Archive for September, 2016

October is VR’s biggest month: Google Daydream, Oculus Touch, and PlayStation VR

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Even if you’ve tried virtual reality or already own a VR system, nothing has prepared you for what’s coming over the next month. Three major VR platforms are expected to launch before Thanksgiving Day with massive announcements and retail roll-outs in the works.


New Survey Suggests Lack Of Compelling Content As Biggest Obstacle For VR/AR Adoption

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What was once nothing more than a pipe dream for science fiction enthusiasts is now a commercially released product due to the dawn of virtual reality devices that are readily available on the shelves of your local Best Buy. Now that VR has taken the first steps out of infancy towards becoming a matured new vertical for the consumer electronics industry it is beginning to face a new set of challenges as it strives for greater success in this highly competitive marketplace.


VR Devs Pull Support for Oculus Rift Until Palmer Luckey Steps Down

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Several virtual reality game developers have announced that they will stop supporting Facebook’s Oculus Rift VR headset until its founder Palmer Luckey steps down.

Developers announced that they will stop supporting the Oculus Rift after The Daily Beast revealed that Luckey raised money for a pro-Donald Trump non-profit through a convoluted Reddit scheme. As Motherboard reported on Friday, Luckey’s Twitter activity has been sympathetic to the alt-right and the bigotry that defines it since March of this year.


Here’s why you’re overlooking how much VR actually matters

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If Virtual Reality seems like it’s been slow to pick up, that might just be because most of us have a terrible ability to see the huge change a new technology will have on the world.

It’s human nature to be a bedroom critic.

When the Wright brothers conducted the first flight ever in 1903, the press and most of the public, reacted with a shrug of their shoulders. It would be 5 years until the public reacted to the fact that lowly earth-bound humans were now actually able to fly.


Virtual reality is set to emerge as a new trademark battleground, brand owners are warned

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If this year’s technology predictions hold true, 2016 will be the year that virtual reality (VR) will begin to breakthrough into the mainstream. As products from the likes of Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Sony, HTC and Samsung add much needed competition to a new generation of VR devices, one IP expert tells World Trademark Review that VR platforms and VR-related domains should now be on the policing schedule for most brand owners.


For VR to be truly immersive, it needs convincing sound to match

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I’m staring at a large iron door in a dimly lit room. “Hey,” a voice says, somewhere on my right. “Hey buddy, you there?” It’s a heavily masked humanoid. He proceeds to tell me that my sensory equipment is down and will need to be fixed. Seconds later, the heavy door groans. A second humanoid leads the way into the spaceship where my suit will be repaired.


Hyper-Training And The Future Augmented Reality Workplace

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If you’re like me, you may be exhilarated by the possibilities inherent in augmented reality (AR) workplace training. Not only does AR open the doors for limitless creativity and innovation, it also enables enterprises to speed up the training process and make it more beneficial to employees. As someone who spends his life learning about what drives people to adopt new technologies, I see much potential in workplace AR, and predict that it will play a key role in offering companies a competitive advantage.


Immersive storytelling in 360: Step inside the Server Room Symphony with Will O’Rourke

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Leading the way in taking ground-breaking new ideas from concept to reality, production house Will O’Rourke has partnered with Semi Permanent and Facebook to tell a story using Facebook’s 360 video. Collaborating with Director Alex Smith, the team was challenged to draw inspiration from a Dan Winters photograph and move people on mobile.


Virtual reality is not going to be big, it’s going to be everything!

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Gaming and entertainment may be the most popular area for today’s virtual reality market but the technology is evolving fast, and soon it will touch so many aspects of our lives. Virtual reality offers the potential to fundamentally change how we learn, interact, and recover through a variety of potential applications in academia, healthcare, advocacy and journalism.


This Interactive Virtual Reality Experience Relaxes You in Minutes

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Imagine leaving a stressful day behind and slipping into a magical forest of calming lights and sounds.

That’s the vision of LUMEN, a relaxing virtual reality experience that launches this week through LIFE VR’s new mobile app.

Hi everyone! Bored at work or at school? Well, we have something that will brighten up your day for sure – let’s have a virtual trip around the world, thanks to the coolest panoramic photos the 360Cities photographers uploaded recently.

 

Между Аэропортом and Сабетта by Anton Fadeev (click the pictures to open the panos)

No summertime this time – let’s start in cold Russia and there two aerial shots. Feeling a bit cold already, aren’t you?

 

Cacanpunta Pass by Arroz Marisco (click the picture to open the pano)

That’s much better! One of the most beautiful sights on the Huayhuash circuit in Peru. Amazing place and a great pano as well!

 

SpaceX Falcon 9 by Jason Perrone (click the picture to open the pano)

This is brilliant – a long exposure shot of the Falcon 9 rocket launch, captured from less than 15 miles away from the launch pad. That’s a really special view!

 

Lake Ninan by Luke Busellato (click the picture to open the pano)

Another great shot with a dark sky above – this time, though, you can see billions of stars lighting up the sky. The Milky Way looks fantastic from Lake Ninan in Australia.

 

Epifan morning fog by z1b (click the picture to open the pano)

This is one of those quiet, peaceful panos. It’s morning, maybe a bit cold, and the fog is still lying on the fields of town Yepifan in Russia. It seems like the horses enjoy it quite a lot!

 

Sozopolis by Denis Sol (click the picture to open the pano)

Bulgaria is starting to be a popular holiday location, and if you look at this pano, you’ll see why. The old town of Sozopolis, together with the port and the clear blue sea is simply wonderful. Thanks to this aerial shot, you can have a clear view of the area – from above!

 

Here’s more!

Heini-Klopfer-Skiflugschanze Oberstdorf by B. Quitterer (click the picture to open the pano)

FEFU waterfalls at night by Ilya Palienko (click the picture to open the pano)

Health check, Slender-snouted Crocodiles by Martin Broomfield (click the picture to open the pano)

Frisco UFO Spaceship Interior by John Wood (click the picture to open the pano)

Alahan Monastery and Anemerium Public Bath by Vr Mersin (click the pictures to open the panos)

Glazed tiles in arc by Max Sankin (click the picture to open the pano)

Hi all! Got a couple of minutes for a nice trip over some of the most interesting places in the world? Ready? Let’s go!

Fjaðrárgljúfur with No Handrails and On the Climb to Heimaklettur by John Wood (click the pictures to open the panos)

This week we start with two magnificent panos from Iceland. John took a trip there and didn’t forget his camera, of course, because the Icelandic nature is definitely worth of taking a couple of panos.

 

Hay Paddock Vineyard by Christian Kleiman (click the picture to open the pano)

Speaking of trips, New Zealand is definitely the right place for one. Just have a look at this scenery, the vineyard and the wonderful weather! And a nice pano, too!

 

Nyhavn at sunrise by Alex Mayer (click the picture to open the pano)

In case you’re more of a civilization-person (does this term even exist?), we definitely recommend Copenhagen, Denmark. Even though there are other cities known for being a popular target of couples for their romantic trips, this could actually be exactly the right place for that, don’t you agree?

 

Hong Kong Rainbow Bridge by wongchichuen (click the picture to open the pano)

East Kowloon Corridor by wongchichuen (click the picture to open the pano)

HK China Border by wongchichuen (click the picture to open the pano)

Tai Lam Chung Reservoir by wongchichuen (click the picture to open the pano)

We have already shown you a couple of amazing aerial shots from Hong Kong in one our Editors‘ picks summaries, but they are so cool we want to see more and more every week. And these four? Wow, we’re speechless. Brilliant job!

 

Snow Road by Alexander Kalashnikoff (click the picture to open the pano)

Pretty nice view, isn’t it? The important thing here is, that when you get to a place like this, you don’t only enjoy the nature – a true panoramic photographer always has his camera ready. The result can be amazing!

 

There’s much more for you to enjoy!

São José Place by Eduardo Ricken Mattiello (click the picture to open the pano)

Quinta dos Carvalhais by Santiago Ribas – 360portugal – Aereal 360 (click the picture to open the pano)

Aerial view Mount Fronalpstock by Fabian (click the picture to open the pano)

Atop the Abbaye de Fontfroide by Peter Gorges (click the picture to open the pano)

Tähtikallio telescope domes by Janne (click the picture to open the pano)

Virtual reality series lets you experience life in prison

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A middle-aged black man sits in a room, facing you. With long, thick dreads framing his solemn face, he tells you the story of how he came to spend 19 years in prison on charges of second-degree murder. It all started when he ran away from an abusive home at 14 years old.


 

Virtual Reality May Help You Control Your Dreams

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When Jayne Gackenbach’s son took up Nintendo in the 1990s, she began to worry. As she watched him spend hours manipulating characters on the screen, she wondered if all that time in fictional worlds was messing with his head.

It’s a concern that any parent might have. But Gackenbach, a psychologist at MacEwan University, put the question to the test.


 

Why Oculus Rift and Samsung VR’s Days on Top in Virtual Reality Are Numbered

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In a study of 22 VR devices with built-in displays on the market, Oculus Rift ranked at the top but emerging devices such as Sulon Q and Star VR were on the verge of gaining the lead. Similarly, across 65 smartphone-based VR headsets, Samsung Gear still grabbed the most attention but was overshadowed in ease of use by Pinch VR and in display by Freefly VR.


 

Welcome to the wonderful world of Ambisonic – a primer by John Leonard.

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Ambisonics is a method of recording and reproducing audio in full 360 degree surround – and while it’s not exactly a new invention, recent developments in software encoding have made it a lot more interesting.

And with demand for surround source material skyrocketing with the advent of 3D audio for film and immersive platforms such as virtual reality, Ambisonics is an increasingly useful option.


 

Introducing Journalism 360 : An Immersive News Initiative

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This past year, we’ve seen a steady increase in the number of journalists experimenting with immersive storytelling to tell important stories in new ways. At both the Google News Lab and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, we’ve helped journalists explore both the opportunities and challenges of this evolving form of journalism. At the Google News Lab, we’ve partnered with the Guardian and Berliner Morgenpost on award-winning VR projects. At Knight Foundation, we’ve funded experiments that include a collaboration between Frontline and Emblematic Group, newsroom tools at the University of Texas at Austin, and student projects in a virtual reality journalism class led by Professor Robert Hernandez at the University of Southern California.


 

Meet the man who is bankrolling virtual reality.

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Stepping into startup accelerator Boost VC is like wandering into a secret society for the techerati. The housing entrance is flanked with black-and-white photos of Steve Jobs and Elon Musk. There’s also a bitcoin ATM, virtual reality headsets galore and a Tesla barreling toward you. Wait, make that a “Deskla” — a desk fashioned from the hollow shell of a $70,000 Model S — and Adam Draper is the madman behind the steering wheel.


 

VR and the reimagining of Story – part 3 | Storygeist

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In the first installment of this series I wrote about how seasoned game fanatics were turned into crying babies by the power of the VR medium, thereby proving what potential psychologically this medium holds. I also touched upon the utterly heart wrenching semi-interactive story “That Dragon Cancer” which proved that some artists do have something wortwhile to tell.


 

Top 11 Best Virtual Reality Headsets in The World

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Virtual reality, the word works like magic when we hear it. This concept takes us to the endless possibilities, where we want to go we can by virtual reality and feel that place the right front of our eyes. We can say virtual reality is one of the best inventions of ever made by human being. Now in 2016 is the start line of the virtual reality open to all to play ad feel it. Virtual Reality Headsets, let’s check them out.


 

VR will not be the new paradigm for storytelling. Here’s why.

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The evolution of storytelling is inseparable from technology. From plays to radio to feature length films, technological advancements have helped storytellers close the gap between imagination and reality, luring audience members into a setting they’ve never been before.


 

 

How to Develop VR for 770 million Users

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met Sylvio at Columbia University after he partook in a panel on Virtual Reality. Upon hearing Sylvio speak, one gets the impression that this man is passionate about what he does. Sylvio understands Virtual Reality on a level that surpasses almost anyone that I have met.

VR games mature together with the technology, cinematic VR does not

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I think my fascination for first-person storytelling started when I was about 8 years old. Around this age, I watched and thought along with games like Myst and River, which my father used to play on our CD-i player. We loved the first person point of view (POV). We could walk around in those worlds together for hours, or so it felt. My father passed away in february 2013. He never got to try VR, but I think he would have loved it as much as I do.


Adobe Shows Love For VR With New Updates To Creative Cloud’s Workflow

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Adobe’s many applications are popular choices in creative circles, essential in educational environments, and are the standard in various businesses. Their individual tools can be quite expensive whether you’re look for them solo or as a business, but Creative Cloudprovides flexible collections to fit students, independent photographers, government entities, and more by offering different combinations of their programs. Announced recently and debuting at IBC 2016 this week, Adobe will be further enhancing their efforts to become a staple in the VR editing and development arenas with a slew of new tools.


How VR and 360 video can shake up the fashion and beauty industries

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It feels strange writing an article on how 360, virtual and augmented reality is impacting the fashion and beauty world, having never been a true fashionista.


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It has been said that there are only two things people do more than watch video: sleep and work. Australians now spend over three hours a day consuming video and the explosion of digital video is a big contributor to that, with YouTube now reaching over 15M Australians.


Free online courses to turn you into an expert on virtual and augmented reality

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Virtual reality and augmented reality are complex technologies. They involve many different aspects, such as geometric modeling, transformations, graphical rendering, optics, human vision, interface design and so on.

In order to help you better understand the potential of VR and AR, we prepared a list of some online virtual reality courses. And the good news is that they are all free. If you know any other credible sources please leave a comment below.


Virtual reality is too expensive for most people, but two things could change that in the coming weeks.

 Imagineer Systems Showcases mocha Pro 5 plug-in and Previews 360° Virtual Reality Post-Production Tools for Adobe at IBC 2016

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Imagineer Systems will showcase mocha Pro 5, the major new release of its Academy Award-winning planar tracking & masking software, at IBC (Booth 7.K29) September 9-13, 2016 in Amsterdam. mocha Pro 5 provides advanced, GPU-accelerated planar tracking, including integrations with Adobe® Premiere® Pro CC and After Effects® CC. The Boris FX / Imagineer team will also preview a new co-developed technology for 360°-enabled virtual reality tools for the emerging cinematic VR filmmaking market.


Why The New York Times Sent its Readers 1.3 Million Google Cardboards

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I saw Jessica present at the New York Virtual Reality Meetup a few months ago. She told us how deeply invested The New York Times is in Virtual Reality, using 360° video to report on stories ranging from the Iraqi struggle to retake Fallujah from ISIS in The Fight For Fallujah, to Pluto in Seeking Pluto’s Frigid Heart.

Last November Google Launched NYT VR with the distribution of one millionGoogle Cardboards to it’s print readers alongside the NYT VR App, because of the immense traction it got, they sent out another 300,000 Cardboards to select digital subscribers. Totaling 900,000 downloads of the app (an incredible adoption rate for those less familiar).


Where the early stage AR/VR VCs are putting their money

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It seems that we can’t get enough intel on the venture capitalists who are investing in augmented reality and virtual reality. And there are plenty of panels where VCs talk about investing in AR and VR, which could be a $120 billion industry by 2020, according to Digi-Capital.


 Microsoft Hololens VS Oculus Rift: which one does better job of taking you to the virtual world?

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Virtual reality is the future. This is why nearly every tech company is clamoring to produce the best VR headsets. Two of the best players are Oculus Rift and Microsoft Hololens. Who’s willing to bet one of them will be hailed as the top choice?

But wait, isn’t Microsoft Hololens an augmented reality headset, not VR? So why is it even being compared with Oculus Rift? That’s because it shares the same goal – to provide users with an out-of-this-world experience.


 Virtual Reality App Development

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A fashion trend, a cutting-edge technology, a new direction in art, a radical philosophical and lifestyle shift. First of all VR is a rapidly growing market. Many researches state that VR market is on its way to its own Big Bang with some, like Thinkmobiles, promising a 400% increase in number of active VR users till 2018. So with the cost to develop a VR app being quite fair nowadays it is the best time to create a VR app for business.

 

Hi all! Take a break from your daily routine, stop for a while and enjoy some wonderful places that 360Cities panoramic pictures take you to. Here are the most interesting uploaded recently!

 

Mt. Fuji and zininia field by kiyoharu takamura (click the picture to open the pano)

In case you prefer quiet places in nature over busy cities, this pano is the right one for you. Calm view on the majestic Mt. Fuji from a nice colorful field full of flowers at sunset. Quite romantic, isn’t it?

 

Full-sky show of northern lights by Janne (click the picture to open the pano)

This panoramic photo is a bit similar to the previous one. The northern lights are absolutely amazing here, the night sky looks almost magical. Brilliant job.

 

Bonito at Sunset by Marcio Cabral (click the picture to open the pano)

Here’s a proof of how coloful our world can really be. A little town of Bonito in Brazil looks really lovely at sunset, as it is covered by warm sunlight. Who wouldn’t like to take a little walk in its streets?

 

Night view of Eiffel Tower from Trocadero by Aleksandr Reznik (click the picture to open the pano)

Speaking of nice strolls, Paris is certainly the place to choose. And Trocadero should be your first destination, as it offers pretty much the best view at the Eiffel tower. Just open the pano and have a look yourself!

 

Sunrise in front of Ždrilo mountain refuge by Igor Adamec (click the picture to open the pano)

This place is breathtaking. A lovely little cottage in the Croatian mountains, surrounded by wonderful nature. Just imagine being there, waking up to this sunrise. Can it get any better than this? We don’t think so.

 

There’s more!

Wooden house noodle shop by Supasit Srisawathsak (click the picture to open the pano)

Cruise Ship Centrum by Gary Griffin (click the picture to open the pano)

Abandoned Village by wongchichuen (click the picture to open the pano)

Fishing Vessel Overhaul Six by John Wood (click the picture to open the pano)

HMS Warrior by Matt Wellard (click the picture to open the pano)

Rooftop view of Leninsky Prospect by Petr (click the picture to open the pano)

Academic research looks beyond the hype for better quality virtual reality experiences

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“Once again!” say researchers Jukka Häkkinen and Takashi Kawai from the Visual Cognitive Research Group at the University of Helsinki, Institute of Behavioral Sciences. The two scientists have a long history of research in head-mounted displays and virtual reality and have certainly seen a few hypes come and go. As an example, they mention the 3D TV. “Despite the early hype it never became a success,” says Jukka Häkkinen, and asks if it in the end came down to the fact that the content was not so attractive and didn’t give real added value to the consumers.


 

Virtual reality robots could help teleport juries to crime scenes

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Juries are seldom allowed to visit crime scenes. There are exceptions, usually in difficult, high-profile murder cases such as the O.J Simpson trial in 1995 in the US and the Jill Dando murder trial in 2001 in the UK. But asking jurors to become fact finders in this way comes with myriad problems, from possible biases to the logistical and security challenges of taking them to the crime scene.


 

Resident Evil 7: The Use of Photogrammetry for VR

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