theÂ company behind Portal, Team Fortress 2 and the widely-used PC game distribution hub Steam. “At GDC 2015, weâ€™ll be giving demos of the refined Steam Controller,
Press release: Immersive Technology Alliance Annual Meeting and Affiliated VR Mixer Offers Easy Access From GDC Event Features VR Design Education, Industry Predictions, and Open Standards Discussion TORONTO, ON — Non-profit and non-proprietary, theÂ Immersive Technology Alliance (ITA) is the voice and standards body for technologies such as virtual reality, augmented
Ever since the hardware failure took down OSgrid‘s asset database last August, OSgrid residents have been worrying about whether the grid would ever recover — and, if it did, whether their inventories would be restored as well. The wondering is now over. The asset database has been rebuilt, in a
With the renewed interest in consumer-grade virtual realityÂ systems, it is inevitable that there will be a new sort of “format war” going on for the hearts and minds — and wallets — of the general public. How this will play out is anybody’s guess, but the current positioning of contenders
When it comes to virtual reality, there are two fronts, two main technical directions that the technologyÂ is evolving inÂ that everyone is talking about. But there’s also a third front, that hasn’t been getting as much attention, but which has the potential of being truly revolutionizing. Videos and video games One
River Island, a UK-based fashion chain, has released the first-ever fashion app for Google Cardboard-compatible virtual reality headsets. The app was released to promote the launch of the company’sÂ Design Forum x Jean-Pierre Braganza collection, which hits the stores on February 24, and was created in partnership withÂ the British Fashion Council
The drama-plagued AviWorlds grid is back up under its previous ownership with a new domain name, and a new business model. “This will not be a commercial grid and you can only enter by invitation or referral,” grid owner and founderÂ Alexsandro Pomposelli told Hypergrid Business. He is also known as
Today, the US Patent Office awarded Apple a patent for a virtual reality headset that is, in effect, a case for an iPhone or iPod. The patent application does not mention the iPad — possibly because it was first filed seven years ago, in 2008, two years before the iPad
Given the choice between selling to Kitely‘s 1,003 local active users or to the 14,075 on the hypergrid, it makes sense that more and more Kitely Market merchants have gone the hypergrid route. In fact, exportables have long been growing at a faster rate than non-exportables for the past eight
Press release: Open Source Virtual Reality platform gains traction with 13 new partners VR ecosystem is now supported by 38 members; Academia Support Program announced to support developers worldwide CARLSBAD, Calif. â€“ Razer, a world leader in connected devices and software for gamers, and Sensics, a leader in high-performance virtual
The Adult Metaverse Google Plus group was the fastest-growing OpenSim-related virtual community over the past six weeks. The community, as it sounds, is dedicated to adult content and events on the hypergrid, and has grown from 282 members on January 1 to 444 members today, a growth of 162 members.
This was another record-breaking month for OpenSim, with new highs in regions, users, and active users on the 303 active worlds. For those who are new readers, OpenSim is a free, open source virtual world platform that’s compatible with the Oculus Rift. It allows people with no technical skills to
OSgrid has been able to restore the rest of theÂ assets from the recovery disk,Â OSgrid grid administrator Allen Kerensky announced today. However, he did not provide an estimated date for when OSgrid will be coming back up. He did say that the grid was now working on setting up the networking
Immersis, a project from the French VR company Catopsys, has hit its $100,000 Kickstarter goal for a virtual reality projection system. The technology adapts the image, in real-time, to the shape and size of the room you’re in. Watch the video below.
Oculus has shipped more than 100,000 DK2 headsets, Oculus VR CEO Brendan Iribe announced in a Tweet on Thursday. Previously, Oculus had also shipped 65,000 units of the DK1 headset.
DX Exchange, one of the oldest exchanges trading Linden Dollars, has now entered the OpenSim payments space. The exchange is now providing the currency infrastructure for Sunlight Grid, with four other grids in beta testing. Currently, there are two main exchanges providing currency services to OpenSim grids. Virwox operates the
Mattel has updated its View-Master toy, this time, for the smartphone-owning virtual reality generation. The headset, which is scheduled to hit the market in the fall, is made in bright primary colors and works the same way as any other Google Cardboard-compatible headset — it breaks up the cellphone screen
In the past, several grid owners have discussed using Bitcoin, the peer-to-peer cryptocurrency, for in-world payments but, until now, no grid has done so — Bitcoins are typically too volatile to be used within a grid. To read more about coins and gambling legislation read on https://www.bestuscasinos.org/legal/new-york/ about what might
Press release:Â LG G3 AND GOOGLE CARDBOARD BRING MOBILE VIRTUAL REALITY TO EVERYDAY LIFE More Consumers Get Access to Affordable and PowerfulÂ VR Experience with LGâ€™s VR for G3 Giveaway SEOUL & MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. â€”Â LG Electronics (LG) and Google are making virtual reality (VR) more accessible to mainstream consumers. LG today
Virtual reality technology is going to radically change what it means to attend church in the next fifty years — and maybe much sooner. While the technology is still in its infancy, however, virtual churches are limited experiments ratherÂ than significant outreach efforts – but this will change. â€œNumerous persons and
Ireland’s Immersive VR Education Ltd., has launched a Kickstarter to raise funding for its Apollo 11 virtual educational experience for the Oculus Rift. The Kickstarter launched yesterday and is already more thanÂ â‚¬3,000 towards itsÂ â‚¬30,000 (US $34,000) goal. Watch the video about the project below. You can also watch an RTE
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.
Are you launching a new grid? I bet you’re looking for some combination of “virtual,” “paradise,” “life,” “world,” and “avatar” that haven’t been used yet. Stop! If you use a grid name that reminds people of other OpenSim grids then you will have tripleÂ the branding challenge you would have otherwise.